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A student exchange information session, where UC students can find out about studying their subject at one of 50 partner universities around the world (including five French tertiary institutions).


Knowing a second language increases one's employability in a global environment. French is a good choice, being one of the few truly international languages, and is useful in travel, culture, trade, science and sport on several continents. French culture is influential and its history fascinating.

Why study French at UC?

The French programme at UC offers courses to 300-level in French language, as well as courses in French culture, French society, French literature and European film. Courses are suitable for those who cannot read or speak a word of French, and for those who have studied French at school.

The recent development of flexible learning in the French programme at UC has made it easier to include language studies within your degree. 

If you are enrolled in our French programme you can study one semester or one year of your UC degree in France by taking part in a student exchange programme with one of the following institutions:

  • Sciences-Po, Paris
  • IEP Lyon and Université Lyon II
  • IEP, Aix-en-Provence
  • Université de La Rochelle.

Whatever your background in French you are eligible for several of our courses. We offer language courses at various levels, including for beginners:

If in doubt, please discuss your choice of course with staff of the French programme.


See all French courses

100-level courses

There are courses offered at each level where some knowledge of French is required. There are also courses offered at each level for students who have no knowledge of the French language but who are interested in the cultural and literary aspects of Europe.

Courses from European and European Union Studies (EURA) can be credited towards a Bachelor of Arts in French. 

200-level and beyond

Advancing students continue with language and culture courses at 200 and 300-level. For more information on courses beyond first year see the link above or contact the French programme.

Career opportunities

French as a discipline extends beyond the learning of the language itself and can enhance a range of careers in teaching, diplomacy, foreign trade or the tourism industry. Many UC students combine the study of French with another degree in Law, Science, Commerce or Engineering to enhance their career opportunities.

Graduates of French take up a wide range of occupations, from the public service to banking or journalism, translation, or work in research-based institutions. 

Find out more about what you can do with a degree in French.

More information

Department of Global, Cultural and Language Studies

Phone +64 3 369 3377

3rd floor, Logie building – see campus maps

Postal address
College of Arts | Te Rāngai Toi Tangata
University of Canterbury | Te Whare Wānanga o Waitaha
Private Bag 4800
Christchurch 8140
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