France has a rich and revolutionary culture and history. It is well known for excelling in the arts, from the Nouvelle Vague in cinema to expressionist painting. This combination is ideal if you enjoy studying literature, the use of language, and the history of culture and ideas. There are close links between the subjects, with many literature modules offered in French Studies that are of clear relevance to English topics. French as a second language is a great asset in a world of employment that increasingly values knowledge of a second language and culture. A year spent in a French speaking country will allow you to apply what you have learned and further increase your attractiveness to future employers.