Admission requirements

  • A language placement exam is recommended for all students who have taken French before. Contact the department for information on this exam or see the department website.
  • Transfer students may expect to continue their foreign language study at the next comparable level.
  • No more than nine hours of transfer credit for 200- to 400-level courses are normally allowed toward degree requirements.


  • Why French at UMKC? Small course sizes, close contact with your professors, fun classes, and many volunteer opportunities will make you glad you chose to study French with us.
  • Employers often look to hire people who know a second language.
  • UMKC graduates with a degree in French have found jobs throughout the region and the world in education, international affairs, business and many other fields.   

Fast facts

  • The French Program serves approximately 300 students every semester and offers courses in French language, literature and culture.
  • A teaching certification program in French is offered in conjunction with the School of Education.
  • Average language class size is 20 students, while literature and culture classes average 12-15 students.
  • Free tutoring and conversation is offered each week in the Language Resource Center.
  • Beginning and advanced courses are offered in the evening in order to serve the needs of working adults in the community.
  • Two years of French college credit may be earned by students in 17 area high schools through the High School/College Program.


  • The full-time French faculty did their graduate work at top universities, including Duke, Johns Hopkins and the University of Pennsylvania.
  • Their areas of research include medieval studies, women’s studies, North African literature and culture, French linguistics and 19th and 20th century French literature and history.
  • The French faculty collaborate with scholars around the globe on research and teaching projects.
  • In addition to the research and teaching, French faculty participate in and direct university-wide programs such as the Honors program and the Women’s & Gender Studies program.

Student organizations/extracurricular activities

  • Le Cercle Francais/The French Club
  • Weekly conversation table at a nearby cafe
  • Participation in the annual Kansas City FilmFest
  • Events such as crepe-making parties and film viewings
  • Volunteer opportunities in local schools
  • Collaborations with area museums
  • Regular lectures by visiting scholars and francophone community leaders.


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Contact us

Office of Admissions

120 Administrative Center
5115 Oak St.
Kansas City, MO 64112
Phone: 816-235-1111
Toll-free: 1-800-775-8652
Relay Missouri: 1-800-735-2966 (TTY)

Visit us

Students are encouraged to schedule a campus visit by visiting or calling 816-235-8652.


UMKC is an equal opportunity/affirmative action institution.