Undergraduate study in French

What you can study in French

There are French language acquisition courses for every level, including beginners. You also have a choice of courses on French literature and culture, with some taught in French. Study possibilities include French literature, film, history, medieval studies, linguistics and translation. You also have opportunities to take Study Abroad courses in a French speaking country.

Structuring your major in French

You can take a major in French as one of the two components of your double major for a BA. You will need to pass at least 120 points (eight courses) towards each of your majors, including at least 45 points (three courses) at Stage III.

Taking a Module in French

If you would like to study French alongside your two BA majors, you can complete a Module.

A Module is an optional grouping of three courses on a particular theme which enables you to add extra value to your Bachelor of Arts.

Take a look at Modules.


Explore the undergraduate courses you can take as part of a major in French. You would normally take Stage I courses in your first year, Stage II in your second and Stage III in your third.

Required courses

You must pass the following courses as part of the French major:

  • EUROPEAN 100
  • One course from FRENCH 204, 214, 218, 229, 239, 241, 244, 269, 279
  • Two courses from FRENCH 304, 305, 377, 378
  • One course from FRENCH 306, 308, 314, 320, 322, 329, 331, 339, 341, 344, 349, 379

Enrolling in French language courses for the first time as a beginner

If you have no or limited knowledge of French, please enrol in FRENCH 101 or FRENCH 101G. 

You will be required to complete a Language Proficiency Declaration when enrolling in any beginner language acquisition course. The Language Declaration is available to you in your CANVAS Course page under assignments.

If you do not complete the Language Proficiency Declaration you may be dropped from the course and will not be able to access any course content in the course.

Read more about first time language course enrolment.

Scholarships and awards

Help and advice

Our friendly staff will provide you with advice on planning your degree and enrolling in your courses at Student Hubs.

If you would like to find out more about studying French, you can contact our Undergraduate Adviser.