Students in the Department of French & Italian are afforded many opportunities to practice and refine their language skills outside of the classroom. In addition to the various events that are held on campus, conversation hours are a great way to hone one's understanding of French and/or Italian.
Each semester, department instructors and advanced undergraduate students organize conversation groups. These groups provide our students with a great opportunity to speak French or Italian in a relaxed environment (local coffee shops or bookstores). Speakers of all levels are welcome; undergraduates, graduate students, and community members can all participate.
|Language||Description||Days & Times||Location|
|Italian||Ciao!||Thursdays at 6:00 p.m.||Bordertown Coffee|
Culture Shock and FRITNews
Culture Shock—the department's undergraduate blog—is a student-run branch of the Department of French & Italian. The blog strives to provide current and relevant information about French and Italian culture to today’s students. We also serve as a medium for students to learn about opportunities in both the community and department. FRITNews—the department's listserv—keeps undergraduates informed about academic updates, scholarship and service opportunities, job possibilities, and language-related activities. To subscribe to FRITNews, send your full name and email address to firstname.lastname@example.org.
- Alliance Française de Minneapolis-St. Paul is a cultural center (not affiliated with the University) that hosts a variety of events and conversation groups open to the public.
- Pi Delta Phi
- Le Cercle Francais