Graduate Studies in French at UIUC

The Department of French offers three main specializations at the masters and doctoral levels: French StudiesFrench Linguistics and French Language Learning. The Department also participates in the interdepartmental Second Language Acquisition and Teacher Education (SLATE) Program.

Interdisciplinarity and Intellectual Life. A glance at the list of our Faculty and their recent publications will give you an overview of the rich variety of research represented in the Department. We regularly host major scholarly conferences, most recently "New Francophonies" (2011), "Proust and his Era" (2010), "Terminology and Language Policy in the EU" (2007), and "Collections in Context: The Organization of Knowledge and Community in Europe (14th-17th century)" (2007). Since 1998, the Department has also been designated by the French government as a Centre d'Excellence, one of fifteen in American universities.

A clear sign of the Department's strong interdisciplinary orientation and commitment are the multiple affiliations that our faculty have with other units on campus such as the Departments of Linguistics and Cinema and Media Studies, the Programs in Medieval Studies and Comparative and World Literature, the Unit for Criticism and Interpretive Theory, and the Beckman Institute for Advanced Science and Technology. Our Centre pluridisciplinaire, French@Illinois, funds symposia, lectures, and film series, frequently co-sponsoring with other colleagues in other disciplines.

Mentoring and Job Placements. The Department places a particular emphasis on the teaching and mentoring of graduate students who often collaborate closely with faculty. We offer one of the best training programs nationally in language pedagogy.

We are proud to report, for the seventh consecutive year (AY 2011-12), a 100% job placement rate for our doctoral students who sought academic employment in the U.S.

Studying Abroad. Well established exchange programs with universities in Dijon, Lorraine, Liège, Québec, and the École Normale Supérieure in Lyon, enable students to spend a year abroad. The Department also funds students so that they can present their research at professional conferences.

Financial Aid. The students we admit receive financial aid either in the form of teaching assistantships, fellowships, or research assistantships. Many of our students have received prestigious School and College fellowships as well as external fellowships and grants. External funds secured by our students include an NSF dissertation grant, the Bourse Chateaubriand, and a dissertation research grant from the Educational Testing Service.

To apply to our graduate program, please follow this link

For priority consideration for financial aid, students applying to enter in the Fall of 2014 should complete their application by January 15, 2014. However, applications submitted by February 28, 2014 will still be considered.

If you have any questions about the graduate programs or if there is any other way in which we could be of assistance, please do not hesitate to contact Professor Marcus Keller, Director of Graduate Studies, at