French & Italian

French, Italian, and Francophone studies in the Department of French and Italian ensure that our students succeed in an interconnected world. We offer comprehensive undergraduate major programs with three tracks: French, French and Italian, Italian. Students may also minor in French or in Italian. We offer rigorous courses of study leading to the M.A. and the Ph.D. in French. Course work in the Department of French and Italian gives students a valuable and useful linguistic tool; offers cultural training for students specializing in other fields; prepares prospective language teachers in French and Italian; and trains majors in the literature, culture, and civilization of France, Italy, and the parts of the world where French is a major language of communication, including Québec and large parts of the Caribbean, Africa, and Southeast Asia. The Department welcomes qualified students from all disciplines, regardless of major.

Study Abroad Scholarship Applications

If you're applying for Study Abroad in a French or Italian program this summer, be sure to apply for a scholarship from the Department of French and Italian. Applications are due Friday, March 14, 2014, by 5:00 pm. To apply, download the following forms and turn in by the deadline. Winners will be announced after Spring Break.

FRIT Study Abroad Application Instruction Letter for AY 2013-2014

FRIT Study Abroad Application

FRIT Study Abroad Recommendation

FRIT Study Abroad Student Waiver

Student Advising Report Tutorial


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We've never had a throwback Thursday on our FB page, but here is a photo from Paul Scott from our Summer Language Institute to Paris in 2006 ... and with it we have one from this summer, as KU students discover one of the world's greatest cities. Wish we were all there!



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