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

Department of French
320 Milbank Hall
3009 Broadway
New York, NY 10027
Department Assistant: Sondra Phifer

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Barnard’s prestigious Center for Translation Studies is going to Paris! In this four-week program, students will immerse themselves in French culture by attending theater performances and navigating daily life as a Parisian, all while working collaboratively on translating five French plays into English with a foremost practitioner.  Classes will be held in Columbia University’s historic Reid Hall and students have the option of living with a French family or in an apartment in the city.
Location: Paris, France
June 1 - July 1, 2018
(4 week program)
Languages: English and French
Laurie Postlewate,
French Department
Credits: 3 points
Pre-requisites: 2 years of college-level French
Class Standing: Rising Sophomores, Juniors, or Seniors
Enrollment: Limited to 10 students
Application Deadline: MARCH 23, 2018



Fall '18 Language Placement Exam
Friday, August 30th
Milbank Hall - 405
The test takes about 45 minutes. 50 multiple-choice questions, covering vocabulary, sentence comprehension, grammar and translation. Plus a short translation passage. No listening, no oral. 
No RSVP needed.
Results will be available in the afternoon.