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One of the six official languages of the UN, French is spoken across all continents. This reach has a long past; early avatars of French were spoken in England, for example, and French was a major diplomatic and court language from the seventeenth century onwards in Europe.

Our lively graduate community is a cornerstone of the medieval and modern languages faculty. Graduate students have come from the UK, Europe and the Americas to do research on a whole range of topics; many of them go on to posts in other UK and foreign universities or to jobs in the publishing, heritage and corporate sectors.

There are three fortnightly seminar series: the medieval French seminarthe early modern French seminar and the modern French seminar. These gather students, early career researchers and faculty members; they allow for current students and members as well as guest speakers from other universities across the globe to present their work in progress and current research. Postgraduate students are encouraged to contribute to those as well as to the numerous conferences and colloquia taking place in Oxford. The postgraduate MSt and M.Phil. degrees reflect the wide range of research interests and expertise available to students at Oxford.