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The French Studies Program at UC Berkeley

The French Studies Program at the University of California, Berkeley has a long history. It was established in 1987, as part of the Center for Western European Studies. In 1999, it became part of UC Berkeley's Institute of European Studies. The French Studies Program at IES is closely connected to the France-Berkeley Fund and the French Department.

The French Studies Program support a wide array of scholarly, cultural, professional and educational activities to encourage cooperation between UC Berkeley and France. The Program has the following objectives:

  • Strengthen Berkeley’s academic, intellectual and institutional ties to France
  • Support graduate and undergraduate teaching and research about topics relating to France, both from a contemporary and a historical perspective
  • Support study abroad and internship programs for Berkeley students in France
  • Support the book collections dealing with France and the Francophonie in Berkeley’s Main Library
  • Cooperate with other research centers on the Berkeley campus to support teaching and research on other French-speaking countries and regions in the world
  • Support interdisciplinary research that fosters the transatlantic connections between France and the United States
  • Support the teaching of the French language on the Berkeley campus
  • Provide a platform for conferences, colloquia and public lectures on France in order to disseminate knowledge of and interest in French society, culture, literature, science, and the arts in California
Mairi McLaughlin, Director
University of California
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