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Applied French

What is this Structured Elective about?
In this structured elective, emphasis is placed on learning a language for work or study internationally. The focus is on functional language for use in social, professional or scholarly environments. On completion of these modules, students should be able to communicate in French at beginner, intermediate or advanced level, speak, understand, read and write in French to the specified CEFR level and demonstrate better awareness of cultural issues in relation to France and French-speaking regions.

Why should I take this Structured Elective?
The aim of this structured elective is to prepare students for greater mobility socially, professionally or academically and modules can be chosen to complement students’ studies or work opportunities in Ireland or internationally.

How would this Structured Elective benefit me?
Competence in global languages is increasingly valued in a multilingual, international work environment in Ireland and overseas.

How do I take the modules in this Structured Elective & what are they?

  • Students who have completed at least 15 credits (from September 2017) from the set of specified electives will have a Structured Elective in Applied French noted on their official transcript.
  • Electives taken at any stage of their programme may be included. Students will not register for this elective specialisation in advance. It will be awarded post hoc based on the electives they have chosen during their undergraduate studies.
  • No guarantee will be given to students that it will be possible to take 15 credits from the set. This will depend on module places being available and on the exigencies of the timetable.
  • Modules must be taken in ascending order. If you have any questions, please email (opens in a new window)languages@ucd.ie.
  • Students who are complete beginners must start with LANG10170 French for General Purposes 1.
  • Students who have studied French at Leaving Certificate or equivalent level must start with LANG20440 French for General Purposes 4.

Certain students may fall outside of the guidelines outlined above (eg. Students returning to education after an extended period of time or students coming from a different school system). In such cases, the student should self-assess via the guide on our website.

Select Module Title Credits
At least 3 from:


French for General Purposes 1
French for General Purposes 2
French for General Purposes 3a
French for General Purposes 3b
French for General Purposes 4
French for General Purposes 5
French for General Purposes 6


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