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 and Italian. At the graduate level the department provides three subject tracks leading to masters and doctors degrees in French: French and Francophone Literature; French Linguistics; Romance Linguistics. Graduate courses in Italian support graduate degrees in other departments and cross-disciplinary offerings.

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.



All scholarship applications will be available Monday, February 15 at 8:00am through Sunday, March 21 at 11:45pm.

Annual departmental undergraduate scholarships are awarded by the Department of French & Italian every Spring. Please use the Spring 2021 Departmental Scholarship Application to apply.

There are also scholarships available for students participating in IFE (Internships in Francophone Europe). Please use the Spring 2021 IFE Scholarship Application to apply.

All applications will require 2 letters of recommendation to complete application submission. Students who have completed and submitted will receive a follow-up email with a personalized link for recommendation letter submission within 2 business days (M-F) of their online application submission.

Please contact Heather Pelletier for more information about either scholarship opportunity.

Any questions you might have about the application process can be directed to Heather Peterson.



SITE Internship in Lombardy, Italy

The SITE (Study Intercultural Training Experience) Program is an internship opportunity for English-speaking teaching assistant in schools in Lombardy, Italy. Italian majors and minors graduating no later than Spring 2021 are eligible to apply. You may read more about SITE here. The Spring 2021 SITE Internship Application will also be available Monday, February 15 at 8:00am through Sunday, March 21 at 11:45pm. For more information on this program, please contact Prof. Paola Bonifazio at


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. 

Undergradute French Society

Undergradute French Society student club meets in the HRH 2.118 lounge on Thursdays from 5-6 pm. All levels of French are welcome. Students may contact for more information.


  • Department of French and Italian

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