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.


Placement Exams*

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. The test is all multiple choice (50 questions), takes about 45 minutes and covers grammar, vocabulary, sentence comprehension, translation, and short translation passage. 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.




Translating Theatre
Translating Theatre Workshop 2017 


A hands-on practicum on translating for the theatre

Languages: French and English

Location: Columbia Global Centers | Paris at Reid Hall, Paris  FRANCE

Dates: May 22-June 8, 2017