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
  • Ascending 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'

Latest News

August 16, 2016

ALUMNI CONVERSATIONS: Douglas Lechner, Department of Defense Education Activity. Class of 2012. Read the interview here. 


August 1, 2016

ALUMNI CONVERSATIONS: Lynsey Addario, Pulitzer Prize Winning Journalist, Class of '95. Read the interview here


July 26, 2016

ALUMNI CONVERSATIONS: Robert Tirschwell, Head of Trading at Brean Captial, NYC, Class of '90. Read the interview here


July 25, 2016

JOB OPPORTUNITY: the Department of Defense Educational Activity 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. 


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Outreach & Events

Sep 12, 2016

Mix and mingle with other students, French instructors, and staff in French. Refreshments and light snacks (fromage, biscuits salés) will be provided! 

Sep 16, 2016

4 - 8pm 

Dinner at 6pm, Soccer at 5pm. 

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

Sep 28, 2016
Oct 26, 2016
Nov 30, 2016
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Intellectual Endeavors

Coming soon!