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The study of the French language, French culture, history, literature and society.

About the programme
Quota 1 2018: All admitted   |   Quota 2 2018: -  
: Danish  | Place of study: Aarhus  |  Commencement: Week 35


On the Bachelor’s degree programme in French, you become proficient in speaking and writing the French language. You work with grammar and theories of language, and being good at French when you start the programme is an advantage.

French literature and history

In addition to the French language, you study French literature on the programme. You study both classic and contemporary French literature, and you learn about the philosophies and theories that inform French literary expression. From the masters of realism Balzac and Flaubert to Sartre and existentialism. You also learn about French history, from the French revolution to current events.

A small degree programme in a big world

Courses on the French programme include lectures and classroom instruction, which is where you have an opportunity to participate in discussions and give oral presentations. In the second year of the programme, you have an opportunity to study abroad in a French-speaking country, which will improve your French and give you first-hand knowledge of French culture.

Career opportunities

With a Bachelor’s degree in French, you will be qualified for admission to a variety of different Master’s degree programmes, such as the MA programme in French, which is a direct continuation of the BA programme.  This degree programme can open doors to careers in teaching, translation, tourism, export, cultural exchange and communication.

Admission requirements

Admission area number: 22245

To be eligible for admission to this degree programme, you must fulfil the following requirements:

qualifying examination as well as the following specific admission requirements (A, B and C refers to the subject level in the Danish upper secondary school with A being the highest level possible):

  • Danish A
  • English B
  • History B or History of Ideas B or Contemporary History B
  • French beginner language A,  or French advanced language B


If there are any subjects you have not completed at the required level, you can take them as supplementary courses or as a summer supplementary course (conditional Admission).

The admission requirements must be met and documented by 5 July in the year of application unless you apply for conditional admission.

Quota 2

Like quota 1 applicants, quota 2 applicants must have passed a qualifying examination, and they must also fulfil the specific admission requirements above.

Quota 2 applicants are individually evaluated on the basis of:

  1. a grade average calculated on the basis of the particularly relevant subjects (Quota 2 subjects), listed below
  2. other particularly relevant documented qualifications.

Read more about Aarhus University's quota 2 criteria.

Quota 2 subjects:

  • Danish A
  • English B
  • History B or History of Ideas B or Contemporary History B
  • French beginner language A,  or French advanced language B

Programme structure

The courses on the French programme centre on three aspects. First and foremost, you become proficient in the French language, and you learn correct grammar and pronunciation. You also learn about French literature from a cultural history perspective. And you will also be introduced to French history and society.

Academic regulations

In the academic regulations , you can read more about the content of the individual courses, the structure of the degree programme and the demands the programme places on you as a student. You can also read about the types of exams and the exam requirements.

The diagram below shows you how the programme is structured. You can click on the different courses to read the course descriptions.


Student life

Academic life on the French programme

At lectures on the French programme, your teacher reviews the assigned reading, and in classroom instruction you have an opportunity to discuss your reading with your fellow students. You will also be part of a study group where you will prepare presentations, speak French and work on projects together. 

French is a full-time degree programme even though you may not have to attend lectures and classes every day. Here is an example of a typical week in the first semester of the BA programme in French. As a student on the French programme, you spend a lot of time preparing for classes and meeting with your study group. This means that you will also learn how to structure your time in the course of your studies.

10:00 - 12:00 Lecture; Grammar 1
12:00-15:00 Lecture: Studium Generale
15:00-17:00 Study group

8:00-11:00 Classroom instruction: Studium Generale
12:00-14:00 Lecture: Text and Context
14:00-18:00 Independent study

8:00-10:00 Workshop: Literature 1
10:00 - 12:00 Lecture: La France contemporaine
13:00-14:00 Workshop: Grammar 1
14:00-18:00 Independent study

9:00-12:00 Study group
12:00-14:00 Lecture: Literature 1
14:00-18:00 Independent study

8:00-14:00 Read material for next week
14:00 - 17:00 Friday bar

Social life on the French programme

French is a smaller degree programme, which means that you get to know your lecturers and fellow students really well. Together, you can participate in the many academic and social events offered on the programme: 

Les Vélos
The degree program committee for French is called Les Vélos. The committee represents students’ academic and social interests at the university, and membership gives students a chance to influence their study environment and other important issues. 

Alliance Française
The association, which has existed since 1910, organises lectures and other events for Francophiles. As a student, you are eligible for membership at a discount. 

The language programmes’ weekly Friday bar is called Esperanto.   Esperanto is the most commonly spoken artificial language in the world. 

The film club
Once a month, students on the French programme meet to enjoy French films, cheeses and wines. 

Study trip
There is a study trip to Paris each spring.

Studying abroad

Many students on the French programmes spend a semester in a French-speaking country at some point during the programme. Studying abroad gives you a chance to improve your language skills while gaining first-hand knowledge about the culture of your host country. The French programme has exchange agreements with universities in France, Belgium, Switzerland and Canada. Aarhus University also has exchange agreements with many other universities around the world. Get inspiration, guidance and travel lust here.

Commencement of studies

Your time at Aarhus University will begin with an introductory week in week 35 (the last week of August). During this week, you will get an introduction to IT systems, exam forms and degree programme structure and opportunities as well as meeting your teachers. You can read more about your commencement of studies and the introductory week here. On this page, you will also find tips and good advice for new students at Aarhus University.

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Job functions for MA/MSc grads

The diagram shows the kinds of jobs and job functions available to graduates of the corresponding MA/MSc programme, based on the 2016 AU employment survey.

As a graduate with a BA in French, your career options depend a lot on what you’ve chosen to focus on during your studies, along with your choice of supplementary subject and Master’s degree programme. 

During your studies, you will become fluent in the French language, and you will gain insight into French history,   society and culture. In addition, you will learn to communicate your knowledge effectively both orally and in writing. During the programme, you will gain experience in analysing a large variety of literature, which will teach you to understand complex issues. 

Graduates of the French programme often pursue teaching careers, for example at upper secondary schools or folk high schools. Others work as project managers, administrators or communications staff in companies with ties to a French-speaking country.  

Supplementary subjects

There are lots of subjects to choose from when deciding which supplementary subject to do in the last year of your Bachelor’s degree programme. Examples of supplementary subjects chosen by other students of French include: 

  • Supplementary subject in anthropology
  • Supplementary subject in English
  • Supplementary subject in social science 

Master’s degree programmes

Most graduates of the Bachelor’s programme in French go on to do a Master’s degree. But there are a lot of options, and you should be aware that some of them require specific supplementary subjects in order for you to be eligible for admission. Examples of possible MA programmes include: 

  • The Master's degree in French language, literature and culture - Line B, which is a continuation of the BA programme in French. On the MA programme, you refine your language skills and gain a more in-depth understanding of French culture and history.
  • The Master’s degree programme in Art history, where you study arts and visual expression in a broad sense.
  • The Master's degree program in information studies, which examines the interplay between people and information technology.
  • The Master's degree program in Intercultural Studies, which study different language and interculturel communication.