About Introductory French 

‘Bonjour’ and welcome to the Introductory French Program at UofL. It is made up of three 4-credit hour courses (French 121, 122 and 123) which are taught both face-to-face and online. We work on developing your basic French grammar and vocabulary, with practice in listening comprehension, speaking, reading, and writing. You’ll also be exposed to the French-speaking cultures which are found all over the globe.

By the end of FREN 123 (the final course in the Introductory French sequence), successful students should be able to express themselves clearly on many subjects in simple French. They should be able to initiate, maintain, and close simple conversations by asking and responding to simple questions. They should be able to make themselves understood, with some repetition, by speakers accustomed to dealing with non-native speakers. They should also be able to demonstrate an understanding of the cultures of the French-speaking world.

The Introductory French Program serves as the platform for students to continue on into courses at the intermediate and advanced levels at UofL -- and declare a French major. French majors enjoy opportunities for generous scholarship funding and participation in travel, work and study abroad programs. ‘Bon courage!’

For more information about Introductory French, please email Dr. John Greene at

About the Bachelor of Arts in French

French is a language spoken on five continents and in over 50 countries of the world where it is used regularly in government, business, and, of course, in everyday life. The French program at UofL offers a wide range of classes from beginning French to courses in literature, culture, media, linguistics, translation, and film. Learn more about the Bachelor or Arts in French by visiting the UofL course catalog

About the French Minor 

For more information about the French minor, please visit the UofL course catalog

Course Description & Schedule 

For information about the class schedule and course descriptions, please visit the schedule of classes

Placement Exam

For details regarding the French placement exam, please visit our Placement Exam page

Study Abroad 

Montpellier-Louisville Intercultural Exchange - Summer Program

Montpellier-Louisville Yearlong Exchange


Undergraduate Advisor
Dr. Wendy Yoder

French Introductory Courses
Dr. John Greene