BA in French Studies

Our distinctive three-year BA in French Studies degree programme provides a truly unique opportunity to study the language, culture and history of France from the heart of the French capital and the gateway to the francophone world.

Delivered over three years of residency in Paris, and with a majority of courses delivered and assessed in French, the programme will enable you to become a near-native speaker and graduate with a prestigious University of London degree.

Course details

Entry requirements

A levels

  • Typical offer: ABB
  • Subjects: French required - with at least a B

IB Diploma

  • Typical offer: 32 points
  • Subjects: at least 6 points in French at Higher Level

Other UK qualifications

  • Scottish qualifications: 5 Highers (AABBB) or 3 Advanced Highers (ABB) with a B in French
  • Welsh Baccalaureate grade A or B, with A or B in two A-Levels, including French
  • Vocational and access qualifications can be accepted in combination with a French at A level or equivalent. Contact us to find out.

Non-UK qualifications

  • Irish Leaving Certificate: H1, H2, H2, H3, H3 at Higher level with at least H2 in French
  • For qualifications from other countries, please contact us

English Language Proficiency

All applicants must show they meet a minimum academic English language standard for admission and to be successful on the course, to the indicated levels for the area of study. English requirements if education non conducted in English: IELTS 7 overall, including 6.5 in Writing and other subscores no lower than 5.5, or equivalent qualification.

Degree benefits

Expertise in modern languages is becoming increasingly important as candidates with intercultural skills become more and more sought after by employers. The skills developed in our BA in French Studies are highly valued, especially for anyone planning to embark upon an international career.

The French language is spoken on all five continents. French is one of the languages that shaped the world of diplomacy and is one of the official languages of the United Nations, NATO, the OECD and the European Union.

The University of London Institute in Paris offers a unique programme of study delivered over three years of residency in Paris. Not only will it offer you everyday exposure to French life and language, but it will also connect you with the context in which you are living. Supported by intensive teaching in small groups, with a majority of research-led courses delivered and assessed in French, it will also prepare you for graduate work in a range of disciplines including the humanities, international relations, law, education, translation, applied linguistics and communications. 

The University of London Institute in Paris is at the heart of a metropolitan capital city which offers many resources such as libraries, museums, theatres and cinemas. Living and studying in Paris will not only allow you to apply course content in real life, but will also enable you to become a near-native speaker and show employers that you are mature and adaptable in an international environment.  

Some of the degree benefits include:

  • Study in a safe and stimulating learning environment that combines the benefits of a small welcoming institute with the advantages of a top UK university. Fully realise your academic potential by immersing yourself in French culture and society for three years.
  • Develop your language skills to advanced proficiency in the five core competencies (reading, writing, listening, speaking conversationally, speaking continuously) through courses taught and assessed predominantly in French, while enhancing your capacity for critical analysis and intercultural understanding.
  • Broaden and deepen your knowledge and understanding of key historical and cultural aspects of modern France and the francophone world through the study of visual culture, literature, cinema and linguistics. You will benefit from small and intensively taught classes led by experts in their respective fields.
  • Improve your employability as well as your capacity for postgraduate study by developing valuable transferable skills from your international experience while studying in a UK institution in Paris, the gateway to continental Europe.

Degree structure

The BA in French Studies is delivered in three stages, each of which comprises one year of full-time study during which you will follow courses to the value of four units (one unit is equivalent to 30 national credits or 15 European credits). The programme provides progressive structures enabling you to develop increasingly specialised knowledge and understanding of key themes alongside core transferable skills.

The degree programme lasts three years, as opposed to the usual four for a Modern Foreign Languages degree in a UK university.

Teaching is delivered through a combination of lectures, seminars and workshops. Courses are assessed through coursework, oral presentations (individual or group) and formal written examinations. Depending on the range of Options taken in Stages 2 and 3, students will have up to 80% of their courses delivered and examined in French.

Compulsory core courses aim to:

  • consolidate spoken and written language skills, including translation to and from French
  • develop awareness of the post-1789 historical period and institutions and issues in modern France
  • introduce diverse forms of cultural production through contemporary critical and theoretical approaches

Specialist options taught at Stages 2 and 3 will allow you to develop knowledge in your areas of interest.


Please click here to download an overview of our modules, or continue to find our programme outline*

Year 1

All courses are compulsory. 

