I studied French and Mathematics at UCD, graduating in 2016. What the French department at UCD has been able to offer me both on an academic and personal level has been second to none. With diverse modules being offered, focusing on areas such as language, literature, history, culture, French in a global context and more, upon graduating you really emerge with a balanced understanding of not only the French language, but also of the people who speak it. I was granted an opportunity by the French department to spend a year on Erasmus exchange in Lyon, France, which was by far one of the highlights of my university experience. Nothing beats immersion when it comes to language learning, and doing so in an amazing city made it all the better. The experience allowed me to develop as a person and enrich my knowledge of both French language and culture. Following my graduation, I was selected by the French department to spend a year working as a lecteur in a university in Brest, France, which furthered again my linguistic capabilities. I am currently working as an accountant through French. The department has really given me what I needed to kick start my career in languages. The lecturers are very approachable and so many doors are open to you by studying here. I cannot recommend studying French at UCD enough.