By offering the opportunity to further the fundamentals of the course and introducing students to an approach to research, the research focus develops culture generally and specific academic skills for the student of romance languages: analysis, review, a critical mind, autonomy, adaptability and the perfection of all elements of discourse. It is aimed at students who are interested in research, but also in the numerous indirect prospects to which an education in French and romance languages and literature can lead.
Students have the opportunity to gain work experience through an internship related to one of the direct or indirect career options relevant to their research focus. This can take place during the first or second year of the Master's degree. At least two weeks prior to the programme approval date (in the first or second bloc), students must submit their internship proposal and a duly completed internship agreement to the supervisory panel. Students whose proposals are not accepted will add an additional research focus module to their programme.
Students who choose this finalité may apply to participate in the co-graduation program in French and Francophone Studies, which associates UCLouvain with three partner universities:
- the University of Paris 3 - Sorbonne Nouvelle;
- the Ca'Foscari University of Venice;
- the Humboldt University of Berlin.
A program is drawn up for each student: the first year of the master's degree is completed at the UCLouvain and the second year at the chosen partner university. At the end, the student receives, in case of success, the diplomas of master of the two universities. An equivalent system exists with the University of Lausanne, but does not lead to a double degree. For more information and to submit an application: https://uclouvain.be/fr/facultes/fial/etudes-francaises-et-francophones-nouveau.html