French 2+2 Major

A one-of-a-kind experience, built into this unique degree program

Live and study for two years in the medieval, mountain city of Besançon, France, near the Swiss border. 

Through this unique 2+2 program, students will attend UNI for two years (earning a B.A. in Individual Studies: French Language and Cultures), before spending two years at Université de Franche-Comté (earning a Licence Lettres et Arts: Lettres Modernes).

The Université de Besançon is one of five campuses forming Université de Franche-Comté, a system enrolling 21,000 students, including 3,000 international students.

During your time in the program, you’ll learn to speak French fluently and prepare for career opportunities in business, diplomacy, translation, or interpretation.

Français : Le double diplôme en partenariat avec l’Université de Franche–Comté 

Une expérience sans pareil, incorporée dans un programme unique

Vivre et étudier pendant deux ans à Besançon, une ville médiévale montagneuse, située près de la frontière suisse.

Grace à ce programme unique de 2+2, les étudiants assisteront à University of Northern Iowa pendant deux années consécutives (recevant un diplôme B.A. en Etudes Individuelles : Langue et Culture Françaises), avant de passer deux ans à l’Université de Franche-Comté (recevant une Licence Lettres et Arts : Lettres Modernes).

L’Université de Besançon est un des cinq sites qui constituent l’Université de Franche-Comté, une filière de formation, comptant 21.000 étudiants, y compris 3.000 étudiants internationaux.  

Pendant votre participation dans le programme, vous apprendrez à parler français couramment, et vous vous préparerez pour des opportunités de carrière dans les affaires, la diplomatie, la traduction, ou l’interprétation. 


French instructor standing in front of students.

French Fluency

During your time in the program, you’ll learn to speak French fluently.

Unique Program

This is a unique opportunity for students looking for a longer study abroad program.

Career Ready

Students will find career opportunities in business, diplomacy, translation, or interpretation.


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Department of Languages and Literatures
1001 Bartlett Hall
Cedar Falls, Iowa 50614-0506

Phone: 319.273.2821
Fax: 319.273.5807

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Why join the French 2+2 program at UNI?

ben Godard

Ben Godard is an English major who is participating in the 2+2 Dual Degree Program in French. His hometown is Besançon, France—close to the France/Switzerland border.

“I knew that the best opportunity I had to learn English was to live in an English-speaking country. I felt that having the possibility to be at UNI for 2 years was a great opportunity and a lot different than some of the other programs I initially looked into. A piece of advice would be to not be afraid, and just go. Be open to new experiences, and just say yes to things even if you’re afraid. It’s the only way you’ll really get to experience those new things.”

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