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French with International Studies (Full-Time)

* This course is only available for 2014 entry

Why study French with International Studies at Warwick?

  • The Department of French Studies at Warwick is consistently ranked by the national newspapers as one of the best in the UK. In the 2013 Complete University Guide, we were ranked 4th.
  • We have a reputation as a friendly and welcoming place; in the 2012 National Student Survey, we recorded a 93% student satisfaction rating.
  • We are a medium-sized department, which means that we are small enough to know our students well yet large enough to offer a wide range of varied modules on French and Francophone culture.
  • You’ll spend four years – one of them abroad – exploring the language, culture and society of France. You will study one Modern French Language module each year before focusing on those aspects of French and Francophone culture that interest you most, including literature, film, history, business, politics and society.
  • In the latest Research Assessment Exercise, the Department was joint second nationally, which means that you will be taught by staff recognised nationally and internationally as experts in their field.
  • Beyond the Department, you also have access to excellent facilities, such as the University Language Centre (where you will find language laboratories, French television and Computer Assisted Language Learning) and the Transnational Resource Centre. Designed specifically for students of Modern Languages, the Centre is equipped with a large DVD library and a wide range of multimedia facilities.

What will I learn?

French with International Studies (75% French, 25% International Studies) will promote a lasting interest in, and enjoyment of, French cultural variety, through developing your knowledge and understanding of the language, literature, culture, society and politics of France and the Francophone world, in both a historical and a contemporary perspective. This will be combined with the study of the history and politics of International Studies. There is a core language module in every year of study and this is complemented by a year spent on a study or work placement in France or other Francophone country.

For module information please visit the French with International Studies webpage.

How will I learn?

You will have around 12 hours per week of contact time: this will be in the form of lectures, often to the whole year group; seminars of about 15 students, in which you will discuss the material presented in the lectures; and both written and spoken language classes. You will spend the rest of your study time preparing for classes, reading the primary texts, writing essays and working on French language.

How will I be assessed?

You will be assessed through a combination of one, two or three-hour examinations, taken in the summer term, and assessed essays of between 2500 and 5000 words.

What opportunities are there to study abroad?

Your year abroad will be your third year, which you can spend in France or another Francophone country. You can choose to work as a paid Assistant Teacher of English in a French school or we can help you to organise another work placement. If you would prefer to study, you can attend a French university as part of our Erasmus exchange programme: we have exchanges within France, including Paris, as well as in Brussels and on the French Caribbean island of Martinique. Alternatively, you can organise your own study placement elsewhere.

The typical offers listed below are indicative. Offer levels are not set until just before the application cycle, so those applying for 2014 entry should check the latest offer levels before applying through UCAS.

A level ABB including A Level French

International Baccalaureate 34 points including 6 in Higher Level French.

Access Courses Access to HE Diploma (QAArecognised) including appropriate subjects with distinction grades in level 3 units. Candidates must meet essential subject requirements.

General Studies/Critical Thinking Offers normally exclude General Studies and Critical Thinking.


Further Information

Taking a gap year Applications for deferred entry are welcomed.

Interviews We do not normally interview candidates for any of our degree courses but may do so if we receive an application from someone with ‘non-standard’ qualifications.

Department offer holder days Candidates will be invited to one of four departmental offer-holder Open Days once they have been offered a place. Open Days take place during the spring term.

What careers can a Warwick degree in French with International Studies lead to?

From a degree in French, you will emerge a highly employable linguist with the additional skills of analysis, argument, presentation, and first-hand experience of living abroad.

Warwick French graduates have one of the best employment rates in the country. Our graduates have the linguistic skills that are sought-after by employers, and also gain intercultural awareness and adaptability on their year abroad, as well as transferable skills such as information retrieval, presentation (oral and written) and critical analysis from our wide range of modules. This versatility has allowed our graduates to enter fields as diverse as the media, the United Nations, company management, publishing, teaching, translating, the civil service, law and many others.


Confirmation and Clearing

We have a limited number of places available to students looking to begin their studies in 2014. Find out on our clearing pages if you might be eligible and the process for applying.

Jack Mercer

One of the great things about studying a combined honours degree in the French department at Warwick is the sheer range of diverse subjects you get the chance to study, especially throughout the first year ‘taster’ modules.

Warwick has great connections with partner universities throughout the world. This provides a great opportunity for student exchanges and brings students from a variety of cultures and different backgrounds into a huge creative hub of activity.