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University study centers for foreigners: Italy

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1. Posted by popolina (Budding Member 53 posts) 6y

I heard that there are language programs for foreigners at many Italian Universities. This seems like an economical alternative to a language school... does anyone know where I could find more information on this?

Or, does anyone have any experience/thoughts on language schools? Are they typically worth the price one might pay, etc?

2. Posted by NextMove (Budding Member 24 posts) 6y

In Florence you can check on http://www.cla.unifi.it/italian4.html

3. Posted by NantesFC (Respected Member 531 posts) 6y

The University in Perugia is considered the best international school in all of Italy. I'm thinking about taking a couple of courses there myself plus I have friends there I met while traveling last summer. There are some courses in Florence but most of those will at the least involve art history. If you're a linguist, go to Perugia. There isn't a better school in Italy for linguistics.

Universita Per Stranieri
Perugia, Palazzo Gallenga, Piazza Fortebraccio 4,
06122 Perugia, Italy

Main # (011- 390-75-57461)
Information office # (011- 390-75-5746211)
Secretary’s office # (011- 390-75-5746214)

4. Posted by summer910 (Respected Member 1342 posts) 6y

Quoting NantesFC

The University in Perugia is considered the best international school in all of Italy. I'm thinking about taking a couple of courses there myself plus I have friends there I met while traveling last summer. There are some courses in Florence but most of those will at the least involve art history. If you're a linguist, go to Perugia. There isn't a better school in Italy for linguistics.

I'm also thinking about taking courses at the university in Perugia. When I was taking Italian a few years ago, my teachers spoke well of the university and a couple of them had gone back there for refresher courses too.

5. Posted by corneggs (Budding Member 26 posts) 6y

Quoting NantesFC

If you're a linguist, go to Perugia. There isn't a better school in Italy for linguistics.

Wait, do you mean linguistics in the sense that you like learning languages or actual linguistics as in morphology and syntax and stuff?

6. Posted by popolina (Budding Member 53 posts) 6y

Yes, I've heard really great things about this school! My question concerns other state sponsored language programs, like Italian language classes at actual Italian Universities. I'd really like to be in Rome.

7. Posted by NantesFC (Respected Member 531 posts) 6y

Quoting corneggs

Quoting NantesFC

If you're a linguist, go to Perugia. There isn't a better school in Italy for linguistics.

Wait, do you mean linguistics in the sense that you like learning languages or actual linguistics as in morphology and syntax and stuff?

Sorry to be so vague about my use of the term 'linguist". I used it with it's most basic meaning, the study of languages. If you were looking to study "linguistic theory" in Italy you'd go to Sapienza University of Rome or University of Bologna. There are two separate universities in Perugia, the actual state school for Italians (with language courses) and the Perugia Foreigners Univ. specializing in the Italian language.

Quoting popolina

Yes, I've heard really great things about this school! My question concerns other state sponsored language programs, like Italian language classes at actual Italian Universities. I'd really like to be in Rome.

Italian language classes at actual Italian universities are very advanced and taken by native speakers. If schools were to offer classes to foreigners my bet would be that these would take place in the summer. I have numerous friends who are currently studying abroad or who have studied in Italy through an American university and they were all placed Perugia. One of them were in Florence (Art history) and 4 of my buds (one currently) were in Rome for an Art program. You're probably looking at summer courses somewhere if you're looking to be at an Italian school.

8. Posted by Wardsan (Travel Guru 14 posts) 6y

A lot depends on how long you want to go for and how much you want to study. For a week or a month, it may make more sense to enrol at a language school. There are plenty in Rome. They can arrange accommodation for you, so you can share a flat which would save you a lot of money, in Rome especially. You can find the language schools just by googling, or there are also agents that find and book them for you (although you'll pay more), such as (in the UK) Language Courses Abroad. Another advantage is you can base yourself in several places, if you wish.

As to university courses for foreigners, there is also an Universita' per Stranieri di Siena: http://www.unistrasi.it/pages/ENG/homeENG.htm. But the University in Perugia is far better known, and it has a great reputation, as Nantes has already said.