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Languages at UW-Madison



French is a global language. Spoken on five continents by over 275 million people, the French language is a gateway to international and domestic careers. UW-Madison students of French develop linguistic proficiency, cultural competence and critical thinking skills enabling them to find successful careers in areas such as the sciences, business, the arts, education, law, human rights, technology, government and medicine.

Majors & Certificates 

French Major, French Certificate, European Studies Certificate; visit the Majors & Certificates page for more information.

Language Conversation Table 

Vin et Conversation meets Mondays at 6:30pm at Barrique's on West Washington (off the Square).  It is a French-speaking group for all levels.


Live at the French House, a private, language immersion residence hall operated through the Department of French & Italian and located just off campus.


Explore ways to fund your language study.

Study Abroad 

You can study French in various countries in Europe and Africa. Contact International Academic Programs for more information, and check out the Major & Certificate Advising Page for French. 
Additional opportunities are available through the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences, the College of Engineering, and the Wisconsin School of Business.

Student Organizations 

The French House is the center of activity outside the classroom. The French Ambassadors is a student-run organization founded to enhance extracurricular activities including networking with alumni and hosting French and francophone cultural events for undergraduates. The Ambassadors also serve as an advisory board for the undergraduate French academic program.

Browse the Wisconsin Involvement Network for more information on other organizations.


Consider an internship where you can use French, either in the US or abroad. An internship in any field can complement your language study and can provide valuable professional experience.

Summer Study Options 

French is frequently offered during the summer. Please consult the Schedule of Classes for detailed course information.

Non-credit Classes 

Affordable non-credit language classes offered on campus in the evenings, on the weekends and in the summer. Learn more