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Saint Louis University’s innovative graduate dual-degree program in French combines a year of study at our St. Louis campus with a year at the Université de Poitiers in Poitiers, France. Students complete the program with two master’s degrees: a Master of Arts in French from SLU and a master in lettres modernes, spécialité texte et image or littérature et politique from the Université de Poitier.

About the Program

The Poitiers/SLU double master’s degree program welcomes graduate students from both universities who are studying French or comparative literature, image and politics. Students are selected for the program during their first year of graduate studies and are awarded a double-degree after their second year at the host university, whether it be Poitiers or Saint Louis University.

SLU students must complete a first-year master’s in French prior to departure, that year being worth 15 credit hours. The two semesters at Université de Poitiers are an opportunity for SLU students to improve their French. You will work with a supervisor at SLU who will guarantee that your French proficiency meets the level required by Poitiers.

Curriculum and Program Details

SLU students in Poitiers take courses in either literature and image culture or literature and politics. The list of seminars is posted on the Poitiers website the semester before the start of each academic year.

In addition to three required seminars per semester in their specialty, SLU students are also required to attend core courses (cours du tronc commun UE1); students will not take formal exams in the core courses.

  • FREN 5100: Critical Writing, Oral Expression and Research
  • Pascale Perraudin, Ph.D.
Career paths for graduates with advanced French education include teacher or professor, foreign service officer, interpreter, museum curator, travel consultant or study abroad adviser.

Application Process

If you are interested in pursuing this program through SLU, you will first need to be admitted to an eligible program in the College of Arts and Sciences.

Apply for Graduate Admission

Students are nominated for the double-degree program during their first year of master’s studies; application packages must be submitted in hard copy by Feb. 1 and should consist of the following documents:

  • Individual application form
  • CV
  • Cover letter

In March, shortlisted students are jointly interviewed by both universities’ admissions committees via video conference.