The Department of French studies is at the green, flourishing heart of the campus of Tel-Aviv University. It is a link between Israeli students and immigrant students from French speaking countries. For Israeli students, the department offers programs of training and learning that open various professional and economical possibilities in the Franco-Israeli sphere and in French speaking countries all over the world. For the francophone immigrant students, the department is a home to those who seek to acclimatize the Israeli society while nurturing their cultural and linguistic legacy.
The Department of French studies offers programs for a B.A., M.A. and a Ph.D., and is in close relations with prestigious international institutions, opening its students a selection of choices (such as scholarships abroad, collaborations for a commune Ph.D. advisement, research workshops and career opportunities).
The B.A. studies provide courses in Hebrew and French on literature, culture (art, history, philosophy), linguistics and verbal skills. This program gives way to students who wish to work after their studies in translation, teaching and every other work field that includes the French language.
In the advanced programs, students pick their own specialties, emphasizing international research on France and French speaking countries in cultural, literary and lingual aspects. The advanced programs' purpose is to sharpen the students' analytical and conceptual abilities, enlarge their knowledge and help them understand better the complex international reality while focusing on the French speaking sphere.
The Department of French studies at Tel-Aviv University accepts candidates with or without knowledge in French for the B.A., M.A. and Ph.D. programs. Throughout the entire degree, the department offers its students a variety of advisors.
B.A.: 62 semestrial hours spreading over three years. The courses examine the French culture and literature from the medieval to the 20th century, as well as French linguistics.
M.A.: 24 to 28 semestrial hours spreading over two years with or without a thesis. The seminars are given in either Hebrew or French, and are programed to give the students tolls of research in the matters of culture, literature, linguistics and translation from French to Hebrew.
Ph. D.: 6 semestrial hours and the writing of a doctoral dissertation. The program's length is four years. Doctorate students are registered through the School of Cultural Studies in the Faculty of Humanities, once they have chosen an advisor for their dissertation. Presenting a research plan verified by the advisor in the first year, and yearly progress reports, are mandatory.