Graduate Summer Institute | World Languages, Literatures, & Cultures

Graduate Summer Institute

Graduate Summer Institute


The French Summer Institute has a dual purpose. The first goal is to enable interested individuals to improve their proficiency in French and to increase their knowledge of French studies; it is possible to enroll in the program for one summer term only. The 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 in the summer. The French Summer Institute follows 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

French Summer Institute Brochure

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 25, 2018.
  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 at the advanced level (beyond FREN 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. Read the program description, requirements, and admission information at If you need additional information, e-mail the Graduate Advisor. French Graduate Advisor: Dr. Christophe Chaguinian (

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

  1. Thesis option: 30 semester hours in French (or including a minor) plus 6 hours of thesis.
  2. Non-thesis option: 36 semester hours in French (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. 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. 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

2018 French Summer Institute

(3-6 graduate credits)
Immersion Experience

Session 1

FREN 5330: History of the French Language

Meets in classroom June 4-15, 2018 - MTWRF 9:00 am-11:50 am

Independent Internet work required after June 29

What language did Astérix, the hero who symbolizes the typical Frenchman, speak? Why is French called a Romance language? How did Old French differ from Modern French as we know it? How did Louis XIV, the Sun King, pronounce "Le Roi c'est moi"? What percentage of Frenchmen born before 1940 spoke French as a mother tongue? You will find the answers to these questions--and many others--in this course which covers the history of the French language from Antiquity to the 21st century.

Instructor: Dr. Christophe Chaguinian


Session 2

FREN 5200: Seminar in French

Course Topic: Seminar in French: Francophone Cinema and Music

Meets in classroom June 18-29, 2018 - MTWRF 9:00 am-11:50 am

Independent Internet work after June 29

This course will give students an opportunity to explore cultural and linguistic dimensions of francophone films and francophone music with emphasis on pedagogical applications. Although we will view some older films and/or film clips, we will focus primarily on more recent francophone films, and we will do the same for music. However, students will be free to choose an older film (or a singer from a "bygone era") for the research project, which will be assigned during the period of 4-5 weeks after the period during which we will meet in the classroom. Please contact Dr. Williams for the syllabus in April if you would like additional details.

Instructor: Dr. Lawrence Williams


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 38,000 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 (variable amount) may be available from the UNT Study Abroad Office.

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

Dr. Marie-Christine Koop, Director
French Summer Institute

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