The French language and the world
French language and culture have been centre-stage in European and world affairs for centuries.
French is an official language of 29 countries, of all United Nations agencies, and of many other international organisations. It is considered the international language of diplomacy, and is second only to English in its influence. French is spoken across the globe as a native or second language by up to half a billion people. The French-speaking world extends across the globe from Europe to North Africa, Asia and the Americas.
A degree in the subject opens up not just the cultural riches of French language and culture to you, but provides an important key to understanding the world and the way it is today.
The following degrees are available:
- French (Single Honours)
- Ancient History and French
- Archaeology and French
- English Language and French
- French and Economics
- French and English Literature
- French and German
- French and History
- French and Italian
- French and Japanese
- French and Mathematics
- French and Music
- French and Philosophy
- French and Politics
- French and Spanish
- French and Welsh
- Law and French
- Cardiff-Bordeaux programme
French beyond your studies
A Single or Joint Honours degree in French opens many doors.
To be able to speak French and understand French cultures is a valuable asset in life, and a key to a large part of the world. French language skills are always in demand, in the UK, Europe and beyond. Opportunities abound, particularly within the European Union and within multinational organisations where communication skills are highly prized.
After I graduated I spent 6 months as an Intern at the European Court of Justice in Luxembourg where I was involved in researching judgments of the Court in both English and in French. Studying French and Law at Cardiff is the perfect preparation for life at the European Institutions. From the moment students arrive at Cardiff, they are encouraged to use French in their day to day lives and are given plenty of opportunities to practice their languages through foreign language societies, tandem nights and cinema clubs.
Thomas, LLB Law and French student
Subscribe to our e-newsletter
The School has recently launched an e-newsletter to keep prospective languages and translation applicants up to date with exciting news, projects, events and achievements of staff and students.