Do you want a career in media, translation, or diplomacy? Can you see yourself delving into international market analysis, working for an NGO, or teaching in a foreign country? As a French graduate, the world’s career opportunities are nearly as diverse as the 220 million people who speak en français. At Cornell, you can immerse yourself in the study of the French language and Francophone cultures.
In 18 days, you might discover a passion for French literature, improve your speaking abilities and engage with Francophone communities. In 18 days, you can retrace the steps of Post-Impressionist painter Paul Cézanne in Aix-en-Provence, France or celebrate Carnaval with a Martinican family in the Caribbean.
Your French courses will meet you where you are, whether you are at the beginning, intermediate or advanced level. Experience the French language on the Hilltop or through culturally immersive courses in French-speaking countries.
You can major or minor in French, or you can double major in French and another course of study. Our faculty design experiential learning opportunities that include engagement with local French-speaking communities, digital projects, and study abroad.
Through a Mellon-funded grant, faculty teamed up with Coe College faculty to develop a summer institute for French and Spanish students that benefited the local refugee community. Students assisted French and Spanish speaking refugees and immigrants in navigating the bus system, with job searches and resume writing, and with improving their English speaking skills. This experience gave students valuable insights into potential careers where language skills are needed.
French facts to text home about
- French is the official language of the United Nations, UNESCO, NATO, and 29 countries.
- French is a fast-growing, global language that is projected to be spoken by over 700 million people by 2050, according to the International Organization of Francophonie.
- As many as half of basic English words come from French.
Plus, learning a second language like French increases your savoir-faire.