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The French House is a private, language immersion residence hall operated through the Department of French & Italian for fall, spring or academic year residency. The residents of the French House are a diverse group of UW-Madison students who share at least one aspect in common: their love for the French language.

Room and board rates are very competitive with those of UW-Madison residence halls. Living at the French House should not be a financial burden to our students, and thanks to our donors, UW-Madison students have an opportunity to live independently in a practical and intellectually stimulating environment.

You are...

...a UW student with 3 college semesters of French or 4-5 years of high school French? 

You want...

​ live in a historical campus building on the lake and eat healthy, homemade food? 

You will...

...speak French on a daily basis in an enriching, educational environment!

Come tour the residence!

Would you like to visit? Come dine with us, chat with the current residents, and discover what life is really like at La Maison Française!


After lunch, we will tour the house and answer all of your questions about the French House and our French program at UW.




 The residence offers:

13 single rooms


10 double rooms


All rooms are furnished & air-conditioned!


Common areas include: 

formal living room, large dining room, two TV lounges, library, patio/balconies on the lake, & a study room.

Amenities include wi-fi,  on-site laundry, mailboxes...


Residents enjoy:

3 meals/day

Monday to Friday


brunch on Saturdays & Sundays


while classes are in session.




Linguistics, journalism, political science...


Not all residents are French majors!


Applicants need


3 college semesters


4 high school years


of French instruction


Residents demonstrate at least a conversational-level of French,

and all make continued progress throughout their residency thanks to their immersion in French




Start your application directly on our website


If you are encountering issues with this form, simply download the application as a PDF, fill it in, and email it to us. 

If you require an alternative way to access our content due to a disability, we are happy to provide accommodations! Please get in touch, and we will work with you to ensure you can access the information you need.

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