Our cutting edge research programme and award-winning teaching provide great opportunities for you to study French and all aspects of French culture with us in their global context.

  • ‌Teaching and research in French studies have been central to the University’s mission since its foundation in 1881
  • The James Barrow Chair of French, established in 1905, was among the first endowed positions in French in English Higher Education
  • Language classes taught in a friendly environment (including grammar, oral and language laboratory exercises)
  • Fully-equipped Modern Languages Resource Centre that can also be used for private study
  • Seven months in Year 3 studying or working in France or another French-speaking country on your Year Abroad


Find out about our French courses.

The most exciting thing about my subject is the opportunity to explore and teach different ways in which the French language is used across the world. - Robert Blackwood, Reader in French Sociolinguistics