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.




Spring 2019 Placement Exam Schedule:

Friday, January 18th

Milbank 405


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. There are no listening or oral components. Questions about the exam should be directed to 

Professor Isabelle Jouanneau-Fertig at

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

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