top 15 French major programs in the United Kingdom – 2021

The following is a list of the top Universities in the UK offering French major programs. We’ve updated the list for 2021. Please contact us if you’d like your school added to the list.

Aberystwyth University

The Department of European Languages at Aberystwyth University offers a wide range of French classes from beginners to advanced levels. Students can learn in small-group classes with most of the teaching staff being native speakers. For more information about undergraduate and graduate degrees, research, study-abroad opportunities and staff contacts please visit the department’s website.

Address: Department of European Languages, Hugh Owen Building, Penglais, Aberystwyth, SY23 3DY, Wales, UK
Telephone: +44 (0)1970 622552/622555
Website: aber.ac.uk

Queen Mary, University of London

The French department at Queen Mary offers a dynamic learning environment where students can reach a high-level speaking and writing abilities in classes taught by native speakers. Students can chose to combine French with other subjects such as European Studies, literature and business. Queen Mary offers a third or fourth year abroad and has a partnership with the University of London Institute in Paris. For more information about undergraduate and graduate modules, applications, staff contacts and research please visit the department’s website.

Address: School of Languages, Linguistics and Film, Queen Mary, University of London, Mile End Road, London E1 4NS, UK
Telephone: +44 (0)20 7882 8330
Website: qmul.ac.uk

University of Birmingham

French Studies is one of the largest faculties in the University of Birmingham’s Modern Language Departments. The university offers a wide rage of undergraduate and graduate courses in the French language. In addition to practical language knowledge, the university also focuses on literature, film, history and politics and culture. For more information on undergraduate and graduate study programs, research and staff contacts please visit the department’s official website.

Address: Modern Languages, Ashley Building, University of Birmingham, Edgbaston, Birmingham, B15 2TT, UK
Telephone: +44 (0)121 414 5996
Website: birmingham.ac.uk

University of Bristol

The Department of French at the University of Bristol offers a thriving academic environment for learning the French language. The department offers both undergraduate and graduate degrees. For more information including undergraduate years 1-4 modules and reading lists, staff contacts, French Society events and applications please visit the department’s website.

Address: University of Bristol, Department of French, 17 Woodland Road, Bristol BS8 1TE, UK
Telephone: +44 (0)117 33 17968
Website: bristol.ac.uk

University of Cambridge

The University of Cambridge offers both undergraduate and graduate courses in French. At the undergraduate level, the Modern Languages degree allows you to combine French with another language including German, Italian, Portuguese, Russian, Spanish. You may also combine French with Greek or Latin in the Classics department or Arabic, Hebrew or Persian in the Asian and Middle Eastern Studies department. At the graduate level Cambridge offers both masters and Ph.D (doctorate) degrees. Please visit the department’s website for more information including full course descriptions, staff profiles and contact information.

Address: Department of French, Faculty of Modern & Medieval Languages, University of Cambridge, Sidgwick Avenue, Cambridge, CB3 9DA, UK
Tel: +44 1223 335009
Website: cam.ac.uk

University of Durham

The University of Durham has one of the leading French departments in the UK, offering high-quality teaching and a strong commitment to research. For more information including degrees offered, detailed modules for years 1-4 as well as staff contact information please visit the department’s website.

Address: Department of French, University of Durham, Elvet Riverside, New Elvet, Durham DH1 3JT, UK
Telephone: +44 191 334 3420
Website: dur.ac.uk

University of Essex

The University of Essex has a vibrant French language department with excellent student-teacher contact. The department offers a wide variety of French modules ranging from beginners and A-level to advanced focusing on spoken and written language skills. The University of Essex offers a wide variety of interdisciplinary degrees combining French with many other subjects. Students can also spend a term or year abroad. For more information including undergraduate and graduate module descriptions, staff contacts and study-abroad opportunities please visit the department’s website.

Address: Department of Language and Linguistics, University of Essex, Wivenhoe Park, Colchester CO4 3SQ, UK
Website: essex.ac.uk

University of Kent

The University of Kent offers one of the UK’s leading French programs and ranks at the top for its research. The department has a wide variety of modules in language, literature, culture and society. It is a friendly department that offers small-sized classes. With its proximity to the English channel there are many Francophones on campus and France or Belgium are less two hours away. For more information including undergraduate and graduate degrees and module descriptions, research and staff contacts please visit the department’s official website.

