Italian

Welcome/Benvenuti!

In a world made small by sophisticated media and easy travel, it is our mission to initiate students into the Italian cultural context and help them broaden their views and acquire global awareness. Not only is Italy the cradle of the Renaissance and the birthplace of Neorealist Cinema, it is also one of the  most industrialized nations in the world (G8), a leading country for fashion and design, and a paradise for food lovers. Italian Americans contributed to shaping American literature, film, politics, finance, food, culture, and language. Thousands of American companies do business with Italy and have offices in Italy, and many Italian firms have offices in the U.S. (especially in the Chicago area).

The UIC program in Italian is designed to develop students’ proficiency in the Italian language and to promote the understanding of Italian life, society, and culture in a global context. We offer Italian language courses from the elementary to the advanced level and a wide range of Italian literature and culture courses from Dante to the present. In our language courses, you will find the most current, interactive techniques of language teaching and an innovative use of technology. In our literature courses, we foster a multimedia, interdisciplinary approach, so as to encourage students to establish connections between literature and other disciplines such as history, film, art, gender studies, sociology, and music. Courses on Italian culture are geared at promoting familiarity with the national debate on current events and knowledge of contemporary Italian society – including courses on regional food and folkore as well as geography – through a variety of media: film, literature, press, and TV broadcasts.

The UIC program in Italian is also working closely with the Education Office of the Italian Consulate to promote the knowledge of the Italian language and culture. In fact, the Italian division at UIC received a prestigious recognition with the assignment of a 'lettrice di italiano', funded by the Italian government, for the year 2011-2012. The UIC program in Italian has also signed an agreement with RAI Italian television that allows the use of their wonderful archive for our instructors and students.

Highlights of the Italian program:

  • Experienced, award-winning faculty. Most current techniques in language teaching, with a communicative, interactive approach and an innovative use of technology.
  • We care for our students and help them build their future and explore their options: University of Illinois Alumni Association Leadership Award; Chancellor's Student Service and Leadership Awards; Best Essays Monetary Awards; Siena and Dante Alighieri Scholarships; Internships at the Italian Cultural Institute, Italian Trade Commission, Italian American Chamber of Commerce, Whitney Young High School to mention but a few.
  • A wonderful Italian Club where you can make friends and practice leadership skills/enhance your curriculum by giving public presentations and organizing events.
  • Free tutoring and conversation hours, lots and lots of cultural activities for all tastes: from cooking classes to yoga and karaoke, invited lecturers, field trips, film clubs and much more.
  • Study Abroad in Siena, with our faculty-lead program, or in other beautiful Italian cities.
  • Italian at UIC is a COMMUNITY!!!

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Our Best Students Get Recognition

University of Illinois Alumni Association's Student Leadership Award
  • Edgar Rafael Tovar, 2011
President's Volunteer Award
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  • Alessandra Arreola, 2014

Chancellor's Student Service and Leadership Award

  • Evan Ostrega, 2014
  • Hamlet Fasiu, 2014
  • Alessandra Arreola, 2014
  • Alexandra Savoia, 2013
  • Jorgena Kosti, 2012
  • Edgar Rafael Tovar, 2011
  • William Biancucci, 2010
  • Rachel Turkowski, 2009

Monetary Award for Basic Language Program

  • Melissa Morales, 2014
  • Mark Bissonetto, 2014
  • Thomas Ruiz, 2013
  • Jacqueline Fuentes, 2013
  • Anna Baykova, 2012
  • Gabriela Acosta, 2011
  • Luis Rodriguez, 2011
  • Fabian Davalos, 2010
  • Antony Panzani, 2010
  • Rosanna Aliperta, 2009

Luca Bonomi Scholarship

  • Daniel Maldonado, 2013
  • A. Velazquez, 2012
  • David Baeza, 2011

Dante Alighieri Society Scholarship

  • Samantha Ally, 2013
  • Rebekka Duffy, 2012
  • Rossie Rangel, 2011
  • Allison Whalen, 2011

Italy Scholarship

  • Jayson Esparza, 2014
  • David Maya, 2013
  • Somidie Dylan, 2013 
  • Elward Zane, 2013
  • David Maja, 2013
  • Alessandra Arreola, 2013
  • Karina Hurtado, 2013

Siena Scholarship

  • Christopher Russell, 2012
  • Jennifer Tanglao, 2012

Prestigious Italian Internships

  • Emily Dion, 2014 (Italian Trade Commission)
  • Julia Larmon, 2014 (Italian Trade Commission)
  • Jose Ramirez, 2014 (Italian Trade Commission)
  • Emily Dion, 2013 (Italian Trade Commission)
  • Julie Larmon, 2013 (Italian Trade Commission)
  • Zoey Keeney, 2013 (Italian Trade Commission)
  • Olga Johnson, 2013 (Italian American Chamber of Commerce)
  • Rebekah Ciribassi, 2012 (Whitney Young H.S., Italian AP Tutor)
  • Monica Rafacz, 2011 (Italian American Chamber of Commerce)
  • Natalie Del Percio, 2010-present (Italidea)
  • Rebekah Ciribassi, 2011 (Italian Cultural Institute)
  • Eva Bici, 2010 (Italian Trade Commission)
  • Jorgena Kosti, 2009 (Italian Trade Commission)