Why Study French at Stirling?
A language degree is highly valued by employers across a range of sectors. Year after year, graduates are near the top of league tables in terms of graduate employability. Our language graduates develop excellent oral and written skills, independence and self-reliance, and confidence in dealing with a variety of people, situations and cultures. According to recent statistics (Unistats 2012) more than 85% of language graduates go on to employment or further study within 6 months of graduation. Our recent graduates have gone on to a wide variety of jobs in the UK and abroad working in such diverse areas as: Advertising; Banking; Librarianship; Management; Marketing; Public Relations; Publishing; and Teaching.
At Stirling, French is studied as a world language, with an emphasis on France's key role within the European Union and on its colonial legacy in Africa, the Caribbean, Asia, and North America.
We produce successful graduates with a high level of competence in French spoken and written language, and a strong understanding of contemporary French and Francophone culture and society. Alongside classes focussing on language study supervised by our dedicated Language Coordinator, our undergraduate modules concentrate on 20th/21st century France - its language, history, society, literature, art, film and business - and the wider 'Francophone world'. In addition, the French programmes provide students with skills for clear and critical thinking and the ability to present ideas in an ordered and convincing way. You will be taught by experienced staff who regularly receive praise and awards for their excellence in teaching through Stirling’s RATE scheme.
We encourage our students to make the most of their language skills to develop their experience of academic and professional life. In recent years, we have been delighted to see our students winning prestigious scholarships and prizes, as well as undertaking work placements and internships, and we are always happy to support motivated students in such endeavours.