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Address: French, School of European Culture and Languages, University of Kent, Canterbury, Kent, CT2 7NF, UK
Telephone: +44 (0)1227 827159
Website: kent.ac.uk

University of Manchester

The University of Manchester French Studies department offers world-class language instruction through its experienced team of teachers and native-speaker assistants. In addition to spoken and written French, modules also cover literature, art, music, and film. For more information including undergraduate degree and course descriptions, graduate degrees, staff contacts, events, research and seminars please visit the department’s website.

Address: University Language Centre, The University of Manchester, Oxford Road, Manchester, M13 9PL, UK
Telephone: +44(0)161 275 8311
Website: manchester.ac.uk

University of Reading

The University of Reading has one of the UK’s top-ranking French departments. The school offers small classes with many of them taught by native speakers and a friendly learning environment. The university also offers top-ranking research. Students will find study-abroad opportunities in a very wide variety of cities in France including many places including Paris, Strasbourg, Rennes, Poitiers, Toulouse, Montpellier, Grenoble and Lyon. For more information about undergraduate and postgraduate degrees and modules, staff contacts and enrollment please visit the department’s website.

Address: Department of French Studies, Whiteknights, Reading, Berkshire RG6 6UR, UK
Telephone: + 44 (0)118 987 5123
Website: reading.ac.uk

University of Sheffield

The University of Sheffield Department of French offers a wide range of flexibly undergraduate and graduate French degrees. At the undergraduate level students can do a Single Honours degree, specializing in French. Students can also do a Dual Honours degree, combining French with another modern language or non-language area of study such as law or journalism. For more information about undergraduate and graduate studies, the Mundus Masters program, doctorate (Ph.D) degrees as well as staff contacts please visit the department’s website.

Address: Department of French, School of Modern Languages and Linguistics, University of Sheffield, Jessop West, 1 Upper Hanover Street, Sheffield, S3 7RA, UK
Telephone: +44 (0)114 222 2888
Website: sheffield.ac.uk

University of Surrey

The University of Surrey puts a strong emphasis on practical language usage and offers a number of flexible degrees combining language with professional orientations. The university offers undergraduate honors degrees in French & German, French & Spanish, French & Translation as well as English Literature & French. For more information about degrees, staff contacts and the study-abroad program please visit the department’s website.

Address: School of English and Languages, University Library and Learning Centre, Faculty of Arts & Human Sciences, University of Surrey, Guildford, Surrey, GU2 7XH, UK
Telephone: +44 (0) 1483 686222
Website: surrey.ac.uk

University of Sussex

The University of Sussex’ language department, formally known as the Sussex Language Institute (SLI), offers a wide variety of options for studying French to its students. Students can do a degree in French alone or combine the language with another program. For more information about the university’s flexibly degree programs, department contacts and course descriptions please visit the department’s website.

Address: University of Sussex, Centre for Language Studies, Sussex House, Brighton, BN1 9RH, UK
Telephone: +44 (0)1273 606755
Website: sussex.ac.uk

University St. Andrews

The University of St. Andrews has one of the leading French departments in the UK. The department offers a wonderful Francophone learning environment. While first-year modules focus on both learning to speak fluently and master grammar, second-year modules focus on literature, society and much more. For more information about first and second year modules, the honors programs and study-abroad opportunities in France please visit the department’s website.

Address: Department of French, School of Modern Languages, University of St Andrews, St Andrews KY16 9PH, Scotland, UK
Tel: +44 1334 463653
Website: st-andrews.ac.uk

University of Warwick

The Department of French Studies at the University of Warwick is one of the leading French departments in the UK with high ratings in both teaching and research. Warwick offers both French studies and joint degrees with modules focusing on written and oral French as well as culture, literature, film, politics, and society. For more information including how to apply, staff contacts and current research projects please visit the department’s website.

Address: Department of French Studies, University of Warwick, Coventry CV4 7AL, UK
Telephone: + 44 24 76 52 30 13
Website: warwick.ac.uk

University of York

The University of York offers several four-year undergraduate degree options for studying French including combining French & German, French & Linguistics, French & Spanish, French & History, French & Linguistics and French & Philosophy. For more information including staff contacts, research, module options and applications please visit the website of the Department of Language and Linguistic Science.

Address: Department of Language and Linguistic Science, University of York, Heslington, York, YO10 5DD, UK
Telephone: +44 (0)1904 322650
Website: york.ac.uk


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