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Graduate Studies in French at UIUC


The Department of French and Italian is a Centre d' Excellence designated by the French government. It holds this title since 1998 with fifteen other departments in American universities.

We offer three main specializations at the masters and doctoral levels in French: French Studies, French Linguistics and French Language Learning/SLATE. Graduate Students in French can also obtain a Ph.D. Certificate in Romance Linguistics and in Second Language Acquisition and Teacher Education (SLATE). In keeping with our long tradition, core courses in all our degree programs are taught primarily in French.

A glance at the list of our Faculty and their recent publications will give you an overview of the rich variety of research represented in the Department. We regularly host or collaborate on major scholarly events such as the cross-campus interdisciplinary initiative “The Great War” (2014) and international conferences: “New Ways of Analyzing Variation” (NWAV 43, Chicago, 2014), “Articulations of Difference” (2012), “European Charter for Regional or Minority Languages” (2012), "New Francophonies" (2011), “The Dialectics of Orientalism in Early Modern Europe” (2011), "Proust and his Era" (2010), and "Collections in Context: The Organization of Knowledge and Community in Europe (14th-17th century)" (2007).

A clear sign of the Department's strong interdisciplinary orientation and commitment are the multiple affiliations that our faculty have with other units on campus such as the Departments of Linguistics, African American Studies, Cinema and Media Studies, Gender and Women’s Studies, the Programs in Medieval Studies and Comparative and World Literature, and the Unit for Criticism and Interpretive Theory. Our Centre pluridisciplinaire, French@Illinois, provides funding for symposia, lectures, and film series, frequently co-sponsoring with other colleagues in other disciplines.

Graduate students are encouraged to consider the completion of a graduate minor, a concentration, or a certificate during their course of study. These sub-specializations are approved programs in a secondary area of study that relate to a student’s primary specialization. They may appear on the student’s academic transcript: Concentrations, Minors, and Certificates.

The Department places a particular emphasis on the individual teaching and mentoring of all graduate students who collaborate closely with faculty. We are proud to report, for many consecutive years, a nearly 100% job placement rate for our doctoral students who sought academic employment in the U.S. This result is a testimony to the rigouous academic training and professionalization of our graduate students.

Well established exchange programs with universities in Dijon, Nancy, Liége, Québec, and the École Normale Supérieure in Lyon, enable all graduate students to spend a year abroad. In addition to grants offered by the Graduate College, the Department also funds students to present their research at professional conferences.

All admitted students receive financial aid either in the form of teaching assistantships, fellowships, or research assistantships. Many of our students have received prestigious School and College fellowships as well as external fellowships and grants. External funds secured by our students include an NSF dissertation grant, the Bourse Chateaubriand, and a dissertation research grant from the Educational Testing Service.

To apply to our graduate program, please follow this

Applications submitted by February 28 will receive full consideration.

If you have any questions about the graduate programs or if there is any other way in which we could be of assistance, please do not hesitate to contact Professor Zsuzsanna Fagyal, Director of Graduate Studies.