Department of Languages, Literatures and Cultures


Languages, Literatures and Cultures


Languages, Literatures and Cultures

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Italy has played an important role in European higher education: it is one of the four countries that started a higher education reform which, known as "Bologna Process"  is being implemented all over Europe. Today Italy ranks among the 8 most industrialized countries in the world and has always promoted research in a great variety of fields (medicine, physics etc.).Overall, there are around 90 universities in Italy, of which the majority are publicly funded. With beautiful landscapes and culturally rich cities, friendly and open people, a wonderful cuisine and world-class universities, Italy attracts many international students from all around the world.

Study in Italy advisor:
Dr. Cristiana Zaccagnino
Office: 509 Watson Hall
Phone: 613-533-6000 x78843

Queen's partner universities

  • University of Bologna (TASSEP)
    The origins of the University of Bologna go way back, and it is considered to be the oldest university in the Western world. Its history is intertwined with that of the great names of science and literature, it is a keystone and a point of reference for European culture. Today it is a leader in the European Higher Education Area and famous for its beauty and integration with the city. Its teaching catalog is diversified and tailored to the needs of present-day society: over 200 degree programmes among its 33 Departments, 11 Schools and over 81,000 students. Bologna has always favored a multi-disciplinary, cross-cultural approach; it invests in international, multicultural training, research and services. Of its international and joint-degree programmes, 27 are taught in English.

    University of Bologna is a member of the Trans-Atlantic Science Student Exchange Program (TASSEP). It is only open to students in the sciences.

  • University of Pavia (TASSEP)
    Established in 1361, Pavia is one of Europe's oldest universities. Today a research institution, it also offers interdisciplinary teaching in economics, pharmacy, law, engineering, literature and philosophy, medicine and surgery, science, political science and musicology. The University of Pavia is in a way unique not only because of its prestigious historical origins and top quality achievements, but also due to its leading and promoting role in the so-called “Pavia System”, characterized by 15 colleges and residences where thousands of students can live, study and play sports.

    University of Pavia is a member of the Trans-Atlantic Science Student Exchange Program (TASSEP). It is only open to students in the sciences.

Summer Study Options (Italian Universities)

Many Italian universities offer courses in Italian for international students over the summer period. This is an independent study abroad which means that in order to participate in this type of program, students must apply for admission to the host university and pay tuition fees directly to that institution. Also, students must apply for an International Letter of Permission (ILOP)  to receive transfer credit(s) for the courses taken and to retain their Queen's academic status.

  • University of Bergamo
    The University of Bergamo is located in Lombardia, a region in Northern Italy with more than 10 millions inhabitants, a beautiful landscape and great cuisine.
    The University of Bergamo is a State University with about 16,000 students. CIS - Centro di italiano per stranieri (Italian Centre for foreigners) offers courses of Italian Language and Literature for Foreigners according to the learner's initial level of competence. Summer intensive course (July) offers 5 levels (from beginners to advanced, A1-C1), 100 hours during 4 weeks, with recreational activities and lectures on contemporary Italian culture. In addition to face learning, students can take self-study e-learning language activities. At the end of the course students will receive a certificate of attendance. For more information about the courses please visit CIS website.
  • University of Bologna
    The University of Bologna organizes every year Summer Courses of Italian Language and Culture for foreign students, where tuition in class is combined with an afternoon program of cultural trips and activities. Students can learn Italian language, both written and oral, by getting into direct contact with the traditions and culture of the territory. Students interested in applying for these courses can choose among three different course-options: a two-week intensive course for beginners; a three-week course for beginners, intermediate and advanced; a combination of both courses, for a total duration of five weeks. Students having attended for at least 70% of the School’s Program (tuition and cultural visits/activities) shall be awarded by a final Certificate of Attendance. For more information, please visit the Summer Courses of Italian Language and Culture website.
  • University of Florence
    The Cultural Centre for Foreigners of the University of Florence was founded back in 1907. Initially, the activity of the Centre was limited to the summer courses of Italian language with lectures in "Italian Literature", "History of Art" and "Florentine History". Spring courses were added in 1913 and grammar lessons were increased, with practical exercise of translation. Courses are held by teachers of the University of Florence. The summer course takes place in July but students need to register by end of May. The course includes 90 hours of language instruction. Students who have attended the Courses regularly and passed the final examinations, can obtain a Certificate of Attendance.
    For more information, please visit  the Cultural Centre for Foreigners website.
  • University of Urbino
    Urbino is the ideal site for a summer course in Italian language and culture. It is still a city on a human scale: distances can be covered on foot and it is easy for foreign students to meet the Urbino townspeople. In addition, Urbino offers those who show a spirit of initiative the chance to have contacts with University students and teachers also during August, as they are in the city taking part in the summer courses organized by the University. Part of the program is dedicated to the teaching of the Italian language (in the morning) while another part concentrates on Italian civilization and culture (in the afternoon). Each individual course is for a total of 80 lesson units (of 45 minutes each) of classroom teaching.
    For more information please visit Summer Courses in Italian Language and Culture for Foreign Students website.

