• Application Deadline
  • 48 months
University rank #38 (ARWU) Urbana, IL, United States
The BALAS in French at the University of Illinois at Urbana Champaign allows students to specialize in one of the following concentrations: The French Studies concentration focuses on courses in language, literature, culture, film, and linguistics. The French Commercial Studies concentration combines a focus on French language and culture with appropriate courses in business.
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Program Overview

The Department of French at the University of Illinois at Urbana Champaign and Italian with the European Union Center offers a 5-year BALAS/MA degree program in French and the Master of Arts in European Union Studies (MAEUS). In order to be admitted to this degree program, students apply through a joint application process to their BALAS–granting program and the European Union Center during their third year of studies. Requirements for this degree program are identical to those for the stand-alone BALAS and for the stand-alone MAEUS. Students will receive both degrees when the requirements are met for the degrees; the BALAS and MA degrees will be conferred separately and independently. More detailed information may be obtained from department and EUC offices.

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 I 
  • Elementary French II
  • Intermediate French I
  • Intermediate French II
  • Accel Intermediate French I

English Language Requirements

  • Minimum required score:


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  • Minimum required score:


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Academic Requirements

You need the following GPA score:

Required score: 3.5

Applicants for graduate programs must have the equivalent of a bachelor’s degree with a minimum GPA equivalent to 3.5 on a US 4.0 grading scale. Admitted applicants typically have an undergraduate GPA of or better on a 4.0 scale. No exam grade should be lower than 4.5 (European grade scale) or D (American grade scale).

Your GPA (Grade Point Average) is calculated using the grades that you received in each course, and is determined by the points assigned to each grade (e.g. for the US grading scale from A-F).

General Requirements


  • High school transcript
  • Test score results (ACT, SAT)
  • Application fee (Domestic $50 ; International $75)
  • To be considered for admission, you must complete a program of study that qualifies you for admission to selective universities in your own country. Freshman applicants must report their academic credentials when they apply.

Tuition Fee

  • International

    34226 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 34226 USD per year and a duration of 48 months.
  • National

    33352 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 33352 USD per year and a duration of 48 months.
  • In-State

    16210 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 16210 USD per year and a duration of 48 months.
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Living costs for Urbana

  • 1100 - 1500 USD/month
    Living Costs

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