Our Webster University community established Le Centre Francophone in 2012 with the goal of promoting French and francophone cultures in and around St. Louis, Missouri — a city with one of the strongest French heritages in the United States.


Le Centre Francophone’s Mission

We have three main objectives; to organize cultural events, host workshops, and promote existing French and francophone programming in our region. 


Join us for our Le Centre Francophone Lecture Series and Other Events

One of our most recent installments of the Lecture Series, “Écrire le monde en français,” featured guest, Leïla Slimani, who is the laureate of the oldest and most prestigious literary prize, the Prix Goncourt. Introductions were made by Salim Ayoub, director of Centre Francophone, with a Q&A following the presentation. 

Le Centre Francophone Student Resources

Our short- and long-term study abroad opportunities enable you to enhance your linguistic and cultural competence, build your professional development plan, and widen the horizon of your professional opportunities. Our faculty will gladly help you find the program that fits your needs.


Exchange Programs

  • Brussels, Belgium
  • Toulouse, France
  • Geneva, Switzerland

Short-Term Hybrid Courses

  • Nice, France: Regional Identities -- Students travel to Nice, France at the end of a four-week intensive online study program, combining online learning and study abroad.

Le Centre Francophone established a dual-credit partnership in French with Ritenour High School in 2013. 

You are cordially invited to enjoy an interesting and relaxed conversation in French with other language learners like you. Our French Teaching Assistant hosts this weekly event from 4 to 5 p.m. on Tuesdays in Marletto's (the cafeteria). Rejoignez-nous!

Since 2000, the Rosita Award recognizes students who embrace the spirit of multilingualism by continuing the study of a foreign language beyond the beginning level and/or pursuing the study of more than one foreign language. Any student who has successfully completed four or more Webster University ILC classes in one language and received a "B" or more is eligible for the annual recognition. Applications are due the first week of April, with the award ceremony held the third week of April.

For more information and to apply, contact the Global Languages, Cultures and Societies Department at 314-246-7047

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