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Graduate Studies at FRIT

The Department of French and Italian offers direct-admit PhD programs in French and Francophone Studies and Italian Studies.

We seek intellectually curious students

  • with advanced proficiency in French or Italian
  • who are driven to investigate their own answers to critical questions
  • who aspire to share the knowledge they accrue with others
  • who want to work in a cooperative and inclusive environment with collegial faculty and peers
  • who are excited by the prospect of living in a fast-growing, multicultural city at once vast in scope and small-town in feel
  • who are attracted to a fantastic library system and a wide range of interdisciplinary programs and centers at one of North America’s top research universities
  • whose interests link up with one or more of the unique clusters of research topics and directions to which we can provide the strongest support with our exciting departmental and university-wide resources, and an extensive web of affiliated faculty
    • Screen and Performance Studies
    • Popular and Material Cultures Across Times and Spaces
    • Migration Studies—Historic and Current
    • Boundary Crossings in Medieval & Renaissance France –Provence—Italy
    • French in the Americas
    • French & Francophone Writing Now
    • Second Language Acquisition

Learn More: Research Clusters


We provide Exceptional Teaching Training and Job Experience in foreign language education, with exciting opportunities to teach language and culture throughout the curriculum

  • Intensive orientation that prepares you to teach and connects you with other new student-teachers
  • Training in encouraging intercultural competency and global citizenship 
  • Seminar on the best second-language teaching practices and theories 
  • The opportunity to teach throughout the language curriculum 
  • Ongoing support from advanced peers and faculty (you won’t be on your own!) 
  • Teaching Apprenticeships in your subject specialty under a faculty mentor in whose course you will observe, give guest lectures, and then develop syllabi for  your own future courses 
  • Advanced opportunities to teach in OSU’s Individual Instruction Center and in more advanced courses as you gain experience 
  • Opportunities to participate in exchange programs in Rennes, France, or teach in Bologna, Italy and Dakar, Senegal

How will I pay for my PhD Studies?

  • All admitted students will be offered teaching contracts for 4-5 years of funding, and an additional year of funding is awarded on a competitive basis
  • The department frequently nominates prospective students for fellowships for a first or dissertation year, which though competitive have regularly been received
  • Ohio State offers competitive stipends and excellent benefits
  • The Department and the College offer Support for graduate student research and conference travel 
  • Columbus is a far more affordable city than many

Learn More: Financial Support for Graduate Students