Are you a bonafide Francophile looking to study the language and all things French at university level? Fantastique! Check out the Complete University Guide’s top 10 institutions for French to find out the best places to immerse yourself in the language at tertiary level.


10. University of York

York’s French and Linguistics BA offers a year abroad, and promises to develop students’ practical language skills, while also investigating how the language works.


9. University of Birmingham

French Studies at Birmingham is long-established and well-reputed, and boasts world-class research.


8. University of Newcastle

Newcastle offers French students a wide and flexible choice of modules, taught by an expert team of academic staff.


7. University of Warwick

Warwick’s language centre consistently ranks among the very best in the UK and is known for its excellent student satisfaction scores.


6. King’s College London

This department is recognised as one of the leading French departments in the UK. Students spend a semester in Paris in their second year under the Study Abroad programme.


5. University of Surrey

Surrey’s Applied Languages degree emphasises professional skills, practical contemporary language use and knowledge of the cultures and societies where French is spoken.


4. University of St Andrews    

St Andrews’ French department comprises 12 academic staff who are among the leaders in their fields, making the programme a truly international and francophone environment in which to pursue academic study.


3. University of Oxford

Oxford’s French department is the biggest in Britain, and accepts around 200 students a year. The institution trains all students thoroughly in the language all through the course.


2. University of Durham

Durham’s French department is one of the most prestigious in the UK, and boasts high-quality teaching and an international reputation for excellence in research.


1. University of Cambridge

Cambridge offers high-level teaching in all aspects of the language. The undergraduate course covers the literature, thought and culture of France and the French-speaking world from the early medieval period to present day, making it an incredibly varied and prestigious place to study.