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 inFrench is an 18-credit program consisting ofFRNC 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 ofFrench 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 ElementaryFrench I
  • FRNC102 ElementaryFrench II
  • FRNC201 IntermediateFrench
  • FRNC220 IntermediateFrench Conversation
  • FRNC230 IntermediateFrench 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