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The French program at Saint Louis University offers a wide variety of courses aimed at mastering the French language and understanding French-speaking cultures.

Student with host family in Lyon

 Yesenia Sanchez ('19) and her host family celebrate the fête des lumières in Lyon, France.

Our diverse, interdisciplinary curriculum includes courses such as “French and International Relations,” “Business French,” “French Cinema,” “French and Francophone Media” as well as literature/culture courses from the Middle Ages to the present.

The French experience at SLU extends beyond the classroom walls: we offer frequent “activités cuturelles” open to all levels, and we host a chapter of the national French Honor Society Pi Delta Phi. Our study abroad opportunities include semester- and year-long options in Poitiers and Lyon, France.

Student Profiles

Yesenia Sanchez

Yesenia Sanchez photo
Hometown: Fairview Heights, Illinois
Majors: French, International Studies
Minors: Political Science, WGS
Favorite French class: Women and Global Issues
Career interest: Working with an advocacy or
non-governmental agency that helps migrants 

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Salut! I am a senior majoring in French and International Studies, with minors in Political Science and Women's and Gender Studies. Although I live in the greater St. Louis region, I like to call Zacatecas, Mexico home, since I spent much of my childhood there. My love for French started in high school, and it has only grown since, thanks to SLU. I am also very passionate about traveling, which is why I spent my junior year studying in Lyon, France. I was able to travel through 21 different cities in 9 different countries. My favorite was city was Sidi Bou Said, Tunisia, a francophone country.

After my time abroad, I came back to the United States for a research internship through the McNair Scholars Program. I was able to study a new side of French culture by researching the new asylum and immigration laws being added to the French constitution. In the future I hope to pursue a career that has direct involvement with migration and refugees. In the meantime, I am looking at Migration Studies Master's programs. 

Samantha Sudduth

Samantha Sudduth profile
Hometown: O'Fallon, Illinois
Majors/minors: Dual major in French and Communication Sciences & Disorders
Career interest: Speech-language pathology

Title of LLC symposium paper:  “Jean Renoir, le vrai poète du cinéma”

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Bonjour!  My name is Samantha Sudduth, and I will be graduating this spring as a dual major in French and Communication Sciences & Disorders. After graduation, I’ll be spending a year as an English as a Second Language assistant in Annecy,  France through the Teaching Assistant Program in France (TAPIF). I am thrilled to have the opportunity to return to France and to utilize my passion for French in order to help students in the process of foreign language acquisition. After TAPIF, I have plans to obtain my Master’s degree in speech-language pathology at Missouri State University.

The chance to study French here at SLU has truly been the opportunity of a lifetime. Not only has it better prepared me for my career as a speech pathologist by deepening my understanding of phonology, syntax, language, and communication, but it has also expanded my perspective and encouraged me to take a more active interest in cultures, peoples, and events that fall outside of my immediate experience. It may sound somewhat ironic, but the joy of discovery that learning a second language has brought me is something I simply can’t put into words, neither in English nor in French! All I can say is that learning French has been one of the most fulfilling and enriching adventures in my life, and I can’t wait to continue that adventure in Annecy this fall!