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French is unique, romantic, passionate and a beautiful language that is often called the language of love. Knowing French can also help you learn other Romance languages, such as Spanish, Italian, or Portuguese, and can even help you better understand English: over 30% of the English language is derived from French. When people think about France, many things come to mind such as the baguette, wine, Paris, the countryside, the Alps, and the amazing food culture.

French is one of the most important languages in the world. It is the official language of the United Nations, the European Union, NATO, the World Trade Organization and many more. It is spoken by over 300 million people worldwide.

By studying French at Northeastern, you can fulfill the University’s language requirement, study abroad (in France or other Francophone countries), go on a Dialogue of Civilizations in France, or pursue an academic minor in French.

Why Study French?

French is the only language other than English to be spoken on all five continents. France holds a great history and a rich culture. French is taught in universities around the world. French is the language of the future: some predict that in 2050, French will become the most useful language in the world. French is one of the world’s most influential languages because of its wide use in the worlds of journalism, academia and diplomacy. Speaking French opens up opportunities for higher education at some of the great universities or Grandes Ecoles. French opens doors to French companies in France and Francophone countries. French is a fun and enjoyable language to learn

National French Honors Society
In Spring 2019, we installed a local chapter of Pi Delta Phi, the National French Honors Society at Northeastern.

Course Offerings

If you have had prior training in French before entering Northeastern University, please contact the Program Coordinator, Prof.  Sali Ziane at for a placement test.

Elementary courses:
FRNH 1101 – Elementary French 1
FRNH 1102 – Elementary French 2

Intermediate courses:
FRNH 2101 – Intermediate French 1
FRNH 2102 – Intermediate French 2

Advanced courses:
FRNH  3101 – Advanced French 1
FRNH  3102 – Advanced French 2

Special Topic:
FRNH 4800 – Contemporary French culture and society 

Culture courses:
CLTR 1501 – Introduction to French culture

Course Schedule

Please visit the Office of the Registrar’s website for a comprehensive list of current course offerings.

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