Undergraduate Certificate in French 

Focus on composition, reading and writing, and conversational French with the Undergraduate Certificate in French in the College of Liberal Arts at Temple University. 

More than 200 million people across five continents speak French. This 20-credit certificate program introduces undergraduates to the French language and Francophone cultures. As you progress through the various levels of language courses, you’ll learn the fundamentals of grammar and vocabulary, and you’ll work to develop sophisticated conversational skills. 

These skills will allow you to speak, read and write confidently in French for the purposes of your professional or personal pursuits, in the U.S. and abroad. 

Classes & Curriculum

Certificates are awarded only at the time of completion of the bachelor's degree and cannot be awarded either as a stand-alone program of study or after completion of the first bachelor's degree.

Students are required to complete 20 credits of language courses. Course requirements include the following. 

  • Introduction to French I
  • Introduction to French II
  • Introduction to French III
  • Intermediate French
  • French for Business

After completing the core courses, students may choose to focus on specific areas of the French language, including conversational French, reading or composition. 

Learn more about the course requirements for the French Undergraduate Certificate.  


Speaking more than one language can set you apart in today’s global job market. It may increase your marketability and opportunities for career advancement and promotion. According to the American Council on the Teaching of Foreign Languages, acquisition of a second language may also help improve standardized test scores, and it may improve memory and problem-solving skills.

Additionally, studying a language and its culture can help you develop empathy and global thinking. It can broaden your perspective and help you cultivate a greater understanding of people and, in turn, the world. The critical skills gained from learning another language are directly applicable to today’s rapidly diversifying world and can be used across all fields and disciplines.

The ability to speak, read and write French will prepare you for success in career opportunities in the following areas. 

  • Arts and entertainment
  • Business
  • Education
  • Foreign government services
  • Healthcare 
  • Hospitality and tourism 
  • Journalism
  • Translating and interpreting

Tuition & Fees

The tuition for this Certificate is based on school or college of your major, program degree level (undergraduate or graduate), course load (full- or part-time), in-state or out-of-state residency, and more. You can view the full Cost of Attendance breakdown on the Student Financial Services website.