The Department of French and Italian

Undergraduate Advising Office

Undergraduate Advising helps you:
  • explore French or Italian as a new major
  • plan your French or Italian degree
  • plan life after graduation
  • learn about French or Italian courses and faculty

**Students please remember to include your UT EID in all email correspondence with any UT faculty/staff.**  


Summer 2021:

Fall 2021:

  • Daily registration for Summer and Fall 2021 sessions to take place for continuing and readmitted students April 19th-30th.
  • Please check your Registration Information Sheet (RIS) for your specific window of access to the registration system to enroll yourself in classes.
  • If a course shows "open; reserved" or "waitlisted," please add yourself to the waitlist, as any open seats will be filled from the waitlist. Should seats remain open near to the start of class, any open seats will be filled from the waitlist.
  • If you are a triple major or a declared major/minor in a subject but do not yet have access to priority seating for the class please email the academic advisor(s) for that subject for further help accessing necessary coursework.
  • If the system states that you do not meet the prerequisite for a specific FR/ITL course, but you believe you do qualify to enroll in that course, please complete the appropriate Prerequisite Waiver Form below.


Prerequisite Waiver Requests

To submit a request for a prerequisite waiver for French, please complete this FORM using your UT email account.

To submit a request for a prerequisite waiver for Italian, please complete this FORM using your UT email account.


Major/Minor Declaration

To declare a major or minor in French or Italian, simply email the Undergraduate Academic Advisor.



Undergraduate Academic Advisor

(Please direct all general advising inquiries to the undergraduate academic advisor.)

Heather Peterson

  • Available to assist students with degree plans, course registration issues, academic and career goals, university policies and procedures, and campus resources.
  • BEN 2.108 (Office currently closed)

 Advising Appointments

  • In response to the COVID-19 pandemic, academic advisors are currently working remotely.  
  • For Walk-In Advising (15-minute max Zoom session, no appointment necessary), please refer to the WALK-IN CALENDAR for availability.
  • Heather Peterson is available through Zoom (typically audio with shared screen) for long-term planning (45-minute session) by APPOINTMENT, Monday-Friday, 9am-12pm & 1pm-4pm.
  • Appointments are not scheduled via email.
  • Please leave specific questions in the comments section when making an appointment and make sure you receive a confirmation email including your Zoom link.


Faculty Advisors

(Available to assist students with questions pertaining to course content.)

Faculty Advisor for French: Heather Pelletier
HRH 3.112A

Faculty Advisor for Italian: Antonella Olson
HRH 2.106B



Fall 2020/Spring 2021 Grade Policy

All Q-Drops are non-academic and do not count against the 6-class limit in both Fall 2020 and Spring 2021. 

  • All Q-Drops, One Time Exceptions, Withdrawals, and Standard Pass/Fail changes can be completed through the Student Division Advising Office for the College of Liberal Arts. Should you need to discuss this change prior to your request, please utilize the Student Division Chat and/or meet with your major advisor. If your major is in another college, you will need to follow that college's procedure(s) for requesting changes.
  • Any student considering dropping a course or changing a course to Standard Pass/Fail is recommended to consult with your academic advisor, graduate coordinator, athletics advisor, and/or financial aid advisor to understand the implications.
  • Implications include (but are not limited to):  time to completion; honors and other awards; financial aid, scholarships, and fellowships; Veterans’ benefits; professional certification e.g. CPAs; degree accreditation requirements e.g. engineering; visa status; on-campus employment eligibility (undergraduates must maintain a 2.0 GPA and graduate students must maintain a 3.0 GPA to be eligible for on-campus employment); graduate/professional school applications; and athletic eligibility.



COVID-19 Pass/Fail Exceptions

Effective January 6 - May 28, 2021, undergraduate students may choose to have a total of three (3) classes graded on a Pass/Fail basis without penalty.

  • These exceptions are new and in addition to the standard Pass/Fail option.
  • The total of three (3) COVID-19 Pass/Fail exceptions apply only to the Fall 2020 and Spring 2021 semesters.
  • You will be able to view your final grades prior to making a decision to take these exceptions. Although you can submit a request for the COVID-19 Pass/Fail Exception prior to viewing your final grades, it may be advisable you wait until after the spring 2021 semester and before May 28, 2021, so that you can make the best decision to optimize your three conversions over both semesters.
  • Selecting to convert a course to a COVID-19 Pass/Fail is not a requirement; it is a choice and an opportunity for you to use if it is helpful.
  • Using a COVID-19 Pass/Fail Exception on courses that already count toward degree requirements will allow your class to continue to count toward degree and course requirements, where a standard Pass/Fail may not.
  • Standard Pass/Fail options remain available to you.
  • FAQs are available with more detailed information.
  • It is important to keep in mind how classes taken Pass/Fail will be treated by graduate and professional school admissions, licensure requirements, and others. Changing a letter grade to Pass/Fail may have unintended consequences. Please do your research and if you are unsure, check with your advisor before making a COVID-19 Pass/Fail Exception request. Additional information can be found in the General Information 2020-2021 Academic Catalog.
  • Assuming you are a student within the College of Liberal Arts, you may submit a COVID-19 Pass/Fail Exception online. Your request will be updated on your student record immediately. If your current major is in another college, you will need to follow that college's procedure(s).



Helpful Links

Undergraduate Advisor

Heather Peterson
BEN 2.108 (Office currently closed)
Appointment Request
Walk-In Availability

Undergraduate French Faculty Advisor

Heather Pelletier
HRH 3.112A (Office currently closed)

Undergraduate Italian Faculty Advisor

Antonella Olson
HRH 2.106B (Office currently closed)

Useful Links

  • Department of French and Italian

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