Apply to the Program



January 15, 2018: Early acceptance deadline or if applying to live at the French House
April 20, 2018: Regular application deadline

(SPRING 2019 APPLICATION DEADLINE: November 1, 2018)

Application Procedure

Step 1: Graduate School Application

The following materials go to the Graduate School (Office of Graduate Admissions, 225 Bascom, 500 Lincoln Drive, Madison, WI 53706-1380):

  1. Graduate School Application (online)
    On the online application, you will need to list 3 people who will write letters of recommendation for you. (Remember to check the "email request" box when listing recommenders on the application.) At least one of the letters should address your overall proficiency, creativity, and style of expression in the French language. These may be professors, instructors, supervisors, or anyone who is familiar with your work and may give us a sense of your readiness for our program. Since the Graduate School will contact your recommenders directly via e-mail, be sure to contact each recommender at least a month prior to when the letter of recommendation is needed to let them know that they will be contacted directly by the Graduate School. RECOMMENDERS MAY SEND AN EMAIL VERSION OF THEIR RECOMMENDATION DIRECTLY TO THE DEPARTMENT ( or
  2. $75.00 Application Fee (waived for current and former TAPIF participants)
  3. For international students whose native language is not English :MELAB or TOEFL scores

Step 2: French Department Application Procedure

Submit the following items to the Department of French and Italian (ATTN Graduate Admissions Coordinator, 618 Van Hise Hall, 1220 Linden Drive, UW-Madison, Madison, WI 53706):

  1. GRE Scores
    (not required for Certificate program) institution code 1846 for UW-Madison
  2. Writing sample in French
    (a graded undergraduate term paper or equivalent)
  3. Complete official transcripts of all post-secondary study (TWO copies)
  4. Any letters of recommendation that recommenders prefer to send as a hard copy. (A signed nonconfidential recommendation form must accompany each letter that comes directly to us.)
  5. Résumé (CV)
  6. Statement of purpose (1 page, in French).
    What is your chosen concentration area, and how do you expect it, and the PFMP in general, to position you for a more satisfying professional life? Include any relevant experience you have had working or studying in your chosen concentration area. Although you may use dictionaries and other resources, we trust that this statement will be written without assistance.
  7. An oral interview in French, either in person or by telephone. (In certain cases, the oral interview will be waived.)


Contact Ritt Deitz, Director: (608) 262-4090 or