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A first or good second class honours degree in a relevant subject, or the equivalent
Home/EU: £7,490 Overseas: £14,670
What attracted you to this course?
It was the only course I’d seen where you could combine English Literature – which I’d studied as an undergraduate – with spending time in Paris. I did French for A level so it was a real attraction to study somewhere I could speak the language. I was also keen to try living abroad and Paris has so much cultural and historical significance.
How have you found the teaching?
The first term in Canterbury was great – I studied Native American and Canadian First Nations literature, as well as works by Hemingway and Faulkner, which was a really good mix.
In Paris, we were taught by lecturers from both Comparative Literature and English so we got the best of two departments. The seminars were really interesting and we had a lot of related art trips – we’d talk about Zola and then go and look at naturalist paintings and see how it all linked together.
What about your fellow students?
I’ve made some very good friends. Because it was the first year of the course, we were a small group and formed a very tight bond. At Master’s level, you get the impression that people really like their subject – it’s lovely to be in that community and bounce ideas off each other.
What was your time in Paris like?
It was a really good experience for me as it was the first time I’d ever lived in such a big city. There are so many different people and there’s such a variety of things to see and do.
Reid Hall in Montparnasse is a beautiful campus and the facilities include a library. But we also received membership to the American Library in Paris – the subject specialists had a meeting with us before we went out to France and they told us all about the Library and the online resources we could use. We also had the chance to visit the Centre Pompidou and the Institut Charles V.
What’s the level of support been like?
It’s been fantastic. We had a good support network in Paris both academically and pastorally. It was always there when we needed it.
Any advice for potential students?
Go into it with a really open mind – it’s not just about studying text and language but a cultural analysis of whatever period you’re studying. If you’re thinking of doing it, go for it.
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