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Abbaye de Senanque
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La Fromagerie
Paris, France
Joseph Acquisto and students
Billings Library
Our program in French combines language study at all levels with coursework in French and Francophone literature and cultural studies. Our students benefit from our location - less than an hour from French-speaking Québec, offering easy access to Montréal (the second-largest French-speaking city in the world after Paris) and to French-language radio and television directly from Québec. Vermont's French-Canadian heritage give students opportunities to put learning into practice and to make contacts that can further their studies, travel, or career.
French at UVM also prepares students for the French-speaking world overseas through one of UVM's many study abroad program sites available in France and other French-speaking nations around the world. 
French is a native language or an official language of government, education, and business in more than 30 countries on five continents. Companies from France, Québec and other French-speaking nations are engaged in many technology-based industries and services, ranging from aerospace to biophysics, medicine, engineering, and computer technology. French is also an important language of diplomacy and international politics and is an official working language of many of the world’s most important international organizations, including the United Nations and the European Union.


Major requirements


  • Law
  • Communications
  • International Business
  • Speech-Language Pathology
  • Journalism

Related Information


Learning Goals for Majors:

 Upon completion of the French B.A. degree, students will be able to:

  • Acquire knowledge of the literary and cultural traditions of French-speaking peoples
  • Speak and understand the language for the expression of ideas and opinions in academic writing and for purposes of daily life
  • Demonstrate critical thinking skills in analyzing literary or cultural topics
  • Develop multicultural awareness to enhance professional and personal interactions with peoples of other cultural traditions


Core Competencies: Skills You Will Master (click for full list)

  • Intercultural/Global Fluency and Foreign Language Skills
  • Ethical Reasoning & Decision Making
  • Analytical & Critical Thinking
  • Creative Expression & Innovation
  • Teamwork, Collaboration, & Leadership
  • Written, Visual, & Oral Communication