What Will You Study

Taught by the Department of Languages and Cultures, our approach gives you the opportunity to acquire high-level language skills and a thorough understanding of French cultures and societies within a global context. The programme also offers an introduction to Chinese culture and society presented in the first year and gives the opportunity to develop this knowledge in the second and third year. This degree includes an opportunity for an international placement year where you will study abroad. French Studies at Lancaster is ranked in the top 5 in the UK by the Complete University Guide 2020

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 will have the opportunity to study at a partner institution or conduct a work placement. We strongly recommend spending some of your vacation time in China too in order to gain first-hand experience of the Chinese language and its culture. This will consolidate your classroom language learning

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.