World Languages & Cultures | French
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The French culture and economy are among the strongest and most prevalent in the world, and France is increasingly a leader in science, agriculture, industry, technological innovations, and academic thought and research. French is a critical global language and the language of the future. When you study French at ISU, you learn much more than just the language. You broaden your cultural horizons, strengthen your cultural intelligence, increase your marketability, and learn to see, understand, and relate to the world from a new perspective.

The ISU French Program offers the possibility of either majoring solely in French or combining French with any other university majors through a cluster of courses that focus on the language, cultures, histories, civilizations, literatures, and cinemas of France and Francophone countries.

Q: Who studies French?

A: Amazing students with very diverse interests!

Learn about three exceptional students in this video.

The student learning outcomes identified here are based on the Standards for Foreign Language Learning in the 21st Century (National Standards in Foreign Language Education Project). This document, a collaborative effort of nine national foreign language organizations, establishes a context that defines the central role of foreign language in the learning of every student. The standards, as well as our program outcomes and individual course objectives, suggest a paradigm shift in foreign language education that focuses on students’ ability to use the language in authentic situations.






If your first major is in the College of Agriculture, Business, or Engineering then you can get a professionally-focused second major or minor with us.


Visit the ISU Study Abroad Center website to access information regarding their services and university-wide programs. In addition to this central office, each college at Iowa State has its own study abroad office, programs and scholarships to explore. To view these, visit our study abroad page and click on ‘Contact’ to view an interactive campus map, that provides links to all study abroad office pages. To search (and apply for) all study abroad programs, visit isuabroad. NOTE: Study abroad is open to every student, regardless of field of study. Discuss your plans with your academic adviser as well as study abroad advisers on campus to plan your journey.

There are many summer, semester, and academic year study abroad programs available to ISU students in several French-speaking locations, including Belgium, France, Québec, and Switzerland. Read through just some of the possibilities below and contact the appropriate representative. You can earn up to 18 credits!




Grenoble Institute of Technology (INP): For students in CoE, the ISU Engineering International Programs Office coordinates a summer, 1 semester, or academic year exchange in Grenoble, France. Internship possibilities exist as well. Contact: Shannon Miner (, 1300 Marston Hall).


ISEP Study Abroad: The ISU Study Abroad Center (3224 Memorial Union) coordinates a variety of International Student Exchange Programs (1 month, summer, semester, academic year) in a number of different cities in France and Belgium. Contact: Monica Ernberger (, Study Abroad Center).


ISU on the French Riviera: The ISU French Program organizes a 4-week faculty-led summer study abroad program in Antibes, France. Contact: Stacey Weber-Fève (, 3102K Pearson).


ESSEC Paris, Business Student Exchange: Any ISU student in the CoB may go for 1-2 semesters. Contact: Danette Bontrager (, Study Abroad Center).




Université de Lausanne (UNIL) or École polytechnique fédérale de Lausanne (EPFL) All-University Exchange: Any ISU student may go for 1-2 semesters to either institution. Internship possibilities exist as well. Contact Sebastien Fève (, 1237 Hoover Hall) if you are in CoE or Stacey Weber-Fève (, 3102K Pearson Hall) if you are in any other ISU college.




Solvay School of Economics and Management Exchange: Any ISU student in the CoB may go for 1-2 semesters. Contact: Danette Bontrager (, ISU Study Abroad Center).




Université de Laval: The ISU Study Abroad Center (3224 Memorial Union) coordinates a summer, 1 semester, or academic year exchange in Quebec City, Québec, Canada. Contact: Trevor Nelson (, Study Abroad Center).


National Student Exchange (NSE) – Québec: ISU participates in the National Student Exchange with the Université de Montréal, Université de Sherbrooke, and Université du Québec à Montréal. Contact: Allison Severson-Haban (, 1080 Hixen Lied).


Please note that there are many more options for students of French to take French language courses and/or advanced content courses (literature, culture, etc.). For more information on these affiliate programs, contact Monica Ernberger (, Study Abroad Center) or Ginger Nally ( You may search for programs here: & Click on ‘Programs’ to begin your search: search by country, city, or program name.