French studies

About French studies

Beginning at introductory, intermediate or proficient level, you’ll develop a high level of communicative competence in the French language, including translation skills. You’ll also gain a critical understanding of fundamental areas of French studies: literature, film, cultural studies, philosophy, politics and social sciences. You’ll be able to pursue your interest through electives in these various fields. You’ll also be able to choose from a wide range of targeted international study and internship options in francophone institutions.

Why study French?

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.

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Studying a language at Monash

Knowing an international language and understanding global cultures are sought-after job skills that can help you set up your career in Australia or abroad. Whether you're a complete beginner or already proficient, we'll help you discover the world.

Career options

  • Business
  • Banking
  • Insurance
  • Diplomacy
  • Trade
  • Travel
  • Tourism


There is an opportunity for students to spend a semester in France as part of French Studies with one of our exchange partners across France (including Sciences Po, New Sorbonne Paris III, Jean Moulin Lyon III)