French is the second language of Northern New England and an official language of Canada, one of the United States’ most important trade partners. It is spoken by more than 200 million people in 43 countries on five continents. More than that, its influence on U.S. culture can be felt in practically every aspect of American life. Think of filet mignon, pie à la mode and J’adore Dior. Who wouldn’t want to speak fluently in the language of high fashion, fine food, great literature, extraordinary art, and love?

The ability to speak French can open doors to graduate school, or careers in fields like fashion, medicine, engineering and technology. France is a world leader in medical research, aerospace technology, nuclear physics, and many other cutting-edge scientific and technological sectors.