Graduate Summer Institute

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, Literatures, and Cultures may cancel graduate courses offered in the summer if minimum enrollment is not reached by May 26, 2015
  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 classroom 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.
  3. E-mail the Graduate Advisor a resume in English and a 250-word essay in French or Spanish to explain your professional plans. French Graduate Advisor: Dr. Lawrence Williams (; Spanish Graduate Advisor: Dr. Jorge Aviles-Diz (

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, 9:00 am – 11:50 am, 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

2015 French Summer Institute

(3-6 graduate credits)
Immersion Experience

Session 1

FREN 5200.001: Seminar in French.

Course Topic: Seventeenth-Century French Women Writers

Meets in classroom June 8-19 - MTWRF 09:00 am-11:50 am LANG 223

Independent Internet work after July 3

Using multimedia, we examine the major—yet sometimes relatively unknown—contributions of seventeenth-century women to French literature: from proto-feminist essays by Marie de Gournay and exemplary letters by Madame de Sévigné to enchanting fairy tales by Madame d’Aulnoy and even France’s first modern novel, La Princesse de Clèves by Madame de Lafayette.​

Instructor: Dr. Marijn S. Kaplan                                      


Session 2

FREN 5200.002 Seminar in French

Course Topic: French Oral & Written Expression

Meets in classroom June 22-July 3, 2015 - MTWRF 09:00 am-11:50 am LANG 301

Independent Internet work after July 3

Note: This section of FREN 5200 can substitute for the required course FREN 5340.

In this course, oral and written communication skills and a review of selected fundamental grammar points/structures are integrated with close readings of texts in French (e.g., poems, short stories, and articles on current events taken from French-language news/media outlets) that have been chosen for thematic or cultural interest. Students produce daily writing assignments (e.g., essays, translations) and give brief daily presentations. The final project consists of an oral presentation of the content and social/political issues in a text and a written grammatical/linguistic analysis of the same text.

Instructor: Lawrence Williams                                         


2015 Spanish Summer Institute

(3-6 graduate credits)

Immersion Experience

Session 1

SPAN 5480.001: Spanish Poetry.

Course Topic: Selected Works of Lorca.

Meets in classroom June 8-19 - MTWRF 09:00 am-11:50 am LANG 212

Independent Internet work after July 3

Federico García Lorca is the most famous writer of Spain’s Generation of 27, who was executed during the Spanish Civil War and buried in an unmarked mass grave.  We will concentrate on the landmark texts of his Primer romancero gitano (1928) and the Llanto por Ignacio Sánchez Mejías (1935).

Instructor: Dr. Will Derusha                                                              


Session 2

SPAN 5200.001: Seminar in Spanish.

Course Topic: Latin American Post-Boom Narrative

Meets in classroom June 22-July 3, 2015 - MTWRF 09:00 am-11:50 am LANG 302

Independent Internet work after July 3

In this class we will study short novels and stories from the 1970's to the present representing the varieties of fiction being written in contemporary Latin America. Some authors include José Emilio Pacheco, Antonio Skármeta, Roberto Bolaño and Reinaldo Arenas. Through extensive readings and class discussions, we will come to understand better the historical and cultural contexts of this literature. 

Instructor: Dr. Samuel C. Manickam                                     

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