Graduate Summer Institute


The French and Spanish Summer Institutes have a dual purpose. Their first goal is to enable interested individuals to improve their proficiency in French/Spanish and to increase their knowledge of French/Hispanic studies; it is possible to enroll in the program for one summer term only. Their secondary goal is to enable individuals who may not be able to enroll in a regular graduate program for professional reasons to work toward an M.A. in French/Spanish in the summer. The French and Spanish Summer Institutes follow the immersion principle, as participants speak the target language for 3-6 weeks. Students may combine summer courses and courses taken during the fall and spring semesters in order to complete their degree sooner.

Program Information & Requirements

Important Dates

  1. The Department of World Languages, Literatues, and Cultures may cancel graduate courses offered in the summer if minimum enrollment is not reached by May 23,2014
  2. Since all Graduate Summer Institute courses are a part of the 10-week summer session (10W), students must observe the deadlines set by UNT for the 10-week summer session, regardless of the beginning/ending dates for Internet coursework or clasroom meetings of the Institute courses.
  3. On the first day of each course, the Department of World Languages, Literatures, and Cultures will provide lunch (12:30 pm - 2:00 pm, approximately) for students enrolled in graduate Summer Institute courses.

Admission Requirements

  1. 12 credit hours of French or Spanish at the advanced level (beyond FREN or SPAN 2050). 
  2. Admission to UNT Graduate School for M.A. program (or non-degree status for up to 12 graduate credit hours). Please consult the website of the Toulouse Graduate School for important information about the application process, which may take several weeks.

Course Requirements for the M.A. in French or Spanish
Two options are available:

  1. Thesis option: 30 semester hours in French or Spanish (or including a minor) plus 6 hours of thesis. 
  2. Non-thesis option: 36 semester hours in French or Spanish (without thesis). 

    Note: Students may combine summer courses and courses taken during the fall and spring semesters in order to complete their degree sooner.

Summer Sessions at UNT

-Immersion principle
-3 hours of coursework, 9:30 am - 12:20 pm, M-F
-Some Internet coursework


Each summer, graduate course topics vary. They are designed to provide a well-rounded background in French or Spanish. Although answering the direct needs of teachers, courses also address the needs of individuals working toward a doctoral degree in the language. In this respect, UNT offers doctoral degrees in education, which can be coupled with a concentration in French or Spanish. Students may supplement summer graduate hours with a combination of a minor, and courses taken during fall and/or spring semesters. 

Courses and Additional Information

2014 French Summer Institute

(3-6 graduate credits)
Immersion Experience

Session 1, 3 credits: FREN 5410.001
Medieval French Literature
Instructor: Dr. Christophe Chaguinian []

Week 1 (June 2-6): Internet coursework.
Weeks 2 and 3 (June 9-20) will be held at UNT in LANG 109, 9:30 am - 12:20 pm, Monday though Friday.

Several topics that we associate with medieval literature in general: courtly love, Arthurian romance, and some medieval best-sellers such as the epic poem Song of Roland are the creation of medieval French authors. In this course we will discover this rich tradition by reading works that illustrate the main genres of the time: epic poetry, lyric poetry, romance, lais, fabliaux, theater.  

Session 2, 3 credits: FREN 5730.001
Education in France                
Instructor: Dr. Marie-Christine Koop []

Weeks 1 and 2 (June 23-July 3) will be held at UNT in LANG 109, 9:30 am - 12:20 pm, Monday though Friday. July 4 is a holiday. Week 3 will be conducted online after the two-week component on campus.  

This course will present an overview of education in France. Topics will include: education of children in France; brief history of education; organization of the French educational system; specificities of education; women and education; the "baccalaureat" as an institution; teacher training; public vs. private schools; current events and reforms (teaching of languages, issues related to immigration and cultural diversity, violence). Lectures, readings, and discussions will be illustrated with video sequences and feature films.

2014 Spanish Summer Institute

(3-6 graduate credits)

Immersion Experience

Session 1, 3 credits: SPAN 5480.001
Painting in Spanish-Language Poetry
Instructor: Dr. Will Derusha []

Week 1 (June 2-6): Internet coursework.
Weeks 2 and 3 (June 9-20) will be held at UNT in LANG 219, 9:30 am - 12:20 pm, Monday through Friday.

Students familiar with the interplay of words and pictures in Dan Brown's The Da Vinci Code or a textbook on art history have already been introduced to concepts underlying our study. This interdisciplinary course focuses on poetry written in Spanish that attempts to re/present painted masterpieces and artists or to comment on the painting process itself. We will also deal with ideas ranging from the 6th century B.C. to current explorations of perception and textuality. Through close study of paintings and texts, as well as discussion of the cultures in which they emerge, those who successfully complete this course will have a better grasp of seeing, reading, and critical thinking. 

Session 2, 3 credits: SPAN 5200.001
Latin American Short Story
Instructor: Dr. Samuel Manickam []

Weeks 1 and 2 (June 23-July 3) will be held at UNT in LANG 219, 9:30 am - 12:20 pm, Monday through Friday. July 4 is a holiday. 
Week 3 (July 7 - 11): Internet coursework. 

In this course we will study the evolution of the short story in Latin American literature of the nineteenth and twentieth centuries. Literary currents to be studied include: Romanticism, Realism, Naturalism, Modernism, and Modernity (the Vanguard, Postmodernism, etc.). Through class discussions, written assignments and oral presentations students will come to appreciate the breadth and depth of this literary genre in Latin America.

The city of Denton is located 30 miles north of the Dallas-Fort Worth airport, with direct access to most locations in the U.S. and Canada. Both Dallas and Fort Worth are within a 45-minute drive and offer a large selection of entertainment and cultural events of all kinds. With over 36,000 students, UNT is one of the largest universities in Texas. The foreign language collections at the Willis Library are quite impressive. In addition, UNT offers a charming traditional campus setting with all the facilities necessary for a summer program.

Housing and Meals
Although participants are not required to live in Denton during the Institute, different housing options are available through Residence Life.

If you contact Residence Life, make sure to ask about regular plans and short-stay plans for housing and meals since different options are available.

Tuition and Fees

Graduate tuition: Visit: for updated information on tuition and course fees.

Note: Out-of-state and international students who receive a scholarship for $1,000 may be eligible for in-state tuition; however, since this could change from year to year, you will need to ask the Toulouse Graduate School if this is still possible. 

Financial Aid

1. Graduate Scholarships may be available from the UNT Graduate School.

2. Financial aid may be available through the UNT Office of Financial Aid.

3. International Scholarships for summer study in France, Spain, and Mexico  (variable amount) may be available from the UNT Study Abroad Office. 

Additional information
Please direct all inquiries to the appropriate Director, preferably by email:

Dr. Marie-Christine Koop, Director
French Summer Institute


Dr. Will Derusha, Director
Spanish Summer Institute