For many than 50 years, we have welcomed undergraduates reading for degrees in French at British universities and spending their compulsory third year abroad.

Why choose the University of London Institute in Paris?

Only with our programme can year-abroad students benefit from teaching designed in accordance with the strict quality control standards of the best British universities while living and studying in France. You will join a ready-made community of French Studies students from the UK and be able to take advantage of their experience of living in Paris.

What courses can I choose?

Your term or year at the Institute is organised around two components: a core course and a module (filière). The French language core course is made up of French grammar and written French (3 hours per week), and translation into French and into English (2 hours per week). 

Please note that modules may not all be available every year and that a limited number of places are available for each module.

  • Roots of national identity: The origins of French nationhood in political and intellectual history: a study of the ethnic and linguistic constitution of France, and of the wide range of political, cultural and ideological forces which have shaped the French nation in Term 1 is followed with an in-depth study of how these factors have shaped France’s National Education System in Term 2.
  • Gender and sexuality: This course looks at the representation of gender and sexuality in French and Francophone cultural production of the 20th and 21st centuries. In term one, students will consider a selection of works representing the place of men and women and the expression of sexuality in society. In term two you will discuss themes regarding the changing role of women in particular, in both French and immigrant families since the Second World War.
  • Art and Image : This course examines French visual art in the 20thcentury. The first term focuses on the major artistic movements introduced in the 1900s. This ten-week block will concentrate on (but not be limited to) expressions of the Avant-Garde including cubism, surrealism and lettrism. The second term will be devoted to studying artistic forms combining both image and text. Particular attention will be devoted to the bande dessinée and advertising.
  • History and Memory: Drawing on historical texts and using site-visits the course will explore some of the main themes in French history. As well as learning the history of key events, students will learn to consider the difference between history and memory, and what constitutes both national and collective memory. We will also discuss forms of commemoration, notably in Paris, and how and why these project a specific image of the past. Semester one will chart the history of France from the French revolution to the Dreyfus Affair, whilst semester two will focus on the turbulent Twentieth Century.
  • French Cinema: This course looks at a selection of key films and filmmakers that have marked the French cinematic tradition. Students will learn about cinematic techniques and about the history of French cinema alongside a close study of films by filmmakers such as Jacques Tati, Jean-Luc Godard, Jean Renoir, François Truffaut and Claire Denis. The course will cover key aspects of film theory and look at key moments in French cinematic history.
  • Fin de siècle: A study of late nineteenth-century literary culture in France contextualized in terms of the major literary, intellectual, artistic and socio-political developments of the era. The course will focus particularly on historically contextualised readings of a range of key fin de siècle texts.
  • Paris: development and representation: A study of the history and representations of Paris from the Second Empire to the present day drawing on literary sources, art works and film. Periods of specialisation are Second Empire Paris (Impressionism, Realism and Naturalism) and mid-twentieth century Paris (Surrealism and Nouvelle Vague). Interdisciplinary approach, offering the possibility of combining with a number of options.

How do I apply?

Your university's year-abroad tutor should have pre-registration packs for the Institute. If not, you can contact our office ( to receive it by post. Please note that pre-registration begins in May for the following academic year. 

  • Check with your year-abroad tutor on your university's policy as to payment of the Institute's tuition fees during your stay in France. Some universities only pay part of these fees. These vary according to the formula you choose: 'Formula A' involves 8 contact hours a week (core course plus module), and 'Formula B' 5 contact hours (core course only). Make sure your year-abroad tutor signs and stamps your registration form or provides a written confirmation if the university pays all or part of your fees.
  • You will need to take our placement test, which will help us place you in an equal ability group, and return it to us by post. Based on your result in the test, you will then be given a list of modules to choose from.
  • You should arrive in Paris two weeks before the start of term, or plan to spend a few days on a previous visit, in order to secure accommodation. When you arrive in Paris, our Student, Academic and External Services team will be available to provide advice on accommodation and to put you in contact with landlords. Find out more about our accommodation service. 

Tuition fees for 2017-2018

Full-time Home/EU (full year): £9,250

Full-time Overseas (full year): £14,500

Full-time Home/EU (1 term): £4,625

Full-time Overseas (1 term): £7,250

Part-time Home/EU (full year): £4,625

Part-time Overseas (full year): £7,250

Part-time Home/EU (1 term): £2,313

Part-time Overseas (1 term): £3,625

King's College London R102 students (Spring term): £5,365 

Please contact us if you have any questions about studying at the Institute on your year abroad.


If you have any further questions, please do not hesitate to contact us via our web form. We’ll be happy to answer any questions you may have.