French & Francophone Studies

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Eiffel Tower; Paris, France

The French and Francophone Studies Program encourages students to study abroad in a French-speaking country for a few weeks during the summer after your first year, and then for one or two semesters as a junior. Brandeis students have enrolled in programs in France, Switzerland, Belgium, Senegal, Madagascar, Cameroon, and Morocco. This experience will help you practice your skills, strengthen your proficiency, and develop cultural awareness.

Sample of Approved Programs

Visit the Brandeis Approved Programs List to review a comprehensive list of programs in French-speaking countries. Click on "Advanced Search" to filter options or search for unique program traits like internships or research. Additional programs might have acceptable coursework, but this list shows the primary locations where FRENCH courses may be available.

Study Abroad Liaison

Each academic department and program has a study abroad liaison who can answer questions about receiving major/minor credit and help you make choices about your study abroad program. You should speak with this faculty member before you go abroad and contact the faculty member again once you have returned.

The liaison for French and Francophone Studies is Prof. Catherine Theobald.

Receiving Credit in French & Francophone Studies

It is your responsibility to ensure that the French and Francophone study abroad liaison receives copies of all official paperwork regarding your study abroad. Please keep all materials (syllabi, handouts, exercises, quizzes, exams, papers) from each course for which you hope to receive credit in case questions arise.

Students wishing to receive French and Francophone Studies credit for work done off campus during the academic year should discuss their desired coursework with the Study Abroad Liaison for French and Francophone Studies prior to studying abroad.

After returning from abroad, complete the Petition to Request Substitution for a Requirement form.

FAQs

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Can I receive French and Francophone Studies credit for courses taken abroad?

Students may count two courses per semester of study abroad up to a maximum of four courses towards the major and up to a maximum of two courses for the minor. For more information, please see the Receiving Credit in French & Francophone Studies section below.

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Do I need to take any courses before going abroad in a French/Francophone-speaking country?

To learn about the Foreign Language Requirement for French and Francophone countries, please see the Foreign Language Requirement page.

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Is it possible to study abroad and complete the French and Francophone Studies major?

Generally, students who study abroad for one semester have no difficulty completing the French and Francophone Studies major. Those who choose to study abroad for an entire year may need to work with their advisor or the study abroad liaison to develop a plan that will allow them to finish the major on time, but this is very possible.