This new three-year Major/Minor programme based entirely in Paris provides a grounding in various aspects of politics and international relations along with the opportunity to acquire a high level of proficiency in the French language. Uniquely combining everyday exposure to French language and culture for the full three years of your study, supported by intensive small-group teaching, this course will enable you to fully realise your academic potential and graduate with a University of London degree.

Key information

UCAS code
R1L2
Duration
3 years
Method of attendance
Full-time
Course convenor

Entry requirements

A levels

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

IB Diploma

  • Typical offer: 34 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 at least 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.

Non-UK qualifications

  • Irish Leaving Certificate: ABBBC at Higher Level with at least B in French
  • For qualifications from other countries, please contact us
  • English requirements if education non conducted in English: IELTS 6.5 overall, with no subscores lower than 5.5, or equivalent qualification

Degree benefits

With the globalisation of markets, 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 with International Relations are highly valued, especially for anyone planning to embark on an international career in diplomacy. 

The official language in 29 countries, French has a long history as an international language of commerce and diplomacy and is an official language of many international organisations including the United Nations, NATO, the OECD and the European Union.

The University of London Institute in Paris offers a unique Major/Minor programme of study delivered over three years of residency in Paris. Not only does it offer everyday exposure to French life and language, enabling you to acquire a high level of proficiency in the French language, but it will also give you the opportunity to gain a specialist focus on the political and diplomatic issues in the francophone world, Europe and internationally.

Supported by intensive teaching in small groups, the majority of which are delivered and assessed in French, the BA programme 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. Students 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.  

  • Build your knowledge of various aspects of Politics and International Relations, including international relations theories and issues of the French-speaking world, including Africa and the Middle East. And explore Europe.

Degree structure

The BA in French Studies with International Relations 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). You will take 90 credits in the Major subject and 30 credits of the Minor subject in each year of study. 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, you will have 55-75% of your courses delivered and examined in French. The minor subject, International Relations, will be taught entirely in English.

Compulsory core courses aim to:

  • consolidate spoken and written language skills in a variety of registers including that of the diplomatic world, such as 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
  • prepare you for professional life by offering a balanced understanding of, and an ability to, compare French and British cultures in both the general and political frameworks
  • provide a coherent and intellectually stimulating programme which will include theories of and issues in international relations and the politics of France and key strategic areas of the French-speaking world.

Modules

In Major/Minor programmes, students take 90 credits in the Major subject and 30 credits of the Minor subject in each year of study. Please find below our programme outline*

Year 1

In the first year, students take 90 credits of core modules, providing a grounding in key aspects of French language, contemporary French society, and introduction to international relations:

Compulsory modules

  • Grammar and written expression (ULL101) - taught in French – 30 credits
  • Oral communication skills and applied writing (ULL102) - taught in French – 15 credits
  • La France contemporaine: institutions, politics and society in modern France (ULC120) - taught in French -15 credits
  • Introduction to International Relations (POL106 ) - taught in English - 30 credits

Students would also choose between either of:

  • Histoire et Histoires : social, political and cultural issues from the Revolution to the present day (ULC110) - taught in French -  30 credits
  • Oeuvres : critical approaches to literature and visual arts (ULC100) - taught in French - 30 credits

Year 2

Compulsory modules

  • Advanced grammar and expression (ULL200) - taught in French - 15 credits
  • Introduction to Translation to and from French (ULL210) - taught in French - 15 credits
  • International Relations Theories (POL251) - taught in English - 30 credits

Optional modules

Students must also choose modules to the value of 60 credits from the following list:

  • Introduction to French Linguistics (ULC201) - taught in French - 15 credits
  • Language, Media and Society (ULC202) - taught in English - 15 credits
  • Identité I: genre et sexualité (ULC212) - taught in French - 15 credits
  • Art au XXème siècle (ULC213) - taught in French - 15 credits
  • Histoire et mémoire I les récits nationaux (ULC214) - taught in French - 15 credits
  • Instruire la nation: l'éducation nationale, son histoire, ses priorités et ses crises (ULC220) - taught in French - 15 credits
  • A Tale of Two Cities (ULC221) - taught in English - 15 credits
  • Economic Issues I (ULC222) - taught in French - 15 credits
  • Texte, image et culture de masse (ULC223) - taught in French - 15 credits
  • Histoire et mémoire II les récits nationaux  (ULC224 - taught in French - 15 credits
  • Identité II: Introduction à la francosphère (ULC225) - taught in French - 15 credits

Year 3

Compulsory modules

  • Advanced techniques in French oral and written discourse (ULL300) - taught in French - 15 credits
  • Advanced Translation from English to French (ULL311) - taught in French - 15 credits
  • Advanced Translation from French to English (ULL312) - taught in English - 15 credits
  • The Politics of the Post-Colonial Middle East (POL365) - taught in English - 15 credits
  • African and International Politics (POL372) - taught in English – 15 credits

Optional modules

Students must also choose modules to the value of 45 credits from the following list:

  • Fin de siècle I: politics and ideology (ULC304) - taught in French - 15 credits
  • La prose de la ville (ULC307) - taught in French - 15 credits
  • Républicanisme en France I: 1789-1914 (ULC310) - taught in French - 15 credits
  • Economic Issues II (ULC312) - taught in French - 15 credits
  • French colonialism in North Africa (ULC313) - taught in English - 15 credits
  • Y2K BD: Fin de millénaire bande dessinée (ULC315) - taught in English - 15 credits
  • Républicanisme en France II: 1789-1914 (ULC320) - taught in French - 15 credits
  • Representations of the Maghreb (ULC323) - taught in English – 15 credits
  • Trauma and Transmission: Holocaust Afterlives (ULC326) - taught in English – 15 credits
  • Eléments de linguistique française (ULC327) - taught in French - 15 credits
  • Classic French Cinema (ULC328) - taught in English - 15 credits
  • Research Dissertation (ULC329)- presented in French or English - 15 credits

*All courses listed above are subject to availability. 

Click here to view the 3-year course outline.

Faculty
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 with a specialised focus in International Relations 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 your ability to be independent and adaptable.  

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

  • marketing and communications  

  • governmental institutions (national and international)  

  • education  

  • law

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

How to apply

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

Short-listed candidates are invited for an interview in London, Manchester or Paris. Phone/Skype interviews can also be arranged. Interviews in Paris are scheduled to coincide with the annual "Journée de Rencontres" which gives applicants and their guests an opportunity to meet staff and current students as well as to find out more about the University of London Institute in Paris. Please note that travel expenses are not refunded.

Selected applicants are also asked to complete a test in French: this is intended to determine their first-year needs in language in the event of their taking up an offer of a place.

Applications should be made online at www.ucas.com  

  • Institution code name: ULIP  
  • Institution code: P26  
  • Course title: BA French Studies with International Relations    
  • UCAS course code BA in French Studies: R1L2  
  • Duration: Three years, in Paris  
  • Mode of study: Full-time  
  • Point of entry: 1 (unless you are applying for a transfer into year 2)
Fees and funding

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

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

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

Tuition fees for 2017-18

Full-time Home/EU/Island
  • £9,250
Full-time Overseas
  • £14,500

Being a UK institution, Home/EU 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.

Durgha Ramji, BA in French Studies, University of London Institute in Paris alumna

I was keen to improve my French spoken skills and transferring to ULIP and living in Paris where I had to speak French in my everyday life and not just my French Oral Classes was absolutely the best way to build my confidence.

Durgha Ramji
BA in French Studies
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