The Department of French and Italian strongly encourages study abroad as a means of cultural and linguistic immersion and typically recommends the junior year. Please see the Office of Study Abroad for information about programs, scholarships, and health and safety abroad, and consult with the departmental study abroad advisor in order to plan coursework.

Many of our majors and minors who study in France choose to join the University Study Abroad Consortium (USAC) programs in Lyon ( and Pau ( Other options for semester- or year-long study opportunities in France include the Council on International Education (CIEE)’s Paris Critical Studies Program and the University of Minnesota’s program at Paul Valéry University in Montpellier.  All of these programs provide University of Iowa residency credit. More information about study abroad opportunities in France is available at!programs.


Scholarships are available for study abroad programs sponsored by The University of Iowa. For more information on scholarships and funds available to help cover the costs of travel, in addition to application procedures, contact Study Abroad at 319-335-0353, 1111 University Capitol Centre.