French Studies

French Studies at Monash offers a world-class program that now allows you to track your progression against international benchmarks.

Available as a major or minor.

What is it?

French is spoken in 42 countries over five continents. It is the second most important diplomatic, political, commercial, legal and scientific world language after English.

In French Studies, you will be taught by internationally recognised researchers covering a wide range of areas, ensuring you receive an education of the highest quality that is universally relevant.

French Studies has three entry points, allowing any student from the beginner to the proficient speaker to study it.

How to Study

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Major: 8 units (48 points) taken over 3 years. This is the area of study you choose to specialise in.

Minor: 4 units (24 points) taken from an area of study that is different to your major.

You must complete 48 credit points (8 units) of your course before you are eligible to go on exchange. Usually this means waiting until your second or third year of study to go on exchange.

We consider you an international student if you are not:

  • an Australian or New Zealand citizen, or
  • an Australian permanent resident.

Note: We consider Australian and New Zealand citizens and Australian permanent residents as local students.

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An extended major made up of 12 units (96 points) taken over three years.



Entry Levels

French Studies has three entry levels: introductory, intermediate and proficient. If you have not studied French in the past, you can start at introductory. For those who have studied it at school or gained knowledge in some other way, you can take an online placement test. The results will tell you in which level you should enrol.

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Study Abroad

There is an opportunity for students to spend a semester in France as part of French Studies with one of our exchange partners in Paris (Sciences Po, Sorbonne Paris III) Lyon (Lyon III) or Tours (Université François Rabelais). You can apply for an assistantship from the French government and be paid for the position. For students in third or fourth year an assistantship may be combined with study abroad. Alternatively, you can study abroad with an Intensive Language Program offered through Monash.

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Exciting Career Opportunities

The high level of cultural and linguistic competence acquired by studying French will prepareyou for exciting career prospects both in Australia and abroad.

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