Welcome to French at Exeter

About us

  • Top 10 for French in The Times and The Sunday Times Good University Guide 2016 and The Complete University Guide 2017
  • Highly flexible degrees involving single or multiple languages
  • Friendly and vibrant teaching and learning environment

With over 500 undergraduates French at Exeter is the largest constituent part of the Department of Modern Languages; more than 25 members of staff are involved in the delivery of language and culture modules. The University has invested in a series of new appointments in French over recent years. We are therefore an enthusiastic and energetic department whose internationally recognised research feeds directly into a diverse and stimulating teaching programme.

Our basic philosophy is to ensure wide academic coverage with maximum choice. You can select from a wide variety of modules in various areas of French Studies: cultural studies from the Middle Ages to the present; literature and the visual arts; film; linguistics; philosophy; gender and sexuality studies. Many of these areas may be new to you, but we find that our students rise exceptionally well to the challenge of broadening their intellectual horizons. The flexibility of French Studies at Exeter means that you can decide to pursue a broad-based programme of study that includes modules taken from several of the areas mentioned above, or that you can specialise in a specific area of study. Starting at Level 1, and within the constraints of the timetable, you can create your own programme of study from the wide range of option modules available.

As far as language work is concerned, you will be expected to become proficient in various spoken and written communication skills, including translation. Some of your classes will be with our team of native French-speakers and you will also have access to the state-of-the-art facilities in the Foreign Language Centre. As part of your studies, you will have the opportunity to spend a period of residence abroad in a francophone country, perhaps as an EU-funded Erasmus student, as an English-language assistant, or in another type of work placement.

The system of personal tutoring with Modern Languages is designed to ensure that everyone receives individual attention and advice throughout their time at Exeter. Each member of staff has a number of ‘office hours' every week during which they are always happy to meet students. Finally, you will be able to join the French Society, organized by undergraduate students, and enjoy the varied programme of talks, films, drama and social activities that they arrange.