French Language Program

Students in Dordogne, France

Welcome to the French Language Program at BC

The French Language Program is part of the Department of Romance Languages and Literatures at Boston College and is comprised of a large number of qualified professors and instructors who are devoted to language teaching. Each semester around 500 – 600 students, including French majors and minors and students in other academic disciplines, enroll in our language courses. 

At Boston College you will find many opportunities to learn and practice French at all levels of proficiency and enjoy the diversity of its cultures. A number of our courses satisfy the University’s Literature Core or the University’s Cultural Diversity Core.

The language curriculum has been carefully designed to foster progressive acquisition of proficiency in French. From the first day of class students are exposed to the target language and trained to practice the necessary basic skills (speaking, oral interaction, listening, reading, and writing) while expanding their vocabulary and learning new grammar points and structures in context. All courses incorporate the study of culture from different French speaking countries. Students acquire the language while they learn to understand relevant socio-cultural and historical aspects of the French-speaking world and to appreciate and celebrate their differences.

Pre-registration Open House

Each semester (in November and April), the Department of Romance Languages and Literatures organizes a Pre-registration Open House in the Lyons 3rd floor hallway for all students interested in taking courses within the Department. Our Faculty will inform you about our course offerings and give you personalized advice in order to choose the best French courses for you. For further details about the next Open House please contact