Information on the Undergraduate Major in French

UNDERGRADUATE French

Il ne faut jamais avoir peur d’aller trop loin car la vĂ©ritĂ© est au-delĂ .

— Proust

Placement Guidelines

No auditing is permitted in French language courses. Berkeley faculty and staff members interested in participating in French language program courses should consult the Director of the Lower Division, Seda Chavdarian.

Get the answers to frequently asked questions (FAQs) regarding French 1-14 enrollment.

French 1: If you have never taken French before, or you have taken 2 years or less of high school French, sign up for French 1. Course is not open to native or heritage speakers of French. Enrollment is limited.

French 2: Sign up for French 2 if you have a passing grade in French in a first-semester or second-quarter college French course, or three years of high school French. Course not open to native or heritage speakers of French.

French 3: Sign up for French 3 if you have a passing grade in French 2 at UC Berkeley or four years of high school French. New students who have taken second- or third-semester, or third or fourth quarter college French courses elsewhere or received an AP score of 3, should also enroll in French 3; they will be screened for appropriate placement during the first week of classes. Course not open to native or heritage speakers of French. If you are unsure of your ability to take this course, contact the Second Year Coordinator, Vesna Rodic.

French 4: Open to students with a passing grade in French 3 at UC Berkeley. New students who have taken a fourth-semester or fifth quarter college French courses elsewhere or received an AP score of 4 or 5, should also enroll in French 4. They will be screened for appropriate placement during the first week of classes. Students who have spoken French or lived in a French environment should take the French 102 Placement Exam and consult with the Second Year Coordinator, Vesna Rodic.

French 13: Open to students with a passing grade in French 2 at UC Berkeley or four years of high school French. Students with native fluency are not eligible to enroll in this course.

French 14: Open to students with a passing grade in French 3 at UC Berkeley or the equivalent. Students with native fluency are not eligible to enroll in this course.

French 15: Open to students with no previous French, or with 2 years or less of high school French. (Offered only during Summer Session B)

French 35: Open to students with a passing grade in French 3 at UC Berkeley, or the equivalent. Students with native fluency are not eligible to enroll in this course.

French 102: Open to students with a B- grade or above in French 4 at UC Berkeley. Those with a C+ or lower will need consent of the instructor before enrollment can be finalized. New students who have taken the equivalent of a third-year college-level French course elsewhere may enroll in French 102 via Tele-BEARS and should contact the Undergraduate Advisor to schedule a placement exam.

French 103A-B: Open to students who have completed French 102 at UC Berkeley or who are enrolled in that course concurrently. See above information for French 102.

Transfer Students intending to declare a major in French should consult the Undergraduate Advisor in French early in their first semester at Berkeley.

Sign up Early via Tele-Bears

Staffing committments for French 1-4, 13, 14, 35, and 102 are based on preliminary enrollment reports. Students who wait until the beginning of the semester to decide that they want to take French may find it more difficult to get into sections.

Students are responsible for checking online schedule information during the week before classes start, and during the beginning of the semester.

Attendance is Mandatory Every Day

Attendance in French 1-4, 13, 14, 35, and 102 is mandatory every day of the first week of classes. Students who miss the whole first week will be dropped from the class and any coursework not turned in on time during that period will not be counted.

Students are responsible for verifying their correct enrollment in, or dropping from, French courses on a timely basis via Tele-BEARS.

If you wish to add a French language course or change into a different section, attend the course. All adds and waitling list sign-ups are done on Tele-Bears by the student.

Questions?  See our Frequently Asked Questions regarding Enrollment in French 1-14