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03/04/2024 - 11:43

French available in distance learning next autumn

French available in distance learning next autumn - Available at University of Iceland

A one-year undergraduate diploma in French will be available as a distance learning option next semester, adding to the varied options available in distance learning at the University of Iceland. One aspect of this option is a study line on French in international communication. New courses in conjunction with the Aurora university net are being developed. 

“An undergraduate diploma in French starts with a refresher course, and is ideal for those who want to add to their high school French and to become conversant. Language studies are great bonuses on CVs and improve options concerning interesting jobs in the international field and in various cultural endeavours. The option will also appeal to those who have a deep interest in other societies and cultures,” says Ásdís Rósa Magnúsdóttir, professor and head of French studies at the University of Iceland. 

It is safe to say that French studies can be utilized in a variety of ways, as French is one of the main languages of international communication, for example in the European Union and the United Nations. When asked why the diploma is offered as a distance course Ásdís says that the decision is in line with university policy on increased availability of options in distance learning, and reflects a “willingness to accommodate students who are unable to attend classes due to their place of residence, work, or disability.” The programmes will also be available for on-site learning.

She says that the focus of the French diploma is the language itself, its structure and use, but students also gain good insight into the literature, history and culture of France and other Francophone countries. “Students will become acquainted with the world of translation and have the option of participating in a two-week study trip to France during the spring semester. We emphasize independence in students so they can work individually with the language and make progress. A basic diploma in French can then be evaluated into further studies in the subject,” says Ásdís. A 180 credit BA programme is also available in French studies.  

The distance programme has two elective lines, general French or French in international communication. The latter is for more advanced students with a grasp of the language. “This option is for those who are interested in international communication, the connection between Iceland and France and who wish to improve their knowledge of the language in this sphere,” says Ásdís. 

The University of Iceland participates in the Aurora network with eight other European universities, and part of the collaboration is developing courses in various fields. French studies at the University of Iceland participates in this work, and according to Ásdís courses suitable for students at the University of Iceland are being developed. Moreover, the French programme cooperates with many international universities and BA students can take part of their studies abroad. 

“French studies are varied, demanding and interesting. Language studies hone critical thinking and cultural literacy. Languages are the key to the world and increase your understanding of your own culture and reality,” Ásdís concludes. Further information on the distance learning option can be found on the University of Iceland’s website

Ásdís Rósa Magnúsdóttir