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The French program at UW–Madison offers students opportunities for cultural and literary learning about the French-speaking world through dynamic, in-class experiences and extracurricular components such as the French House, an immersion residence hall and cultural center, and the French Ambassador program, a student organization that engages students with French and Francophone cultural events in and around Madison.

Students intending to major in French or complete the certificate enter the program at the appropriate level depending on their language proficiency.

  • The French major includes two prerequisite courses (FRENCH 228 and FRENCH 271) followed by 24 credits in French.
  • The French certificate includes two core courses (FRENCH 228 and FRENCH 271) followed by three additional courses at the 311 level or above.

The majority of UW–Madison French majors or certificate students complete their requirements through a combination of courses taken on campus and abroad with a UW–Madison sponsored program.

Learning Outcomes

Students completing an undergraduate major in French will be able to:

  • Demonstrate that they understand and can analyze literary and non-literary texts in French representing a broad spectrum of topics, time periods, and geographical regions (interpretive communication).
  • Express themselves effectively in spoken and written French to inform, persuade, and narrate for different audiences of listeners, viewers, or readers (presentational communication).
  • Express themselves effectively in spoken and written French to share information, reactions, and opinions related to a broad spectrum of topics and texts (interpersonal communication).
  • Recognize and explain cultural artifacts, practices, and perspectives of the French-speaking world including how these cultural elements relate to literary and non-literary texts in French (cultural knowledge).
  • Demonstrate a good degree of understanding of lexical, grammatical, syntactic, and stylistic features of the French language (linguistic knowledge).
  • Demonstrate awareness of difference and diversity by comparing and contrasting culturally situated beliefs, behaviors, and norms of the French-speaking world with those found in their own culture (cross-cultural awareness).
  • Engage in a sustained fashion with the French language, its users, and cultural artifacts in and beyond the classroom, e.g., in their own community, virtual communities, and study abroad (engagement with the French language and culture).

Course options

Here are the different ways in which you can study BA in French.

Full Time (Minimum of 120 credit hours)

Tuition fees

$37,785.00 (27,69,618) per year


21 Jan, 02 Sep


College of Letters and Science

South Hall, 1055 Bascom Mall,

University of Wisconsin–Madison,



53706, United States

Entry requirement for international students

Applicant must have high school record should demonstrate both rigor and breadth in the types of course work you pursue. A competitive academic record should show some of the most challenging advanced-level work offered at or through your school in as many areas as possible, while maintaining a strong GPA. The following chart shows the number of years that most admitted students studied in each subject area; English 4 years, Math 4 years, Social Studies 3-4 years, Science 3-4 years, Single Foreign Language 3-4 years and Additional Academic/Fine Arts 2 years. Applicant must have ACT score of 30 and overall SAT score of 1395.

English Language Requirement

Applicant must have TOEFL score of 100 on internet based test, 603 on the paper-based test or IELTS score of 6.5

* Please check with your chosen school for the exact entry requirements for your programme.

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