A language without borders
Consider studying the beautiful French language, spoken by more than 125 million people worldwide.
Calvin's French programs will help you to go beyond just linguistic competence; you will improve your memory and self-discipline, enhance verbal and problem-solving skills, develop multicultural sensitivity, and, above all, learn what it means to live as a Christian in the Kingdom of God. Studying French also allows you to broaden your knowledge in other areas of study including history, anthropology, political science, literature, geography, linguistics, philosophy, and theology.
Explore French at Calvin
Majors and minors
Choose from four academic program options offered by the French department at Calvin.
Engineering and French
Learn how to combine majors in French and engineering to increase career options in global engineering.
Spend a semester in the beautiful city of Grenoble, France, or a January interim in Quebec or Haiti.
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French interim celebrates 50 years of language and learning
This year, the Calvin French interim celebrates its 50th anniversary. Professor Art Otten, chair of the French Department in 1968, decided to organize Calvin’s first-ever interim abroad to Paris and Montpellier.
News & Stories, November 12, 2018
U.S. News recognizes Calvin's global focus
Calvin again ranks among the top colleges and universities in the 2016 U.S. News & World Report's Best Colleges Guidebook.
News & Stories, September 16, 2015
Say what? ¿Qué?: foreign languages at Calvin
Explore Calvin's extensive foreign language offerings
VERGE, Spring 2014
We Are Calvin: Henry Higby
Senior Henry Higby is spending this Fall in the semester abroad program in France.
News & Stories, October 22, 2013
Q&A: A Christian approach to teaching languages
Calvin professors of German, French and Chinese discuss how foreign language pedagogy has changed and how to teach a language Christian-ly.
News & Stories, June 14, 2012