So this is the grad program I chose! And I could not be more excited about starting!
I actually came across this program a few years ago when one of my MO State French professors told me he went to UW-Madison and really loved it there. It sounded like a great program then as well, but I had my sights set on working for a large, international company and moving to Paris. Little did I know how that would turn out.
Anyways! They program is quite small, they only admit 8-12 students each year and you get to choose to concentrate in one of six areas. I chose International Education because my current dream job is to live in France and work with foreign students coming to France and getting French students to the U.S. Sounds great, right?! This program is unique in that its one of the only Masters programs that allows you to focus in French with the end goal being something other than teaching. C’est parfait!
The coursework all takes place within the first year, so I’m betting on being really busy! The classes consist of advanced grammar and conversation, a practicum, and any elective courses you can justify. The first semester of the second year in an internship in a francophone country and then your last semester is preparing your oral presentation. FUN! I’m already really excited about the idea of going back to France. (And hopefully taking James with me!)
Every semester they do a really fun newsletter with updates from alumni and what happened in the past semester. Here’s the latest. Hopefully I’ll make it in someday!
Everyone I’ve talked to with the program has been extremely nice and helpful, so if you’re looking for a great masters program–check this one out! 🙂