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Welcome to the Division of French

    Recognized as one of the leading French educational institutes in Thailand, the Division of French has had a renowned tradition in both teaching and public services in French since the foundation of Chiang Mai University in 1964.

 

Glorious Past

    The Division of French was established as a part of Chiang Mai University’s very first faculty, the Faculty of Humanities, with the cordial assistance and support from the French Government.  

       In 1972 – 1984, Her Royal Highness Princess Galyani Vadhana Krom Luang Naradhiwas Rajanagarindra, the revered pillar of French education in Thailand, graciously dedicated five days per year in teaching junior and senior students at the division. Furthermore, Her Royal Highness initiated a scholarship scheme using her pay and continuously patronized the scheme until 2008, when the patronage was taken over by her daughter, Thanpuying Dhasanawalaya Sornsongkram. A total of 55 senior students with highest scores of the class have received this scholarship so far.   

Gleaming Present

      The Division of French’s key mission is to equip our students with a sound knowledge and expertise, as well as the subtleties of communication, in the French language, while encouraging them to expand their horizons by immersing themselves in the culture, ideas & thoughts and way of life of the French and French-speaking societies.  With this in mind, we have fostered the interdisciplinary study of French language and culture, society, history and philosophy, including communicative French for both general usage and specific professions. 
     Our dedicated and adept academic staff shares a commitment to excellence in teaching and contribution to the public. Seven of them, as a consequence, were granted the Ordre des Palmes Académiques, a prestigious national order of France for distinguished academics, ofthe Officier and the Chevalier grades.

 

Great People

     France graduates and French native speakers form an integral part of the Division of French’s team. Being leading experts in their fields, our academic members share their knowledge in an approachable yet innovative way to help students get the most out of their learning.

***Click here for a full list of the Division of French’s academic staff***

In addition to teaching and research, our academic members have deployed their expertise in public services such as giving talks and trainings, translating great & classic French literary works, and writing textbooks and essays on French language & culture.

***Click here to explore a collection of our staff’s translations & academic works***

     Senior staff also takes turn in writing the well-beloved column on all things French, “France at a Glance”, in the Sunday edition of Thai News, a leading provincial newspaper, for decades.

 

Gratifying Study

The Division of French currently offers a Bachelor of Arts (BA) in French; a four-year program designed to develop  students skills in communicative French, and a sound knowledge and understanding of the French and Francophone worlds.

Areas of study include language & culture, linguistics, literature from the early modern to the contemporary, social & historical analysis of thoughts & philosophy, and French for specific purposes. 

 

Overview

    As the Division of French has put a strong emphasis on learning not only the French language but also the French thoughts, minds and lifestyle, this four-year program is therefore designed to develop students skills and expertise in communicative French together with sound knowledge and understanding of the French and Francophone worlds. Areas of study include language & culture, linguistics, literature from the early modern to the contemporary, social & historical analysis of thoughts & philosophy, and French for specific purposes.

 

Key Benefits

  • Combination of language skills, cultural and social literacy and critical thinking makes our graduates truly versatile, sophisticated and employable.
  • Recognized as one of the leading French departments in Thailand; highly knowledgeable & adept teaching staff whose approaches to French language, literature, cultural, and historical studies are at the forefront of the field.
  • Ample opportunity for students to participate in extra-curricular activities, French language training, academic competitions, scholarship & exchange programs, interns & apprenticeship, and many more. 

***Learn more about students’ activities, awards & achievements***

 

Program Structure

     This program allows students to study core courses in the French language skills, literature, culture, history, and society and then progress to their particular areas of interest plus a minor in a field of their choices to prepare themselves for the career world.
Over the course of four years, students are required to complete at least 143 credits. In each of the eight semesters, they will take about six individual courses, normally valued at 3.0 or 2.0 credits each, adding up to 18.0 credits for the semester.
     In the first year, students are exposed to various foundation courses that strengthen their ability to speak, listen, read and write in French as well as develop their mastery in the grammatical and stylistic aspects of the language.  Students are also required to take courses in the Arts, such as communicative English, the Sciences & mathematics and Social Sciences to encourage versatility.
    In the second year, in addition to a more concentrated study in the French language through linguistics, literature and other communicative courses, interdisciplinary courses such as French Life and Civilization and History of Western Ideas introduce students to various aspects of French studies. They also take some courses in other subjects, such as English for Humanities and Mass Communication, and electives of their choice. Students also start their minor courses at this level.
      In the third year, students further develop their French skills to a higher level and start to define their interest by choosing courses under diverse subject areas, namely skills & linguistics, literature, and cultural & social literacy.
     In the fourth year, more advanced core courses equip students with the ability to speak French fluently, write analytically in accurate French, and analyze texts and contexts efficiently. Depending on their pathway, students also choose from a range of advanced optional courses from the aforementioned subject areas as well as courses in the Translation field and the all-time popular French for Specific Purposes field, namely French for Tourism, French for Correspondence and Secretarial Work and French for Business.

 

**For full details, see: BA in French Program Curriculum and Course Descriptions**

 

Careers

 

     Graduates of the French Division go on to achieve success in a wide range of professions including education, international organization, government & civil service, diplomacy, tourism & hospitality industry, journalism & the media, public relations, translation & interpreting, and many more.
Career destinations include:

  • Science and Higher Education Cooperation Officer, the French Embassy, Bangkok
  • Manager, Ta Production Co.,Ltd , a French film production company
  • Financial Controller, Michelin ROH Co., Ltd
  • Officers at the Immigration Department
  • Flight attendants at various airlines
  • Teachers & researchers
  • Tour guides

***Click here to learn more about our graduates’ career destinations***

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