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French civilization

Make the most of your time in France to discover the rich tapestry of French culture! Take part in our lectures in French on various themes relating to French culture and society.

Enjoy full access to all of our French workshops when you choose one of our intensive French options!

20H/week Student Programme
Discovery Programme

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LECTURE TOPICS

History

  • The barbarian invasions: the making of a diverse French culture
  • The Middle Ages and the birth of literature
  • Society in the Middle Ages
  • The Middle Ages: crusades and knights
  • Religious wars: Henry IV (the wars that tore France apart)
  • The Renaissance (historic turning point), science, literature and society
  • The reign of Louis XIV (the longest reign in history)
  • The 1789 Revolution: events and the founding of the Constitution
  • Causes of the Revolution: climate, society, politics and the Age of Enlightenment
  • The reign of Napoleon
  • The July monarchy and the revolutions that followed 1830
  • The Second Empire
  • Monuments in France: Sacré-Cœur, Notre-Dame, the Eiffel Tower, Versailles, Châteaux of the Loire Valley and Mont-St-Michel
  • Famous figures: Vercingetorix, Charlemagne (Charles the Great), Joan of Arc, Louis XIV, Louis XVI, Napoleon and Charles De Gaulle

Culture

  • France: its departments and regions
  • French customs and ways of life
  • Media in France (television, press and radio)
  • French festivals
  • French songs
  • The educational system
  • The family in France
  • French tourism, leisure and sport
  • Fashion: designers, high street and Haute Couture
  • French gastronomy