What sets French in Maynooth apart is a strong tradition of teaching French language, literature and culture with much content taught through the medium of French. Our programmes cover a wide range of periods from old French to the present day and a span of French speaking regions around the globe. 

Lecturers are all research active and this has a direct impact on their teaching. Faculty members have all spent significant time in France and have extensive relationships with academics and universities abroad. Several doctoral students have recently reached completion, having been funded by the Irish Research Council. French Studies lecturers are also active in professional associations, for example the  Association of French and Francophone Studies in Ireland (ADEFFI).

There are four main strands to research here; language debates, women’s writing, autobiography and migration; faculty have a very wide variety of research interests with important interdisciplinary collaborations in Ireland and Europe.