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The French program at College of DuPage provides you with a strong linguistic and cultural background and prepares you to live and work in a multicultural world. Experience firsthand the art, literature, music, fashion, food and architecture of French-speaking countries everywhere.

Reasons to Study French

  1. Commonly Spoken Language 
    French is a passport to global communication. It is the first or second language in more than 55 countries and is spoken by 250 million people around the world.
  2. New Career Opportunities 
    French opens the door to many career opportunities. Major international businesses as well as American companies regularly recruit candidates who know French. Medicine, the oil and gas industry, power generation, luxury goods, aviation and other transportation technologies have extensive French-speaking networks. In addition, France continues to be a leader and innovator in science and technology.
  3. Academic Performance 
    The study of French enhances knowledge. Students who learn French perform better on standardized tests since 50 percent of modern-day English words come from French. The study of French will also enhance your grammar skills in English.

Class Format

COD offers French courses in a variety of formats to meet the needs of its diverse student population. It also offers the opportunity to live and study abroad in Bordeaux, France.

  • Traditional: Classes meet weekly and students have the opportunity to interact with an instructor and their peers.
  • Online: Internet-based courses offer independent study and flexible learning. Classes are offered online with instructor and student webcam meetings.
  • Hybrid: Blending the traditional and online class creates a new opportunity for students to complete course work with reduced classroom time.


  • French 1100 - Civilization and Culture of France - 3 credit hours (taught in English)
  • French 1101 - Elementary French I - 4 credit hours
  • French 1102 - Elementary French II - 4 credit hours
  • French 1840 - Independent Study - 1 to 4 Credit Hours
  • French 2201- Intermediate French I - 4 credit hours
  • French 2202 - Intermediate French II - 4 credit hours
  • French 2251 - Conversation and Composition I - 3 credit hours
  • French 2252 - Conversation and Composition II - 3 credit hours
  • French 2820 - Advanced Selected Topics - 1 to 4 credit hours
  • French 2860 - Internship (Career and Tech Ed) - 1 to 4 credit hours
  • French 2865 - Internship, Advanced (Career and Tech Ed) - 1 to 4 credit hours
  • French 2870 - Internship (Transfer) - 1 to 4 credit hours
  • French 2871 - Internship, Advanced (Transfer) - 1 to 4 credit hours

Contact Information

Liberal Arts Division Office
Berg Instructional Center (BIC), Room 2E06
(630) 942-2047