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European and International Studies (French)

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European and International Studies (French)

  • UCAS code R100
  • Option 4 years full time
  • Year of entry 2021

The course

Please note that this degree has been withdrawn for 2020 entry. Please see BA Politics, International Relations and Modern Languages (French), click here

European and International Studies explores the key areas of contemporary European politics and international relations and combines these with the in-depth study of French language, society and culture. Taught in partnership between the Department of Politics and International Relations and the School of Modern Languages, Literatures and Cultures, this course is informed by the outstanding research and international outlook of both departments.

The politics element of the course provides an introduction to the working of international relations and the growth of Europe as a political entity. This includes research into areas such as Brexit, the European Union’s Budget, the European Parliament, security, international diplomacy, and the use of military force, as well as European languages and cultures. Your second and final year courses in European politics and international relations will be taught by Giacomo Benedetto, who holds a Jean Monnet professorship in European integration awarded by the European Union.

The prominence of France and the French-speaking countries when it comes to literature, art, thought and culture makes the study of the French language highly rewarding and engaging.

As a modern linguist, you will not only learn to speak and write fluently, you will also develop excellent communication and research skills and combine language proficiency with cross-cultural perspectives.

As a part of Royal Holloway’s close-knit international community, based in our beautiful historic campus, you will be within easy reach of London, France’s "sixth biggest city", with its wealth of French cultural resources. You will also have the exciting opportunity to spend a year working, teaching or studying in France or a French-speaking country, when you will immerse yourself in the language and culture and truly broaden your horizons. Among the universities we have exchange links with is Sciences Po Strasbourg, one of France’s most respected schools for politics and international relations.

In the event of a no-deal Brexit, we will commit to providing 2019 and 2020 entry students with a subsidy equivalent to current Erasmus+ funding (where this would have previously been funded by the Erasmus+ scheme). To find out more visit the Erasmus+ page.


  • Study with leading experts on Brexit and EU Budgets.
  • Taught in partnership with the School of Modern Languages, Literatures and Cultures.
  • Spend a year of study and/or work in a French-speaking country.
  • Gain written and verbal fluency in French.
  • Other language options in German (R200), Italian (R300) and Spanish (R401).

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