How To Keep Speaking French Back on Campus

How To Keep Speaking French Back on Campus

So now, you’re back home from France. It’s a struggle, we know, we’ve totally been there.

But not to fear! While you save up your pennies for your return ticket back to France, your university French department can help you keep the dream alive! Check out this  list of activites proposed by university French departments for our most recent alumni (or for French enthusiasts just waiting to go abroad!).

Of course, if you know of any other university-affiliated clubs or organizations, this list is constantly changing. Let us know!

List under construction! Last updated Spring 2015, visit the your university department website for the most recent information. This list is non-exhaustive & subject to change.

Austin College

FYI : Jordan Family Language House: residents aim for fluency

Bates College

French & Francophone Department Events

Bates has a Francophone club & a weekly French table. Contact the French department directly for up-to-date information.

Claremont McKenna College

French Department Events & Information

French Table: The French Tables at CMC is every Thursday, from 12:00 (noon) to 1:00pm or at Scripps on Wednesday at the same time. The Oldenborg Center at Pomona holds daily language tables from 11:45-12:45pm.

You may also contact the current French language resident, here.

Fordham University

French Department Events & Information

La Société Française (Lincoln Center): This French club exposes all students to the French culture New York City offers. It not only seeks to expose members to French culture, but also to that of all francophone countries. Through its programs and activities, students may gain opportunities to meet others who share their interest in and enthusiasm for the many different aspects of these unique cultures.

Le Cercle Français (Rose Hill): The mission of Le Cercle Français is to promote the Francophone culture to the Fordham community. It encourages students to speak French and socialize with other students who share this similar interest. Members of Le Cercle Français experience French culture by enjoying the food, watching movies, keeping up with current events, and sharing in the celebrations. Le Cercle Français allows students on the Fordham campus to share in the rich French culture. If you are interested in joining please send an email to

Outstanding students in French can join Pi Delta Phi, the national French Honor Society.

Franklin & Marshall College

French Department Events & Information

French Club: The purpose of the F&M French club is to educate and celebrate the culture, language & history of Francophone countries.

Outstanding students in French can join Pi Delta Phi, the national French Honor Society.

Grinnell College

Department Events Calendar

Weekly French Table: Fridays at noon in JRC 224B for informal French conversation over lunch.

Student-run French House: Grinnell’s French House (on Park Streeti) is a student-run housing co-operative in which French majors and others interested in French live together with the French Assistant in a French-speaking environment. The house receives the television station TV5 and Radio France Internationale, which provide programs and news from France and other countries. The students in French House organize campus-wide events and activities, such as a French film series and  food-tasting evenings. They also host informal receptions for scholars and other guests.

Check the Grinnell French & Arabic department website for updated French lab hours.

Linfield College

French Department

Events Calendar

The French Club is very active at Linfield and offers many opportunities to enjoy the French culture in a fun way. The club is open to anyone interested in French and Francophone cultures.

Here are some of the events organized by the French Club in the last few years :

  • French movie nights once to twice a month
  • International Film Festival in Portland
  • Crêpes (French pancakes) cooking and tasting
  • Pétanque (French steel ball game)
  • French week
  • Celebration of culture: French songs and poetry
  • Taste of France: ‘Bistro Maison’ in McMinnville
  • Carnaval: a masquerade to scare winter away…
  • Visit of the WillaKenzie winery in Yamhill in French

French Table: Held on Tuesdays at noon in Dillin, the French table is the perfect opportunity to practice your French, talk about news from France and the francophone world with the assistant, professors and other students in a relaxed atmosphere! Everybody is welcome, regardless of their level.

Xi Iota is the Linfield chapter of Pi Delta Phi, the French honor society for undergraduate and graduate students at accredited public and private colleges and universities in the United States. It was inaugurated in 2009. The organization offers a few grant opportunities for high-achieving American students willing to study in France and who are members of the honor society.

Macalester College

Departmental Events Calendar

French & Francophone Studies Facebook Page

French House: Students may apply for the privilege of living in the Macalester French House, where daily conversation and interaction with native French speakers and other students of French both improve oral proficiency in French and develop increased understanding of culture and society in France and other French-speaking countries. The French House is the center of the French Department’s social and cultural activities. Residents must speak French, participate in the evening meal—which is at the heart of the communal French-speaking experience, agree to live cooperatively and respect the rights of the other residents, and participate in the programs of the French House.

Muhlenberg College

Departmental Events Calendar

French Club Facebook Page

The French Club (Le Cercle Français) at Muhlenberg College seeks to promote learning of the French language and culture through activities that encourage greater awareness of French and Francophone cultures around the world. The club organizes activities that allow students to practice French inside and outside of class, as well as to acquaint students with the French language, French and Francophone cultures, histories, and ways of life.  All students, faculty, and staff of Muhlenberg College are welcome to attend activities and join the club.

La Table Française The French Club meets every Friday during Common Hour from  2:00-3:00 pm for a French conversation table in Seegers Union.  The conversation table is held at the round table in the corner of GQ.  All students, faculty, and community members are welcome to attend, regardless of your level of French.

