French


French is the second most widely learned foreign language after English, and the ninth most widely spoken language in the world. French is also the only language, alongside English, that is taught in every country in the world. France operates the biggest international network of cultural institutes, which run French-language courses for more than 750,000 learners.
 A language for the job market
An ability to speak French and English is an advantage on the international job market. A knowledge of French opens the doors of French companies in France and other French-speaking parts of the world (Canada, Switzerland, Belgium, and North and sub-Saharan Africa). As the world’s fifth biggest economy and number-three destination for foreign investment, France is a key economic partner.
 A language for travel
France is the world’s number-one tourist destination and attracts more than 70 million visitors a year. A little French makes it so much more enjoyable to visit Paris and all the regions of France (from the mild climes of the Cote d’Azur to the snow-capped peaks of the Alps via the rugged coastline of Brittany) and offers insights into French culture, mentality and way of life. French also comes in handy when travelling to Africa, Switzerland, Canada, Monaco, the Seychelles and other places.
 A language for higher education
Speaking French opens up study opportunities at renowned French universities and business schools, 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 enroll in postgraduate courses in France in any discipline and qualify for internationally recognized French degrees.
 The other language of international relations
French is both a working language and an official language of the United Nations, the European
Union, UNESCO, NATO, the International Olympic Committee, the International Red Cross and
international courts. French is the language of the three cities where the EU institutions are
headquartered: Strasbourg, Brussels and Luxembourg.
 A language that opens up the world
After English and German, French is the third most used language on the Internet, ahead of Spanish.
An ability to understand French offers an alternative view of the world through communication with
French speakers from all the continents and news from the leading French-language international
media (TV5, France 24 and Radio France Internationale).
 The language of love and reason
First and foremost, learning French is the pleasure of learning a beautiful, rich, melodious language,
often called the language of love. French is also an analytical language that structures thought
and develops critical thinking, which is a valuable skill for discussions and negotiations.