Prior to the beginning of the twentieth century, knowledge of French was considered necessary for any cultivated person. For centuries French language enjoyed high status and was widely popular among well-educated circles of European, African and Asian communities. This popularity found reflection in the many works of classic literature, such as Leo Tolstoy’s “War and Peace”. Despite the upheavals of the twentieth century French language has maintained its prestige, remaining the official language of international diplomacy and the language of the UN.
For many, the prospect of studying in one of the eminent French universities, such as Sorbonne, is key motivation for learning French. French public universities do not charge tuition fees, which gives students a rare opportunity to receive excellent education without having to pay astronomically high tuition fees. In general, admission to bachelor and master programs occurs on basis of student’s grades and results of French language test DALF (Diplome Approfondi de Langue Francaise). DALF preparation course along with academic courses are offered by most language schools in France. Depending on your level of French, preparation to DALF can take between one month and one year.
These, who are interested in short language course will find a large variety of courses on offer in France, from individual and group courses to highly specialized. Depending on your interests, you can take a language course combined with a certain activity, such as culinary lessons, diving, surfing, tennis or yoga lessons. This combination, called language + activity course, provides the most natural and fun way of immersion in the francophone environment and gives great academic results.
It may come as a surprise to some that French language can be studied with excellent results outside of France. French is still widely spoken in Morocco, a former colony of France. Studying French in Morocco will not only improve your language skills but will also enable you to learn more about this fascinating Arabic culture, which combines European tolerance with Eastern hospitality. In Europe French can be studied in the French-speaking part of Belgium, where French is an official language. In addition to excellent beer and chocolate, Belgium can offer its guests excellent museum collections, delicious food and relatively low prices. However, one of the most popular destinations for learning French outside of France is the French-speaking province of Quebec in Canada. Studying French in Canada will enable you to develop your language skills and travel across the country, famous worldwide for its natural beauty.
Regardless of whether you want to study this enchanting language for your own pleasure, or in order to increase your career opportunities, knowledge of French will culturally enrich you and open numerous doors to future business and study opportunities.
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