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Study french abroad

An in-depth guide to studying french as an international student.

French degrees abroad

French is one of the key international languages and is native to a number of countries including France, Canada, Belgium, Switzerland and much of Africa. It’s one of the official working languages of the European community, and is one of the world’s most important languages in terms of speaker numbers and its role in science, industry and international diplomacy.

Studying French abroad will allow you to develop fluent linguistic skills in speaking, listening, reading, writing, translating and interpreting the language. Most programs also give you the chance to learn about the society, culture and history of France and other French speaking countries.

You can study French abroad in many countries, and studying in a French speaking country can help you develop your language skills. Most French programs will include time spent studying and living in France or another Francophone country, where you’ll be able to experience the culture and immerse yourself in the language day to day.

French program structure

You can study French as a single honors degree at the undergraduate level as a BA, and in the US it is likely that you will study French as a liberal arts major. Studying abroad for a bachelor’s in French often takes four years, with some time spent studying abroad. A master’s in French will take between one and two years of study.

French degree programs use a range of different learning and teaching styles and methods, including lectures, tutorials and workshops. You’ll get the opportunity to regularly practice your language skills in group and individual presentations, and a large part of your time will be taken up by individual study.

Your progress will be assessed through a combination of written examinations and essays, and some modules will include oral presentations, group work and reports. Most programs will ensure you’re assessed on the four main language skills: reading, writing, listening and speaking.

The precise program structure and content will vary depending on the university you attend, but most will be made up of core modules you must study, and a range of electives you can choose from. Some of the subjects you can expect to study include:

  • Beginners French language
  • Advanced French language
  • French literature
  • French translation
  • Evolution of the French language
  • French linguistics
  • Academic skills for language students
  • Modern French culture
  • French history
French program structure

You can study French as a single honors degree at the undergraduate level as a BA, and in the US it is likely that you will study French as a liberal arts major. Studying abroad for a bachelor’s in French often takes four years, with some time spent studying abroad. A master’s in French will take between one and two years of study.

French degree programs use a range of different learning and teaching styles and methods, including lectures, tutorials and workshops. You’ll get the opportunity to regularly practice your language skills in group and individual presentations, and a large part of your time will be taken up by individual study.

Your progress will be assessed through a combination of written examinations and essays, and some modules will include oral presentations, group work and reports. Most programs will ensure you’re assessed on the four main language skills: reading, writing, listening and speaking.

The precise program structure and content will vary depending on the university you attend, but most will be made up of core modules you must study, and a range of electives you can choose from. Some of the subjects you can expect to study include:

  • Beginners French language
  • Advanced French language
  • French literature
  • French translation
  • Evolution of the French language
  • French linguistics
  • Academic skills for language students
  • Modern French culture
  • French history

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French study abroad programs

French undergraduate programs

Bachelor's in french

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    Accountancy with French - BA University of Dundee, UK

    Program type
    Bachelor's
    Duration
    4 years
    Annual tuition fee
    22,767 USD

    Fee in university's local currency 16,450 GBP

    Start date
    September
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    Business Studies and French - BBus (Hons) Trinity College Dublin, Ireland

    Program type
    Bachelor's
    Duration
    4 years
    Annual tuition fee
    23,967 USD

    Fee in university's local currency 20,003 EUR

    Start date
    September
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    French/Europe: Language and Area Studies - BA American University, USA

    Program type
    Bachelor's
    Duration
    4 years
    Annual tuition fee
    50,542 USD

    Fee in university's local currency 50,542 USD

    Start date
    August, January
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    Culture and Language Studies: French Track - BA Murray State University, USA

    Program type
    Bachelor's
    Duration
    4 years
    Annual tuition fee
    13,920 USD

    Fee in university's local currency 13,920 USD

    Start date
    August, January
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    Foreign Language Education/French - BSc Auburn University, USA

    Program type
    Bachelor's
    Duration
    4 years
    Annual tuition fee
    32,220 USD

    Fee in university's local currency 32,220 USD

    Start date
    August, May, January
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Certificate in french

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    French as a Second Language - Cert University of Regina, Canada

    Program type
    Undergraduate certificate
    Duration
    8 months
    Annual tuition fee
    14,394 USD

    Fee in university's local currency 18,000 CAD

    Start date
    September
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French graduate programs

Master's in french

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    Financial Economics with French - MA (Hons) University of Dundee, UK

    Program type
    Master's
    Duration
    4 years
    Annual tuition fee
    22,767 USD

    Fee in university's local currency 16,450 GBP

    Start date
    September
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    French - MA DePaul University, USA

    Program type
    Master's
    Duration
    2 years
    Annual tuition fee
    22,880 USD

    Fee in university's local currency 22,880 USD

    Start date
    September, March, January
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    French - MA (with foundation) Maynooth University, Ireland

    Program type
    Master's
    Duration
    2 years
    Annual tuition fee
    16,775 USD

    Fee in university's local currency 14,000 EUR

    Start date
    September
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    French - MA California State University, Long Beach, USA

    Program type
    Master's
    Duration
    2 years
    Annual tuition fee
    14,604 USD

    Fee in university's local currency 14,604 USD

    Start date
    August, January
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    French - MA University of Waikato, New Zealand

    Program type
    Master's
    Duration
    18 months
    Annual tuition fee
    21,498 USD

    Fee in university's local currency 30,095 NZD

    Start date
    February, July
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Doctorate in french

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    French - PhD (with foundation) Maynooth University, Ireland

    Program type
    Doctorate
    Duration
    5 years
    Annual tuition fee
    16,775 USD

    Fee in university's local currency 14,000 EUR

    Start date
    June, September, January
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Future french careers

French graduates leave university with a wide range of transferable skills that employers look for, including oral and written skills, independence, research skills and teamwork. Some of the most popular jobs French students go into include:

  • Translator
  • Interpreter
  • Language teacher
  • Academic researcher
  • Diplomatic service officer
  • Journalist

Being able to communicate in French is also a very useful skill in a number of other industries including business and finance. If you’re not sure what career you want to pursue after studying French abroad, your university will be able to help you with career support.