Develop your French and gain a thorough understanding of different cultures’ development needs on our BA French and International Development course.
You'll study in a lively, multilingual community with staff and students from all over the world. Learn in a student-centred environment, with small group teaching and a range of project and workshop opportunities.
Your modules in French will enable you to:
develop your linguistic proficiency in French to near-native level
gain an in-depth understanding of French and francophone cultures
immerse yourself in the language and culture of a French-speaking country during your year abroad
You’ll have plenty of scope to practise speaking, writing, reading and understanding French, and you’ll learn about the political, social, historical and cultural contexts of French-speaking countries.
Your learning will be supported by a range of materials in French, including cultural and historical texts.
Your international development modules will provide:
an understanding of the complex global dynamics affecting the planet’s resources, climate, food systems, and human population
the ability to critically evaluate key ideas in international development policy and practice
the opportunity to explore core development theories and research methods.
Your learning will be enhanced by case studies from around the world, providing you with insight into our planet’s fascinating societies, cultures and histories.
You will be taught by leading academics from across the University. In addition to social scientists in the School of Agriculture, Policy and Development, you’ll study with experts from Geography, Economics, Politics and Henley Business School.
Placements and Study Abroad with BA French and International Development
Our BA French and International Development course includes a year abroad in a French-speaking country, either studying or doing a work placement. During this year, you’ll hone your language skills and immerse yourself in francophone culture. You will be supported by our Year Abroad team to make the most of this experience.
Select Reading as your firm choice on UCAS, and we will guarantee you a place if you achieve one grade lower than the published offer.
30 points overall
Extended Project Qualification
In recognition of the excellent preparation that the Extended Project Qualification (EPQ) provides to students for University study, we can now include achievement in the EPQ as part of a formal offer.
If you are an international or EU student and do not meet the requirements for direct entry to your chosen degree you can join the University of Reading’s International Foundation Programme. Successful completion of this 1 year programme guarantees you a place on your chosen undergraduate degree. English language requirements start as low as IELTS 4.5 depending on progression degree and start date.
UK undergraduate fees are regulated by the government. These fees are subject to parliamentary approval and any decision on raising the tuition fees cap for new UK and EU** students would require the formal approval of both Houses of Parliament before it becomes law.
From 2020, the UK government may link tuition fees to the Teaching Excellence Framework (TEF).
These course fees cover the cost of your tuition. Some courses will require additional payments for field trips and extra resources. You will also need to budget for your accommodation and living costs. See our information on living costs for more details.
Financial support for your studies
You may be eligible for a scholarship or bursary to help pay for your study. Students from the UK and other EU countries may also be eligible for a student loan to help cover these costs. See our fees and funding information for more information on what's available.
What career can you have?
Your degree in French and International Development will equip you with a valuable skillset, including a mix of natural and social sciences, quantitative and qualitative analysis skills, and knowledge of the challenges facing international development. These skills could lead to a career in translation, business, aid agencies, charities, government departments and research institutions.