The French Department of Chinese Culture University was established in 1963 by Hu Pin-Ching, the first translator of Chinese and French in Taiwan, and enjoys the longest history among French departments in Taiwan. The Department aims to promote French language, literature and cultural studies in Taiwan and has been committed to teaching and research activities in French Studies for almost 60 years. The courses include everything from French for the workplace to French linguistics and even the contemporary French plays. Our department is not only known for teaching language skills such as reading, writing, conversation and interdisciplinary approaches in tourism and commerce, we even offer specialist courses on how to teach French as a second language for students interested in education. The expertise of the teachers ranges from beginners’ language courses to advanced language and intercultural communication. Many students enjoy speaking French outside of class, particularly in the Salon français, where they can practice and learn French with native partners who came from our partner universities. In order to perfect their language skills and gain deeper understanding of French culture, third and fourth year students have the opportunity to participate in exchange program and spend one or two semester in one of the 10 universities in France and Belgium through the academic partnerships. We also have signed agreements for educational exchanges with the Rennes School of Business and ESTICE International Business School Lille to develop a Master’s degree cooperation program.
For the past 60 years, we have provided more than 3,000 graduates with the skills they need for their postgraduate study or workplace, and our graduates have gone on to careers in government, education, media and the private sector in Taiwan and abroad. In our day, French is the second fastest growing language after English and currently the third most useful language in the world for business (after English and Mandarin, but before Arabic and Spanish). According to projections by Forbes, French could be the most widely spoken language in the world by 2050. We sincerely invite everyone who is interested in our department to browse our website, where you’ll find answers to many of the most commonly asked questions about our programs, and to visit our Facebook page, where we regularly post information about upcoming events. Let the French Department help you to realize your potential and create a more forward-looking future.