The Center teaches French through the second year of study. You may continue your study of French with the Department of Modern and Classical Literatures and Cultures. French is an official language of many African countries and of Canada, where it is the main language used in the province of Québec. French and is one of the official languages of the United Nations and the European Union.

The Center awards the Certificate in Language and Intercultural Communication in French. You can also major in French Studies through the Department of Classical and European Studies. Additionally, French is an option to fulfill the language requirement for the Linguistics major.

Course Sequence

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* Offered by the Department of Modern and Classical Literatures and Cultures.

Before registering for a 100 or 200 level French course, take the Language Placement Test (LPT) to find out which course is right for you. The LPT is not required for 300 and 400 level courses in French.

Study Abroad

Rice in France is our six-week summer study abroad program. Click here to learn more about our Rice in Country programs.

For other study abroad opportunities in French, contact the Study Abroad Office at


Aymara Boggiano
Aymara Boggiano

Lecturer in French and Spanish

Maryam Emami
Maryam Emami

Lecturer in French, Rice in Country Coordinator