French Graduate Program
What makes Maryland unique for French Graduate Studies?
When you join a graduate program in French and Francophone studies at Maryland, you join a vibrant community of students, scholars and teachers in whom you will find support for the duration of your studies and beyond. The interdisciplinary nature of the School of Languages, Literatures, and Cultures and the College of Arts and Humanities facilitates collaborative work across disciplines, languages, media, centuries, and fields in innovative ways. Students are encouraged to pursue graduate certificates in affiliated programs such as Women, Gender and Sexuality Studies, Comparative Literature, and Digital Humanities, as well as participate in Graduate School Field Committees in Film Studies and in Medieval and Early Modern Studies, in order to take a deep-dive into their research topic and acquire some of the most cutting-edge theoretical and critical perspectives.
Located in the Washington D.C. metro area, the graduate program in French at the University of Maryland is uniquely located to help you thrive in your professional and academic development. The area is home to over 50,000 French speakers from around the world, and is home base to many international organizations and federal agencies. The program fosters close ties with several embassies, including the Embassy of France in Washington D.C., Alliance française de Washington D.C., and the Québec Bureau in Washington.
The nation’s capital also provides a rich cultural life, with the Kennedy Center, National Symphony Orchestra and the National Opera alongside many casual venues for theater and popular music. At the heart of it are the many world-class (but free!) museums of the Smithsonian Institution, including the Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden, the Smithsonian American Art Museum, the National Museum of Natural History, the National Museum of the American Indian, the National Museum of American History and the National Museum of African American History and Culture and the National Gallery of Art.
As one of the US’s leading public research universities, the University of Maryland offers outstanding resources for advanced research, including being part of the Big Ten’s Consortium on Institutional Cooperation. It is also located in close proximity to several major libraries and archives, including Library of Congress, the National Archives, and the Folger Shakespeare Library, which offer invaluable resources for graduate research. Its close proximity to other leading institutions, such as Georgetown, George Washington, Howard, and Johns Hopkins Universities, also facilitates collaboration between researchers and institutions in French and Francophone studies.
As required by the Graduate School, all application materials must be submitted electronically:
· Graduate application
· Statement of purpose
· Letters of recommendation
· Program/Department supporting documents (as applicable)
· Non-refundable application fee ($75) for each program to which an applicant applies
Completed applications are reviewed by an admissions committee in each graduate degree program. The recommendations of the committees are submitted to the Dean of the Graduate School, who will make the final admission decision. Students seeking to complete graduate work at the University of Maryland for degree purposes must be formally admitted to the Graduate School by the Dean. To ensure the integrity of the application process, the University of Maryland authenticates submitted materials through TurnItIn for Admissions.
For questions related to the admissions process, prospective students may contact the Graduate School.
The University of Maryland is dedicated to maintaining a vibrant international graduate student community. The office of International Students and Scholars Services (ISSS) is a valuable resource of information and assistance for prospective and current international students. International applicants are encouraged to explore the services they offer, and contact them with related questions.
The University of Maryland Graduate School offers admission to international students based on academic information; it is not a guarantee of attendance. Admitted international students will then receive instructions about obtaining the appropriate visa to study at the University of Maryland which will require submission of additional documents. Please see the Graduate Admissions Process for International applicants for more information.
French Graduate Program Faculty
Maria Beliaeva Solomon
Assistant Professor, School of Languages, Literatures, and Cultures
Assistant Professor of French and Francophone Studies, French
Affiliate Faculty, The Harriet Tubman Department of Women, Gender, and Sexuality Studies
Affiliate Faculty, Maryland Institute for Technology in the Humanities