French

French has been called the language of love - but it is also a language of literature, culture, art, philosophy, business, diplomacy, culinary arts, film, theater, opera, and more. It remains one of the official languages of the United Nations, the European Union, and the Olympics Committee, and although English may have replaced it as the world’s lingua franca, the future of French looks bright, with some predictions placing it with 750 million speakers by 2050.

Whether NYU Shanghai is your home campus or study away site, you can begin or continue your French studies in our small, dynamic, immersive class settings. Our French program provides students the opportunity to take fast-paced, intensive coursework at the elementary and intermediate level in order to reach the proficiency required for advanced coursework at NYU Paris or in the Department of French Literature, Thought, and Culture in Washington Square. We also offer advanced language courses on a rotating basis, including French Grammar and Composition and Business French. See a complete list of course offerings below.

Course Offerings

Elementary Level
FREN-SHU 1 Elementary French I

Prerequisites: None | Credits: 4 | Meeting frequency: three times a week | Offered every semester

Open to students with no previous training in French and to others on assignment by placement test. This course introduces students to the foundations of French grammar, vocabulary, and structure through practice of the four skills (listening, speaking, reading, writing). Not equivalent to FREN-UA 10. Only by combining FREN-UA 1 with FREN-UA 2 can a student complete the equivalent of FREN-SHU 10 and then continue on to the intermediate level.

FREN-SHU 10 Intensive Elementary French

Prerequisites: None | Credits: 6 | Meeting frequency: five times a week | Offered every semester

Open to students with no previous training in French and to others on assignment by placement test. Completes the equivalent of a year's elementary level in one semester. Offered every semester. 6 points.

Intermediate Level
FREN-SHU 20 Intensive Intermediate French

Prerequisites: FREN-SHU 10 | Credits: 6 | Meeting frequency: Four times a week | Offered every semester

Completes the equivalent of a year's intermediate level in one semester. Offered every semester. 6 points. PREREQS: Intensive Elementary French or Instructor Permission

Advanced Level
FREN-SHU 30 French Grammar and Composition

Prerequisites: | Credits: 4 | Meeting frequency: Three times a week | Offered every semester

Systematizes and reinforces the language skills presented in earlier-level courses through an intensive review of grammar, written exercises, an introduction to composition, lexical enrichment, and literary analysis.

FREN-SHU 110 Business French

Prerequisites: | Credits: 4 | Meeting frequency: Twice a week | Offered every semester

Designed for students who wish to learn the specialized language used in French business. Emphasis on oral and written communication and the acquisition of a business and commercial vocabulary dealing with the varied activities of a commercial firm (e.g., advertising, transportation, banking). Stresses group work in simulated business situations and exposure to authentic spoken materials.