Italy has played an important role in European higher education: it is one of the four countries that first engaged to create the so-called "European Area of Higher Education" (Sorbonne Declaration, May 1998), thus starting that type of higher education reform which, known as "Bologna Process" (Bologna Declaration, June 1999) is being implemented all over Europe.
Today Italy ranks among the 8 most industrialised countries in the world. Alongside some big companies, both state-owned and private, it has developed a sound network of small and medium-sized undertakings, promoted a few scientific parks, and is incentivising basic and applied research in a great variety of fields (biology, ICT, medicine, physics, etc.).
We are listing the degrees in offer at Italian universities. The related study programmes may be designed either under the old or the new university regulations, that is to say the rules in force respectively before and after the 1999 reform prompted by the Bologna Declaration.
The 5 great subject areas covering the whole of university education are: health, humanities, sciences, social studies, technology. Each area is subdivided in the following main subject sectors:
dentistry, pharmacy, human medicine & surgery, midwifery, nursing, physio-and-rehabilitation therapy, preventive care, technical sanitary assistance;
arts (performing, visual, fashion, music), cultural heritage, education, geography, history; Italian and classical/oriental studies, language mediation (applied foreign languages, interpreting, translating), modern languages and cultures (glottology, linguistics, literature, philology, etc.)
agriculture, animal production & husbandry, biology, biotechnology, chemistry, environmental sciences, food industry & forestry, maths, natural sciences, physics, statistics, etc.
administration, business, communication, cooperation & development, defence & security, economics, law, physical education & sports, psichology, political science and international relations, social service & sociology, tourism;
architecture & building engineering, design (industrial), engineering (civil, industrial, information), regional & environmental planning, urban planning, etc.
Italy is one of the top five economies in the world, and many employers are seeking people who speak both Italian and English. 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, Citibank, and Pricewaterhouse Coopers. Many Italian firms have offices in the U.S., especially in the Detroit metropolitan area.
Knowing Italian is greatly beneficial in several career fields. Italy is a world leader in the culinary arts, interior design, fashion, graphic design, furniture design, machine tool manufacturing, robotics, electromechanical machinery, shipbuilding, space engineering, construction machinery, and transportation equipment.
Italian majors pursue careers in a variety of fields, including education, business, computer programming and web design, law, public relations, journalism, telecommunications, arts administration, publishing, library science, politics, or public and environmental affairs, to name but a few. Some students also use their language skills in order to enter government employment or the military. In all cases, students report back to us that their training in Italian significantly enhanced their professional and academic opportunities. Italian is spoken by 55 million people in Italy and 62 million people throughout the world. Italy has the 7th largest economy in the world and is a major political force in Europe.
Here are a few of the many good reasons to choose Italian . . .
We select the schools we work with extremely carefully, and all meet our very strict criteria. This includes small group sizes, modern teaching techniques, and fully-qualified native Italian-speaking teachers. As well as the Italian course, our Italian schools also offer an extensive cultural program of excursions and activities. We hope that you will not only learn as much Italian as possible whilst you are studying with us, but also that you will thoroughly enjoy the experience and want to repeat it. Certainly, you learn a language much better when you are happy on your course and enjoying your stay!
Our courses run all year-round and you will be learning Italian with people of all nationalities, but with the same level of Italian as you. We also find that as students are all interested in the language, the culture and the country as a whole, everyone gets on extremely well, and usually return home with not only a higher level of Italian, but also friends from all over the world! You can study Italian for just one week or for a whole year, depending on the time you have available, and you can usually start your Italian language course on any Monday.