Exchange Programs

Graduate students in French have the opportunity to spend a year of the program abroad by participating in Department sponsored exchange programs with the Université Paris 7 - Denis Diderot (Charles V, Jussieu), Université Paris Ouest Nanterre La Défense (Nanterre, Paris X), and Université de Genève (Geneva). Students also have additional opportunities to conduct extensive research on their dissertations while aboard and still receive their fellowships. In addition, students may use their summer funding to travel abroad or to stay local to conduct research.

The Department will invite you to express interest in participating on one of the exchange programs in mid-February. In mid-March, you will be notified as to whether you have been selected to participate in one of the programs listed below.


Brief Overview of Programs


Paris, France

Université Paris Cité

 Student is required to teach 12 -15 hours per week. Students teach multiple types and levels of classes - including, English language classes in the laboratory, conversation classes, and English literature and civilization - which are determined by the administration. This is a good place to go if you want more teaching experience.  Please note: This exchange program is open to native English speakers only.

Contact - Laurence Cros


Nanterre (Paris X) 

Student must possess an MA or equivalent at the time of exchange. Student is expected to teach courses in English with native or near-native fluency. 

Contact - Hugo Chatellier & Cécile Viollain  


Geneva, Switzerland

Université de Genève

Exchange students have the option of doing one of two certificates - a certificate in Littérature et esthétique or in Littérature et savoirs. For the certificate, you must attend two seminars and write papers, attend a research seminar, and write one longer paper (30 pages) on a topic of your choice. The current scholarship is 1,900 Swiss Francs per month. Please see here for a breakdown of estimated expenses. Room requests can be made via the Cité Universitaire (before May 31st). 

Contact - Vincent Debaene


For Further Information

Laura Flippin
Graduate Coordinator
University of Pennsylvania
514 Williams Hall
Philadelphia, PA 19104-6305
Telephone: (215) 898-1980
Fax: (215) 898-0933