French studies (in European languages)

As part of the European languages study area, students can choose to specialise in French studies.

European languages will provide a deep understanding of the interconnections between different languages and cultures, and their global impact over time. French is spoken in 42 countries across five continents. It’s one of the five official languages of the United Nations and is used by important international bodies such as the World Health Organization and the International Court of Justice. Studying French will prepare you for exciting careers in Australia and around the world.

Teaching Program

At Monash, our French program combines practical language tuition with insights into the culture, literature, philosophy and society of French-speaking countries, within a European and global context.

You will develop a high level of communicative language competence – from introductory level up to a level of near-native language competence including translation skills and specialised registers – and a critical awareness of fundamental areas of French studies, such as literature, film, philosophy, politics, cultural studies and linguistics.

Immerse yourself in the French language and gain a critical understanding of significant moments in the development of French culture, history and politics with one of our study abroad opportunities including exchange programs with Sciences Po and Sorbonne in Paris, and Jean Moulin University in Lyon.

In the European languages (French studies) program you will develop writing and research skills appropriate to advanced independent study. We prepare our students for life-long learning, both academically and vocationally. Learning pathways extend from first year undergraduate subjects to Honours and beyond.


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
  • Gender and sexuality in the Francophone world
  • French philosophy



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

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