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Why Study a World Language?
Myths and Facts about Language Learning


French scholarships are available to students who pursue a French minor, an individualized major in French Studies, or who study abroad in France.  The Duesenberg Endowed Chair in French Language and Culture supports these scholarships, along with Esprit français programming, like a meal in Chicago at the French bistro Venteux.


Engaging classes

Meet with your native French conversation partner, connect with students in Senegal, collaborate with classmates on creative projects.

French at Valpo



Graduate with the skills and knowledge needed to succeed professionally and to pursue any number of careers in a variety of professional fields.

Jack Hoeniges successfully combined French and Mechanical Engineering through Valpo’s unique VIEP program.

Stories from Students


Join the Valpo French community! Build close ties with classmates and get involved in opportunities like Esprit français. Get to know your professors too.

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Experiential Learning

French major Annika Brown ’20 was a student in FREN 290, a course on Classic French Cinema.  For her final project, she produced a short film, Valpo qui s’éloigne, based on the style of filmmaker René Clair in his 1924 silent film, Paris qui dort.



Student Profiles

Lauren combined French with Political Sciences and studied abroad in Paris for a semester.  After graduation, Lauren was award a Fulbright scholarship, moved to France, and completed a Master’s degree in Environmental Policy at Sciences Po, a French university located in Paris.  She is now preparing her application for candidacy for the U.S. Foreign Service.