Une tradition francophone depuis 1918

Professor H.A. Smith and Mme Jeanne Harouel Greenleaf founded this first French House in the United States in September 1918, with the support of their colleagues in the Department of Modern Languages at the University of Wisconsin – Madison. Serving the campus, the greater Madison community, and the State, the French House is the embodiment of the Wisconsin Idea.  Read more. 

On parle français.

The French House was founded to give UW-Madison students the opportunity to speak French on a daily basis.

Residents, many of them French majors, sign an all-French rule and enjoy living en français in a Frank Lloyd Wright inspired home on the shores of Lake Mendota, minutes from State Street, and the UW-Madison campus. Read more.

Students who visit the house can enjoy the same atmosphere from time to time, or register for French 301 or 302 and get credit for improving their conversational skills in French. Read more.

Francophiles and francophones who want to improve their French, keep their French alive, or just enjoy sharing a meal in French join us for Wednesday dinners and Friday lunches. Read more. 

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