French was offered in Mar Ivanios College as Second Language to Degree and Pre-Degree students from the 1960s. Currently the Department takes classes in the French Language for the Post Graduate Program Master of Tourism and Travel Management (MTTM) in addition to teaching French as optional Second Language to all Under-Graduate batches. It also offers an Open Course (from 2016 admissions) 'Communicative Applications of French'. A 60 hour ‘Diploma in Communicative French’ is also offered as Add-on course by the Department of French.
Some of the eminent faculty who have shaped the Department into a reputed teaching department include Prof. Karthy Nair, Rev. Fr. Joshua Chuttippara, Mr. Syed Ishaq Husaini, Rev. Monsignor Dr. Mathew Manakkarakavil Corepiscopo (Vicar General, Major Arch Diocese of Trivandrum & Former Principal, Mar Ivanios College)
Apart from the curriculum the Department undertakes translation and interpretation assignments from various companies of Techno Park and supports Medical Tourism in collaboration with Ayurvedic Resorts in the Chowara- Poovar area near Trivandrum.
At present there are two faculty in the Department. The Department includes staff with Ph.D and Post Graduate training in the Teaching of French as a foreign language from France. French Government Fellowship has been offered twice to the department and faculty includes the Chairman of the Board of Studies in French and Latin of the University of Kerala and Member of the Academic Council of the University of Kerala.
Dr. N. Vipinchandran is the Head of the Department of French.