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Faculty of Humanities and Education

Department of Language, Linguistics and Literature


BA in French


About the Programme

Learn the co-official language of the UN and one of the world’s major languages, official on 6 of the seven continents! 
Apply to do a Bachelor of Arts degree with a major or minor in French at the Cave Hill Campus of The University of the West Indies (UWI), and prepare to explore the world and the region through a new culture. 

What Will I Study?

You will discover: 
  • The beauty of French grammar and vocabulary 
  • The rich literary tradition that has produced 14 Nobel Prizes in Literature, more than any other language besides English 
  • French and Francophone cultures of the Caribbean and Africa 
  • The methods of translation and literary analysis 
  • How to see the world from the perspective of another culture 

Facilities and Resources

Enhance your learning experience by fully utilising our: 
  • Fully equipped Language Laboratory  
  • Computerised Speech Laboratory for phonetic transcription 
  • Video Library in the Elizabeth Watson Audiovisual Unit
  • Writing Clinic in the Faculty of Humanities & Education 

Combine French with another useful skill  
  • Double major with Spanish 
  • Minor in Management Studies 
  • Minor in Tourism 


Our Faculty does research in translation, Francophone literature and Francophone culture. We focus on the Caribbean, but expose our students extensively to France and Africa as well

Career Opportunities

If you want to: 
  • Teach or advance your career teaching French 
  • Live overseas, teaching English or working for a foreign company 
  • Become a translator or interpreter 
  • Work in tourism 
  • Have a skill that opens your business to large untapped markets 
  • Explore the world 
Then this degree is for you!  

Why Study in Barbados

Come for a semester on Study Abroad or do a full degree in a multicultural learning environment.  Enjoy the beach, experience the culture and excel in your studies, finishing in only 3 years with competitive tuition costs 

We welcome local, regional, and international students. 

Additional Information

All our language classes are 100% coursework. If you would like to know the appropriate course for your proficiency level, click here.

There are opportunities to study abroad for your degree to immerse yourself in Francophone life. Read more >>

At a Glance

  • Degree Level: Undergraduate
  • Qualification: BA
  • Duration: 4 years part time, 3 years full time


Programme Details

12 courses approved by the Faculty of Humanities & Education must be taken.  
You will do courses in: 
  1. French language 
  1. French culture 
  1. French literature 
  1. Business/Tourism French 
  1. Translation 

We offer low tuition fees and several scholarships and financial aid are available. Choose a payment plan that fits your education budget. View Tuition Costs »

Applications are accepted from November to February. However, expressions of interest are accepted ALL year. Visit the Admissions website to view Entry Requirements and to Apply Now ». 

Department of Language, Linguistics and Literature
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