Italian Language and culture


Mandatory in the three following paths over the whole year of study (September to June): Humanities, Science and 10 Years of Schooling (96 or 120 CFC)

Regular attendance and achievement of at least the B1 Italian Language level are necessary requirements to obtain the final FC qualification.

320 hours of Italian language classes for an overall of 24 CFC*, and 80 extra hours of conversation with italian native speaking students who will be your buddies .

*The 120 CFC option includes 48 CFC instead of 24. 

Test of the the Italian language level at the end of each module. 

Test failure:

  • in the first semester, students will have the chance to repeat the corresponding module, 
  • in the second semester A1/A2 modules could be repeated only for a minimum number of students, otherwise on line classes will be available on ICoN platform (Italian Culture on the Net).

Two more extra sessions of test will be guaranteed to those students who have not yet reached B1 or B2 level: one by the end of July and one by the end of September. Students who fail will have two options:

  • Enrolling in an Italian language course at the University Language Center (CLI), at their own expense, and take the exam;
  • Taking one of the CLIQ exams 9.


It is available an online preparatory Italian language course of three months (June_August), delivered through the ICoN platform, and that all the students can take before starting classes in September.In particular,  absolute beginner students, with no knowledge of Italian language, are warmly recommended to attend this preparatory course. B1 level of Italian language knowledge is the minimum level required to get FC diploma. We have experienced the difficulties that international students can have in learning Italian.

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