Studying French at Swansea

Pour mieux connaître la France et le français – étudiez à Swansea !

French at Swansea University aims to develop your knowledge of a world language of diplomacy and exchange.  We want you to discover the rich culture that makes France an international centre of the arts, and also understand twenty-first-century France and its role in Europe and the world.  All of our degree courses combine intensive language tuition with optional modules relating to a wide variety of aspects of society and culture in the French-speaking world. Particular emphasis is placed on fluency and accuracy in spoken and written French.  Look at our French Undergraduate Brochure  or click here for information on our Undergraduate French programmes / UCAS codes and Postgraduate degrees.

French Modules

The undergraduate french programme includes a mixture of language and culture modules.  To find out more about the current course content and structure, look at our French course pages.

Year Abroad

You will spend the third year of study in France: 1) teaching English as an assistant(e) in a French school; 2) working in an approved placement, or 3) studying at one of our partner universities: Angers, Artois, Toulouse LeMirail, Brest, Chambéry, Franche-Comté, Lyon III or Pau.

Company Partnerships

We work with employers to ensure that useful workplace skills are embedded in teaching and we encourage students in looking for work placements. 

Student Experience

There is a vibrant campus culture for french students including a thriving student society: french@swansea-union.co.uk and the regular Cafe Causette for practising conversational french.

Learning Languages at Swansea

One Language

All our modern languages degrees combine both language and cultural learning in the first and second years before spending a year either studying or working abroad in the country of your chosen language.  In your final year you take both language and cultural studies modules.  All students benefit from our dedicated language labs with access to language channels and an extensive archive of foreign language films.  We are currently the only university to offer the chance to study several European languages through the medium of Welsh.   For more information on Single Honours degrees in Modern Languages and UCAS codes, visit our course pages.

Two Languages

There are a variety of two language degree options at Swansea university combining French, German, Spanish, Italian and Welsh.  For all the two language degrees you will take half your modules in one language and half in the other, covering both language skills and cultural learning.  In the third year you will study abroad in the country of one of your chosen languages, before returning for a final fourth year.  For more information on combinations and UCAS codes, visit our course pages.

Three Languages

At Swansea University we offer students a unique opportunity to study three languages and position yourself perfectly for the global employment market.  Majoring in two language subjects you can opt to select a third language through our Languages for All  module programme which will either introduce you to, or help you improve a third language.  As with our other modern languages programmes you will spend the third year of your four year degree studying or working abroad in the country of one of your two major languages.  For more information on combinations and UCAS codes, visit our course pages pages.

Joint Degrees and Languages for All

Modern languages degrees at Swansea University can be studied in combination with a wide range of other subjects in the College of Arts & Humanities, or with geography, economics or law.  It is also possible to study some of our languages as a Single Honours degree with business as a minor element.  For more information on combinations and UCAS codes, visit our course pages.  

Languages for All  (LFA) is an introductory programme which gives students on any degree programmes (not just languages) the opportunity to gain basic language skills while earning credits for their degree programme.  Introduction modules are current available in French, German, Italian, Spanish and Welsh.  The French and Spanish modules are also available through the medium of Welsh.

Jessica's Story

Jessica Forse, French and Spanish graduate 

"I moved to Swansea in 2002 where I studied for my BA (Hons) in French and Spanish, with equal credits taken in Portuguese. During my year abroad, I worked as an Assistante in two secondary schools in the outskirts of Montpellier for 7 months, before studying at Guadalajara University, Mexico for 3 months. I then attended a month-long Portuguese language course in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.  After completing my undergraduate degree, I stayed on at Swansea and completed the MA in Translation with Language Technology in 2007, taking advanced translation in French and Spanish and Russian Ab Initio. Following the MA, I spent several months undertaking charity work for a Swansea-based charity and then spent 7 months working for the Welsh Assembly Government, whilst also freelance translating. I have translated for several high-profile documentaries, such as Amazon with Bruce Parry, which have appeared on the BBC and the Discovery Channel, in addition to numerous other more technical projects."

A student's view of the year abroad