BA French Studies
Explore the language, culture, politics and history of France and the francophone world and become a near-native speaker with our degree largely taught and assessed in French, while studying in Paris. Gain a prestigious qualification, benefiting from small class sizes and wide-ranging modules.
A life-changing university experience
Immerse yourself in local arts and culture and broaden your perspectives in a leading student destination (ranked eighth in QS Best Student Cities 2023) with a campus overlooking the Eiffel Tower. Your international experience will help you gain a competitive edge as a graduate.
Enhance your language skills
Practice your French every day on and off campus with a degree based in France for the full three years of your studies and taught and assessed predominantly in the language. Stand out from the crowd with advanced proficiency across reading, writing, listening and speaking.
Education à la carte
Customise your degree and study topics that are relevant and matter to you. We offer a range of optional modules in areas such as French cinema, climate and environmental politics, gender studies, queer politics and more, all taught by experts in their fields. Some optional modules are taught in French.
Extensive resources and world-class support
Realise your potential with intensive small-group teaching in a tightknit interdisciplinary environment. Complement your studies with subject-specific resources at our Library, as well as the many public and institutional libraries in Paris (or visit Senate House Library and Queen Mary libraries when in London).
Join our global alumni community
Follow in the footsteps of a distinguished list of University of London alumni from Nobel prize-winners to leaders in law, finance, humanities and other fields. Enjoy three years of free careers advice offered through Queen Mary’s Careers and Enterprise, alumni membership of Senate House Library, and invitations to global events.
Your gateway to continental Europe
It works closely with the British Council and the British Embassy, and has connections with various French higher education institutions. Its graduation ceremony traditionally takes place each year at the British Ambassador’s Residence in Paris. It is also a corporate member of the Franco-British Chamber of Commerce and Industry.
You complete 10 compulsory modules and 11 elective modules.
- Download an overview of our modules, or continue to find our programme outline.*
The BA in French Studies is delivered in three stages, each of which comprises one year of full-time study during which you will follow courses to the value of four units (one unit is equivalent to 30 national credits or 15 European credits). The programme provides progressive structures enabling you to develop increasingly specialised knowledge and understanding of key themes alongside core transferable skills.
Compulsory core courses aim to:
- consolidate spoken and written language skills, including translation to and from French
- develop awareness of the post-1789 historical period and institutions and issues in modern and contemporary France and the Francophone world
- introduce diverse forms of cultural production through contemporary critical and theoretical approaches
Specialist options taught at Stages 2 and 3 will allow you to develop knowledge in your areas of interest.
Note: All courses listed above are subject to availability.
Optional modules (students select six from the list below)
(ULL311 or ULL312)
Optional modules (students select six from the list below)
The degree lasts three years, as opposed to the usual four for a Modern Foreign Languages degree in a UK university. Teaching is delivered in either French or English through a combination of lectures, seminars and workshops. Courses are assessed through coursework, oral presentations (individual or group) and formal written examinations. Depending on the range of Options taken in Stages 2 and 3, students will have up to 80 per cent of their courses delivered and examined in French.
Three years of residency in France
The University of London Institute in Paris offers a unique programme of study delivered over three years of residency in Paris. Not only will it offer you everyday exposure to French life and language, but it will also connect you with the context in which you are living. Supported by intensive teaching in small groups, with a number of research-led courses delivered and assessed in French, it will also prepare you for graduate work in a range of disciplines including the humanities, international relations, law, education, translation, applied linguistics and communications.
The University of London Institute in Paris is at the heart of a metropolitan capital city which offers many resources such as libraries, museums, theatres and cinemas. Living and studying in Paris will not only allow you to apply course content in real life, but will also enable you to become a near-native speaker and show employers that you are mature and adaptable in an international environment.
Study resources and facilities
You will benefit from access to a wide range of study resources and facilities, including print and electronic information services, in a scholarly setting. The University of London Institute in Paris Library is the primary source of support and research material for students and staff, offering subject-specific resources and access to dozens of electronic databases via University of London’s Senate House Library and our partnership with Queen Mary University of London.
Through the Institute in Paris Library, students can gain access to the American Library in Paris which is within walking distance. Postgraduate students may also have access to the Sciences Po Library if they wish.
While in London, make sure to visit Senate House Library. Students studying with the University of London can join the library free of charge. Membership includes a 10-book borrowing allowance, access to all reading rooms and study areas, and on-site access to Senate House Library digital resources.
Dr Joanne Brueton
Dr Brueton is programme coordinator and senior lecturer in French studies at the University of London Institute in Paris. Her research focuses on 20th and 21st century French literature, with a particular focus on the dissident writer Jean Genet. Her current focus is on decolonizing the legacies of metropolitan French authors in post-Independence Moroccan and Algerian narratives. She currently serves on the Executive committee of the Society for French Studies.
