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French is spoken by more than 275 million people worldwide. Whether the goal is personal enrichment or enhanced career prospects in the wine industry, the arts, or international relations, learning French enhances global perspectives and builds appreciation of French culture and history.

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Did You Know?

  • French is the fifth most popular language other than English spoken at home in the U.S.
  • Bilingual job postings jumped 30% from 2020 to 2021
  • Napa County’s Domaine Chandon was the first French-owned sparkling wine producer to be established outside of France, in 1973

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Program Highlights

Coursework in French at NVC integrates listening, speaking, reading, and writing skills in real world contexts. Cultural perspectives and practices are also addressed. Class credits may be applied toward general education requirements for transfer to a four-year institution and toward elective requirements in the AS in Wine Marketing and Sales.


Expertise in French is well-suited to careers in tourism, wine, the arts, and finance, as well as in governmental and non-governmental international organizations. More generally, a degree in a foreign language can prepare students for various career opportunities including, but not limited to, consulting, teaching, editing, and public relations.

  • Wine import/export specialists
  • Diplomatic or foreign NGO workers
  • Interpreters and translators
  • Teachers
  • Hospitality managers
  • Explore more:
    • CareerOneStop – guide to local wage averages & job growth

After NVC

Students in the California State University system have the opportunity to study abroad for a summer, semester, or academic year in Aix-en-Provence and Paris through the CSU International Program. To design your NVC course load with eventual study abroad in mind, work with NVC Counseling and the Transfer Center.