Compulsory modules 

  • Written and Oral Expression (ULL100) - taught in French 
  • Oeuvres: critical approaches to literature and visual arts (ULC100) - taught in French 
  • Histoire et Histoires: social, political and cultural issues from the Revolution to the present day (ULC110) - taught in French 
  • Issues in Contemporary French Politics (ULC140) - taught in English 
  • Introduction to Cultural Studies (ULC150) - taught in English
Year 2

Compulsory modules 

  • Advanced grammar of written and spoken French (ULL200) - taught in French 
  • Introduction to translation (ULL210) - taught in French/English

Optional modules (students select 6 from the list below)

  • Introduction to French linguistics (ULC201) - taught in French 
  • Identités I: Gender and Sexuality (ULC212) - taught in French 
  • Twentieth-Century Art (ULC213) – taught in French 
  • History and Memory I: Les récits nationaux (ULC214) - taught in French 
  • Text and Image in Mass Culture (ULC223) - taught in English
  • Climate Politics (ULC230) - taught in English 
  • Politics and Fiction (ULC231) - taught in English 
  • Queer Politics in Contemporary France (ULC232) - taught in English 
  • France, Britain and Empire (ULC234) - taught in English 
Year 3

Compulsory modules 

  • Advanced techniques in formal discourse (ULL300) – taught in French 
  • Advanced Translation from English to French (ULL311) - taught in French  
  • Advanced Translation from French to English (ULL312) - taught in English

Optional modules (students select 5 from the list below)

  • Fin de siècle: Politics and Ideology (ULC304) – taught in French 
  • La Prose de la ville (ULC307) – taught in French
  • Le Républicanisme en France I: 1789-1914 (ULC310) - taught in French 
  • French colonialism in North Africa (ULC313) – taught in English 
  • Y2K BD: Fin de millénaire bande dessinée (ULC315) - taught in English 
  • Le Républicanisme en France II: 1914-présent (ULC320) - taught in French 
  • Trauma and Transmission: Holocaust afterlives (ULC326) - taught in English 
  • Eléments de linguistique française (ULC327) - taught in French 
  • Classic French Cinema (ULC328) - taught in English 
  • Research dissertation (ULC329) - presented in French or English 
  • Postcolonial Fictions in the City of Paris (ULC333) - taught in English 

*All courses listed above are subject to availability. 

Careers information

"Nearly a quarter – 22 per cent – of companies whose employees took part in the survey were said to have insufficient languages capacity to meet their needs."

This quote from the Born Global report demonstrates how companies increasingly need to recruit graduates who are fluent in languages other than English.

Earning a French Studies degree will not only enable you to communicate, present and defend your views clearly in another language, but it will also develop your critical thinking as well as analytical and cross-cultural understanding. Above all, living in a foreign country for three years will demonstrate to future employers that you are mature and adaptable in an international environment.

ULIP graduates have gone on to work in a wide range of sectors, including:

  • marketing & communications
  • governmental institutions (national and international)
  • education
  • law

The cost savings involved in completing your BA in French Studies in just three years can also make postgraduate studies in areas such as law, accountancy and international relations, more accessible.

Fees and funding

The University of London Institute in Paris charges an annual tuition fee for the BA in French Studies. This fee will vary depending on whether you are a resident of the UK or whether you are applying from outside the UK as an international student.

The UK government sets guidelines on who is eligible to pay the UK rate of fees. Details can be found on the UKCISA website.

Please note that international fees are subject to inflationary increases year on year, during the three years of your studies.

Tuition fees for 2022-23

Full-time UK
  • £9,250
Full-time International
  • £12,000

Being a UK institution, UK students are eligible for student financial support from the Student Loans Company.

This means that if you are eligible for government funding you do not have to pay anything up front. Please visit our Finding funding section for further information on applying for government loans and university bursaries.

If you have any further questions, please contact us via our contact form where help will be on hand.

Sources of support

Applicants receive detailed guidance on UK and French sources of funding available to ULIP students. The Student Services team is on hand to provide guidance on how to apply.

Students can also consult Queen Mary’s Student Advice Guides which covers ways to finance their degree and can also receive specialist support on all financial and welfare issues through the Advice and Counselling Service.

How to apply

All candidates should apply through UCAS (Universities and Colleges Admissions System). 

Short-listed candidates are invited for a phone or Skype interview. When possible, interviews are held before the annual Applicant Open Day, otherwise known as "Journée de Rencontres", which normally takes place in March. This event gives applicants and their guests an opportunity to meet staff and current students as well as to find out more about ULIP. Please note that travel and accommodation expenses are not refunded but applicants can apply for a limited contribution to their costs if needed. 

Applications should be made online at  

  • Institution code name: ULIP 
  • Institution code: P26 
  • Course title: BA French Studies 
  • UCAS course code: R110 
  • Duration: Three years, in Paris 
  • Mode of study: Full-time 
  • Point of entry: 1 (unless you are applying for a transfer into year 2)

If you have any questions about the application process, please contact us via our contact form.

Alex McKenna

Alex McKenna, BA in French Studies

If you consider yourself a Francophile, then living here brings lectures to life and every Vélib ride across the Seine or coffee or beer on a terrace will put a smile on your face. Three years at ULIP will be an unforgettable experience!

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