Does the University of California Have a French Program?

[Disclosure: I am a UC employee and an alum of the UC Davis French A.B. degree program. Endorsement of a specific campus or program is not implied. This post is not sponsored by the University.]


I bought this book from a bouquiniste in Paris


Going to college and thinking about studying French, the language of Molière? Maybe you’re wondering:

Does the University of California have a French program?

Short answer:

Yes! Currently, all nine undergraduate University of California (UC) campuses offer French language and/or French literature courses.

Long answer:

While all nine undergraduate UC campuses offer French language and/or French literature courses, only eight of them currently offer French degree programs.

So be sure to read program descriptions carefully, and note that:

  • Some UC campuses require French placement tests
  • Some UC campuses offer French programs as concentrations or specializations within their literature or linguistics departments
  • Students are encouraged to take advantage of study-abroad opportunities

Although I am not a college admissions coach, I hope you’ll find this link roundup helpful in your search and comparison of French programs offered at each of the nine undergraduate UC campuses.


UC Berkeley

The French Department

4125 Dwinelle Hall, Berkeley, CA 94720


UC Davis

Department of French and Italian

One Shields Avenue, Sproul Hall, Room 213, Davis, CA 95616


UC Irvine

European Languages and Studies

243 Humanities Instructional Bldg., Irvine, CA 92697



The Department of French & Francophone Studies

212 Royce Hall, Box 951550, Los Angeles, CA 90095


UC Merced 

Foreign Languages Program

5200 North Lake Road, Merced, CA 95343

*Currently, there is no French degree program at UC Merced


UC Riverside

Department of Comparative Literature and Languages

900 University Avenue, Riverside, CA 92521


UC San Diego

Department of Linguistics – Language Program

9500 Gilman Drive, La Jolla, CA 92093


UC Santa Barbara

Department of French and Italian

5206 Phelps Hall, Santa Barbara, CA 93106


UC Santa Cruz

French Language Programs

1156 High Street, Santa Cruz, CA 95064


French dictionary: my constant companion in college


If you do decide to apply to a UC, here’s a friendly reminder: the filing period for the UC admissions application is November 1-30!

Bonne chance

Congratulations on your decision to go to college and study French. I wish you all the best – Bonne chance! Bon courage!



  • The content provided here is intended to be used and must be used for informational purposes only

  • Do your own research and contact the campuses directly if you have any specific questions about their programs

  • Information is current as of October 1, 2019 and is subject to change

  • The links point to websites administered by the Regents of the University of California

  • This post does not reflect the opinions or policies of the University

Good Vibes Only at the Seaside Town of Capitola

In Capitola, California, a seaside town about 76 miles/ 122 km south of San Francisco on the coast of Monterey Bay, you can imagine you’re somewhere in the Mediterranean! Look at these colorful houses!

I’d love to learn how to Stand Up Paddleboard, like this girl on the creek

This picture was taken from the Capitola Wharf. The colorful houses are on the left.

Only a few steps away from the beach, you’ll find boutiques, art galleries, and restaurants in Capitola Village. For example:

You can feast on the freshest seafood! Enjoy outdoor patio seating while you have lunch at Zelda’s On the Beach:

fried calamari and fries

A trip to a seaside town wouldn’t be complete without some saltwater taffy. I like maple bacon flavor! Pick your favorites from the over 70 flavors at Carousel Taffy & Treats:

Remember your day trip to Capitola and pick up some souvenirs from the cute shops in Capitola Village, like this shirt from Capitola Reef:

Positive message: Good Vibes Only

… or this postcard from a boutique called Sea Level (which the shop owner confirmed was located at actual sea level!):

I can’t get enough of the colorful houses! Here’s another look:

Tell me in the comments below: What’s your favorite seafood? What’s your favorite saltwater taffy flavor?