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The Department of French Language and Literature was founded in 1954 as Department of French Studies within the Faculty of Letters of the University of Athens. The first chairs established were the Chair in French Language and Literature and the Chair in French Civilisation. In 1971, the University Senate decided to establish an independent Chair of French Language and Literature along with a study room, held by two assistants. The Department was placed under the supervision of the Dean of the Faculty of Letters. It was thanks to Law 1268/1982 that the Department finally became autonomous.

This website provides useful information on the Department's structure, the curriculum, the courses’ content, the exams and the infrastructure in terms of materials and equipment.

Graduates of the Department of French Language and Literature can pursue careers in both public and private sectors:

  1. in public education (primary and secondary);
  2. in higher education, after specialisation studies leading to a PhD, or in research centres;
  3. in private education;
  4. in the Administration (diplomatic corps, ministries, prefectures, public utility companies, etc.);
  5. at the Translation Bureau of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs;
  6. in banks (Greek and foreign);
  7. in tourism;
  8. in journalism;
  9. in international organizations (United Nations, UNESCO, UNICEF) or the various institutions of the European Union, particularly in the translation sector;
  10. in private companies.