Welcome to UW Center for Interdisciplinary French Studies

The Center is committed to the connection of francophonie in all domains of study at UW-Madison and abroad. 

On this website, you will find ways to connect and explore what is occurring on campus and around the world. Projects include undergraduate student exchanges and post-doctorate exchanges in many different domains to guest visits from all over the Francophone world. Members of the center have been involved in many exciting exchanges and research collaborations from the Central African Initiative to research collaboration projects with the University of Aix-Marseille.   

  • University of Aix-Marseille Delegates Visit the Wisconsin State House with UW-Madison PFMP Students
  • University of Aix-Marseille Delegation Visits the Wisconsin State House
  • Yvon Berland, President of Aix-Marseille University Visits the Wisconsin Capital Building
  • University of Aix-Marseille University Delegation Meets with UW-Madison PFMP Students to tour the Wisconsin State House
  • Aix-Marseille Delegation Meets with UW-Madison's Foundation

Welcome to CIFS/Centre d'Excellence

The Center for Interdisciplinary French Studies at the University of Wisconsin-Madison is one of 18 university centers committed to the study of French in all domains.

UW-Madison’s center was started in late 2000 and has been working tirelessly to connect and collaborate with all parts of the campus to promote connections with the university and other Francophone universities around the world. Our partners and affiliates are growing as research and academic interests are flourishing in French studies to better understand the growing world. 

A new and exciting project is the Central Africa Initiative. This project looks at connecting with Central African universities and training programs. This area of the world is the fastest growing and needs resources and development to ensure stability and sustainable growth. Their primary goals are to close the working relationship with partner institutions in Central Africa so as to build local expertise and institutional capabilities in the region as well as institutional involvement and expertise at UW-Madison. Learn more today or join the collaboration with universities, colleges, government, and non-governmental agencies working in Central Africa.


CIFS can help in many different ways. Resources are limited but any request will be considered. Small grants are given frequently to support many different kinds of projects. Send us your proposal and it will be considered.

Check us out and see how you could connect your work. The center provides a wide range of resource help. Looking for help in finding support or wanting to connect with colleagues across campus or the world? Connect with us and see how we can help!


Other Universities include:

  • Columbia University
  • Cornell University
  • Dartmouth University
  • Duke University
  • Harvard University
  • Johns Hopkins University
  • Louisiana state University
  • New york University
  • Northwestern University
  • Princeton University
  • Texas A&M
  • University of California Los Angeles
  • University of Florida
  • University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign 
  • University of Southern California
  • University of Texas at Austin
  • Washington D.C. Consortium (Georgtown University &Washington University)