The department of French offers a 4-year course leading to the award of Bachelor of Arts (B.A) degree in French. A one-year preliminary programme is however offered to candidates who have no School Certificate or G.C.E credit in French at entry. Also students admitted to do French are offered a two-year course, German language in their 100 and 200 levels, added to the course in General Studies and Elective courses that get them exposed to various areas of knowledge.
The guiding principle of the French Department is the imperative need to produce educated citizens, capable of communication effectively in French, thus making it possible for Nigeria to participate fully in international relations. The school offers a five-year and a four-year programme, each leading to the B.A (Honours) degree in French. In addition provides courses in elementary and intermediate French courses for students in other disciplines and who need the foreign language as an elective or a required ancillary course. The penultimate year of the programme is spent partly or entirely in a francophone country or at the Nigerian Language Village, Ajara, Badagry, an alternative programme available for students who are unable to travel out.
Credit passes in 5 SSCE/GCE O’Level subjects to include French and English.
JAMB candidates without GCE ‘O’ Level/ SSCE credit pass in French but who must possess a credit in English are eligible for the 5-year B.A French course.
i) A/L passes in two subjects including French
ii) N.C.E Credit in French
iii) ND Credit level pass in French
iv) Higher Certificates in French attract a higher level of placement admitted at Direct entry. Candidates with French at NCE level are usually accepted for a three-year course leading to B.A French. Such other certificates as the Baccalaureat, DL (Diploma de Langue), DELF, DALF, and some certificates obtained at the Alliance Francaise or Francophone countries are acceptable as good entry certificates and may reduce the number of years spent in the Department.