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French at Monash

The French Studies program is designed to enable students to develop a high level of communicative competence in the French language (including translation skills and specialised registers such as business French), and a critical awareness of fundamental areas of French studies: literature, film, philosophy, politics, cultural studies and linguistics. Students will develop writing and research skills appropriate to advanced independent study.

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To determine your level of proficiency and which stream you should enrol in, take our Entry Level Test.


Australian Journal of French Studies

AJFSThe French Studies program at Monash is the home of the Australian Journal of French Studies, an international, peer reviewed journal devoted to French literature, culture, society and history. There are three issues per year. The journal encourages new theoretical engagements and particularly welcomes interdisciplinary approaches. Articles are published in English and French. The majority of issues are focussed on a specific theme, but issues on miscellaneous topics are usually published annually. Articles for publication and proposals for special issues, and any editorial enquiries, should be addressed to the editor. See the journal page for news of recent and forthcoming numbers.

2013 marked the fiftieth anniversary of the foundation of the journal, and to celebrate this milestone a 25% discount is being offered to new institutional subscribers. Also, the editor has made a selection of some of the most notable articles from the journal’s history, which Liverpool University Press is delighted to make available free of charge online for a limited time. See:


  • As part of our Arts Researchers podcast series, we spoke with Professor Rita Wilson on a number of her research projects and how they help inform better policies, settlement services, international governance and social cohesion. We also covered the global research networks, industry partnerships and opportunities for research students in this area at Monash – the only university in Australia that offers a practice-based PhD in Interpreting and Translation. Read more
  • For two decades, Dr Natalie Doyle has researched a specific strand of French social and political theory, with a particular interest in the intellectual heir of its leading figures Marcel Gauchet. In this podcast, we speak with Dr Doyle about her new book coming out this month, a world-first analysing Gauchet’s early writings to the present day. Entitled 'Marcel Gauchet’s Loss of Common Purpose: Imaginary Islam and the Crisis of European Democracy’ it synthesises her three main research projects, offering an analysis that provides a context with which to understand the nature of today’s issues, crises and phenomena. Read more
  • The Faculty of Arts has just signed an MoU and a Student Exchange Agreement with ISIT, one of the French leading grandes écoles in the fields of Translation and Interpreting Studies, International Studies and Intercultural Communication. If the partnership is of natural interest in the field of Translation and Interpreting Studies, the MoU will also allow… Read more
  • The Korean Studies program at Monash, established in 1988, is one of the fastest growing language and studies programs in the School.  With the retirement of the foundational lecturers in 2015, the School made two international appointments to carry the program in new directions: David Hundt and the esteemed Korean Studies’ scholar and President of the Association of Asian Studies, Professor Laurel Kendall (American Museum of Natural History / Columbia University).  Read more
  • The Embassy of France in Australia is pleased to announce that the applications for the 2017-2018 Nicolas Baudin Travel Grant are now open. The Nicolas Baudin Travel Grant is designed to encourage students to undertake study, research or professional development in France. The grant consists in a return flight ticket between Australia and France. For… Read more
  • Arts/Law (2012) graduate Sarah Holloway co-founded Matcha Maiden, a global e-commerce organic matcha powder supplier, and about a year ago started the physical venue Matcha Mylkbar in Melbourne, soon opening in Sydney. Sarah shares her experience making the most of Monash’s global exchange opportunities with her language studies and how this advantaged her in both… Read more
  • TRAVEL SCHOLARSHIPS FOR EXCHANGE & STUDY ABROAD STUDENTS! Walter Mangold Language Scholarships are available to full-time university students in Victoria who complete second year academic requirements in a modern language and are approved for an exchange or study abroad program in 2018. Read more