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Is this the right course for you?

French literature, culture and civilisation have a long and distinguished history. If you are interested in the possibility of exploring this dynamic language and society and in finding out more about other cultures where French is spoken, in Europe and throughout the world, French at Trinity will appeal to you.

Why study French at Trinity?

French is a major world language, and one of the working languages of many international organisations. Knowledge of the French language opens up a world of opportunities to graduates. The French Department of Trinity hosts the oldest professorship of French in the world (1776) and has, among its alumni, the Nobel prize winner Samuel Beckett. The French Department in Trinity is the largest in Ireland.

French, read in combination with another subject, is designed to provide you with a thorough grounding in all aspects of French language and culture. The result is that you leave university with a high standard of fluency in the language, both written and spoken, and with a wide knowledge of major aspects of French literature, culture and society. At Trinity we encourage all students to take the opportunity to go abroad for a full academic year, or a term (see Study Abroad section), so that they get to live and study through the French language. There is no better way to learn a language.

What will you study?

Language instruction forms the backbone of the teaching programme. The development of reading, analytical, and critical skills, in the form of both oral tasks and written exercises, forms an integral part of this course. Students are expected to progress to a high level of competence in the four basic linguistic skills of listening, speaking, reading and writing. This includes nurturing an ability to cope with different registers and styles of written and spoken French and to reflect critically on the way the language is used and structured. Examples of optional subjects available over the course of the four years include French linguistics, literature, ideas and politics.


The programme in first year includes an introduction to aspects of contemporary France, the French language and literature. First year subject areas include:

  • French grammar and grammatical analysis
  • Comprehension of the written and spoken language
  • Contemporary short stories, novels, theatre, films and a specially prepared anthology of French poetry

In first year, you will spend four contact hours each week working on French language and grammar, and three contact hours each week studying literature and contemporary French society.

In second year, you will build on this foundation by following courses in the history of French ideas and politics, French literature, French linguistics and in the practice of the French language itself.


In third and fourth year, a wide variety of optional subjects leading on from courses previously undertaken in first and second year are available. These range from Classical and Enlightenment writing to Romantic and Contemporary French Literature, from Politics, Society and Identity in France to French Theory and French Travel Writing. If you elect to study French in your final year you will research and write a dissertation in English or French on a subject of your choice in consultation with a supervisor.

Written, oral and aural examinations, in addition to essays and continuous assessment of your coursework, all contribute to assessment. Fourth year students will also research and write a final-year dissertation.

Study abroad

A minimum stay of two months in a French-speaking country is required over the duration of your course. Some students opt to spend their second or part of their third year at a university in France within the framework of an Erasmus exchange programme. There are exchange agreements between Trinity and Orléans, Lyon 2, Paris 3, and Bordeaux 3 universities.


Graduates work for Google, EBay, Christian Louboutin, The Abbey Theatre, Amazon and the British Institute in Florence. Recent graduates in French have gone on to work in areas as diverse as secondary and university teaching, arts administration, translation and interpreting, diplomacy, tourism, publishing, and investment banking. Increasing numbers of graduates go on to take further postgraduate courses in areas such as law, marketing and business. The combination of an arts degree and a more vocational or professional programme of studies has proved to be highly attractive to prospective employers.

Further information

Tel: +353 1 896 1553 / 1333


Twitter: @tcdfrench

Specific Entry Requirements

Leaving CertificateHC1 French
Advanced GCE (A-Level)Grade C French
Other EU examination systemsSee

Student Profile

Sarah Hashish

My experience of French at Trinity has been hugely positive, with many fantastic lecturers, excellent facilities and well-structured courses all taking place on one of the most beautiful campuses in the world. Not only have I gained a high degree of proficiency in both written and spoken French, I’ve also learnt so much more about French culture and civilisation through the endless selection of courses, such as linguistics, history, literature, cinema and many more. I know attending Trinity is one of the best choices I’ve made as the vibrant atmosphere of the University never ceases to amaze me.