Department of French was founded in 2013. Since its foundation, the department continued to grow in numbers of students and in achievements. The emphasis on French language is not only due to the name given to our University. It is also a reflection of persistent and ever-growing importance of the French language as an active tool of education and communication, especially in fields relating to cultural exchange and business in the today world. For a Kurdish society that opens itself more and more toward outside world, including by encouraging the establishment of French institutions and companies in this region, the French language acquires even greater significance. The Department of French, by offering students a comprehensive program not only for language learning but also with regard to the knowledge of the French culture, allows them to be better qualified to fulfil the needs of their professional future in all relevant sectors likely to recruit them thereafter. We hope that our department will also provide an additional bridge between France and Kurdistan.
The vision for the Department of French is to bring the joy and utility of learning French language, French culture and literature. But the vision of our department of French is also to empower students to acquire attitudes, values, and skills that enhance cross-cultural communication. The Department of French seeks to become a nationally recognized centre of excellence for learning and teaching in French and Francophone studies.
“Language and culture are inseparable; the study of other cultures also offers new perspectives on one’s own.”
The French Department provides its students with a thorough training in French language and culture, enabling them to interact freely and easily with French native speakers in all areas of linguistic competency. Students acquire an active command of written and spoken French, and discover and appreciate French and Francophone cultures. In addition to building linguistic and cultural competence in all students, we seek to provide students with the analytical skills necessary to understand the expressions and manifestations of these cultures through the study, in French, of literature, linguistics and civilization. Finally, since we believe that direct contact and experience with the French-speaking world in and beyond the classroom are inseparable from these goals, we also encourage students for study at the French institute, to obtain official diplomas (DELF B2) which will open the doors to life in a French-speaking country.