More than 300 million people speak French on all five continents. It is also the most popular second language after English, and the third-most widely spoken language in the United States. French majors and minors learn not only to communicate correctly and effectively in French, but also to understand and appreciate the diverse cultural perspectives and practices of French-speaking populations. In addition to helping students select classes, program faculty advise and mentor those applying to study abroad programs, internships, jobs, and graduate school.
Students will gain an understanding of French cultures, literature and history that will help give students an edge when looking for job opportunities that are based in or do business with other companies in French-speaking nations.
Minnesota State University, Mankato's French study abroad summer program is a cooperative venture with the Institut d'Études Françaises which is affiliated with the Université de La Rochelle.