What will I learn?

Why is this course for me?

French is both a European and global language whose cultural and economic importance is projected to grow substantially in the coming decades. Studying French at UCD equips you for a diverse and varied workplace. You will explore the language and cultures of France and other French speaking countries around the globe. You will also enhance your cultural awareness, intellectual flexibility, communication skills and critical thinking.

We strongly encourage our students to spend a year abroad as part of their degree and graduate with a BA Arts International. Studying abroad is a valuable experience which enables you to perfect your language skills and immerse yourself in a different culture. Places may be limited and preference will be given to those with higher results. If you wish to study more than one language, with a year abroad, consider DN541 Modern Languages.

Career & Graduate Study Opportunities

The communication skills, critical awareness, cultural sensitivity and intellectual flexibility fostered by the study of French open up a wide range of careers including;

  • International business
  • International relations
  • Public administration
  • Education
  • Translation and interpreting
  • Journalism and media
  • Tourism
  • Careers in the EU

A BA in French may also lead to further study, such as the UCD MA in Modern Languages, or other programmes such as European studies, international relations or translation.

What Will I Study

You will study the French language and French and francophone literature and culture, developing your linguistic and critical skills across our three-year or four-year degree.

First Year

Foundations in Language and Literature:

  • Foundations in Language and Literature: French Grammar & Comprehension
  • French Grammar & Expression
  • Reading Short French Texts
  • French Fictions

Second Year

You will enhance your linguistic and critical skills through Intermediate French Language modules and options like these:

  • Intro to Enlightenment
  • Baudelaire
  • French New Wave Cinema
  • Versailles
  • The Realist Novel
  • Second Language Acquisition
  • World War 2 in French Culture

Final Years

You will deepen your linguistic and cultural knowledge with Advanced French Language
modules and options like these:

  • Proust
  • Contemporary French Poetry
  • Reading Racine’s Women
  • Qu’est-ce que l’individualisme?
  • L’écriture Migrante
  • Thinking Things
  • Literature of Quebec

French is taught in lectures, classes and through independent study.

International Study Opportunities

Students undertaking D520 BA Arts are encouraged to spend an additional year abroad at one of our 17 partner universities across France, Belgium, Switzerland and Canada, graduating with a four-year BA Arts International. Universities we have links with include:

  • La Sorbonne
  • Université de Montréal
  • Université de Bordeaux III
  • Université de Genève
  • Université Libre de Bruxelles
  • Université de Nice
  • Université de Toulouse
  • Université de Lyon and many more!

Which department am I in?

UCD College of Arts and Humanities

Study options

Full Time (3 years)

Tuition fees
€19,900.00 (US$ 22,447) per year

*Price shown is for indicative purposes, please check with institution

Start date

17 January 2022

Venue

UCD College of Arts and Humanities

Room A108,

Newman Building,

BELFIELD,

Dublin,

Republic of Ireland

Entry requirements

For students from United States

Students must have International Baccalaureate: 24 or more total points and the award of the IB Diploma. Students must have CGPA 3.0 out of 4.0 unweight scales in combination with ACT minimum 22 or SAT minimum 1090, Either ACT or SAT is accepted; UCD Super scores ACT and SAT scores. Students must have Cambridge A Level: At least three subjects at A Level Grade C and three other subjects at GCSE Level Grade C. UCD requires Baccalauréat de l'Enseignement Secondaire + 1 year at a recognised university (Diplôme de … (plus professional field); Diplôme d'Etudes Supérieures; Diplôme d'Ingénieur/d'Architecte d'Etat or Licence). English language requirements: IELTS - An average score of 6.5 over all components and a minimum of 6.0 in each band on the Academic Version; A minimum score of 600 in the paper-based Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL PBT), with Test of Written English at 475 +, a minimum score of 90 is required in the Internet based TOEFL (IBT); Pearson English Language Text: Minimum of 63 and at least 59 for each item in the Communicative Skills section.

For international students

There are minimum entry requirements that all applicants, applying based on school leaving results, must meet.

Leaving Certificate: O6/H7 in English, Irish, a third language and three other recognised subjects.

IELTS - An average score of 6.5 over all components and a minimum of 6.0 in each band on the Academic Version;

Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL): A minimum score of 90 is required in the Internet based TOEFL (iBT) with no less than 21 in writing and at least 19 in every other section;

English language examinations administered by the University of Cambridge: 176+ on Cambridge English scale (with no less than 169 in each skill and use of English), Acceptable Examinations:

Proficiency Certificate, Grade C (i.e. CEFR Level C1 or C2).

Advanced Certificate, Grade C (i.e. CEFR Level C1 or C2)

First Certificate, Grade A (i.e. CEFR Level C1)

Pearson English Language Text: Minimum of 63 and at least 59 for each item in the Communicative Skills section.

Duolingo English Test (DET) - The minimum requirement will be a DET score of 110 is required with at least 100 in each sub score. This test of English will be reviewed during 2021 and a decision taken as to whether it should continue to be acceptable.

*There may be different IELTS requirements depending on your chosen course.

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