Applications for our undergraduate courses must be submitted via UCAS. You should apply by 31 January 2024 to guarantee equal consideration, but applications may remain open after this date.
However, past this deadline, we reserve the right to close our programmes on the application portal once we've reached capacity.
Find full details, including information on Clearing, on the UCAS website.
The course start date is in September each year.
How to apply
All candidates should apply through UCAS (Universities and Colleges Admissions System).
Short-listed candidates are invited for a phone or online interview. When possible, interviews are held before the annual Applicant Open Day, otherwise known as "Journée de Rencontres", which normally takes place in April. This event gives applicants and their guests an opportunity to meet staff and current students as well as to find out more about the University of London Institute in Paris.
Applications should be made online at www.ucas.com
- Institution code name: ULIP
- Institution code: P26
- Course title: BA French Studies
- UCAS course code: R110
- Duration: Three years, in Paris
- Mode of study: Full-time
- Point of entry: 1 (unless you are applying for a transfer into year 2)
If you have any questions about the application process, please contact us via our contact form.
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What qualifications do you need?
For access to the BA French Studies degree, you will usually meet the following criteria:
- Typical offer: ABB
- Subjects: French required - with at least a B
- Typical offer: 32 points
- Subjects: at least 6 points in French at Higher Level
Other UK qualifications
- Scottish qualifications: 5 Highers (AABBB) or 3 Advanced Highers (ABB) with a B in French
- Welsh Baccalaureate grade A or B, with A or B in two A-Levels, including French
- Vocational and access qualifications can be accepted in combination with a French at A level or equivalent. Contact us to find out.
- Irish Leaving Certificate: H1, H2, H2, H3, H3 at Higher level with at least H2 in French
- For qualifications from other countries, please contact us
English Language Proficiency
All applicants must show they meet a minimum academic English language standard for admission and to be successful on the course, to the indicated levels for the area of study. English requirements if education non conducted in English: IELTS 7 overall, including 6.5 in Writing and other subscores no lower than 5.5, or equivalent qualification.
Fees, funding and payment
The fees below relate to new students registering for the 2023-2024 session. On average, fees are subject to a five per cent year-on-year increase.
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The University of London Institute in Paris charges an annual tuition fee for the BA in International Politics. This fee will vary depending on whether you are a resident of the UK or whether you are applying from outside the UK as an international student.
The UK government sets guidelines on who is eligible to pay the UK rate of fees. Details can be found on the UKCISA website.
Please note: all student fees shown are net of any local VAT, Goods and Services Tax (GST) or any other sales tax payable by the student in their country of residence. Where the University is required to add VAT, GST or any other sales tax at the local statutory rate, this will be added to the fees shown during the payment process. For students resident in the UK, our fees are exempt from VAT.
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Being a UK institution, UK students are eligible for student financial support from the Student Loans Company.
This means that if you are eligible for government funding you do not have to pay anything up front. Please visit our Finding funding section for further information on applying for government loans and university bursaries.
If you have any further questions, please contact us via our contact form where help will be on hand.
Sources of support
Applicants receive detailed guidance on UK and French sources of funding available to University of London Institute in Paris students. The Student Services team is on hand to provide guidance on how to apply.
Students can also consult Queen Mary’s Student Advice Guides which covers ways to finance their degree and can also receive specialist support on all financial and welfare issues through the Advice and Counselling Service.
Students who receive government funding do not have to pay anything up front, and do not have to start repaying loans until the April after they graduate and are earning above an income threshold. Learn more about funding your studies at University of London Institute in Paris.
For students not receiving government funding, payment is made online through Queen Mary University of London. Find out more about paying fees.
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This quote from the Born Global report demonstrates how companies increasingly need to recruit graduates who are fluent in languages other than English.
Earning a French Studies degree will not only enable you to communicate, present and defend your views clearly in another language, but it will also develop your critical thinking as well as analytical and cross-cultural understanding. Above all, living in a foreign country for three years will demonstrate to future employers that you are mature and adaptable in an international environment.
Graduates have gone on to work in a wide range of sectors, including:
- marketing & communications
- governmental institutions (national and international)
The cost savings involved in completing your BA in French Studies in just three years can also make postgraduate studies in areas such as law, accountancy and international relations, more accessible.
Students can access a range of services and tools from Careers and Enterprise at Queen Mary University of London as well as benefit from the experience of the University of London's Careers Group.
“The best thing was being able to immerse myself in the culture – visiting museums, going off-campus and seeing Paris.”
- September 2024 - application deadline closes