A charming language synonymous with culture
France and its language have been associated with a strong cultural influence on an international scale. Indeed, over the centuries, France has been able to extend its influence all around the world, a heritage that is well reflected in today’s Francophonie. For many students, learning French language often responds to a desire to deepen their knowledge of French civilization, whether in terms of history, literature, philosophy or art.
In fact, mastering the language makes it possible to better understand the roots of French society, and of a way of life that still awakes an interest in America, Asia and Africa.
The presence in France of 41 sites among the 492 UNESCO World Heritage sites is a good illustration of the cultural richness of this country, as well as the sophisticated nature of the language.
For many foreigners from all over the world, learning French is an opportunity to master a language often considered melodious (although French speakers themselves don’t always realize it!) and which still rhymes with prestige.
Beyond this cultural appeal, let’s also remember that the French language has this little “je ne sais quoi” that sounds sexy to many people around the world; according to a study conducted in 2017, French is one of the most alluring languages before Italian… so why not learn it?
An asset on the job market
French serves as an official language within the United Nations, and therefore counts as one of the main diplomatic tongues. It’s also used in several international organizations (governmental or not) thus offering opportunities in prestigious areas.
With around 320 million speakers around the world, French language is a strategic asset on the global job market. According to the OIF, the “economic Francophonie” represents 14% of the world’s population, 14% of the world’s reserves of energy and mining resources, 16% of the world’s GDP and 20% of the world’s trade in goods. It brings together 88 States and governments spread over five continents including, in addition to developed countries, the main African producing, processing and exporting countries in value chains such as cocoa, coffee, cashew nuts, rice, cotton- textile-clothing, etc.
Learning French can therefore give access to many professional opportunities in multinational companies; but you don’t need to leave France to boost your career… Foreign students who choose to study in Paris can have access to internships or find jobs in large companies, thus developing their skills and professional networks.
The Cours de Civilisation Française (CCFS) offer a complete program dedicated to business French (français des affaires): addressing foreigners who wish to work in a french-speaking environment, this course is an opportunity to benefit from a vast francophone market.