Department of French and Italian

College of Letters & Science


Professor Andrew Irving receives Les Palmes Académiques

November 5, 2018

On October 19, Professor Andrew Irving was awarded a distinct honor at the French House Centennial Gala. In recognition of his outstanding service and dedication to French language education, Professor Irving received L'Orde des Palmes Académiques from the French Consul to Chicago, Monsieur Guillaume Lacroix (right in picture). This is an honor given on behalf of the French Republic to distinguished academics worldwide for eminent service to French education and contributions to the prestige of French culture. Congratulations, Professor Irving!

CIAO Scholarship supports students studying abroad

2018 CIAO Scholarship recipient Peter Nielsen with members of CIAO organization

November 2, 2018

Applications for the CIAO Scholarship are now open! CIAO (Cultural Italian American Organization), a social group made up of those with Italian heritage living in the Madison area, will provide $1000 to a student of Italian spending at least one semester abroad in Italy in spring 2019. Last year's recipient, Peter Nielsen (pictured in the center with Joseph Tripalin and Catherine Tripalin Murray), studied at the University of Bologna in spring 2018. Peter was recently invited to share his study abroad experience with CIAO members during a gathering to celebrate Italian Heritage month in October. Applications for the CIAO scholarship are open through November 30, 2018. More information is available at:

Study Abroad in Morocco Summer 2019

October 30, 2018

Are you interested in Moroccan culture? Would you like to be immersed in a unique mixture of European and Arabic cultures? Have you ever wanted to learn French in North Africa? Study abroad in the beautiful city of Rabat, Morocco in a 4-week summer program led by UW Associate Professor of French Nevine El-Nossery! There are two program options to choose from. One option is a 3-credit course on Moroccan culture and is conducted in English. If you have completed 4 semesters of French, you can take coursework in French and earn 3 credits towards French 228, French 311, or French 312. Overall, the program allows you to experience Morocco through homestays with local families, your coursework, fieldwork, excursions, clubs, and much more! For more information and to apply, please visit the program page through International Academic Programs (IAP): Applications are due by February 1, 2019. 

Outreach & Events

Apr 5, 2019

Topic "Shame"

Sep 13, 2019

Annual picnic for faculty, staff, and graduate students of the Department of French and Italian.