Certificate in French

  • Students listen to a professor in a French class.

    There is a growing need for multilingual individuals in the workplace, and the Certificate in French  provides an opportunity for students to earn an internationally recognized credential in a foreign language with fewer classes than a minor. Many of our students are able to test out of one or more of the required classes depending on their previous experience with the language.

    The Certificate in French is an 18-credit program consisting of FRNC 101, 102, 201, 220, and 230, so for students with no background in the language that would mean five semesters or coursework until completion. Up to 12 out of the 18 credits can be waived for students with prior language experience who place out of one or more of the required courses. In order to qualify for the Certificate, students must take at least six credits of French courses at IUP and also take the Oral Proficiency Interview by computer (OPIc) which is offered towards the end of each fall and spring semester. 

    The Oral Proficiency Interview by computer is administered through Language Testing International, an affiliate of the American Council on the Testing of Foreign Languages. The OPIc provides students with an internationally recognized proficiency rating. By receiving the Certificate in French, students will add an extra credential to their transcript that will distinguish them from their peers. 

    The certificate is focused explicitly on speaking and writing. For more in-depth language classes and courses that cover cultural, historical, and literary content, see the French minor.

    Study abroad opportunities are also available. 

    Requirements for the Certificate in French

    • FRNC 101 Elementary French I
    • FRNC 102 Elementary French II
    • FRNC 201 Intermediate French
    • FRNC 220 Intermediate French Conversation
    • FRNC 230 Intermediate French Composition and Grammar (or approved elective)
    • Oral Proficiency Interview by computer (OPIc)—offered each fall and spring semester  

    Download the Certificate in Foreign Languages Application

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