French studies

The French studies program is designed to enable students to develop a high level of communicative competence in the French language (including translation skills and specialised registers such as business French) and a critical awareness of fundamental areas of French studies: literature, film, philosophy, politics, cultural studies and linguistics.

Teaching Program

At Monash, French can be studied from introductory level up to a level of near-native language competence. Our program combines practical language tuition – beginning at and extending your present level of expertise – with units in French culture, literature, philosophy and society. Students will develop writing and research skills appropriate to advanced independent study.


Undergraduate studies

Master's by coursework

Graduate Research

Find out more about the Arts Graduate Research Program.

Complete an entry level test to determine which unit you will be placed in, and find out more on the language framework French studies page.


We welcome applications from prospective PhD and MA students wishing to conduct research on or related to the following research strengths:

  • Modern and contemporary French culture
  • French literature and cinema
  • French social and political thought
  • Learning / teaching of French as a foreign language
  • Applied linguistics
  • French philosophy



Our academics in French studies enjoy strong national and international profiles and pursue global interests. View all staff.

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