Chris Stone

French Studies

Chris Stone

For me the best aspect of the course has been the year abroad. I spent my year abroad in Grenoble, in the French Alps. It was a brilliant year, something that I’d definitely repeat if given the option. Not only did my French greatly improve, I also met people from all around the world and enjoyed experiences that I will never forget

Chris Stone felt it was a natural choice to combine his interest in politics with a language. He is confident that his degree in French Studies and International Relations will give him the advantage in the job market.

I decided to study French Studies and International Relations for a number of reasons. Firstly, foreign languages have always been something that have clicked with me. The ability to speak another language opens up so many doors, both professionally and in a cultural sense as well. Secondly, International Relations ties in well with the global aspect of languages and, coming into university with a decent understanding and interest in politics, it seemed like the natural choice to accompany French.

The thing that attracted me most to Brookes was the selection of modules on offer that I could choose from. Other universities offered vaguely similar options but the variety at Brookes was broader and more suited to what I wanted. Since I’ve arrived I’ve found the staff here to be really supportive. Each member of staff that I’ve had for my studies has been helpful in their own way. Whether you need help with a piece of work, or just some life advice, they’re always happy to get involved.

For me the best aspect of the course has been the year abroad. I spent my year abroad in Grenoble, in the French Alps. It was a brilliant year, something that I’d definitely repeat if given the option. Not only did my French greatly improve, I also met people from all around the world and enjoyed experiences that I will never forget. I’ve come away from my year abroad with a lot of positives. My highlights include understanding better and being part of the French way of life and being able to ski every weekend.

In the future I’d like to enter a career where speaking French would be a prominent part of the job. A career abroad would be something that I’d seriously look in to. Having a joint honors degree will be helpful in assisting me with whatever I decide to do as it gives me more flexibility. I think the fact that I can speak a second language will play an important part in helping me to secure a job. It’s not a skill many people have so hopefully that’ll work to my advantage.

Brookes was definitely the right choice for me. It’s lived up to everything I thought it would be – and more.