Why Us?


You will be welcomed into a spirited community that likes to have fun while exploring multiple dimensions of culture, literature, and, of course, language. You’ll enjoy:

SMALL CLASS SIZE. Classes in French average under 20 students

PERSONALIZED ATTENTION. You’ll get to know every faculty member and student in the department. We’re big enough for a wide range of interests, but small enough to form a real community.

THE OPPORTUNITY TO EASILY DOUBLE-MAJOR OR MINOR. French pairs perfectly as a double major or minor to hundreds of other academic programs at UO: Business, Journalism, Global Studies, Human Physiology, other languages...even the sciences.

PREPARATION FOR COOL JOBS. Not just ones focused on French but also in a wide variety of fields like software design, publishing, finance, education, and the arts.

FUNDING FOR STUDY ABROAD. We have significant scholarships for study abroad. Whether it’s Dakkar or Québec or Angiers, we can open the doors for a life-changing academic experience.

ALL THE RESOURCES OF A TIER ONE RESEARCH UNIVERSITY. Our campus is “human scale”—just the right size for students to get personalized attention while also having access to extraordinary research resources. 

THE PACIFIC NORTHWEST. Eugene is situated in the beautiful Williamette Valley at the confluence of the McKenzie and Willamette Rivers. The rugged Oregon coast and stunning Cascade Range are about on hour away by car, and Portland is a two-hour drive.