UBC’s Department of French, Hispanic, and Italian Studies (FHIS) is a vibrant centre for the study of Romance languages, literatures, and cultures from places that speak Latin-based languages — French, Italian, Spanish, and Portuguese.

Connecting language studies to literature and culture through a variety of interdisciplinary methods, our programs are designed to enhance active communication skills, solid grammatical training, and an appreciation of many different cultures.

We offer outstanding preparation in critical thinking and analytical writing, while providing an education in the Humanities well suited for thriving in diverse communities and a globalized economy. Our graduates pursue a wide variety of careers in teaching, law, business, management, government, journalism, and the sciences, among many other fields.

Located in Vancouver, British Columbia on the traditional, ancestral, and unceded territory of the xʷməθkʷəy̓əm (Musqueam) people, we are a community of faculty members, practitioners, students, research, and support staff, all working together to advance the study and understanding of Romance languages, literatures, and cultures.