French & Francophone Studies at Penn

Photograph Courtesy of Christine Moisset-Edelstein

Penn students interested in French can start learning French in the beginning level, or continue their studies in the appropriate course after determining their proper level based on prior study and/or examination. Students wishing to fulfill the language requirement in French will need to complete the intermediate level, French 140. Students who have fulfilled the language requirement in another language and who wish to study French have the option of an accelerated track, French 112- French 134.  

At the advanced level, the department offers a wide variety of courses including language, literature, linguistics, culture, business, film, etc. Students may opt to earn a certificate, or pursue a major or a minor. 

The department strongly encourages study abroad and sponsors a summer program in France (Penn-in-Tours), as well as several semester/year programs in France.