Do I have to speak french
to study in France?

You can speak English…

Many universities offer either bilingual programs or programs taught entirely in English, which is of particular appeal for those wanting to learn or improve their French while specializing in another academic discipline.

However, if you decide to undertake a degree program taught in French, you will need to have at least an intermediate level of French. Many universities require the B2 (intermediate) certificate in the Diplôme d'Études en Langue Française (DELF) or sometimes the C1 (advanced) certificate, (the Diplôme Approfondi de Langue Française or DALF), depending on the course.

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but you must learn French!

Many French people speak languages other than their own.
However, for effective communication and studying in France, you should know French. International students who are fluent in French have a much easier time with their studies and everyday life.

If you feel your French is not good enough, there are many language courses available for the students who wish to perfect their language skills. Also, socializing with the locals and experiencing the language in everyday setting will help you improve your French.

At the same time, there is a possibility to use English in everyday life, or during your studies and research. However, even in those circumstances international students are encouraged to learn French

5 good reasons

to learn french

1

French is, along with English, the only language spoken on all five continents

More than 220 million people speak French on all the five continents. French is a major language of international communication. It is the second most widely learned language after English and the sixth most widely spoken language in the world. French is also the second most widely taught language after English, and is taught on every continent. The OIF, an international organization of French-speaking countries, is made up of 77 member States and governments. France also operates the biggest international network of cultural institutes, which run French-language course for close on a million learners.

2

A career asset

The ability to speak both French and English is an advantage for finding a job with the many multinational companies using French as their working language, in a wide range of sectors (retailing, automotive, luxury goods, aeronautics, etc.). France, as the world’s fifth biggest economy, attracts entrepreneurs, researchers and the cream of foreign students.

A carrer asset
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3

The language of international relations

French is both a working language and an official language of the United Nations, the European Union, UNESCO, NATO, the International Olympic Committee, the International Red Cross and international courts. Proficiency in French is essential for anyone considering a career in any international organization.

4

A language that is fun to learn

Contrary to popular belief, French is not a difficult language to learn. It is a language that requires a certain precision but is also capable of expressing great subtlety. It does not take long to reach a level where you can communicate in French. There are many methods on the market that make learning French enjoyable, starting with the first years of school. French also appeals to students because it is a soft, melodious, romantic language.

View the campaign "Et en plus, je parle Français" launched by Institut Français to promote French language worldwide

Training funded and certified by the French government
Training funded and certified by the French government

5

Promoting linguistic diversity

Speaking French makes a major contribution to preserving linguistic diversity in the world and avoiding the exclusive domination of a single language in today’s globalised world.

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