I would highly recommend studying French in UCD for a number of reasons. From a learning point of view, we had a lot of small group tutorials, which meant that we not only benefitted from a hands-on teaching approach but it also gave students a great chance to build friendships and to share in the learning experience. Our tutors and lecturers were always available to discuss any issue or concern that we may have had, and were very generous with their time.
I also appreciated the examination system of languages, that the graded assessment was spread out over the course of a semester, avoiding overwhelming final exams worth 100%. Every semester too we had a choice of modules, meaning people could capitalise on their strengths.
My favourite year of study was undoubtedly my year away from UCD however, as I got the opportunity, as an international languages student, to study in Bordeaux for a year. The UCD staff involved with the Erasmus programme were extremely helpful in the organisation of what can be an intimidating year. With their guidance it proved an invaluable and thoroughly enjoyable year in France and I would urge all students of French to take up a place on the Erasmus programme.