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  • Tuition Fee:
  • Local: $ 9k / Year
  • Foreign: $ 12.5k / Year
  • Languages of instruction:
  • English


    European Studies at Kent gives you the opportunity to study the politics, history and culture of Europe in the nearest UK city to continental Europe.

    We call ourselves the UK’s European university, not only because of our proximity to the continent, but also because of our extensive network of connections and partnerships in Europe.

    We offer programmes in European Studies and one of the major European languages offered to degree level at Kent: French, German, Italian and Spanish, or a combination of two languages. All of our programmes include a year abroad in another European country, either studying at one of our partner universities or working.

    Independent rankings

    In the National Student Survey 2013, French was ranked 9th for student satisfaction. And Modern languages were ranked 14th for student satisfaction in The Guardian University Guide 2014.


    The ability to speak another European language is a key asset in the global employment market, and many employers view a graduate with overseas study experience as more employable.

    Recent graduates have gone into areas such as politics both in the UK national and local government and Europe, the media, consultancy, teaching, marketing and financial services. Many also went on to postgraduate study.

    Detailed Course Facts

    Application deadline You are advised to apply as early as possible Tuition fee
    • GBP 9000 Year (EEA)
    • GBP 12450 Year (Non-EEA)
    Start date September 2015 28 September 2015 Credits (ECTS) 240 ECTS
    Credits Total Kent credits: 480
    Duration full-time 48 months Languages Take an IELTS test
    • English
    Delivery mode On Campus Educational variant Full-time More information Go To The Course Website

    Course Content

    Teaching & Assessment

    Most of the modules involve a combination of lectures, seminars, contact with a native speaker and individual study in our computer-assisted language learning laboratory.

    Modules taken at Stage 1 are assessed either by 100% coursework or a 50:50 combination of coursework and examination. At Stages 2 and 3, depending on the modules you select, assessment varies from 100% coursework (extended essays or dissertation), to a combination of examination and coursework, usually in the ratio 50:50.

    Programme aims

    The specific aims of French as a subject are:

    • To provide a sound grounding in the French language in all its aspects, through extensive reading in French and through the use of French as spoken and written medium.
    • To immerse you in Francophone Culture by enabling you to spend one year in a Francophone Country. In most cases you will go abroad to participate in an Exchange in France or Switzerland, to work as a language assistant in a French School or in the Kent Regional Office in Brussels.
    • To develop a critical awareness of the broad canon of French Literature from the 17th century to the 21st century as well as of the role of French Cinema and French Linguistics in the development of Contemporary French Culture.
    • To train you in the field of translation from and into the target language.
    • To provide a gateway to related thematic studies comprising various bodies of knowledge and methodological approaches.
    • To provide teaching which is informed by current research and scholarship and which requires students to engage with aspects of work at the frontiers of knowledge.
    • To provide a means of access to intercultural awareness and understanding.
    • To recognize and reward excellence at different stages through the award of prizes.
    • To prepare those who choose to take the French Business Language courses for the Chambre de Commerce de Paris Examinations.
    • To contribute to widening participation in higher education by offering a wide variety of entry routes.
    • To provide opportunities for the development of personal, communication, research and other key skills appropriate for graduate employment both in industry and in the public sector.
    • To develop general critical, analytical and problem solving skills which can be applied in a wide range of situations

    Learning outcomes

    Knowledge and understanding

    You gain knowledge and understanding of:

    • French Language.
    • French Literature from the 17th to the 21st century.
    • French Linguistics.
    • French Cinema.
    • French Theatre.
    • Francophone Autobiography.
    • French Postcolonial Studies.
    • Francophone Presence in the World.
    • French History.
    • Critical Theory.

    Intellectual skills

    You gain the following intellectual abilities:

    • Apply the skills needed for academic study and enquiry.
    • Evaluate information critically.
    • Synthesise information from a number of sources in order to gain a coherent understanding of the subject.
    • Utilise problem solving skills.
    • Utilise communication skills for the cohrent expression and transfer of knowledge.
    • Analyse, evaluate and interpret a variety of types of evidence in a critical manner.
    • Study and reach conclusions independently.

