The Department of European Languages and Transcultural Studies organizes a variety of academic clubs for students interested in all things French, German, Italian. In addition, the department is also involved in Pi Delta Phi (ΠΔΦ), the oldest academic honor society for modern foreign languages in the United States.
The Cercle Francophone (UCLA French Club) meets weekly throughout the academic year. It offers a setting for informal and fun interactions allowing students to practice their French according to their abilities. All levels are welcome. Guest lecturers address topics of specific or general interest, and students organize activities such as lectures, film screenings, theatrical readings, job information sessions, business visits, and parties. Once a year, le Cercle organizes an Immersion Day, giving students the opportunity to interact solely in French, and to discover Francophone cultures in a fun environment. To find out about le Cercle’s activities and meeting times, join the group via Facebook: Le Cercle Francophone d’UCLA. For questions, please contact Dr. Laurence Denié-Higney.
Please join German Club for informal conversation with coffee and pastries. Practice speaking German outside of class and meet other German-language students and enthusiasts at UCLA. All levels are welcome! We will also be brainstorming for other events this quarter, so if you want to get involved with the German club, please join us.
The UCLA Italian Club is comprised mostly of undergraduate Italian enthusiasts. The weekly meetings aim to promote Italian language and culture through conversation, guest speakers, and cultural activities. Meetings are organized by Lecturer, Hoang Truong. Please contact her at for more information.
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L’Indécis au Précis
L’Indécis au Précis (IP) is an annual, peer-reviewed journal that publishes undergraduate on French and francophone cultural topics in the humanities and social sciences. Founded in 2018 by Andrea Arredondo, Nathaniel Bench, and Madeleine Britt, IP is among a handful of student-run, open-access undergraduate journals across the University of California system, and prides itself in serving as a platform for original student scholarship and interdisciplinary dialogue.
IP offers students a space for contributing to the larger scholarly communities surrounding their academic pursuits. With an international appeal, the journal aims to showcase the full breadth of intellectual diversity brought to the fore by student research on the varied histories of the francophone world.
L’Indécis au Précis (IP) welcomes submissions addressing any topic on the cultural, intellectual, or social histories of the francophone world. Broadly, studies may respond to artistic, political, or theoretical developments within the French-speaking world during any historical moment. Our scope is deliberately flexible in order to sustain an interdisciplinary dialogue, promote exchange between student scholars, and share the benefits of diverse undergraduate research. IP accepts papers that employ a syncretic approach and those that are discipline-specific. We encourage authors to offer fresh perspectives on ill-defined phenomena and to recontextualize issues thought to be long-settled, thereby deconstructing the boundaries between the indeterminate (l’Indécis) and the determinate (le Précis).
Submissions may be based in, but are not limited to, the following disciplines: language studies, cultural studies, art history, history, literature, philosophy, classics, anthropology, religious studies, linguistics, musicology, communication studies, gender studies, and others.
The journal’s upkeep is made possible with the support of UCLA’s Department of European Languages and Transcultural Studies.
Pi Delta Phi: National French College Honor Society
Pi Delta Phi (ΠΔΦ) is the name of the National French Honor Society for undergraduate and graduate students at accredited public and private colleges and universities in the United States. Founded in 1906 at the University of California at Berkeley, Pi Delta Phi is the oldest academic honor society for modern foreign languages in the United States. The UCLA Gamma Chapter was the third chapter to be established in 1926. Having recently re-instated our institutional membership, we are happy to offer again membership opportunity to the exclusive society for UCLA eligible candidates. As any other certified College Honor Societies, Pi Delta Phi promotes the values of higher education, fosters excellence in scholarship, leadership, service, and research.
More specifically, the Pi Delta Phi Society’s purpose is to recognize outstanding scholarship in the French language and its literature, to increase the knowledge and appreciation of Americans for the cultural contributions of the French-speaking world, and to stimulate and to encourage French and francophone cultural activities. In addition, Pi Delta Phi offers financial support to both undergraduate and graduate students (see below).
Regular members include graduate and undergraduate students at the sponsoring institution who are nominated in recognition of their academic achievement in French. Undergraduate or graduate candidates do not need to be French or French Studies majors or minors to be nominated for membership.
The eligibility requirements for all undergraduate students are:
- Completion of at least one course of upper-division French (i.e. beyond the intermediate-level series of courses; at UCLA French 100 and above)
- 3.3 GPA in French, 3.0 GPA overall.
- Sophomore standing (i.e. second year)
Graduate students who are not already members of Pi Delta Phi are eligible for regular membership. The eligibility requirements for all graduate students are:
- Completion of 2 graduate courses in French, and
- Minimum 3.5 GPA in graduate coursework
Membership one lifetime dues
National one-time dues for Regular and Honorary members are required, and membership in Pi Delta Phi is lifetime. Members receive a pin and personalized certificate, and may elect to purchase honor cords in blue, white and red. Students, faculty, and others are encouraged to join any of Pi Delta Phi’s free social media and networking groups or fan pages; to submit your candidacy, complete the attached form and return it with the following membership fee (check or cash):
- $55.00—Premium Lifetime Regular Membership (includes certificate, pin and one set of cords)
- $45.00—Regular Lifetime Membership (includes certificate and pin only; no cords)
Undergraduate Student Scholarships
Application deadline including all of the required materials should be postmarked no later than November.
Graduate Student Scholarships
Application deadline including all of the required materials should be postmarked no later than Feb. 15.
The President’s Scholarship for Graduate Students allows a full-time graduate student who is a member of Pi Delta Phi and who is pursuing graduate work in French or select related fields to study or to conduct research abroad in a French-speaking country. The proposed study or research may take place in an established on-site program or may be independent in nature. The past award amount was $1,000. A new amount will be offered in the near future.