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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.

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Our Most Recent Events:

Ste Genevieve, MO Field Trip

The Centre Francophone field trip to Ste Genevieve offered Webster students the chance to connect and network with St. Louis and MO francophones. This visit also sealed an accord between the CF and the French Heritage Corridor in the Ste. Genevieve National Park for student internship opportunities.

Vieux Farka Touré Concert

The son of Malian music royalty, the legendary Ali Farka Toure, Vieux Farka Touré is often referred to as the Hendrix of the Sahara. Vieux draws on haunting Saharan blues and traditional Malian melodies and infuses them with his own global influences to create an irresistible Afropop sound all his own. He's an altogether different kind of awe-inspiring.

Nuit des Idées

The concept of St. Louis’ Nuit des Idées aligns with those organized in different cities across the United States. Participants such as Isabelle Heidbreder (Honorary Consul of France in St. Louis) and Julian Z. Schuster (President of Webster University) answer the following question: “Where are we headed?” All participants will tackle this question according to their respective field of expertise and in no more than 5 minutes. The idea is to share expectations, aspirations, and concerns for the future of St. Louis, from different angles and perspectives, all in light of ongoing events such as the COVID-19 pandemic and the Russian invasion of Ukraine. Each participant will have to answer questions and interact with the audience for about 10 minutes after their presentations.

Pascal Blanchard

World-renowned historian, researcher and author, Professor Pascal Blanchard participated in a Zoom interview (in French) with Salim Ayoub, director of the Centre Francophone.

Mad Men! Chez Molière

The Centre Francophone and its partners celebrate Molière's 400th birthday with Companie Caravague's "Mad Men! Chez Molière (staged/directed by Andre Nerman with Pascal Thoreau)."

Blue is the Warmest Color

A free screening of "Blue is the Warmest Color/La vie d’Adèle (Abdellatif Kechiche, 2013, France/Belgium, 180 minutes)," in French with English subtitles. This event is part of the Francophone Week program and comes as a warm-up screening prior to the Academy Awards the next day.

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 biweekly event from 11:45 a.m.–12:45 p.m. on Tuesdays and Thursdays 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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