    Subject-specific skills

    You gain subject-specific skills in the following:

    • Communicate effectively in French.
    • Develop reading speed in French.
    • Demonstrate detailed knowledge and effective understanding of the various structures and registers of French.
    • Translate accurately and efficientl into and from the target language.
    • Analyse critically a variety of texts be they journalistic, historical or literary.
    • Gain an appreciation of cultural diversity.
    • Ability to work independently in a Francophone Business environment
    • Develop skills in these three related areas: a) reception (listening and reading), b) production (speaking and writing) and c) mediation between at least two languages.

    Transferable skills

    You gain transferable skills in the following:

    • Communicate effectively with a wide range of individuals using a variety of means.
    • Evaluate their own academic performance.
    • Utilise problem-solving skills in a variety of theoretical and practical situations.
    • Accurate and effective note-taking and sumarising skills.
    • Library and bibliographical research skills.
    • Techniques for using French language source materials.
    • Take responsibility for personal and professional learning and development.
    • Manage time and prioritise workloads, think and perform under pressure.
    • Capacity for teamwork.
    • Leadership abilities.
    • Work creatively and flexibly
    • Deploy a range of Information Technology skills effectively, such as word processing text with footnotes, basic formatting, using e-mail, searching databases and text-files, navigating the world wide web

    UK requirements for international applications

    Universities in the United Kingdom use a centralized system of undergraduate application: University and College Admissions Service (UCAS). It is used by both domestic and international students. Students have to register on the UCAS website before applying to the university. They will find all the necessary information about the application process on this website. Some graduate courses also require registration on this website, but in most cases students have to apply directly to the university. Some universities also accept undergraduate application through Common App (the information about it could be found on universities' websites).

    Both undergraduate and graduate students may receive three types of responses from the university. The first one, “unconditional offer” means that you already reached all requirements and may be admitted to the university. The second one, “conditional offer” makes your admission possible if you fulfill some criteria – for example, have good grades on final exams. The third one, “unsuccessful application” means that you, unfortunately, could not be admitted to the university of you choice.

    All universities require personal statement, which should include the reasons to study in the UK and the information about personal and professional goals of the student and a transcript, which includes grades received in high school or in the previous university.


    English Language Requirements

    IELTS band : 6.5

    To study at this university, you have to speak English. We advice you to

    take an IELTS test.


    Home/EU students

    The University will consider applications from students offering a wide range of qualifications, typical requirements are listed below, students offering alternative qualifications should contact the Admissions Office for further advice. It is not possible to offer places to all students who meet this typical offer/minimum requirement.

    • A level ABB
    • GCSE

    C in a modern European language other than English

    • Access to HE Diploma

    The University of Kent will not necessarily make conditional offers to all access candidates but will continue to assess them on an individual basis. If an offer is made candidates will be required to obtain/pass the overall Access to Higher Education Diploma and may also be required to obtain a proportion of the total level 3 credits and/or credits in particular subjects at merit grade or above.

    • BTEC Level 3 Extended Diploma (formerly BTEC National Diploma)

    The university will consider applicants holding BTEC National Diploma and Extended National Diploma Qualifications (QCF; NQF;OCR) on a case by case basis please contact us via the enquiries tab for further advice on your individual circumstances.

    • International Baccalaureate

    34 points overall or 16 at HL including a modern European language other than English 4 at HL or 5 at SL

    International students

    The University receives applications from over 140 different nationalities and consequently will consider applications from prospective students offering a wide range of international qualifications. Our International Development Office will be happy to advise prospective students on entry requirements.

    Work Experience

    No work experience is required.

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    • Academic Excellence Scholarship

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    • Access Bursary

      Bursary for UK students all subjects where the variable tuition fee rate is payable.

    • Alumni Bursary

      Alumni Bursary for UK Undergraduate students

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    Kent offers generous financial support schemes to support eligible undergraduate students during their studies. Our 2013 financial support package includes a fee waiver and cash bursary, as well as additional funds on your Kent account to help with accommodation, food, books and other living costs. Find out more on our fees and funding page.

    General scholarships

    Scholarships are available for excellence in academic performance, sport and music and are awarded on merit. For further information on the range of awards available and to make an application see our scholarships website.

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    At Kent we recognise, encourage and reward excellence. We have created a new scholarship, The Kent Scholarship for Academic Excellence, which will be awarded to any applicant who achieves a minimum of AAA over three A levels, or the equivalent qualifications as specified on our funding pages.

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