French studies

Why study french studies?

Study French language at beginner and post-VCE level, and explore French history, society and culture. French is an international language that can further your career. It is spoken in the United Nations and other international bodies, as well as in Europe, Africa, North America, the Caribbean and the Pacific.

Career opportunities

Translator, interpreter, languages teacher, tourism, media, social and community work, foreign affairs, trade, customs, immigration, aid agencies, research assistant.

Short courses

We also offer single subject study. Visit our short courses page to find out more.


Bachelor of Arts

Popular course

ATAR and location:Melbourne: NCAlbury-Wodonga: 54.4Bendigo: 53Mildura: 60.8Shepparton: N/P

Start dates: Semester 1 and 2 (March and July)Semester 1 (March), Semester 2 (July)

Duration: 3 years3 years full-time or part-time equivalent

Diploma in Languages

ATAR and location:Melbourne: N/A

Start dates: Semester 1 (March), Semester 2 (July)


You can study a Diploma in Languages as a stand-alone award (three years part-time) or combine it with a degree at either undergraduate or postgraduate level at any Australian university. Combining the Diploma in Languages with your current degree will usually require you to complete an additional year of study.

La Trobe University French Club

Members of the La Trobe University French Club are lovers of all things French! Food, film, culture, wine, language, music, tout en effet. They organise a range of social, cultural and educational events that promote French language and culture.

Overseas study opportunities

There are many opportunities for La Trobe students to study overseas. Students from overseas can come to La Trobe and do a short term Study Abroad program. Some short courses are also available to international students.  Short courses are also available to international students. Visit International Students for more information.

Student and graduate profiles

Students of the College talk about their experience at La Trobe.

About the academic staff

You'll get to meet a large number of academics during your course, from tutors through to lecturers.

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