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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. 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 25, 2019.
  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.

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

2019 French Summer Institute

(3-6 graduate credits)
Immersion Experience

Session 1

FREN 5410: Survey of Medieval Literature

Meets in classroom June 10 - 21, 2019; MTWRF 9:00am - 11:50am

Independent Internet work required after June 21

Medieval French literature spans no less than five centuries, from the end of the 11th to the end of the 15th. In this course we will read representative works from this production: epic poetry, a romance by Chretien de Troyes, poetry, lais, fabliaux, etc. Interesting in its own right, medieval French literature is also important because of its cultural impact: Chretien's romances disseminated the Arthurian themes and are the ancestors of the novel; the courtly love of troubadours and trouvères influnced all European poets of the time and beyond.

Instructor: Dr. Christophe Chaguinian


Session 2

FREN 5200: Seminar in French

Course Topic: Francophone Communities & Llinguistic Variation

Internet course: June 24 - August 9, 2019

This course will be offered from June 24, 2019 until August 9, 2019 as a self-paced Internet course, allowing maximum flexibility for students. There will be 7 learning modules, each with an assignment/project that can be submitted in Canvas whenever each student has time to do the work, beginning June 24, 2019. The modules must be done in order. The only restriction is that you must complete the first 4 modules before August 1, 2019. There is no required textbook to buy for this course. Each learning module will be based on articles and/or online resources. Students will be able to explore cultural and linguistic aspects of a different part of the francophone world in each module.

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 UNT Housing:

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 check with the Toulouse Graduate School to see 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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