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. **Why study this course?** At Reading, we emphasise small-group seminar teaching, and all members of the department, from professors to new lecturers, teach at every level. Our two departments work together in our teaching and in our research, and you will be part of that collaborative conversation. For instance, you can study American and Caribbean literature in English, as well as literature of the French Caribbean. You can learn about children’s literature in the French and in the English literary traditions. Direct access to expert staff for help and feedback ensures you develop your skills to the best of your ability. **After the course** By the time you graduate, you will be able to write and speak fluently in French – an immensely useful skill to have given that there is currently a great shortage of well-qualified linguists in the UK. The experience of studying or working abroad also further distinguishes you from non-language graduates, providing evidence of self-reliance, adaptability and enterprise. You will also develop strong transferable skills in oral communication, research and writing, together with a high level of cultural literacy and critical sophistication. Past graduates have gone on to work for employers such the BBC, The Telegraph, Vogue, Oxford University Press, Waterstones, Cisco Systems and the Royal Mint, as well as local authorities and schools.