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French and Francophone Studies, Deparment of Languages, Literatures and Cultures


French & Francophone Studies
Department of Languages, Literatures
and Cultures

314 Herter Hall
University of Massachusetts
161 Presidents Drive
Amherst, MA 01003-9312
Office Hours: Monday - Friday,
8:00 am - 4:00 pm
fax: (413)545-4778



French Placement Guidelines

Thatcher House French Language Program

UMass International Programs Office

UMass Translation Center

ThumbnailIn the field of French and Francophone Studies, we maintain a two-fold objective: to enable our students to achieve a competent command of the French language in its spoken and written forms, and to help them develop an in-depth familiarity with the literatures, cultures and societies of both France and the French-speaking world.


Upcoming Events

Gilles Leroy, French Author and Goncourt Laureate

Friday, October 2, 2015, 2:30 pm, Herter 601

Please join us for a reading and conversation with the award-winning French novelist, Gilles Leroy, hosted by the UMass Amherst French and Francophone Studies Lecture Series.

Gilles Leroy was born in Bagneux, France in 1958. Among his most notable works are L’Amant russe (2002), Grandir (2004), and Champsecret (2005). He was awarded the Prix Goncourt, France’s most prestigious literary prize, for his novel Alabama Song (2007), which tells a story from the view of Zelda Fitzgerald, American writer F. Scott Fitzgerald’s wife. Gilles Leroy’s novels hold autobiographical influences and often touch on themes such as paternal and maternal relationships, the difficulties of love, homosexuality, and social mobility. His characters often gravitate in a world that is tender but also violent. He has been commended for the high quality and flamboyant style of his writing.

Free and open to the public; a light reception to follow.


Test de connaissance du français

The next testing session of the TCF (tout public) will be held on Saturday, November 14, 2015, at 10 am. To register, please complete and return the registration form by the deadline of October 20, 2015.

For more information about the test, please consult the official TCF website, as well as the Manuel du candidat for the version of the test that interests you. Test preparation is available through TV5 Monde, Radio France Internationale, and Éditions Didier. For inquiries, please contact the Director of the UMass Amherst TCF Examination Center, Prof. Philippe Baillargeon.