Enjoy the Essence of Western Culture through Italy’s History and Art

Learn famous works of literature, art, architecture and design in their original language, interpret old and new texts and have direct understanding of famous writers and artists like Dante, Machiavelli, Michelangelo, Leonardo da Vinci, Botticelli and Clemente.

According to UNESCO (United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization), Italy has the largest number of world cultural heritage sites - including more than half of Europe's UNESCO-protected monuments (47). Art historians need Italian.

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Appreciate Italian Cinema, Opera, Fashion and Gastronomy

Watch films by Fellini, Visconti, Pasolini and Benigni without subtitles. Read Verdi's, Rossini's and Puccini's librettos, and sing with Pavarotti and Bocelli. Understand fashion design by Armani, Valentino, Gucci, Ferragamo and Versace. Savor Italian gastronomy, known and appreciated all over the world.

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Communicate Around the World

Italy's official language is Italian. Italian is the third most widely spoken mother tongue in the European Union, including:

  • 65 million native speakers (13% of the EU population)
  • 14 million EU citizens (3%) speak Italian as a second language

Fifty-five million native Italian speakers live in Italy and 6.7 million live outside of the country (Europe, North Africa, Americas). Between 120 and 150 million people use Italian as a second or cultural language, worldwide.

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Travel to Italy to Find Your Past, and Your Future

As a student in the Italian Program, you can study in Italy for a semester or an entire year. Visit memorable cities such as Rome, Venice, Naples and Florence. Research your family roots, and have a nice long chat with your Italian-born grandparents and relatives.

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Increased Career Opportunities in a Global Market

An estimated 7,500 American companies do business with Italy and more than 1,000 U.S. firms have offices in Italy, including IBM, General Electric, Motorola and PriceWaterhouseCoopers. Italy is a world leader in the culinary arts and interior, fashion, graphic and furniture design.

Italy is one of the top five economies in the world, and many employers are seeking people who speak both Italian and English. Knowing Italian is greatly beneficial in several career fields. Italy is a world leader in machine tool manufacturing, robotics, electromechanical machinery, shipbuilding, space engineering, construction machinery and transportation equipment.

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