International Relations and French
Studying International Relations and French allows you to explore contemporary global issues while perfecting your ability to communicate through French, which has traditionally been the international language of diplomacy.
Working in small tutorial groups, you will develop your French language skills to an advanced level. This will give you a particular advantage if you aspire to work in key international institutions in French-speaking cities, such as the United Nations in Geneva, or NATO and the EU in Brussels. Our strong focus on translation is a particularly good preparation for this kind of career.
Our International Relations programme is designed to ensure that reading books and writing essays are only part of the learning process. We want our students to engage in politics and apply their knowledge to real world cases. We prioritise activities such as political role plays, policy brief writing and blogging. Such diverse activities bring politics to life and help you master specific work related skills. We involve partner practitioners from the political arena (journalists, diplomats, parliamentarians, civil servants, NGO workers and activists) in our teaching wherever possible. Our Making Politics Matter series regularly invites high-profile guest speakers, including politicians, to debate the issues of the day with our students and the general public.
You will participate in trips to France and exchanges with French-speaking universities and you will have the opportunity to spend a year studying at a French university through the Erasmus Exchange programme. You will graduate with a sophisticated understanding of francophone perspectives on global issues, as well as an in-depth knowledge of French culture and society.
You will benefit from the expertise of our Centre for European Studies (CEFEUS), which was awarded the 2016 inaugural Canterbury Christ Church University Teaching Excellence Award for cutting-edge teaching, using simulations of EU public and foreign policy making.
Graduates of Christ Church who combined these two subjects have found employment in a range of sectors including international institutions and global NGOs as well as other fields not directly related to the subjects but which value the transferable skills this degree combination provides.
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