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Faculty of Humanities and Education

Department of Language, Linguistics and Literature


Bienvenue dans le programme de français de l’Université des West Indies-Cave Hill

There are so many reasons to be a Francophile!
  • French and English are the only two languages which are taught in every country.
  • France is one of the most visited countries in the world.
  • Over a third of English words are of French origin.
  • France is the world’s fifth largest economy.
  • French is both a working and official language of the United Nations, the European Union, NATO, UNESCO, the International Olympic Committee, the International Red Cross and international courts.
  • There are over a million French speakers in the Caribbean, from as far north as Haiti to as far south as French Guiana.
  • The French department of Guadeloupe is a member of the Organisation of Eastern Caribbean States.
What to do with a degree in French
Foreign language skills offer employment opportunities in a wide range of professions such as:
Diplomacy Précis Writing Journalism
Hospitality Law Medicine
Translation Administration Public Relations
Education Tourism Marketing
Interpreting Research Foreign Affairs/Service

For information on French placement, click here.

Get your French level certified – take the internationally recognised DELF exam. For more information, visit the Alliance Française.
  • Movie nights: French movies are screened monthly.
  • Foreign Language Theatre: When possible, the various campuses of The UWI team up to organize a theatre showcase in French and Spanish, with students as the actors. The competition is usually held on a different campus each year.

Getting the most out of your time at The UWI:
You are encouraged to take an active part in the Language Club, visit Francophone territories, listen and watch Francophone radio and tv stations, read magazines and newspapers in French (a number of these are available in the Sidney Martin Library and from members of staff) and speak French as often as possible, in order to expose yourself to the practical use of the language. You should make maximum use of research facilities offered by the library, and of the material available in the Language Laboratory and the Learning Resource Centre for listening/viewing, in order to improve your speaking skills and knowledge of your area of study. Another group in Barbados contributing to the development of French studies is the Alliance française de Bridgetown.


Department of Language, Linguistics and Literature
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