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French Career & Graduate School Opportunities

  • UMM Students

Did you know that French and English are the only two languages spoken on five of the seven continents? It should come as no surprise, then, that French is the number one language required or preferred for international employment opportunities tracked by the U.S. State Department, ahead of Spanish, Chinese, Arabic, Russian, or German.

French is spoken around the globe by professionals in diplomacy, commerce, healthcare, research, music, art, linguistics, history, law, political science, anthropology, biology, chemistry, mathematics, and philosophy. Along with English, it is the official working language of:

  • The United Nations
  • NATO
  • The International Red Cross
  • The International Olympic Committee
  • The International Labor Bureau
  • The European Community

Here are some of the ways students at the University of Minnesota, Morris prepare themselves for successful careers as speakers of French.

  • To better prepare students to find jobs utilizing their skills, the French discipline devotes one third of its capstone course to career planning and professional development.

  • Many Morris students spend summers working at Lac du Bois, the French section of the Concordia Language Villages in Minnesota’s beautiful north woods.

  • Nearly half of all Morris students study abroad. Professors in the French discipline regularly host short-term trips to Paris and Morocco. Morris supports an exchange program with a university in Lille, France that allows students to study there for scarcely more than it costs to attend Morris. And because Morris is part of the University of Minnesota system, students can also study for a semester or a year in Montpellier, France or in one of the many francophone programs available through the Learning Abroad Center on the Twin Cities campus.

  • Morris students have access to both a Global Student Teaching program and an English Language Teaching Assistant program providing employment opportunities in Francophone countries during the undergraduate years.

  • After graduation, many Morris students apply to the Teacher Assistant Program in France (TAPIF), a program that pays Americans between the ages of 20 and 29 to serve as teacher assistants / cultural ambassadors in underserved middle and high schools in France and other regions of the French-speaking world. It’s a great way to fit a long-term trip into your plans if other commitments keep you on campus for four years.

What about graduate school?

Graduate work can prepare students for careers in research, upper level education, healthcare, or law, among others. It also provides a means for advancement in many career paths. Here are some of the schools chosen by Morris graduates seeking advanced degrees in French or related fields.

  • Carlson School of Management
  • Cornell University
  • Hamline University
  • Monterey Language Institute
  • New York University
  • Northwestern University
  • Penn State University
  • Seton Hall
  • University of California, Berkeley
  • University of Minnesota, Twin Cities
  • University of Washington
  • University of St. Thomas
  • William Mitchell College of Law