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Dip - French as a subject

A diploma is a short-term study option that can help pave your way to future success.

Would you like to be able to chat with a winemaker in the Loire Valley? Discuss the menu with a waiter in a Parisian café? Frequent the Latin Quarter and talk about existentialism in the Café de la Sorbonne? Then learning French as part of a major in International Languages and Cultures is the ideal way to start.

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Key information

Years: 1
Start Dates: Trimester A (March) and Trimester B (July)
Area of Study:
All amounts are in New Zealand Dollars (NZD). *Tuition fees shown are indicative only and may change. There are additional fees and charges related to enrolment please see the Table of Fees and Charges for more information. You will be sent an enrolment agreement which will confirm your fees.

Career opportunities

  • Diplomat
  • Hospitality Operator
  • International Lawyer
  • Tour Guide
  • Translator or Interpreter
  • Travel Agent

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Prescriptions for the GradCert(Fren) and GradDip(Fren)

A Graduate Certificate and Graduate Diploma are available to graduates who have not included French at an advanced level in their first degree.

For further details, contact the Division of Arts, Law, Psychology and Social Sciences Office.

Prescriptions for the PGCert(Fren), PGDip(Fren), BA(Hons) and MA

To complete a BA(Hons) in French, students must gain 120 points at 500 level, including at least 30 points in research (normally FRNCH591) and at least 30 points from papers listed for French.

To be eligible to be considered for enrolment in the MA in French, a student should have completed either:

a) a BA with a major in International Languages and Cultures: French pathway (or equivalent) and have gained at least a B average in either the best three of their 300 level French papers or all of their undergraduate French papers, or

b) a BA(Hons) in French (or equivalent) and have gained at least second class honours (second division).

Completion requirements for the MA in French vary according to admission criteria:

Students admitted under a) above must complete 180 points from approved 500 level papers, including one of FRNCH501, FRNCH510 or FRNCH524, and either a 120 point thesis, a 90 point thesis or a 60 point dissertation.

Students admitted under b) above must complete a 120 point thesis, a 90 point thesis and a further 30 points from approved 500 level papers, or a 60 point dissertation and a further 60 points from approved 500 level papers.

Students are advised to consult with the Convenor of French about their programme of study.

Note: There will be no new intakes into all of these postgraduate qualifications in 2022 onwards.

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The University’s exchange agreements with France’s Université de La Rochelle and the University of New Caledonia allows students to study for a trimester in France as part of their undergraduate degree.

Students wishing to work in France, New Caledonia or Tahiti can take a break from their studies and spend a year in a French-speaking school as an English teaching assistant. Students need at least beginner's French to be eligible to apply.  There is also an exchange with the University of Avignon in the South of France.  These exchanges often lead to contacts and further employment in Europe.

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European Languages Programme

French is available as a pathway within the International Languages and Cultures major or as a supporting subject for the BA, and as a supporting subject within other undergraduate degrees, subject to academic approval of the Faculty or School of Studies in which the student is enrolled.

The focus of the specialisation is to provide students with the opportunity to develop language skills that might enhance their ability to compete in an increasingly global marketplace.

International Languages and Cultures major with a specialisation in French
International Languages and Cultures is available as a major for the BA and may also be taken as a second major or as a supporting subject within other undergraduate degrees. A major in International Languages and Cultures with a specialisation in French requires 135 points, and students must complete FRNCH131, FRNCH231, FRNCH232, FRNCH331, FRNCH332.

For more information about subject requirements please refer to the Catalogue of Papers for the most up to date information.

French in other majors
A minor or specialisation within other majors requires 60 points above level 100 in French, students must complete FRNCH231, FRNCH232 and FRNCH331,


The point of entry into the French programme depends on previous experience. Students with no knowledge of French should take FRNCH131, Students with 14 credits at Level 3 NCEA French, or equivalent, will gain direct entry into FRNCH231. Students with excellent results at Level 2 NCEA French, or equivalent, may, at the discretion of the Convenor of French, begin with FRNCH231.

If you have any questions and need more advice contact one of our friendly student advisors phone: 0800 800 145 or +64 7 838 4080 or email: [email protected]

Please note: For all graduate subject requirements check the information provided in the papers section above.


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Phone: 0800 800 145 or +64 7 838 4932
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