Center of Excellence in French and Francophone Studies

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UC Berkeley joined the US network of French Centers of Excellence in 2021 with the generous support of the French Embassy. The Center of Excellence in French and Francophone Studies was established in 1987 as part of the Center for Western European Studies, and in 1999 was incorporated into IES. The Center consists of three pillars:

  1. The UC Berkeley Department of French
  2. The France-Berkeley Fund
  3. The Institute of European Studies

The goals of the Center are:

  • To organize and advertise programs related to France and the Francophone world (including public lectures, scholarly visits, seminars and conferences across the disciplines in fields including Humanities/Social Science, Science, Business, Law, and Technology) for Berkeley students and professors as well as the general public
  • To promote research in and study of topics relating to France and the Francophone world on the UC Berkeley campus by disseminating information on the French language program, study abroad options in France and other Francophone countries, research grants for faculty, and fellowships and scholarships for graduate and undergraduate study and research in those countries
  • To foster the building of a French and Francophone community at Berkeley, including Berkeley students and faculty who share an affiliation with or research interest in France and la francophonie as well as visiting scholars from France and other Francophone countries
  • To strengthen UCB’s academic, intellectual, and institutional ties to France
  • To cooperate with the Embassy of France in the United States and the Consulate-General of France in California, liaise with diplomats from France and Francophone countries as well as officials and administrators from UC Berkeley

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