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Sicily: Language, Art, and Culture

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The Center for Italian Studies at the University of Pennsylvania will host an important international conference to celebrate "Sicily: Language, Art, and Culture", 11-12 February 2016.

11 February 2016 - 12 February 2016

CILS Exam and Preparation Course


In preparation for the upcoming CILS - Certificate of Italian as Foreign Language exam of June 9, 2016, a preparatory course at the B2 and C1 level will be offered February 22-June 6.  The course will introduce students to the CILS testing methods and offer them the opportunity to concentrate and improve on those areas of the Italian language they find most difficult.  Find all information on the CILS exam and on the spring 2016 preparation course at

The Center for Italian Studies

The Center for Italian Studies assists Italian Studies students and others by offering access to a variety of resources. In addition, it fosters the study of Italian language and culture in an interdisciplinary perspective by sponsoring events like lectures, readings by Italian authors, and international conferences across and beyond the traditional spectrum of Italian Studies.

Academic Programs in Italian Studies

The University of Pennsylvania, strong in its interdisciplinary and international dimensions, supports a flourishing Italian Studies Program. The Program's distinctive configuration reflects our setting on the Penn campus and in the heart of Philadelphia. Students can choose a traditional concentration in language and literature or shape more individualized curriculums that connect to sister programs.