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Programs - French Highlights

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SU student Jessica O’Neill in front of the famed Frontenac Castle of Quebec.

Learn a global language: Learn French!

When you study French, the world is yours to explore!

Did you know that French is officially spoken in 33 countries?! (2nd only to English, with 45 countries)

French is also the only language, other than English, which is spoken on 5 continents, and is taught in every country in the world.

Surprised? Read on…

French is the 3rd most used language on the Internet (after only English and German).

An ability to understand French offers an alternative view of the world through communication with French speakers from all the continents, and news from the leading French-language international media: TV5, France 24 and Radio France Internationale.

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SU student Kristen Lackey fell head over heels in love with Paris!

French is both a working language and an official language of the UN, European Union, UNESCO, NATO, International Olympic Committee, International Red Cross & international courts.

French is the language of the 3 cities with EU headquarters: Strasbourg, Brussels and Luxembourg.

A knowledge of French opens the doors of French companies in France, Canada, Switzerland, Belgium, and North and sub-Saharan Africa. France possesses the world’s fifth largest economy and is the number-three destination for foreign investment.

Thinking local?

The Eastern Shore is home to nearly 20,000 immigrants from the Francophone island of Haiti, and Maryland is among the top states for Haitian settlement: 6th among the 50 states! Local schools, businesses, hospitals & volunteer organizations actively seek out college graduates who are capable of speaking French.

What makes SU’s French program so unique?

Small class sizes

All French classes at SU are limited to 20 students (and are often much smaller). Whether you are just beginning your study of the language, or are already enrolled in an advanced literature course, you will receive the personal attention that you need in order to progress rapidly. Want proof of our program’s effectiveness? To see what our alums are up to, click here:

Top-notch student-oriented professors

All of your French language courses will be taught by highly-qualified professors trained in the latest pedagogical practices. Upper-level literature and culture courses are taught by professors who have earned their doctoral degrees from the nation’s best universities and who continue to present and publish regularly in their field. One of your SU French professors will also serve as your academic advisor from the moment of your arrival at SU up until your graduation (and beyond!).

french highlights SU student Aimee Dawkins relaxes in beautiful Saint-Pierre, Martinique, with Mt. Pelée volcano in the background.

SU professors want to ensure that you get the most out of your French studies: The university is home to two faculty-led French conversation groups: Au Nid des Mouettes (which meets on campus and is open to French students of all levels) and la Société française (which meets at SoBo’s Restaurant, just two blocks from campus, and is open to intermediate and advanced French speakers). Contact Dr. Claire Kew at for specific dates and times.

Study Abroad Requirement

Our French majors are required to study abroad in a Francophone country through a departmentally approved program. There is no better way to learn a new language and culture than to immerse one’s self! Recent SU students have spent a semester, summer or winter term studying in Quebec City, Grenoble, Paris, and Cannes. Looking for a truly unique cultural experience? All SU students are invited to participate in our faculty-led spring break course in the Caribbean island of Martinique. For a complete list of our study abroad partners, visit the Center for International Education’s website at:

The City of Lights Internship in Paris!

Thanks to an official agreement with Global Experiences, SU French students can earn credits toward their major or minor — and fulfill the French major’s study abroad requirement - through an internship experience in Paris, France!

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SU student Ian Wilson poses with NBA star Tony Parker during his Paris Internship experience!

For more information about the Paris Internship, contact Dr. Claire Kew ( or SU's Center for International Education.

To consult the Global Experiences website, click here:

Intern in your backyard! 

French majors are also able to complete a local internship through The Washington Center. Eligible students will gain invaluable work experience in one of Washington D.C.’s French-speaking embassies, all the while perfecting their language skills and earning SU credits!

For more information about The Washington Center’s Internships, click here:

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