The Department of French and Italian

Frequently Asked Questions

How do I audit a course?

UT Auditing Policy

An auditor attends class but doesn’t hand in papers, take part in discussions, receive evaluations, or earn any credit. To audit, fill out a class auditor permit.

Auditing is allowed by a course's instructor when space is available.

A student who wants to audit should complete the above form and get consent from both the instructor and his or her dean. (Law students can't audit law courses.)
A nonstudent under age 65 needs instructor consent, and will pay $20 per course to the cashiers in Main Bldg room 8.

What are your study abroad opportunities?

The department has two summer study abroad programs: one in Lyon, France and one in Rome, Italy. Both are open to students of all majors, with requirements specific to each program. See our program webpages (Lyon Program, Rome Program) for more information. Applications for Summer 2017 are due in February. 

How can I test out of a French or Italian language course?

UT students may take placement exams to test out of certain French or Italian language courses. See our Placement Exams page or contact the undergraduate advisor, Sarah Singer, for more information. 

What are Le Cercle Français and Tavola Italiana? Do I have to sign up to go?

Le Cercle Francais and Tavola Italiana are opportunties to informally practice French and Italian conversation, respectively. Both take place every Friday from 3:00pm-4:00pm. Le Cercle Français is in our department lounge in HRH 2.118, and Tavola Italiana is in the Cactus Café in the Texas Union. Both are free and open to students of all majors. 

Where can I stay up to date on events happening in the department?

Check our Events Page for upcoming events, or follow us on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram.


  • Department of French and Italian

    University of Texas at Austin
    201 W 21st Street STOP B7600
    HRH 2.114A
    Austin, TX 78712-1800
    512-471-5531