Courses in the French Department have a twofold objective: to perfect fluency in the written and spoken language, and to develop an understanding and appreciation of the literature and culture of France and French-speaking countries.


In addition to officially registering, students must sign-up using the Spring 2017 - Language Course Form to reserve a seat.


Placement Exam*

All first-year, transfer, and/or returning students who studied French prior to entering Columbia/Barnard must take the placement exam before taking any Barnard French courses. Questions about the exam should be directed to Professor Isabelle Jouanneau-Fertig at


*Policy on No Exemption from General Education Requirements through Advanced Placement and/or International Baccalaureate Credits: Students Entering Fall 2016
Students entering Barnard in Fall 2016 and thereafter will receive points of credit for Advanced Placement (AP) and International Baccalaureate (IB) credit, but these credits will not exempt students from General Education Requirements. Further information may be found on the Registrars website.