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French, B.A.

  • Application Deadline
  • 48 months
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French majors and minors develop proficiency and fluency in the language while exploring the culture of France and French-speaking countries around the world. Classes are offered from beginner to advanced levels, including conversation and composition, advanced grammar and translation.


Students in the French program are encouraged to study abroad in a French-speaking country. In fact, most of the College’s French majors spend a semester or year abroad in Paris as part of our renowned JYF program. Established in 1923 and adopted by Sweet Briar in 1948, JYF is the oldest intercollegiate coeducational program in Paris.

For decades, students have come together at the weekly Table Française in the dining hall to converse only in French. Professors from other disciplines who speak French often visit the Table Française. French Club activities offer additional opportunities to speak French and learn about francophone culture and traditions. French majors and minors visit Le Petit Salon for French language films and other cultural activities.

Detailed Programme Facts

  • More details: Rolling Admission after November 1 (decisions and financial aid notifications mailed on a rolling basis after December 17)
  • Programme intensity Full-time
    • Full-time duration 48 months
  • Languages
    • English
  • Delivery mode
    On Campus

Programme Structure

  • Elementary French
  •  Intermediate French 
  • French Conversation and Composition 
  •  France in the 2000s: Society, Government, and Technology 
  • Francophone Cinema 
  • French tor Professionals 
  •  Literatures of the French-speaking World 
  • Survey of French Literature 
  • Special Topics in Masterpieces of French Literature in English 
  • Directed Study 
  • French-Enqlish Translation 

                        English Language Requirements

                        You only need to take one of these language tests:

                        • Minimum required score:


                          The TOEFL iBT ® measures your English-language abilities in an academic setting. The test has four sections (reading, listening, speaking, and writing), each with a score range of 0-30, for a total score range of 0-120. Read more about TOEFL iBT ®.

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                        • Minimum required score:


                          The IELTS – or the International English Language Test System – tests your English-language abilities (writing, listening, speaking, and reading) on a scale of 1.00–9.00. The minimum IELTS score requirement refers to which Overall Band Score you received, which is your combined average score. Read more about IELTS.

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                        Academic Requirements

                      • Completed application — Sweet Briar will accept either the Common Application or online application.
                      • Official transcripts of all academic work completed to date. 
                      • If applicable, a list of current (senior year) grades
                      • A general recommendation from either a high school guidance counselor or high school teacher which addresses the applicant’s interests, attitudes and academic abilities
                      • A standardized test is required. Sweet Briar accepts either the SAT or ACT. Official scores must be submitted directly to the College.
                      • A full credential evaluation from World Education Services (WES) of all non-U.S. high school and college transcripts
                      • College Board’s International Student Certification of Finances
                      • Tuition Fee

                        • International

                          36520 USD/year
                          Tuition Fee
                          Based on the original amount of 36520 USD per year and a duration of 48 months.
                        • National

                          36520 USD/year
                          Tuition Fee
                          Based on the original amount of 36520 USD per year and a duration of 48 months.
                        • In-State

                          36520 USD/year
                          Tuition Fee
                          Based on the original amount of 36520 USD per year and a duration of 48 months.
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                        Studyportals Tip: Students can search online for independent or external scholarships that can help fund their studies. Check the scholarships to see whether you are eligible to apply. Many scholarships are either merit-based or needs-based.

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                        Together with the ISIC Association and British Council IELTS, Studyportals offers you the chance to receive up to £10000 to expand your horizon and study abroad. We want to ultimately encourage you to study abroad in order to experience and explore new countries, cultures and languages.