The Department of French and Italian


The Department of French and Italian faculty and staff provide and support innovative, high quality teaching responsive to educational needs and interests of students through courses in pedagogy, language teaching, literary criticism, and cultural studies. The department offers the innovative online resources Français Interactif and Tex's French Grammar.

The department offers bachelors degrees in French Studies and Italian Studies. At the graduate level the department provides three subject tracks leading to doctors degrees in French Studies, French Linguistics, and Italian Studies.

Offices are located in Homer Rainey Hall (HRH) on 21st Street between the Harry Ransom Center and Benedict Hall. The building was originally the UT Music Building and was renamed in honor of former UT President Homer Rainey (1939-1944). The department shares this interesting 1950s Spanish Colonial style building with the Jessen Auditorium and The Center for Middle Eastern Studies.

The department hosts study abroad opportunities in Lyon, France and Rome, Italy

Rome Study Program


Lyon Summer Program

Undergraduate Academic Advisor

Heather Peterson
BEN 2.108

Advising Sessions:
Appointment Request

Virtual Walk-In Availability
(no appointment necessary)


Undergraduate Faculty Advisors 

Undergraduate Italian Faculty Advisor
Antonella Del Fattore-Olson
HRH 2.106B (please email for availability)

Undergraduate French Faculty Advisor
Heather Pelletier
HRH 3.112A (please email for availability)

Useful Links

Tavola Italiana

Informal Italian conversation practice Fridays 3-4pm at the Texas Union's Cactus Café. Open to all students of Italian. See our Facebook page or contact Antonella Olson for more information.

Circolo Italiano

Sponsors Italian-language activities. See our Facebook page or contact Antonella Olson for more information. 

Undergraduate French Society

All levels of French are welcome. Students may contact for more information.


Learn French Online

🇫🇷💻 Learn French online, find out more:

Why Study Italian?

🇮🇹🌍 Why study Italian? Check out this video and explore course offerings in the department here.


Lyon Summer Program

Rome Study Abroad

  • Department of French and Italian

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