French & Italian

French, Italian, and Francophone studies in the Department of French and Italian ensure that our students succeed in an interconnected world. We offer comprehensive undergraduate major programs with three tracks: French, French and Italian, Italian. Students may also minor in French or in Italian. We offer rigorous courses of study leading to the M.A. and the Ph.D. in French. Course work in the Department of French and Italian gives students a valuable and useful linguistic tool; offers cultural training for students specializing in other fields; prepares prospective language teachers in French and Italian; and trains majors in the literature, culture, and civilization of France, Italy, and the parts of the world where French is a major language of communication, including Québec and large parts of the Caribbean, Africa, and Southeast Asia. The Department welcomes qualified students from all disciplines, regardless of major.

Study Abroad Scholarship Applications for Spring 2015

Applications for scholarships for study abroad in the Spring 2015 semester are now open. The Department of French and Italian offers a variety of scholarships through our endowment, assisting KU students to participate in study abroad programs. Below, you'll find the materials you need to apply for one of our study abroad scholarships. Please download ALL of these files and read them carefully.

The deadline for Spring 2015 scholarship applications is Friday, October 10, 2014, at 5:00 pm.

French & Italian Study Abroad Scholarship INSTRUCTIONS

French & Italian Study Abroad Scholarship APPLICATION

French & Italian Study Abroad Scholarship RECOMMENDATION

French & Italian Study Abroad Scholarship WAIVER

Student Advising Report Tutorial


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Department News
This weekend saw the Second Annual Kukuruku Festival held by the Association of African Women of Lawrence. The evening program aimed to celebrate African culture, and create the chance to share in food, fun, and traditions. One of the stars of the show was our own Mary Mba - many of us know her as a colleague in the French and Italian department, but here was the chance to see her in her other role of community leader and activist for women's rights. Caroline Jewers and Mary Kelly were there to see her perform - and certainly one of the highlights of the evening was Mary's performance, with drummer and dancer, of Maya Angelou's poem Phenomenal Woman. We thought you were phenomenal, Mary!



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