Why study French at Bristol?

Studying French at the University of Bristol you’ll be part of a thriving community of students with diverse opportunities for developing your linguistic skills inside and outside the classroom.

As much support as you need

Our innovative, student-centred teaching is driven directly by our students' needs. This will help you acquire those essential linguistic, cultural and transferable skills, increasing your employability on an international scale.

We provide unique online and audio channels for feedback in formative assessments to enhance your learning experience. There are opportunities to take part in group work and to develop skills to work independently, think critically and communicate effectively. 

Studying beyond the textbook

We aim to equip our students with a broad range of transferable skills inside and outside the classroom. There are opportunities develop your linguistic skills in informal and friendly settings.

For example, the French for Business unit provides an environment where you can foster innovative and creative ideas for businesses and develop entrepreneurial skills, with the chance to be mentored by business people and young entrepreneurs.

Find out more about our units.

Outside the classroom you can take part in our radio podcast project, learning how to make recordings or write a radio script. Demonstrate your creative skills in an article for our French student magazine, or join the debating club and learn how to communicate a clear and well-structured argument.

Using technology to innovate

We work closely with our students to develop online tools to help them with their learning in a way that works best for them, from weekly online tests to student-produced videos. Some of our innovations are even being picked up by other universities in the UK and abroad.

You'll have access to the superbly equipped School of Modern Languages Multimedia Centre that provides print and digital media tools to help with your studies.

Regular contact with native speakers

Contact with native speakers is a key part of language learning. During your degree we make sure you have plenty of opportunities to meet native speakers, in addition to your language tutors. 

The highest standards

Our teaching practice is recognised as leading in the language sector. We organise conferences on teaching innovation and discuss our work nationally.

We aim for all our students to reach Common European Framework of Reference for Languages (CEFR) level C2 by the end of their degree. This is the highest level of proficiency recognised by the CEFR.

Find out more about our undergraduate courses

Multimedia Centre

The school's Multimedia Centre provides our students with dedicated, state-of-the-art facilities to enhance their studies.

Year abroad

Spend your third year living and studying abroad in a country relevant to your degree (or two countries if you intend to undertake a joint-honours course).

Social activities

Bristol Students' Union's French Society is one of the most active language student societies in the country, organising social and cultural events throughout the year, including trips to Germany.

Find out more about student societies at Bristol Students' Union.

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