French is spoken on 5 continents in nearly 30 countries by over 274 million people. It is the second most widely learned foreign language after English, and the sixth most widely spoken language in the world. The OIF, an international organisation of French-speaking countries, comprises 84 member states and governments. France also has the largest international network of cultural institutes which run French-language courses with a community of over a million learners.

expand your career and education horizons

A working knowledge of French opens the doors to French companies in France, a country that boasts the world’s fifth biggest economy and third-ranking destination for foreign investment. France is also home to more of the world’s top 100 most innovative companies than any other country in Europe. You also have the chance to work in other French-speaking countries such as Canada, Switzerland, Belgium, and many countries in Africa. France’s system of higher education comprises 3,500 public and private institutions and the French government subsidizes a large share of the actual cost of higher education, even for international students. There are also many programs offered in English. France is the world’s 4th leading country for international students after the United States, the United Kingdom, and Australia. In 2017, Paris was ranked the world’s second best city in the world for students.

learn the language of culture

French is the international language of cooking, fashion, theatre, the visual arts, dance and architecture. A knowledge of French offers access to great works of literature in the original French, as well as films and songs. French is the language of Victor Hugo, Molière, Léopold Sendar Senghor, Edith Piaf, Jean-Paul Sartre, Alain Delon and Zinedine Zidane. French is also considered the language of love and is a great foundation for learning other languages, especially the Romance languages like Spanish, Italian, Portuguese and Romanian.