French and Francophone Studies

Undergraduate study | French

Learn the French language and explore the exciting contribution of French speakers to world culture.

Why study French in Edinburgh?

French is one of the most widely spoken languages in the world. At Edinburgh, you'll learn about French and Francophone literature, cinema, art, political and philosophical ideas, all of which have played a key role in shaping our modern civilisation, as well as mastering the language itself.

The University of Edinburgh is unique in Scotland in offering students a full academic year abroad within the four-year honours programme, regardless of whether you spend the year studying or working. If you are studying French with another language, you will divide your time between two countries, broadening your skills and experience.

One of the most attractive characteristics of our degree is its flexibility. As well as lots of joint honours combinations, your first two (pre-honours) years will give you the option to study other subjects drawn from a broad list of disciplines. 

Join French and Francophone Studies, and you’ll be part of one of the largest subject areas in a School passionate about languages, literatures and cultures, benefitting from a wide range of courses, great resources and friendly staff who are experts in their fields. There are lots of French-focused activities, societies and clubs in Edinburgh, including the Students' Association's Escogriffes theatre society. We are home to the Centre de Recherches Francophones Belge and have excellent links with the Institut Français d’Ecosse.

I love the diversity of courses offered. I have been able to discover French cinema and even put my knowledge of French verse into practice by writing my own poem! The lecturers are passionate and approachable, and I particularly value that [at honours level] courses are taught in the target language.

Natalia, Year 4, French & Spanish MA (Hons)

QS World Rankings by Subject 2021 

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The University of Edinburgh is ranked 3rd in the UK for Modern Languages.

We are also 3rd in the UK in the broad subject area of Arts & Humanities.

Globally, we place 13th for Modern Languages; 11th for Arts & Humanities.

The Quacquarelli Symonds (QS) World University Rankings are based on research citations and the results of major global surveys of employers and academics.

They are International Ranking Expert Group (IREG) approved.

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Other ways to learn French at Edinburgh

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If you're not on one of our degree programmes, you can still learn French with us!

As an undergraduate student of most subjects at the University of Edinburgh, you can take French as an outside subject in one or both of Years 1 and 2 of your programme, depending on your timetable and prior knowledge (you'll need to know some French to begin with).

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French is also available to all students (undergraduate and postgraduate) as an Open Language Course and - through the Centre for Open Learning - as a Short Course, with options for complete beginners.

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