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French at KTH

Studying a language at KTH

Language and Communication offers courses in Chinese, French, German, Japanese and Spanish. The teaching is skill-oriented and focuses on professional life in the technical sector. We emphasize skills needed at a workplace, e.g., how to describe work tasks, how to present a project, or how to negotiate and discuss successfully. Important themes in our courses are intercultural competence, which is necessary for effective communication in multicultural workplaces, and sustainability issues.

Most of our courses are taught through blended learning (online sessions as well as on-campus meetings) and include individual and group work. We make optimal use of the advantages each teaching form provides to create a flexible language learning experience. Our primary focus is to create and maintain an inclusive learning environment.

Several of our courses include meetings and collaborations with students at other technical universities as well as (virtual) study visits or lectures. These meetings and collaborations with native speakers provide the opportunity to use the target language and to establish contacts with students in universities abroad as well as with companies.

Language skills and global skills are an asset in many professions and a prerequisite for working successfully in our globalised society. French is one of the EU's working languages and is spoken on all continents, not least in Africa, a continent showing very strong growth and development potential.

Why learn French?

There are 274 million French-speaking people around the world, with 84 countries included in the OIF (International Orgnisation of Francophonie). French is the fifth most spoken language in the world and one of the EU's three working languages. Several major French companies are well established in Europe and offer interesting job opportunities. More than half of the French-speaking people in the world live and work in Africa, a fact that offers opportunities for new, valuable collaborative projects. For these reasons, our French courses are internationally oriented, which faciliates professional exchange, student mobility, and project opportunities in French-speaking developing countries.

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Exchange opportunities

KTH has many long-standing exchange agreements with leading French technical universities in countries like France, Switzerland and Canada.

Exchange studies at KTH

Practice your French: Language café and tandem

As a complement to the courses in French for engineers, students at KTH can practice the language outside the classroom by attending the language café  or finding a language tandem partner .


If you have questions or comments, please see our FAQ for French  or contact the teacher responsible: