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Basic Language Program (101-104)

Want to learn French? You've come to the right place.

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Our warm and inclusive introductory French language classes at UIC are designed to give you personalized attention and feedback as you work towards your goals.

If you have taken French before (junior high, high school, college), or have lived in a French-speaking area, or with French-speaking family:
Take the UIC French Placement Test. Your results will place you in 101, 102, 103, 104, or could fulfill the LAS Foreign Language Requirement if you have a strong background in French.

If you’re completely new to French:
Register for French 101!


After French 104, you can continue to be a French Peer Tutor, and take 200-level classes towards a French minor or major, or Teaching of French major.

In the first four semesters of French at UIC, you’ll explore France and the 29 other countries in the French-speaking world, from Haïti to Cameroon, from Belgium to Québec, Canada. You’ll practice speaking, reading, writing, and understanding others speaking French.

  • Our classes

    Explore current information for French 101, 102, 103, and 104 by taking a look at our websites for each class. You can see what a typical week is like, and what materials you’ll use FREE materials in French 104: finish 104 and continue with a 200-level class!

  • Our instructors

    Our diverse and dedicated teachers come from all over the world–Chicago, Paris, France, Lagos, Nigeria, and Port-Au-Prince, Haïti, for example. They make classes interesting, fun, and effective.

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Who to contact

For more information on policies, placement, and course syllabi or for questions about French 101-104, please contact Professor Elizabeth Weber (, Director of the French Basic Language Program.

Interested in taking French after 104? Majoring or minoring in French? Questions about French 200 or above?

For information about French electives, the major or minor, and French Club, contact Professor Elizabeth Weber (, Director of Undergraduate Studies for French.

Find out more about declaring a Major or Minor in French and Francophone Studies on our Advising page.