Department of French and Italian

College of Letters & Science


Welcome to Department of French and Italian 


Known for our particular intellectual atmosphere of exceptional quality and openness, we have long been recognized for our leadership in literary and critical scholarship, teaching excellence, and pedagogical research and training. We have a long tradition of internationalizing our curriculum, from our decades-old study abroad programs in Italy and the French-speaking world to our doctoral-level research exchanges to our professional master's curricula and required internships.  


Latest News

February 20, 2017 

Celebrate Mardi Gras with a King Cake (aka "Galette des rois") made from scratch by French House Chef Karen! Order yours here by Friday, Feb 24!


February 15, 2017

Very proud of undergraduate French student and WI Idea Fellowship recipient, Swetha Saseedhar, for her work with a team of UW students who completed a comprehensive study of poverty in Dane, Jefferson, and Waukesha counties. Recent article


February 3, 2017

The department's Professional French Masters Program (PFMP) brings pro translators to its master's skills workshops - read the article here!


January 11, 2017

Congratulations to Lauren Goodspeed who is the recipient of a 2017 Campus-Wide TA Award for Innovation in Teaching. Thank you for your contributions to the French program at UW-Madison, Lauren, and kudos on this well deserved recognition!


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Outreach & Events

Mar 6, 2017

Come to learn about: academics, housing, scholarships and funding, life abroad, travel opportunities in francophone countries and more. 

Mar 6, 2017
Event Type: 

Magnifica presenza

7pm, Education L196

Mar 10, 2017

FRIT students, faculty, staff and alum: join us for an Open Mic night on Friday, March 10 from 7 - 9:30pm! Talents can include music, dance, poetry, monologue, sketch comedy - the sky's the limit! Interested in performing? Email

Mar 13, 2017
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Le notti di Cabiria

7pm, Education L196

Intellectual Endeavors

Onora il Padre e la Madre: Poesie 1977-2010

Book of poems.