Briefs on the Department

The French Programme began in 1977 as a degree programme in the Modern European Languages Department.  The first French student was Mr. Patt Amadi who graduated in 1981.

Initially, students were sent to France for the Year Abroad Programme. 

But, as from 1982 to 1989, they were sent to Lome, in Togo.  The high cost of maintenance of students forced the University to settle for the French Language Village at Ajara, Badagry for the Programme since 1992.  However, following a memorandum of understanding recently signed between University of Ilorin and Universitéd’AbomeyCalavi in Bénin Republic there may be need to send our 300 Level French students who can afford the cost to the former.

Since becoming a full Department in 2004, the French Department moreover, has since 2009 been running an absolute beginners programme, that caters for students wishing to take French as a minor course.  There is also a Functional French Programme for the entire University Community.

HOD

Prof. Isaiah Bariki

Prof. Isaiah Bariki is the current Head of Department of French, University of Ilorin.  An expert in translatology, Professor Bariki has a Ph.D. in French Language.  He has published articles in local, national and international journals.  He is or has been an External Examiner to the French postgraduate programmes of University of Cape Coast, Ghana, Obafemi Awolowo University (OAU) Ile-Ife and Ahmadu Bello University, Zaria.  He has also taught and supervised M.A. students in University of Ibadan, Nigeria and Durban University of Technology, Durban, South Africa.

His research interests have expanded to incorporate research methodology and sociolinguistics.

Admission Requirements

Unified Tertiary Matriculation Examination (UTME)

Candidates seeking admission into the 4-year Degree  Programme in French must obtain five (5) ‘O’ level credits in GCE/SSCE/NECO or equivalent which must include English, French and three (3) other subjects in Arts/Social Sciences at not more than two sittings.

Remedial Programme

Candidates without a previous knowledge of French could be admitted to read French through a Remedial Programme.  Candidates must obtain five (5) ‘O’ Level credits in GCE/SSCE/NECO or equivalent which must include English and two other Arts subjects in two sitting.

Direct Entry

Candidates must, in addition to the above, possess any of the following: 

  1. Two (2) ‘A’ level passes in GCE/IJMB or equivalent to include French and any other one subject from Arts/Social Sciences.
  2. NCE with French as a major subject and any other one subject from Arts/Social Sciences.
  • Diploma from a recognized tertiary institution with French as a principal subject.

Programme Structure

Students admitted through U.M.E. run a 4-year degree programme while those admitted through the direct entry run a 3-year degree programme. 

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