Scuola Internazionale delle Arti, della Lingua e della Cultura Italiana

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italian language in florence semester school

Italian Language and Culture

There are many reasons to study Italian in Florence: it is the city of Dante, who first codified the language, of the Renaissance and of widespread beauty, and of good food. Acquiring a level of Italian that allows you to converse, to experience the city as Florentines, will make your study experience incomparably richer. To this end, we have designed a Certificate Program in Italian Language and Culture, for those who want to deepen their knowledge and understanding of the language, starting from the cultural and social context in which it developed.

In our opinion, a language is always the result of a combination of factors - historical, social, cultural - and more than any other means of expression, it tells us how a people thinks, lives and what their habits are. Because a language is not a set of words, but a system of thought; when you find yourself living somewhere for a certain amount of time, it is essential to know the idiom of this place, if you do not want to be tourists, but citizens. In addition to classroom lessons, with highly qualified and experienced teachers, students have access to a series of formative activities beyond the walls of Palazzo Niccolini, in the name of a real cultural immersion in city life: visits to museums, markets, language exchanges with Italians and much more.

The AEF Certificate Program in Italian Language and Culture is structured in two semesters - Fall and Spring - and includes 3 Italian courses for each semester, to which one must add a History course in the Fall and a Literature course in the Spring. During each semester, the student then chooses a course from Italian Culture (Art History, Cinema, Photography, Political System), for a total of 20 U.S / 30 ECTS credits per semester.

Language lessons are held in the morning from Monday to Friday and Italian Culture lessons in the afternoon, twice a week. Due to the international composition of the AEF student population, these are offered in English. At the end of the Spring Semester, students can take the CILS Certification Exam (Certification of Italian as a Second Language) during the June session.

Course UnitECTSU.S.
Italian Language A1 6 4
Italian Language A2 6 4
Italian Language B1 6 4
History of contemporary Italy 6 4
Italian Culture Class* 6 4
Total 30 20

*Class choosen from the catalog:
Italian Language
History of Art
Italian Cinema
Italian Politics
Travel Photography

Course UnitECTSU.S.
Italian Language B2 6 4
Italian Language C1 6 4
Italian Language C2 6 4
Modern Italian Literature 6 4
Italian Culture Class* 6 4
Total 30 20

 *Class choosen from the catalog:
Italian Language
History of Art
Italian Cinema
Italian Politics
Travel Photography

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