French is spoken all over the world
French is spoken by more than 260 million people on five continents. It is the official language, or one of the official languages, of 70 nations. It’s also the second-most commonly studied foreign language, after English. France maintains the world’s largest network of overseas cultural institutions. Together those institutions teach French to more than 750,000 people each year.
It’s the second language of international relations
French is one of the official (and working) languages of the United Nations (including UNESCO), the European Union, the International Olympic Committee, NATO, OECD, and the International Red Cross…. and several international legal authorities. French is the language where the EU institutions are headquartered: Strasbourg, Brussels and Luxembourg.
It’s a privileged access to culture
French is the international language of the theater, the visual arts, dance, architecture, haute cuisine, and fashion. Knowing French gives you direct access to the great literature, films, and songs of French and francophone culture. There are many high quality internet sites available in French ranging from society to science, fashion to finance, music to medicine… just to mention a few. It’s also a great way to learn other languages. Once you know French, with its thousands of English cognates, you’ll have an easier time with other languages such as Spanish, Italian, Portuguese.
A language for higher education
Speaking French opens up study opportunities at renowned French universities (La Sorbonne, l’Université Pierre et Marie Curie…) and business schools (HEC, Polytechnique, ESSEC), ranked among the top higher education institutions in Europe and the world. Students with a good level of French are eligible for French government scholarships to enrol in postgraduate courses in France in any discipline and qualify for internationally recognised French degrees.
It’s an asset to find a job or boost your career
As the world’s sixth largest economy, France is a key economic partner. It is the 3rd chosen country for foreign investors and Europe’s foremost investor abroad. It is also a major language of high tech and business – tourism and hospitality industries, research institutes, spoken in two of the G7 countries.
French is also an analytical language that structures thought and develops critical thinking, which is a valuable skill for discussions and negotiations. Learning French can help you improve the interpersonal skills you bring to your international career.