Providence College

Foreign Language Studies Department Facebook Page

French-American School of Rhode Island:  senior French majors work with a classroom instructor to design, implement and facilitate learning plans in this unique bi-lingual and bi-cultural immersion school (K-8) accredited by the French Ministry of Education and the State of Rhode Island.

Rice University

Department of French Studies News & Events

Scripps College

French Department Events & Information

Scripps has a French Corridor where students speak French with the residing native French assistant and with each other. The members of the corridor form the core of the French Club, which organizes activities for French students throughout the year. Any student of The Claremont Colleges is welcome to join the French Club by signing up with the French assistant. In addition, weekly French language tables meet in the Malott Commons (SC), Collins (CMC), and Hoch (HMC), and weekly films are shown.

French Table: The French Table is at Scripps every Wednesday  from 12:00 (noon) to 1:00pm or at CMC on Thursdays at the same time. The Oldenborg Center at Pomona holds daily language tables from 11:45-12:45pm.

You may also contact the current French language resident, here.

Tulane University

Departmental Events Calendar

Pause Café : Every Thursday from 5-6pm at PJ’s café on Willow Street

Francophone Movie Club : Tuesdays in Newcomb Hall 404

Oberlin College

At Oberlin, events revolve around the French House (La Maison Francophone). Founded in 1927, the French house in Oberlin is one of the oldest language-based program houses in the United States. La Maison Francophone, also referred to as Bailey House, is a coed residence for about 30 students. The house also accommodates staff that includes a French-speaking faculty member and two graduate assistants from France.

La Maison Francophone offers a unique environment that enables students to learn and experience the language and Francophone culture. The house is open to students of various language levels who are committed to express themselves exclusively French (hey, kind of like at the AUCP!)

Students may participate in and help organize such programs as a film series, concerts and various fêtes, study breaks, lectures, French breakfasts, and other activities that provide an informal cultural component to the French curriculum. Students also come together to speak French during meals at Chez Nous, the French dining room in Stevenson Hall.

Francophone House Events Calendar

Francophone House Departmental Homepage

La Maison Francophone on Facebook

Ursinus College

Modern Languages Department Homepage & Calendar 

Le Cercle Français : Ursinus French club that meets weekly, is for all students taking French classes and/or interested in the French language and culture. And, AUCP alum Meghan Strong is the President!

Vassar College

French Department Homepage & Calendar 

Vassar French & Francophone Studies Facebook Page

Vassar Café Conversations: Contact the French department for the latest information on these weekly French conversation opportunities.

At Vassar, employment opportunities exist for qualified students to be drill instructors for Elementary French, or academic interns who hold conversation classes and offer tutoring. All native or non-native speakers of French are invited to participate in the drill instructor try-outs which are held annually in September. The two academic interns are senior French majors selected by the Department.

Villanova University

Modern Languages Department Homepage & Calendar 

French Language Tables:

– Wednesdays from 1:30pm to 2:30pm in the Belle Air Terrace in the Connelly Center (hosted by the French Club President & Vice President).

– Wednesdays from 4:30-5:30 in Connelly Center, hosted by the French department with a Graduate Student or language assistant. Language tables are the best option to practice what you have learned in class without the formalities of the classroom!

French Honor Society: Villanova has a chapter of the National French Honors society, Pi Delta Phi, founded in 1906. Members must have outstanding

Le Cercle Français: The French Club offers new and current students the opportunity to practice their French, meet other Francophiles on campus, and to learn more about French culture.  Le Cercle Français is sponsored by the Department of Romance Languages and Literatures at Villanova University.

Film Series: Organized by the Cercle francais, or French Club, these films — usually three or four per semester are open to the entire Villanova community, and they are always in French, with English subtitles. They represent the rich diversity of the « septie art » by showing films from all over the French-speaking world, from classics of France’s « nouvelle vague » to recent releases. Click here to see the calendar!

Williams College

Center for Foreign Languages News & Events

The French Program regularly sponsors film festivals, poetry slams, political debates, and discussion tables. Each year, we host two Teaching Assistants from France who lead discussion sections and offer extracurricular programs in French, such as radio shows, dinners, French TV5 sitcom nights, and weekend trips to Montréal.

Wofford College

La Table FrançaiseBi-monthly, Tuesday lunch meetings for French language conversation in the Ginko room in Burwell from 12:50-12:50pm. It’s a fun & nice way to get to know your peers, French professors, and practice your French in an informal way!

Wofford has a chapter of Pi Delta Phi, the National French Honor Society. To qualify for membership in Pi Delta Phi, students must meet the following requirements:

  • completion of at least one semester (three regular courses) of upper-level French (courses numbered 300 or higher)
  • rank in the upper 35% of his/her class in general studies, as well as in French. These rankings are determined by the Department Chair in consultation with the Registrar; both rankings usually require a 3.00 GPA at Wofford.
  • have an overall GPA of at least 2.8 (after requirement #2 above is met), with a minimum GPA in French of 3.00 (after requirement #2 above is met).

And, if that’s still not enough French for you insatiable francophiles, check out this blog post on « 5 Ways to Keep Up Your French After Study Abroad ».

La bise from Provence!