Department of French and Italian


We are outraged and deeply saddened by the news that so many innocent victims have been killed and injured in Brussel’s terrorist attack. We are extending our deepest condolences to families and friends of those killed and hope for a fast recovery of the numerous people who have been injured.

We are outraged and deeply saddened by the news that so many innocent victims have been killed and injured in Brussels’ terrorist attack.

We are extending our deepest condolences to families and friends of those killed and hope for a fast recovery of the numerous people who have been injured.”

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Welcome to the Department of French & Italian. We offer a lively program of study that reflects the University’s commitment to excellence in interdisciplinary research and teaching at all levels. Our diverse faculty includes scholars whose work explores the intersections of race, gender, law, and religion.

More than 300 students study French and Italian at Vanderbilt every semester. Many choose to begin their language here, while others build on what they have learned in high school.  Using internet technology and interactive materials, students at all levels study language, history, civilization, film, business, and literature.

Many students choose to study at Vanderbilt in France in Aix-en-Provence, or in Italy at the program in Sienna or in Florence.