Why study French?
French is one of the world’s international languages. France is one of the world’s important nations. And Paris is one of the world’s favourite cities. No wonder Canterbury’s long-established French programme is still running!
Our largest courses are language-acquisition courses, at several different levels, all intended to develop your skills in reading, writing, speaking and listening to French.
We encourage students also to take “French Studies” courses, which treat aspects of France’s fascinating and influential culture, past and present — plus some topics in Francophone culture. Most of these courses expect you to read materials in French. Some of them, however, operate solely in English.
Knowing French can be an asset in many fields of study, and in many parts of the world (including some of our Pacific neighbours). Majoring in French can lead to careers in many word-focused professions — journalism, education, trade, diplomacy, tourism, communications, the arts, law and commerce.
The French programme has two permanent academic staff and one senior tutor. They teach and research in literary criticism, language acquisition and linguistics. They participate in the administration of the School of Language, Social and Political Sciences and the wider university. Some staff teach in inter-disciplinary courses. Native speakers of French are employed on a part-time basis as tutors.
News and Announcements
Study abroad at the University of La Rochelle
Peter Rawlingson, the Exchange Coordinator at the University of La Rochelle in France, and one of the La Rochelle students visited UC on 22 April to promote the exchange programme between our two universities. He gave a presentation about this exciting study abroad option and met individually with students interested in the exchange.