School of Languages and Cultures


Please note: Information on this page relates to the 2016 academic year unless otherwise specified.

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This subject is taught by the School of Languages and Cultures.


Parlez-vous français? Whether your answer is "non, not a bit" or "oui, un peu" French at Victoria has a carefully tailored and planned course for you to step right in and start learning.

In your first year studying French, a Bachelor of Arts (BA) major at Victoria, you will be introduced to all the magic, romance and mystery of French language and culture.

You will experience comprehensive and supportive courses, using multimedia and tutorials, designed to get you speaking, reading, writing and interacting in French. Then you can choose from a range of courses to improve your French and your appreciation of French culture, in an atmosphere of fun, interaction and highly focused energy.

You can also take French as part of a major in Modern Language Studies.

With the growth in the European Union, it has become even more vital for young people in the workplace to have a second language.

At Victoria, we make it easy and fun to study one of the world’s most fascinating languages, with an array of social and cultural activities in addition to study. And you’ll be set up for careers wherever French is spoken—in Europe, Africa, Canada and the Pacific.

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Undergraduate information

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French major requirements

  1. FREN 101 and 102*
  2. FREN 104
  3. FREN 201 and 202 and 20 further points from FREN 200-299
  4. FREN 301 and 302 and 20 further points from FREN 300-399

*Requirement (1) will be waived for students who have the appropriate NCEA Level 3 requirements (or equivalent).

Other students with some prior knowledge of French will be admitted to 200-level French after assessment of their competence. Please contact French Programme staff prior to enrolment.

Postgraduate information

Postgraduate qualifications in French

For information specific to French, please see our Postgraduate Study page. For information about the postgraduate qualifications, please click on the Faculty links below.

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How to find out more

Want to find out more about studying at Victoria? Register now to find out more about your study options and keep updated on application and enrolment information, open days and events.

If you need help deciding what degree might be right for you, or what courses to take, talk with a liaison officer or book a course planning session with us, call 0800 VICTORIA (842 867) or email

If you’re a returning or transferring student, contact the Faculty Student and Academic Services Office, for help with degree planning and for information on admission requirements and transfer credit from other institutions.

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Related subjects and careers

Related subjectsCareers

Art History
International Business
International Relations
Modern Language Studies
Pacific Studies
Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages (TESOL)
Tourism Management

International agencies
International business

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List of courses

French courses are taught within the School of Languages and Cultures. The School office is located in Room 610, von Zedlitz Building, Kelburn campus.

Meet staff who teach in the French Programme Staff, or contact the School for more information, tel: 04-463 5293, email:

For a complete course listing, see the list of all French courses.

100 Level Courses

FHSS 110 – Reading the World: Languages and Cultures in Context

FREN 101 – French Language 1A

FREN 102 – French Language 1B

FREN 104 – French Society and Culture

200 Level Courses

FHSS 210 – Language Study Abroad

FREN 201 – French Language 2A

FREN 202 – French Language 2B

FREN 221 – French Literary Studies

FREN 222 – Special Topic

300 Level Courses

FHSS 310 – Study Abroad for Language Students

FREN 301 – French Language 3A

FREN 302 – French Language 3B

FREN 331 – 19th & 20th-Century French Literature

FREN 332 – 20th-Century French World Literature

FREN 333 – 17th and 18th-Century French Literature

400 Level Courses

FHSS 410 – Global Popular Cultures in Context

FREN 401 – Advanced French Language

FREN 403 – Advanced Translation

FREN 412 – Special Topic 2: Paris Artistique et Litteraire

FREN 418 – Studies in French Society

FREN 489 – Research Project