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French, Bachelor

  • Application Deadline
  • 48 months
University rank #24 (WUR) Evanston, IL, United States
The French program of Northwestern University provides rigorous interdisciplinary training in French language and in the literary, cultural, and intellectual traditions of France and the French-speaking world.
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The French program of Northwestern University offers extensive training at all levels of language study, from elementary grammar and conversation to advanced oral practice, composition, translation, and linguistics. 

Program highlights

This foundation prepares students to explore various French and Francophone literary, intellectual, and social movements that have shaped the culture of the modern world. Ranging in scope from the medieval period to the present, our courses consistently draw the link between culture and its contexts, encompassing subject matter as diverse as literature, visual culture, history, gender studies, philosophy, and political thought. Students develop an interdisciplinary mindset through the study of multiple genres, media, and the use of historical documents. Course content ranges widely across the French-speaking world, exposing students to francophone regions in Europe, sub-Saharan Africa, the Caribbean, the Maghreb, the Middle East, and East Asia.

As majors acquire the tools for literary and cultural analysis they also learn about the distinctive contributions of French critical thought. Through various courses, including the senior seminar, students will engage with French-language writers who have revolutionized ways of analyzing culture, society, and the individual. Our students are thus initiated into an intellectual community that prepares them to be linguistically adept, global citizens attuned to the complexities of language and culture as these relate to local and international histories, politics, and artistic movements.

Detailed Programme Facts

  • Programme intensity Full-time
    • Full-time duration 48 months
  • Credits
    120 alternative credits
  • Languages
    • English
  • Delivery mode
    On Campus

Programme Structure

Courses include:

  • Elementary French
  • Intermediate French
  • Intensive Intermediate French
  • Writing Workshop
  • Oral Workshop
  • Acting French

English Language Requirements

This programme may require students to demonstrate proficiency in English.

General Requirements

  • Common Application or Coalition Application
  • Official secondary school transcript and school report
  • Counselor recommendation
  • At least one teacher recommendation
  • SAT or ACT scores
  • Official TOEFL or IELTS scores (ONLY required for international applicants whose first language is not English or whose schooling has not been in English)
  • Nonrefundable application fee of $75 or application fee waiver
  • Early Decision Agreement (ONLY Early Decision applicants)
  • Midyear transcript
  • Music audition (ONLY School of Music applicants)
  • Required for homeschooled applicants ONLY: 3 SAT subject tests 

Tuition Fee

  • International

    56232 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 56232 USD per year and a duration of 48 months.
  • National

    56232 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 56232 USD per year and a duration of 48 months.
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Living costs for Evanston

  • 1100 - 1500 USD/month
    Living Costs

The living costs include the total expenses per month, covering accommodation, public transportation, utilities (electricity, internet), books and groceries.


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