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Exchange program with the Ecole Normale Supérieure in Paris, France

  • Each year, a Boston College graduate student is granted the position of pensionnaire étranger at the Ecole Normale Supérieure in Paris. Founded in 1794, and located in the heart of the Latin Quarter (on the rue d’Ulm), the ENS at Ulm is the single most prestigious institution of higher learning in France. This position entails free lodging in one of the campuses of the Ecole, free access to classes and seminars, academic advising by distinguished ENS professors, and library privileges at one of the best libraries in Paris. For more information about the ENS, consult the web site.
  • As the position carries no stipend, students selected for the program must have sufficient funds of their own to finance their year in Paris. BC fellowships can at times be used for this purpose; students are also encouraged to apply to other grants or fellowships to help finance their year in Paris.
  • The exchange program with the ENS is open to all Boston College graduate students with an excellent command of French, although priority will be granted to students in Romance Languages and Literatures, and in general to those who can demonstrate that they intend to make the most out of this intellectual and academic experience. Students wishing to be considered this program are invited to send a statement of interest to Professor Franco Mormando, Coordinator of the Program by October 15 for the following academic year. For further information and before submitting one's statement of interest, please read the ENS Orientation Guide for Foreign Students and the description of the exchange prepared by a BC alumna of the program.
  • Students can also view photographs of a typical dorm room at the ENS, taken by a recent BC exchange student.

Teaching Assistantships in France

Teaching Assistantships in Lombardy, Italy: The SITE Program

  • Thanks to a special formal arrangement with the government of the region of Lombardy, Italy, Boston College is pleased to be able to send each year one student to work as English-language assistant in the schools of the towns and cities of the region (excluding Milan). The program is open to both undergraduate and graduate students. Students who apply must first secure nomination from the Italian section of the Department of Romance Languages and Literatures.
  • Assistants are paid a stipend (though not one sufficient to meet all expenses of one's stay in Italy). The assistantship can last anywhere from three months to a full (Italian) academic year (from October through May). Applications are usually available by late March.

For further information and to apply to the program, email Professor Franco Mormando.

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Graduation 2015
Profs. Laurie Shepard and Franco Mormando with MA graduates Valentina Morello, David Lara and Chiara Girardi.