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Pourquoi le français? - Why Study French?

Interdisciplinary Benefits:

About 1/3 of the vocabulary of English has been borrowed from French.

College Admissions

Students who studied French earn the highest scores on standardized tests, a definite advantage for college admission!

Some 1,100 U.S. institutions offer programs in French or related to French, making it an important discipline in college curricula nationwide.

International Relations

U.S. Department of Defense included French as a critical language to learn because it is spoken in countries which have a strategic position.

French is the official language of 28 countries spread over 5 continents.

French is the language of 51 countries which make up the International Organization of French-Speaking Countries (Francophonie).

French, along with English, is the official working language of the United Nations, UNESCO, NATO, the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development, the International Labor Bureau, the International Olympic Committee, the European Community, the International Red Cross. 

France is the world's third military power (after the U.S. and Russia) and has the world's second largest defense industry.

Science & Medical Research

France is a European leader in aerospace and most commercial satellites are put into space on French Ariane rockets.

The fastest train is French - TGV

France is a world leader in medical research and genetics. Fiber optics and the microchip were invented by French scientists - while the AIDS virus was discovered by a team of French researchers.


A listing of international jobs distributed by the U.S. State Department in 2008: 78 required French, while only 17 required Spanish.

French is one of the official languages of Canada - our most important trading partner.

French companies have created more than 500,000 jobs for Americans while U.S. companies employ 600,000 people in France.


Source: AATF