1. The official language of international organisations
French is the official language of 33 countries worldwide and is the second most popular language to learn, following English. It is the official language for several international bodies: the European Union, the International Monetary Fund, UNESCO, the International Olympics Committee, International Red Cross and the United Nations. In addition, three of the cities with branches of European institutions are francophone: Strasbourg, Brussels and Luxembourg.
2. Job opportunities
France is the fifth largest economy in the world. Given the level of competition in today’s employment market, this language can gain you access to certain jobs at home as well as internationally; in countries as diverse as France, Switzerland, Canada, Belgium as well as in some African countries. The language becomes an instrument to open your mind to new professional influences.
3. A cultural and scientific language
French is the world's leading language in gastronomy, fashion, theatre, visual art, dance and architecture. Knowing French will allow you to access wonderful works of literature, cinema and music. It is the language of Victor Hugo, Jules Verne, Molière, Edith Piaf, Jean-Paul Sartre, Flaubert and Balzac. It is the language which carries the ideas of the great philosophers Descartes, Sartre and Derrida and scientists like Pasteur, Marie and Pierre Curie.
France is the most visited country in the world. Paris, the Cote d’Azur, the Alps, Brittany and Normandy. Visit these places full of history for a better understanding of the culture, mentality, customs and French art de vivre. Speaking French will certainly let you get by much easier than the common tourist in most situations.
5. Access to the best universities and business schools in the world
Speaking the language to a level of fluency opens the possibility of studying in France, at prestigious universities like the Sorbonne, or at engineering and commerce institutes: HEC, Polytechnic or ESSEC. Its educational institutions are recognised as the best higher education institutions in Europe and the world. Students who speak French can also access grants from the French government for their studies.
OISE is familiar with the multitude of benefits that speaking this language brings. We specialise in language training abroad and naturally selected the timeless city of Paris as the location for our intensive programmes. Our Paris centre offers tailored courses for university students and professionals throughout the year as well as courses for young learners between ages 14 and 17 during the summer months. Discover our courses by visiting the new OISE website.