North Central College - Naperville, IL


Why choose French at North Central College?

Adding another language to your skill set is a great way to prepare for international business, graduate work or world travel—and a great way to wow potential employers. Include a secondary education major in your studies and you’ll also be equipped to teach French to K-12 students. At North Central we keep our classes small to ensure that you receive all the personalized help and attention you'll need. After completing a placement test you’ll meet with your advisor to make sure you begin your studies at the level that’s best for you.

You can also:

  • Use short-term learning opportunities to conduct research through a Richter Grant or D-Term travel to French-speaking areas.
  • Expand your linguistic and cultural proficiencies by studying abroad for a term through our exchange program Angers, France.
  • Participate in the French Club and the annual Modern and Classical Languages Festival.
  • Travel to countries like Haiti to volunteer for ministry and service.
  • Take advantage of the Roberta I. Myers Language Resource Center for one-on-one tutoring or audio and video support.
  • Earn an English language learning (ELL) minor to qualify to teach English abroad in a French-speaking country or teach ESL in Illinois schools.
  • Qualify for induction to Pi Delta Phi, the International French Honor Society, or Phi Sigma Iota for students studying more than one language.


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Graduate School

Recent graduates in French have been accepted at:

  • University of Illinois Graduate School of Library and Information Science


Recent graduates in French include:

  • International trainer
  • Special collections librarian
  • Travel guide
  • Translator
  • Teacher
  • English teacher in French high school
French and Global Studies: Developing States double major

Erica volunteered for a service trip to Haiti while a student. “That mission trip truly changed my life. I met one of the most influential professors in my college career and added global studies as a second major as a result. I even became more dedicated to my major in French, Haiti’s official language.”

Her renewed dedication to studying French also resulted in closer connections with her French professors. During her senior year, she studied abroad at L'Université Catholique de l'Ouest in Angers, about 90 minutes by train from Paris, and was named North Central’s outstanding major in French.

Erica was initially attracted to North Central because of New Visions Summer Company, a traveling...

French and Global Studies: International Business double major

Natalie chose North Central College for “its strong and diverse study abroad program. I knew I wanted to study in France. Also, the ministry and service staff members were awesome.”

During her time at North Central, she enjoyed many opportunities to enrich her studies in French and global studies. Her first year, she traveled to Haiti. “That service trip reaffirmed my passion for serving others and studying languages, hearing people there speak French and Creole. And I made some of my best friends at North Central on that trip.”

Her junior year, Natalie studied abroad in Angers, France, at the Université Catholique de l'Ouest.

“It was one of the best experiences of my life. From living with...

French, Political Science, Global Studies, International Business quadruple major

The travel bug bit Priscilla during her years at North Central. She studied abroad in Angers, France, during fall term of her junior year. Other trips took her to Greece, to Kenya for a research project and to Guatemala to learn about coffee production through Enactus. "Once you start traveling, you get addicted," she says. "Every time you experience a new culture, you come back with fresh insights about a global or personal issue."

Priscilla knows she chose the right place to continue the French studies she started in high school and to prepare for a career in international relations. "North Central courses are small, and the professors will alter their syllabus...

French and Elementary Education double major, middle school French endorsement

Not only did Sara immediately feel welcomed into the North Central community, but she also felt right at home in the French department.

“It was so nice to feel that your thoughts were always appreciated and your efforts were always valued. This safe environment for learning a second language helps a student grow and evolve.”

Sara loved viewing the world through a different language and took every opportunity to do so. She became a language tutor on campus, traveled to France as part of a D-Term study abroad course and became involved in the College’s French club, Cercle Français.

“From crêpe making and Mardi Gras celebrations to language immersion weekends and service projects in...

French major

Kim wants to teach, so it was impossible for her to turn down an opportunity to work after graduation as an English teaching assistant in France.

 “I’m very excited about it,” says Kim, who will be working for the French government during her seven-month appointment. “I wouldn’t have received this opportunity without the support of North Central’s faculty. They wrote letters of recommendation and coached me through the application process.”

Kim mastered French at North Central through a combination of coursework, teaching, tutoring and independent study. She was co-president of the French club, lived in dorms with international...