French is an international language of business, culture,
politics and the law and required by many top graduate and
professional schools. By majoring in French at St. John’s, you
develop the knowledge and skills useful for careers in the arts,
education, Foreign Service or international business. Whatever
career you choose, your training in French language, literature and
culture will open doors for you.
- French companies employ approximately 650,000 Americans and are
leaders on the global market.
- In 2000, the U.S. exported more to countries having French as a
national language than to countries having any other foreign
language. French is the foreign language spoken by our largest
trading partner (Canada).
- Each year the French Ministry of Education offers English
assistant posts in French schools. There are 1000-1700 positions
available for Americans to teach in primary and secondary in all
parts of France and the DOM-TOM.
- France has the sixth largest economy in the world and the
second largest exporter of agricultural products in the world after
the U.S. In recent years, the U.S. has been the largest direct
investor in France, and France has been one of the three largest
investors in the U.S. France is the fourth largest destination of
foreign investments in the world.
- More tourists visit France than any other country in the
- France is fourth in research among countries of the
Organization for Economic Development and Cooperation (after Japan,
Germany, and the U.S.).It is a major world research center in the
field of high energy physics.
- The French are a world leader in medical research: the AIDS
virus was first isolated by French doctors. They are a leader in
medical genetics. (*)
For more information at St. John’s about job and career
opportunities in France, please contact:
Prof. Zoe Petropoulou
Prof. Mark Cohen
Prof. Michele Jones
Prof. Jane Highfield
(*) For more information, “French: the Most
Practical Foreign Language” by Richard Shryock.