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According to GTS Translation Services, French is the fifth most spoken language in the world after Mandarin Chinese, English, Spanish, and Arabic. French stands tall as the official or co-official language of nearly 30 countries.

Approximately, 300 million people speak French around the globe. French ranks just behind English as the second most valuable language in the business world. Team up those two languages in your communications cache and you’ll be well ahead of the curve.

Why study French at Inver Hills?

French is the future.

The Organisation Internationale de la Francophonie (OIF) estimates Earth will be home to 715 million French speakers by 2050, or 8 percent of the planet’s population. That breaks down as 80 million French speakers in Europe, 10 million in Canada, and roughly 250 million in Africa with the remainder distributed worldwide.

Now it’s official.

French is an official working language for an amazing range of international organizations, including the United Nations, UNESCO, NATO, World Trade Organization (WTO), Interpol, European Union, International Red Cross and Red Crescent Movement, the International Olympic Committee (IOC), and Fédération Internationale de Football Association (FIFA).

Sophistication is the name of the game.

Knowing French enhances your travel experiences while broadening your cultural and intellectual horizons. Synonymous with elegance of expression, French ranks as the international language of business, diplomacy, the internet, science, literature, the visual arts, philosophy, and the list continues. Also, language studies is a degree requirement at most four-year schools.

We have ways of making you talk…French.

The French department at Inver Hills offers lower-division courses up to intermediate French. You can obtain a valuable level of proficiency and cultural understanding in a welcoming and stimulating environment. Learning is strengthened through multimedia technology.

Voilà! You are well on your way.

You'll discover that learning French not only gives you a valuable life skill, but is also a superb way to gain a new perspective on global affairs. You can use your French coursework to satisfy electives and academic program requirements, cultivate your personal interests, or start on the path toward minoring or majoring in French at a four-year college or university.


Impossible n’est pas français.

French speakers are in demand in numerous career fields. French majors often pursue a second major in disciplines such as political science, history, business, marketing, or economics to broaden their career prospects. Graduates with backgrounds in French go on to earn doctorates in education, law, medicine, and other professions.

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