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October 6, 2021
Teaching Professor Hedwige Meyer and Associate Teaching Professor Lorenzo Giachetti have adapted and published an introductory French language textbook from Éditions Maison des Langues. Défi Francophone 1 published earlier this year, is currently being taught in UW's first year French language courses. Using this book, students will be immersed in French and classes will be taught using the task-based... Read more
Hannah Frydman
September 3, 2021
French & Italian Studies is delighted to welcome Assistant Professor of French Hannah Frydman to the department and to the University of Washington. Frydman is joining the UW community after spending the past year as the Shauna M. Stark '76, P'10 Postdoctoral Research Associate in Gender Studies at Brown University’s Pembroke Center for Teaching and Research on Women, where she participated in the seminar “Narrating Debt.” She grew up in Kansas, got her B.A. in French Studies and History in... Read more
man in front of Roman Coliseum
August 23, 2021
Rome in Residence is UW’s campus abroad located in the ancient heart of Rome just off the Campo de’ Fiori. This program is open to pre-majors and students in any major is a way for students to study at our UW Rome Center for a full academic quarter (ten weeks) in either Winter 2022 or Spring 2022, making Rome their classroom! Any student can apply! The program may be particularly attractive for freshmen and sophomores looking to complete Gen... Read more
Associate Professor Richard Watts
June 14, 2021
The Department of French & Italian Studies would like to congratulate our graduating seniors! The class of 2021 has shown true dedication and perseverance to finish their bachelors degrees in a very challenging time. We would also like to acknowledge and thank the families of the graduates for their support and patience during this year. To celebrate our graduates, FIS held a virtual graduation ceremony on Friday, Jun 11th, which we recorded live in Denny Hall on campus and broadcast over... Read more
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June 8, 2021
We are pleased to announce the winners of the first ever French & Italian Studies Academic Awards. Over 20 students submitted projects completed in French & Italian Studies courses during the 2020-2021 year. All of the winning projects showed original thinking and excellent understanding of the material and the Department of French & Italian Studies would like to commend all of the students who submitted projects during this challenging academic year. We would also like to thank... Read more
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April 26, 2021
We are very pleased to announce the first ever French & Italian Studies Academic Awards! All students who have enrolled in a French & Italian Studies course during the 2020-2021 academic year are eligible to submit one project completed in a FIS course. Examples of submissions could be recorded presentations, well-written and researched papers, or other creative projects that exhibit innovation (in any format or medium). Please share with us your best work from FIS courses this year.  ... Read more
man in front of Roman Coliseum
April 15, 2021
A new study abroad program will be offered starting in Winter 2022. Rome in Residence is UW’s campus abroad, hosted at the UW Rome Center, located in the ancient heart of Rome just off the Campo de’ Fiori. This program is open to pre-majors and students in any major. You have the opportunity to study in Rome while completing general education requirements in English Composition (C), Individuals & Societies (I&S), and Visual, Literary & Performing Arts (VLPA). For a full 15-credit... Read more
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April 12, 2021
Associate Professor of French studies Maya Angela Smith has published an essay "A People's Song Upon the Waters"  for Zó... Read more
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April 8, 2021
The French Studies Nantes program still recruiting! Earn 15 UW credits in autumn 2021 while studying French at the University of Nantes in France! Have you thought about starting or continuing French in France this coming fall )or for the entire year)? The Nantes program is still accepting applications and it is a wonderful opportunity to begin or continue French while earning UW credits. Some study abroad and FIS scholarships are available. No previous French language experience required!... Read more
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February 26, 2021
     Take French online with us in summer 2021 and continue your French language study, earn VLPA  credits, and prepare to study abroad or travel in the Francophone world! Register for summer courses here. Email with any questions about summer French courses. FRENCH 103 A Elementary French - A term  (Synchronous Online... Read more