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.  


  • New (and excited!) French Alum, Joey Grund - Félicitations!
  • Congratulations to all our Spring 2017 French Graduates!
  • Congratulations to our Spring 2017 Italian Graduates!
  • Donor Monie Upham and nephew with Elizabeth Ann Upham Award recipient, Manuela Molina Hernandez
  • High School students learn about all things Italian during World Languages Day
  • High School students learn about 'French for Careers' during World Languages Day

Latest News

April 7, 2017

Italian Ph.D. graduate student, Caitlin Schaer, was recently interviewed about the Cinetica Italiana film series on WORT.  You can listen to the full interview here.


March 7, 2017

FRIT faculty and programs featured in recent Badger Herald article that discusses the benefits of non-native vs native foreign language instructors. 


February 28, 2017

"Language Study as a National Imperative" - American Academy of Arts and Sciences makes the case for increasing foreign language learning capacity in a political climate that's increasingly anti-global. 


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

Sep 15, 2017

French & Italian Department Picnic and FRIT cup Soccor Challenge! Bring a dish to pass and your own beverage. Plates, cups, siverware, napkins are provided. Guests are welcome!

Intellectual Endeavors

The Father's America

This collection of poems, written by Ernesto Livorni while he was a PhD student in the 1980s, was recently translated into English by Jason Laine.