French professor Devan Baty and her students traveled to Aix-en-Provence, France during Block 7, 2011. Professor Rebecca Wines will lead a class in the same location in 2013. Read more
Bienvenue! In addition to studying French language and arts, we endeavor to engage students with contemporary Francophone cultures that range from Quebec to France to Africa. Cornell's One Course At Time schedule makes it possible for all students to engage in off-campus courses for a single block without impacting other coursework. Learn more about language study at Cornell and on the block plan at our Classical & Modern Languages site.
An official language of the United Nations, UNESCO and NATO, French is the second most widely taught language in the world. Americans need not travel to another continent to use their French, for French is an official language of Canada, and Francophone culture is alive and well in many regions of the United States.
French leads students on a path of intellectual discovery. French and Francophone scholars and activists have been at the forefront of interdisciplinary collaboration throughout the world. French is not only a language of the arts, but also one of technological innovation and political diplomacy.
There are many job opportunities in international organizations for French speakers, and students of French are well-prepared for graduate studies. Students in both the humanities and the sciences will have expanded opportunities for research in their disciplines when they achieve proficiency in French.