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European Studies: French Pathway with a Year Abroad BA (Hons)

King's College London, University of London

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  • Qualification

    Bachelor of Arts (with Honours) - BA (Hons)

  • Location

    Main Site

  • Study mode

    Full time

  • Start date


  • Duration

    4 Years

Course summary

The European Studies (French pathway) BA is an interdepartmental study course that allows you to study Modern Europe from a French perspective. You will study the politics, history, language and contemporary culture of France in depth. This will prepare you for the third year, which is typically taught and examined in French at Institut d’Etudes Politiques (Sciences Po), our current French partner.

Key benefits

  • Taught by research-active, multi-national team of academics with the opportunity to specialise in particular fields or politics, government and nation.
  • Your third year will be spent studying abroad providing you with excellent opportunities to engage in French culture and society.
  • No prior knowledge of French is required for the ab initio version of this pathway, you will learn the language from scratch.
  • Opportunities to take part in a broad range of extra-curricular events, from lectures by visiting speakers to the student-organised annual ‘European Week’ where you will debate contemporary issues.
  • You will develop analytical and presentational skills valued by employers, opening up career opportunities in politics, diplomacy, administrations, business and journalism.
  • Enjoy an unrivalled range of contacts with cultural institutes, libraries, international firms and government agencies.

Course Aims

  • This degree is a four-year study course composed of optional and required modules totalling 450 credits. Each year at King’s you will take modules totalling 120 credits, except for your third year when you will take 90 credits.
  • The European Studies (French pathway) BA degree course is split between European Studies modules and French-specific modules.
  • You will study a range of modules that cover European politics, political economy, political thought, contemporary history, culture, economics, and law, and then focus on French politics, history, language and contemporary culture.
  • In your third year you will study overseas, developing your modern language skills and deepening your understanding of French culture and attitudes to Europe.


Graduates from our European Studies BA course have taken up posts with the Foreign Office, with leading financial institutions, with cultural organisations or with lobbying firms at the European Commission. Others have worked in public and private agencies and think-tanks in the UK, as well as further afield in countries ranging from Bosnia to Japan. Many students have undertaken work placements in the media, working for the French Newspaper Liberation, the Franco-German TV station Arte and Radio- France International.

Application deadline

26 January

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Entry requirements

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A level : AAB

Please note that A-level General Studies, Critical Thinking, Thinking Skills and Global Perspectives are not accepted by King's as one of your A levels. Must include French for standard pathway.


University information

King's College London, University of London

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  • Campus address

    King's College London, University of London, Strand, Westminster, WC2R 2LS, England

Subject rankings

  • Subject ranking

    29th out of 50 19

  • Entry standards

    / Max 226
    158 76%


  • Graduate prospects

    / Max 100
    55.0 55%


  • Student satisfaction

    / Max 5
    4.02 80%



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