French Studies with Chinese is taught by the Department of European Languages and Cultures and the Department of Linguistics and English Language. French Studies at Lancaster ranks 4th in the Complete University, Guide, 2017: while the Linguistics department is ranked 6th in the Guardian University Guide, 2016.
Our distinctive approach enables you to acquire high-level language skills and a thorough understanding of French and Chinese cultures and societies within a global context.
Your first year comprises an exploration of the French language and its cultural context. Alongside this, you will study an intensive Chinese language and culture module, designed for beginners with little or no prior knowledge. You will also take a minor subject of your choice, and this could be a third language.
In Year 2, you will study France’s culture, politics and history in more depth, as well as selecting courses which are international in scope and promote a comparative understanding of Europe and beyond. In the core Chinese modules, you will be introduced to more complex grammar, key sentence patterns and expand your vocabulary.
Spending your third year abroad in a French-speaking country makes a major contribution to your command of the language, while deepening your intercultural sensitivity. You can study at a partner institution or conduct a work placement. We strongly recommend spending time in China too as part of your degree and will support you in securing funding to do so.
In your fourth year, you will continue developing your French and Chinese language skills alongside a course in Chinese culture and society. You will combine this with a choice of specialist culture and comparative courses. You will also develop a particular topic from your second year studies into your specialist dissertation.