The University of Kent, Canterbury, Kent, CT2 7NZ, T +44 (0)1227 764000
Ten reasons to study French at Kent
One of the best things about Kent is its connections to France - it’s very close to pop over the border and Kent has a great relationship with many French Universities. I would recommend my course due to the variety of things that you could do. There was literature, language, and of course the year abroad. It’s a very eclectic mix.
- Teaching - Modern Languages at Kent were ranked in the top ten Departments in The Guardian University Guide League Table 2013. We prioritise the teaching experience by using a blend of seminars and lectures; we also have one-to-one 'feedback' sessions which are extremely popular with our students. Thanks to our proximity to France we organize field trips as part of a number of our courses.
- Highly rated department - We take seriously our aim to deliver an excellent student experience on our degree programmes, ensuring that all our students find their time at Kent productive and enjoyable. The Guardian’s University Guide 2013 ranks Kent 9th out of 63 UK institutions overall for the excellence in Modern Languages, and states that 92% of Kent’s Languages students are happy with their course overall.
- Student experience - We are a medium-sized Department known for its friendly and supportive atmosphere – for example, all of our students receive personalised, one to one feedback after every assignment. We have an active Francophone Society which aims to encourage the participation of those who are interested in the French speaking countries to engage with the language and culture.
- Student Satisfaction - Modern Languages at Kent consistently score highly on the National Student Survey for Student Satisfaction, receiving a score of 90% satisfaction in the last academic year, meaning that you are almost guaranteed to enjoy studying French at Kent.
- Research excellence - French at Kent was ranked 7th in the United Kingdom in the last Research Assessment Exercise. This means our students are taught by Lecturers who have an international reputation for excellence, and are benefiting from the cutting edge research undertaken by our staff.
- Year Abroad - All of our students get the chance to study or work abroad for a year between their 2nd and 3rd year in order to gain valuable experience of the French Language and Culture. During the Year abroad we send students to France, Canada, Switzerland and Belgium where we have partner universities.
- Employability - Graduates holding degrees in Languages are amongst the most employable. Former students of French at Kent have built careers in translation, journalism, teaching, and finance across the EU. All our students have the opportunity to spend the year abroad in a job placement thereby gaining valuable work experience. 74% of employers are actively looking for foreign language skills which means that French graduates are amongst the most employable of all university leavers.
- Fantastic surroundings - Our green and spacious campus overlooks the historic city of Canterbury. As well as state-of-the-art academic facilities like the Templeman Library, the campus has plenty of bars, eateries, an independent cinema and theatre, sports centre and recently re-vamped nightclub. Canterbury itself attracts visitors from far and wide and has many bars, restaurants and shops.
- Safety - The Complete University Guide 2012 named Canterbury as the safest city for students in England and Wales, with an exceptionally low crime rate. The University of Kent also has its own campus security team – Campus Watch – to ensure the safety of all staff, students and visitors.
- Transport links - Canterbury has great transport links, with three European Capitals – London, Paris, and Brussels - just a short distance away. Closer to home, the Kent coast can be reached in no time at all – the picturesque fishing village of Whitstable is only eight miles away.