Discover the unique cultures, literatures, and histories of France and the francophone countries while you study one of the world’s most globally used languages.

17:1 student to faculty ratio
3 Study Abroad Programs
220 Million French Speakers Worldwide
22 Average Class Size
What Is a Degree in French?

Become an expert in this historical language by learning French composition, grammar, and translation. You'll gain analytical, writing, and public speaking skills that will prepare you for your future profession. You will also develop a strong knowledge of the French culture and francophone world. 

Why Study French Here?

Work one-on-one with our dedicated faculty as you become fluent in the language and culture. You'll find small class sizes, which ensure that you will get to know your professors and they will know you. Our program is known to graduate students who go on to further their education or secure employment. 

Beyond the Classroom

Faculty Mentors


We share a deep committment to undergraduate teaching, and our esteemed faculty have recieved numerous teaching awards. Learn with them in small class sizes and study abroad opportunities. 


French For Business

Research and Internships

Get Experience

Undergraduate Research

As you complete undergraduate research, you'll have opportunities to submit your work to conferences and publish in peer-reviewed journals, including Philologia


We offer internships in a variety of fields, including the U.S. State Department, Intrax Internships Abroad, International Student Volunteers, World Bank, and the International Monetary Fund.

Electronic Antiquity

Study Abroad

Virginia Tech in France and West Africa
Study Away

Virginia Tech in Paris, France

Imagine yourself in the world's most romantic city. Tailored to your level of French, our experienced faculty will lead you on guided tours of Paris. You'll explore castles in the Loire Valley, lights in Chartres, and art in Giverny.

Virginia Tech in Senegal, West Africa

Encounter French influence in the Wolof community of exotic Senegal. As you immerse yourself in the language and culture, you'll visit the stunning Lac Rose (the pink lake) and the chilling slave house on Gorée Island. 

France Study Abroad

Student Organizations

Pi Delta Phi and Other Programs
Get Involved

Join our French club, Le Cercle Francophone, or our chapter of Pi Delta Phi, the National French Honor Society. We encourage appreciation of francophone culture and recognize your outstanding scholarship in French language. 

To work on your conversational skills, attend The Cercle Francophone. We meet weekly and plan activities and interactions with native-speakers. You can also volunteer with Teach for Madame, which facilitates a French after-school program for local children. 

Pi Delta Phi
What Our Students Are Saying

"I spent my junior year in an exchange program with the Université de Caen in France. I completed intensive French classes, had time to travel,  and held a job as an English language teaching assistant in a local school. It was such an enriching experience as I was able to engage in the local French community. The skills that I mastered helped me obtain an internship with the French specialist at the Library of Congress in Washington, D.C."

Courtney Johnson, '16

Careers and Further Study