Other Options (Study abroad programs offered by Canadian universities)

  • University of Alberta’s School in Cortona, Italy Program
    Each year, students from all Faculties and disciplines travel to Cortona, Italy and enrol in courses that take advantage of this unique Tuscan location. U of A professors conduct regular classroom lectures (in English) on diverse topics like Renaissance Art, Roman Civilization, Italian language and Political Science. Instead of studying it in a textbook, students actually travel to see Michelangelo's David. Instead of learning Italian in a lab, the students live it. Studying at the School in Cortona is more than just attending lectures - it's about immersing yourself in a relevant cultural experience.
    The courses at Cortona are offered in fall, winter and spring each year.
    More information on U of A School in Cortona


  • University of Toronto’s Summer Abroad Program
    The Summer Program in Siena, established in 1972, was our first summer abroad program and was the model for the other summer programs. Since its inception, over 4650 students from across Canada have completed a University of Toronto summer course in Siena. The praise for the program has been consistently and overwhelmingly enthusiastic. Your host is the University of Siena, Italy’s second oldest university dating back to 1240. It is a state university with over 18,000 students. The University of Siena is also home to the Siena-Toronto Centre, which coordinates a variety of initiatives on Canadian culture.

Accredited Institutions

  • The Istituto Italiano (Florence)
    The Istituto Italiano is the ideal reference point for those who want to start or continue studying the Italian language and culture. The Institute, which is open all year, is well known for its competent, enthusiastic and highly qualified teaching staff, for its modern, multimedia teaching materials, for the wide range of courses offered, for its efficient organization, for the friendly atmosphere and for the many extracurricular activities that are available on a daily basis and free of charge. It is precisely these cultural, social and recreational activities that bring the students into close contact with Italian life. The school, a place to study, becomes the place to live the Italian experience, and thus the ideal setting for achieving excellent linguistic results. More information about the Istituto Italiano

  • SACI (Florence)
    SACI is a US non-profit university-level institution in Florence, Italy, for undergraduate and graduate students seeking the best art school and fully accredited instruction in studio art, design, conservation, art history, and Italian language and culture. Founded in 1975, SACI offers the following programs: Academic Study Abroad; Academic Semester Abroad; Late Spring & Summer Studies; Post-Baccalaureate Year Abroad; MFA in Studio Art; MFA in Photography. Courses in Italian language are offered in Fall, Spring, Late Spring, Summer from the beginner to the advanced level. More information about the Italian language  Program.
  • SAI (Study Abroad Italy)
    SAI is dedicated to providing academic and cultural learning experiences abroad that enhance global awareness, professional development and social responsibility. The organization concentrates its programs in Europe, with a focus on in-depth learning of individual European countries and their unique global role in the geopolitical economy, humanities, and in the arts. SAI Programs are intentionally interdisciplinary, leading to a wider knowledge and global understanding. Italian languages courses (from Beginner to Advance level) are offered in Florence, Rome, Siena and Sorrento. For more information, please visit SAI website.
  • ISA (International Studies Abroad)
    ISA's mission is to provide high quality education abroad opportunities to college students from around the world at an affordable price. We recognize that we play an important role in the worldwide effort of international educators to increase awareness of cultures and societies outside of each student's national boundaries. Our programs are designed to maximize our participants' learning abroad, and we understand that most college students need support and expert guidance before, during and after their time abroad. Italian locations include Florence, Milan and Rome. All levels of Italian language are offered at different times. For more information, please visit ISA website.
  • API (Academic Programs International)
    Academic Programs International, API, is an educational organization dedicated to providing challenging and enriching study abroad programs for our students. The experience of living, interacting and learning in an international environment presents invaluable opportunities for each student’s academic and personal development. All of our academic and extracurricular offerings are selected with the goal of helping students to grow more self-aware and culturally sensitive.
    The locations in Italy include Florence, Rome, Taormina, Tuscania and Venice. All programs are for undergraduate students. Classes are comprised of other foreign and American students. Semester, summer, and year terms are available for all programs, and a January intersession program is available in Florence. Italian language and intensive Italian programs are taught at all levels, from beginning to advanced. More information on API Italian Program website