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.  


  • Cloister of Santa Maria la Nova, Naples. Photo credit: Professor Stefania Buccini
  • UW faculty, including our own Ullrich Langer, on their ascent to the Col du Tourmalet in the Pyrenees Mountains
  • Summer travels in Florence - photo credit: Professor Stefania Buccini
  • The Old Appian Way in Summer - built by the Romans in 312 B.C.
  • Celebrating 50 Years of 'UW in Bologna'
  • Italian Alumna & Photojournalist Lynsey Addario receives an Honorary Degree


July 25, 2016

JOB OPPORTUNITY: the Department of Defense Educational Activitiy is seeking two French immersion teachers to work at the Supreme Headquarters Allied Powers Europe NATO Base, American Elementary School near Mons, Belgium. More information. 


April 27, 2016

Sara Mattavelli, Ph.D. Candidate in Italian, was inducted as a Future Faculty Partner of the UW-Madison Teaching Academy in recognition of commitment to excellence in teaching and learning and deep interest in higher education.


April 22, 2016

Congratulations to Swetha Saseedhar an undergraduate major in French who has just been awarded a 2016-17 Wisconsin Idea Fellowship! Click here to read our interview with her. 



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Upcoming Events

Sep 16, 2016

4 - 10pm 

Dinner at 6pm, Soccer at 5pm. 

Location: Elver Park Old Shelter, Soccier Field # 4, 1260 McKenna Blvd

Sep 28, 2016
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