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Studying French at Royal Holloway



To study French is to discover a beautiful and dynamic language shaped by history, culture and politics. It is also to encounter a vital European nation and a vibrant multicultural society undergoing enormous change. The extraordinary influence of contemporary French cinema, fashion, architecture, technology and design stems from France's rich cultural tradition. French is also a global language: Francophone countries across Africa, Asia, the Pacific and the Americas play a central role on the world stage. As a student of French at Royal Holloway you are within easy reach of London, France's 'sixth biggest city' with its wealth of French cultural resources (art collections, cinemas, institutes, specialised bookshops). You will also be part of a stimulating and supportive academic community led by a team of dedicated and enthusiastic lecturers whose teaching is informed by cutting-edge research. By choosing one of our degrees in French you will be inspired to develop skills and passions that are not only personally and intellectually enriching, but also invaluable in the global marketplace. 


Why you should study French at Royal Holloway

Degree Combinations

You can study French as part of BA Modern Languages or as an element of CLC, European and International Studies (French), or Liberal Arts. We also offer French as a minor option in combination with subjects including Economics, Mathematics and Music.

Teaching and Support

We are one of the largest and most diverse groups of leading French scholars in the University of London, and the School is top-ranked in London for Modern Languages research (REF 2014). We are also a very friendly team of dedicated and inspiring lecturers. Your teaching will take place in small groups, and language teaching is carried out mainly in French, using innovative pedagogy; we have received teaching prizes and commendations for our work. Oral classes are led by highly qualified native speakers. You can find out more about our research here.

Course Units

Studying French means engaging not only with the language, but also with French and Francophone cultures more broadly. Alongside your language classes, you will have the chance to study translation and deepen your knowledge of French literature, film and history. There is a great range of topics to study, from Medieval epics to 17C theatre, 19C novels and poetry, 20C visual art, DADA, cinema and photography, French thought and philosophy, gender, food and consumption. You can find more information about our exciting courses here.

Year Abroad: Work, Study and/or Teach

The third year of the degree programme is the Year Abroad and you can choose to spend it either working or studying at one of our many partner universities in France, Belgium and Réunion! Whether you decide to work in a large company in Paris, study in Lyon, or teach English in a small village in Provence, the year abroad will provide an unmissable opportunity to improve and rapidly hone your language, as well as help you develop valuable personal and professional skills. 


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