Welcome & Bienvenue!

Want to register for a French class, declare the French Major or Certificate, plan for Study Abroad in a French-speaking country, contact a French Professor for advice, or learn about all things French at Williams? Click on the menu items to the right for detailed information!

French Placement Test: August 11-18, 2021

We’re delighted you want to continue your French Studies at Williams, and we want to help you find a French course where you can grow and thrive! If you’ve ever studied French before (in a formal class, at any level, in primary, middle, or secondary school, college, or summer programs), you must take the French Placement Test, so we can determine which is the best course for you, here at Williams. You will not be admitted to a French course unless you have taken the French Placement Test.

• Deadline to Sign-Up for French Placement Test: August 11 (by 12PM EST)

• Dates for taking French Placement Test online: August 12-18 (by 9PM EST)

For complete information, read the detailed link on the French Placement Test.

First-Year Pre-Registration (June 21-25, 2021)

If you are an incoming first-year student and want to either begin or continue your French Studies here at Williams, welcome & bienvenue! We’re looking forward to meeting you and seeing you in our courses!

Students who have had any formal French study before (at any level, for any length of time, in middle school, high school, college or summer programs) must take the French Placement Test, so that we can determine which is the best level for you here at Williams. The French Placement Test will be administered online to incoming first-year students in August (between August 5-22) 2021. More information on the exact dates will be forthcoming later this summer from the French Program and the Dean’s Office. For more preliminary information, see our detailed webpage on the French Placement Test.

So how do you choose a French class during First-Year Pre-Registration (June 21-25)? Look at the course descriptions of our French courses in the online Course Catalog and estimate which course might be best based on your previous French studies. But keep an open mind, so that you can adjust your enrollment during the Registration Period (August 23-27, 2021), in advance of the First Day of Classes (September 9, 2021).

Sign-Up for our Email List

In order to get invitations and announcements for French Program and French Club activities, you must first sign up for the French Special Interest Group on Glow. Simply click here and add yourself to the French Club’s email list: your name and email is added to this list, you will receive email invitations for French activities on campus. For more on the French Club’s cultural activities, click on the menu to the right or on this link.

Introduction: French at Williams

Bienvenue & Welcome! The Williams French Program offers a diverse range of courses in French language and Francophone literature, film, and culture. Whether you want to improve your French language skills, prepare for study abroad in France or Morocco, or learn more about the Francophone literary and cinematic tradition, we encourage you to explore our courses and activities.

Taught entirely in French, our language courses accommodate all levels, from beginning to intermediate and advanced, and incorporate lively communicative approaches and technologies to help you improve your speaking, comprehension, reading, and writing. Taught by specialists in their field, our literature courses explore the riches of French and Francophone fiction—as well as cinema, art, politics, and culture—from the Middle Ages, Renaissance, and Revolution to the Nineteenth,  Twentieth, and Twenty-First Centuries, from Europe and North America, to Africa and the Caribbean. In addition to courses offered at Williams, we encourage students to study abroad with programs in France, Switzerland, Morocco, Sénégal, Martinique, Québec, and other Francophone countries.

The French Program regularly sponsors film festivals, invited speakers, political debates, and discussion tables. Each year, we host two Teaching Associates from France who take active teaching roles in our courses, offer individual help with pronunciation and writing, and organize extracurricular activities in French as heads of our French Club, including cooking lessons, group dinners, film and media discussions, political debates, radio shows, game nights, and karaoke…tout en français!  

Whether you are exploring French for the first time, plan to Major in French, or want to complete a French Certificate (Minor), we invite you to explore our courses, meet our faculty, and take part in our activities. Bienvenue!