Graduate French Studies

The Graduate Program in French Studies offers a dynamic curriculum that focuses on a contextualized understanding of the languages, literatures, and cultures of France, Québec and the Francophone world. Students may specialize in literature or linguistics, or propose a research program combining both fields. Graduate seminars are normally conducted in French.

The University of British Columbia in Vancouver is nationally and internationally recognized as a leader in cutting edge research and all aspects of academic activity.  Our diverse faculty has both national and international distinction, and active interdisciplinary interests in the departments and programs of African Studies, History, Art, Anthropology, Linguistics, English, European Studies, Women’s Studies, etc. Our graduate students are an integral part of this intellectual community, which is continuously enriched by scholarly projects where our students gain research experience and professional qualifications. These opportunities include:

  • The Graduate Student Forum
  • The FHIS Graduate Student Symposium
  • The biennial Graduate Student Conference
  • The Dorothy Dallas Center for 17th-and 18th-century French Studies
  • The Early Romance Studies Research Cluster
  • The Second Language Acquisition Research Cluster

Complementing faculty interests, the program hosts scholars and writers from around the world. Recent visitors have included French Academician and philosopher Michel Serres, François Cusset (Université de Paris Ouest Nanterre La Défense), Françoise Gaillard (Université de Paris VII), Benoît Melançon (Université de Montréal), Michel Delon (Université de Paris IV-Sorbonne), Dan Edelstein (Stanford University), Christie McDonald (Harvard University) and others. Recent invited authors have included Nancy Huston, Ying Chen, and Marie Laberge. Graduate students participate in conferences and lectures which are sponsored by our Department or jointly with Green College, Peter Wall Institute for Advanced Studies, Liu Institute for Global Issues, Morris and Helen Belkin Art Gallery, UBC-Okanagan, etc.

UBC’s Koerner Library ranks among the top research libraries in North America. Its holdings in French and Québécois literature, as well as in the history of the French language and dialectology are among the best in Canada. The Rare Books and Special Collections (RBSC) houses significant collections and early printed books, pamphlets, and historical maps as well as many rarities from the French colonial period in North America.

Each graduate student in our program has access to the Departmental Reading Room and computing facilities. Teaching Assistants are provided with offices, and the majority of full-time students receive financial support in the form of fellowships or teaching assistantships. The Graduate Student Travel Fund contributes to conference travel expenses for both MA and PhD students.

The Faculty of Graduate & Postdoctoral Studies has prepared a guide packed with information about all the support services available to graduate students at UBC. It covers registration, finances, housing, grad student rights and responsibilities, medical and dental plans.