French is one of the world's major international languages spoken by over 250 million people in 43 countries, on all five continents. Accessing these global networks of French speakers can enhance and extend careers in international relations, development studies, business, science and the arts.

Learn the language of international diplomacy

With 274 million speakers worldwide, the French language is a key which will open doors to networks in Europe, the Americas, Africa, as well as key contacts in our Asian and Pacific regions. In French Studies, you’ll learn so much more than just the language – you’ll explore the world from a new perspective. Whether you’re interested in more political approaches – like immigration and identity, travel and empire, language and power – or cultural options – including literature, cinema, theatre, history and gastronomy – you can shape your French experience to suit your pathway. Taking a placement test before you start ensures that you’re in the right class for your level, whether you’re a beginner or have studied French at high school.

Enhance your French experience by studying overseas for credit towards your degree, either through exchange or through the Study Abroad program at internationally renowned institutions such as Sciences-Po in Paris and McGill University in Canada. Or take a shorter stay option, like our intensive subjects in the Loire Valley or New Caledonia as part of your journey in French studies. You can apply for scholarships from the University, the French Trust Fund and the French Embassy to help get you there.

Where can French Studies take you?

The critical and analytical skills you’ll develop, along with strong communication and intercultural competencies will increase opportunities to showcase your talents and further your international careers. Our graduates are found in sectors as diverse as public relations, media, interpreting, journalism, teaching, tourism, politics, diplomacy, business, trade, international health and government.

I now have the tools to communicate with hundreds of millions of people around the world. I believe that it is the unique gift of language students. My life is so much richer for studying languages, and I hope one day to share this gift with my own students.

Lucy McLachlan
Bachelor of Arts, majoring in French Studies
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Where do I start?

Before you begin studying a language, there are a couple of steps you will need to take:

1. Pick how you’ll study your chosen language

There is a wide range of options available to students interested in studying French

2. Apply/Enrol

You’ll need to create an account and apply for your chosen course before taking the language questionnaire and placement test.

Visit your chosen course page and begin the application process.

3. Online placement test

The language questionnaire and online placement test makes sure you're placed in the right class for your proficiency level. It's important to note that you should not study for this test or get a friend to take it for you as it will assess your current ability. Your test results will determine what level class you're placed in.

Once you have completed your placement test, you will be placed in one of the below entry points:

French Studies 1 entry point
For students who have little or no background in the French language. Students commencing their study of French at this level range from absolute beginners to students who have completed up to four years of French study at secondary level (not including VCE or equivalent).

French Studies 3 entry point
For students who have completed more than four years of French study at secondary level, including those who have achieved a VCE French study score of up to 34 (up to 4 in IB French), or equivalent.

French Studies 5 entry point
For students who have achieved a VCE French study score of 35 or more (5 or more in IB French), or equivalent.

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