BA French Studies with International Relations
Studying in the French capital, explore the language and culture of France and the francophone world, and become a fluent speaker with our three-year programme largely taught and assessed in French. Specialise in political and diplomatic issues in the francophone world, Europe and internationally.
Study in the heart of Paris
Get a taste of life in the French capital with a campus overlooking the Eiffel Tower and Les Invalides. Savour all the cultural offerings and benefits of a top student destination (eighth in QS Best Student Cities 2023), building language and intercultural skills and gaining a competitive edge with employers.
Learn French fluently
Benefit from a degree based in France for the full three years of your studies, taught and assessed predominantly in the language. Stand out from the crowd with proficiency in an international language of commerce and diplomacy spoken across many international organisations from the United Nations to the European Union.
Realise your potential with intensive small-group teaching in a tightknit interdisciplinary environment. Complement your studies with subject-specific resources at our wide-ranging Library, the many public and institutional libraries in Paris or visit Senate House Library and Queen Mary libraries when in London.
Specialise in International Relations
With graduates in diverse careers from law to international relations, government and diplomacy, the BA French Studies with International Relations can be tailored to your goals. Gain transferable skills and build your knowledge of international relations theories and issues relating to the French-speaking world, including Africa and the Middle East.
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
The University of London Institute in Paris works closely with the British Council and the British Embassy. 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 nine compulsory modules and at least nine elective modules.
- Download an overview of our modules, or continue to find our degree outline*
The BA in French Studies with International Relations 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). You will take 90 credits in the Major subject and 30 credits of the Minor subject in each year of study. The degree 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 in a variety of registers including that of the diplomatic world, such as translation to and from French
- develop awareness of the post-1789 historical period and institutions and issues in modern France
- introduce diverse forms of cultural production through contemporary critical and theoretical approaches
- prepare you for professional life by offering a balanced understanding of, and an ability to, compare French and British cultures in both the general and political frameworks provide a coherent and intellectually stimulating programme which will include theories of and issues in international relations and the politics of France and key strategic areas of the French-speaking world.
Note: All courses listed above are subject to availability.
Students would also choose 2 to 3 additional modules from the following list:
Optional modules (students select 4 from the list below)
(ULL311 or ULL312)
Optional modules (students select 3 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 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, you will have 55 to 75 per cent of your courses delivered and examined in French. The minor subject, International Relations, will be taught entirely in English.
Study in Paris
The University of London Institute in Paris offers a unique Major/Minor programme of study delivered over three years of residency in Paris. Not only does it offer everyday exposure to French life and language, enabling you to acquire a high level of proficiency in the French language, but it will also give you the opportunity to gain a specialist focus on the political and diplomatic issues in the francophone world, Europe and internationally.
Supported by intensive teaching in small groups, the majority of which are delivered and assessed in French, the BA degree 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 University of London 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. Edouard Morena
Dr. Edouard Morena is head of department and senior lecturer in French and International Politics at the University of London Institute in Paris. His current research focuses on the international climate debate, and more specifically on the role of economic elites in shaping the narrative and policies associated with climate action. In 2018, and in partnership with the Geneva-based United Nations Research Institute for Social Development (UNRISD), Dr. Morena launched the Just Transition Research Collaborative, an international platform for academics and practitioners working on the social dimensions of the low-carbon transition
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 with International Relations
- UCAS course code: R1L2
- 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 with International Relations, 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 at least 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.
- 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.
"Nearly a quarter – 22 per cent – of companies whose employees took part in the survey were said to have insufficient languages capacity to meet their needs."
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 with a specialised focus in International Relations 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 your ability to be independent and adaptable.
Graduates have gone on to work in a wide range of sectors, including:
- marketing and communications
- governmental institutions (national and international)
The cost savings involved in completing your BA in French Studies with International Relations 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.
- September 2024 - application deadline closes