15 Ph.D students completed the Business French Training Session organized by the Cultural Services of the French Embassy in the US and the UVA Dept of French. Read more...

June 8, 2017

The Cultural Services of the French Embassy in the U.S. in cooperation with the Paris International Chamber of Commerce and the French Department at the University of Virginia have organized a professional training session in Business French for 15 Ph.D. students , in Charlottesville, VA. Advanced PhD candidates and recent graduates from across the country gathered from May 29 to June 2, 2017 for a hands-on training in curriculum and preparation for Business French classes. The course was designed by the Paris International Chamber of Commerce (CCIP) and taught by François Renaud. 

The objectives of the class were as follows: 

- Distinguishing the specificities of FLE (Français Langue Etrangère -  French as a Foreign Language) and FOS (Français Objectif Spécifique - French for Specific Purposes).

- Implementing FOS.

- Elaboration of French for Business framework.

- Designing educational activities using authentic documents.

- Assessing students for French for Business curriculum.

All participants who successfully finish the training will receive a Certificat de formation « Enseigner le Français des Affaires ».


"The UVA Business French training was a great experience. I got to expand my pedagogical skill set and learn about the different programs and support available to teachers of French from the CCIP.
I also got the opportunity to explore UVA and Charlottesville, which was beautiful and a lot of fun. What I appreciated most about the training was getting to work with and learn from my colleagues from across the country in thinking about how we teach French. I look forward to continuing to collaborate with my peers from the training and also exploring and developing new and varied types of French courses.

Thank you so much for this opportunity.” 

– Marion Elizabeth Phillip 

“François and the CCI Paris Île-de-France provided us all with many new perspectives. What I thought was the most fascinating part of the course was to understand new ways of evaluating students, particularly with the "Grille d'évaluation des activités" that he gave to the class and the corresponding activity to evaluate an oral presentation. The greatest part of this class, however, was the positive relationships formed between participants. The group was always motivated, and I feel like I now have made business "connections" from different parts of the country - and the world!

Thank you for offering this to us all. I'm excited to see UVA host future sessions and would love to get involved in organizing when we do.”

– Claire-Marie Brisson 

I enjoyed and benefited from the Workshop in Business French offered by the French Department at University of Virginia. Besides the a nice stay in the city of Charlottesville with its charming architecture, I found the Workshop to be very professional and collegial. I had the chance to develop my professional network and make new connections with advanced doctoral students and new faculty. I gained valuable insight through my exchange with theses academics regarding my job search process coming up next year.

As for the Workshop proper and its content, Mr. Renaud showed much professionalism in developing the lesson plans and activities. The instructional goals very clear and the materials and hands-on activities had reasonable rhythm and pace. This training will definitely equip me with an important skill that was lacking from my professional profile.   

Thanks for your helping organize this workshop and best of luck in your projects. I hope you had a good time in Canada. 

Farzad Salamifar 



Congratulations to graduate student Eric Essono Tsimi for the imminent publication of his new novel, "Les Ex ne meurent jamais," forthcoming from L'Orpailleur Press in a few short weeks!

February 6, 2017

UVa graduate student, Eric Essono Tsimi will have the imminent publication of his new novel "Les Ex ne meurent jamais," forthcoming from L'Orpailleur Press in a few short weeks!  Congratulations Eric!

The Department of French is delighted to welcome Prof. Vincent Michelot, from Sciences Po in Lyon, who joins us this semester as a visiting professor teaching an undergraduate seminar on contemporary French politics and society.

January 24, 2017

The Department of French is delighted to welcome Prof. Vincent Michelot, from Sciences Po in Lyon, who joins us this semester as a visiting professor. Professor Michelot, a long-time friend of the department, is teaching an undergraduate seminar on contemporary French politics and society.  He is also busy keeping French readers of Le Monde informed about the presidential transition of power here in the U.S.

New 4+1 M.A. Program in European Studies, under the direction of Prof. Janet Horne, is now accepting applications for fall 2017 enrollment

January 6, 2017

Professor Janet Horne, inaugural Director of European Studies is pleased to announce the launch of a new Interdisciplinary M.A. degree in European Studies at the University of Virginia.

Is Europe in Your Future?  Make it Happen!

The M.A. in European Studies--with a 4+1 B.A./M.A. option-- trains students to think across disciplines and cultures and apply a diverse array of methodologies to the study of Europe in a global framework.

This program offers an intense, scholarly environment--including one semester of study in Europe-- that will challenge students and position them to be more successful in finding their place in the global workforce.

Now accepting applications for fall 2017 enrollment.   

Current undergraduates should apply in the spring of their 3rd year. Deadline: May, 1, 2017

Check out the European Studies website:

A Workshop in Business French will be offered to PhD students, May 29-June 2. Deadline for applications January 31, 2017!

January 3, 2017

Deadline for applications January 31, 2017!  

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Articles presented at “Stendhal’s Many Lives” colloquium

November 15, 2016

Published in L’Année stendhalienne (Paris: Honoré Champion, 15, 2016), all four contributions to the colloquium “Stendhal’s Many Lives”, which took place at the University of Virginia on September 19, 2014, were recently published in L’Année stendhalienne (Paris: Honoré Champion, 15, 2016). For the organisation of this colloquium, Antoine Guibal received generous funding from the Institute of the Humanities & Global Cultures and the Department of French at UVA.

Antoine GUIBAL (University of Virginia)
“Avant-propos” (p. 9)

Philippe BERTHIER (Sorbonne Nouvelle)
“Phares” (p. 15)

Philippe ROGER (EHESS/CNRS, University of Virginia)
“Vies majuscules, vies minuscules” (p. 27)

David F. BELL (Duke University)
“Les « Vies » de Stendhal, ou comment écrire une biographie pour devenir romancier ?” (p. 49)

Jacques NEEFS (Johns Hopkins University)
“Écrire de soi comme d’un autre, lire d’un autre comme de soi” (p. 65)

Studying Abroad, at Home: Language Houses Offer Local Immersion Experience

November 15, 2016

      Inside La Maison Française, the University of Virginia’s “French house,” it’s not unusual for resident and third-year student Sarah Rupert to sip from her teacup while enjoying live music in the common room with her fellow housemates.

Click here for article in UVA Today, November 15, 2016  



Virginia Film Festival 2016 Filming at the Borders: Migrating to Europe Today

November 3, 2016

Sponsored by the UVA Department of French and the UVA Program in European Studies with special thanks to the International Rescue Committee (Charlottesville). These films invite dialogue about the urgent topic of migration and about the role that images and narratives play in bringing it more fully to our awareness.

Jennifer Tsien to give a public lecture at the University of Colorado-Boulder

September 22, 2016

Jennifer Tsien will give a public lecture at the University of Colorado-Boulder on Thursday, Sept. 22 on pro-French seditious speech and song in 1790’s Spanish Louisiana, titled “Of Songs, Rumors, and Suckling Pigs: the French Revolution Goes to the Americas.” She will also be giving a seminar on the Mississippi Bubble, conspiracy theories and rumor on Wednesday 21st of September.