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ISEP in France

A Preliminary Answer to the Question:
What credit will I receive at U.T. for the work I do abroad?

Dear Intrepid Voyager:

Félicitations! Congratulations! You are no doubt excited to be going to France next year to study at a French University; and no doubt a bit nervous on a number of subjects. Drs. Romeiser, Essif, and McAlpin, professors in the French section at U.T., will be your principal contacts concerning how the credits you earn in French will apply to your U.T. program of study. We will provide this help in several ways:

1) By conferring with you before you leave about what sorts of courses to take and how they might apply to your specific needs as well as to the requirements of our French program;

2) By being available, principally through email contact, to discuss registration issues you may have while you are abroad;

3) By meeting with you upon your return (and AT YOUR INITIATIVE!) to discuss your French transcript and how exactly those credits will apply to your program of study at U.T.

At the preliminary meeting before you leave, we’ll go over the French major and minor and discuss how you can receive credit in other departments for the work you will do next year. The first and most important piece of advice we can give is to DOCUMENT EVERYTHING. Your transcript will contain only course titles and a numeric grade. Save your syllabus and final paper or test, or your notes, in order to demonstrate that you did work equivalent to what you would have done in the same course here. Of course it will not be exactly equivalent and at times will vary considerably; but if you can make a good argument, we are eager to help you, as we understand that this program is immensely valuable to you in ways that go far beyond the courses that you take. Keep in mind that proving the content equivalent of course work done in France will be particularly important if you are seeking credit from other departments, as they are not as familiar with the French system. 

How to contact us:

You will be assigned either to Dr. Romeiser, Essif, or McAlpin (to be assigned an adviser, contact Dr. McAlpin).

Dr. John Romeiser, jromeise@utk.edu; office phone: 865-974-7602;
Dr. Les Essif, essif@utk.edu; office phone: 854-974-6375;
Dr. Mary McAlpin, mmcalpin@utk.edu; 865-974-6097.


We prefer not to give more than 9 hours of credit per semester IN FRENCH, that is, applying to a minor or major; you may of course earn more hours in other departments by taking other courses. Keep in mind that you might take all French the first semester, then other subjects the second. All of this depends a great deal on the system at the specific university where you are studying; again, contact us with any questions at any time. Here is a list of the courses necessary for a major/minor in French followed by some courses that are frequently credited for ISEP study:

Major in French (declare as soon as possible; go to Ayres, A&S Advising Center):

6 333 and 334 (Intermediate Grammar/Intermediate Conversation)
6 351 and 352 (History of French Literature, I & II)
3 421 (Phonetics)
3 422 (Advanced Grammar)
3 440 (Capstone, Senior Seminar; topic varies)
9 *** (3 courses above 352; at least one 400-level literature class)

Minor in French (no declaration necessary):

3 333 or 334 (Intermediate Grammar/Intermediate Conversation)
6 351 and 352 (History of French Literature, I & II)
3 421 (Phonetics)
6 *** (Any other 2 French courses above 333; may include 333 or 334 if not taken above)

Major in French, concentration in Language & World Business: Modified French major plus modified equivalent of a business major. If you are doing LW&B and ISEP, your adviser will be Professor John Romeiser (also, see http://web.utk.edu/~lwb/). 



For the Prestage at Caen and other universities (a sort of "tuneup"), 5 credit hours:

300 Transitional Grammar Review and Reading (3) May not be counted toward the major or minor; plus 423-424 Advanced Conversation (1,1) Informal conversation with native speaker on contemporary topics. Stresses in class contact rather than outside preparation.

For work at a French university during the normal school year:

333 Intermediate Composition and Grammar (3) Emphasizes writing skills. Review of major grammatical points in French. Prereq: French 212, 218, French 300 or permission of instructor. 

334 Intermediate Conversation (3) Emphasizes speaking skills. Further review of French grammar. Required of all majors. Prereq: French 212, French 218, French 300 or permission of instructor. 

345 French for Business (3) Contemporary French language as it applies to business transactions. Understanding and composing business letters; oral communication and elements of French culture related to good business practices. Either 334 or 345 may be applied toward the major but not both. Prereq: 333 or consent of instructor. 

*351-352 History of French Literature (3,3) Chronological surveys (351- Medieval through 18th; 352- 19th and 20th) view of French literature. Prereq: 333 or 334 or 345. 

400 French-English and English-French Translation (3)

*410- 416 (3 hrs per course). Intensive study of the literature of a particular period: Medieval, 16th, 17th, 18th, 19th, 20th, Francophone (French literature outside metropolitan France); also 434, Literature of Quebec

[*The equivalent of these literature courses is often difficult to find in France; for 351-352, because this sort of survey is generally taken at the High School level; for the 400-levels, because students often avoid taking advanced literature classes in France. Be prepared to justify receiving credit for these hours in France or plan on taking these courses here.] 

420 French Cinema (3)

421 Phonetics (3) Practical exercises. 

423-424 Advanced Conversation (1,1)

430 Theatrical French (4) Comprehensive introduction to theatrical production and performance in French. Students collaborate in the creative staging of a French play and they actively participate in its public performance. Prereq: 300-level literature course. May apply toward major. 

431 Highlights of French Civilization (3) Survey of French civilization from the Gauls to World War II. Historical events, daily life, all forms of arts. Prereq: a 300 level literature course. Writing-emphasis course. 

432 Contemporary French Culture (3) Current French cultural issues placed in historical perspective with a comparative emphasis. In English; readings in French for majors. May apply toward French major. Writing emphasis course.

433 French and Francophone Women Writers (3) Works by women writing in French considered in cultural context. In English; readings in French for majors. May apply toward French major. Writing emphasis course. (Same as Women’s Studies 433.) 

445 Advanced French for Business (3) Study of advanced contemporary French language and culture as they relate to business transactions. Students build upon their knowledge of business terminology while being sensitized to culture differences and the dangers of simplistic stereotyping. Writing emphasis course. Prereq: 345 or consent of instructor. 

491 Foreign Study (1-15) These are catch-all hours that can be applied to courses that do not quite fit any of our offerings. They count as elective hours for the French major or minor. NOTA BENE: It is no longer the case that 3 hours of credit will be offered for merely being in a foreign country, in addition to the classes that you take there; 491 must coincide with hours of study at a university.


422 Advanced Grammar (3) Improving one’s written French by studying basic and more refined structures of the French language. Writing creative free-style compositions. Writing emphasis course. Prereq: French 333 or 334 or 345. OFFERED FALL ONLY

440 Capstone Experience in French (3) Synthesizing senior colloquium and tutorial in which students reflect on the raison d’être of the discipline from a multidimensional point of view. Writing-emphasis course. Prereq: a 400 level literature course. OFFERED SPRING ONLY


One last point:

Bon voyage! Amusez-vous bien! In addition to course credits and such, we would be happy to read your email comments/complaints/praise concerning your experience, and to answer any cultural questions that you might have. We are all three Americans who have studied in France and gone on to make a career of French studies. We wish you a bon séjour dans la belle France! 

For further information about ISEP and other study abroad opportunities at UT, please visit this site: International Student Exchange Program (ISEP)