Irina Markina, Double Major in Romance Languages (French and Italian), Minor in Art History

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The early application deadline for Penn-in-Venice has passed but rolling admissions go on, http://www.sas.upenn.edu/summer/locations/abroad/venice. Do not miss the opportunity to spend 6 glorious weeks studying Italian and acquainting yourself with Italian culture in Venice, one of the most beautiful cities in the world.

New deadline! ISSNAF-La Fondazione NY Award for the Humanities 2014


The deadline to propose a manuscript in consideration for the ISSNAF – La Fondazione NY Award for the Humanities 2014 has been postponed to April 25. The award acknowledges the research of young Italian scholars in North America whose commitment to their discipline of study is innovative and honors their country of origin.

Vittorini Prize Ceremony

College Palooza 2013

Join us for the yearly Vittorini Prize Ceremony to celebrate undergraduate excellence in the study of Italian language an culture, at Penn and beyond.

22 April 2014

Stefania Benini wins Harvard's Lauro de Bosis Fellowship

[image of Prof. Benini]Prof. Stefania Benini, Undergraduate Chair of Italian, has won Harvard's prestigious Lauro de Bosis Postdoctoral Fellowship aimed at supporting research in any aspect of Italian culture, history, and society. 

Working hard to promote Italian

Italian with Mona

In collaboration with the Consulate General of Italy in Philadelphia and under Alessandra Mirra's coordination, our graduate students are working very hard and  very successfully to promote the teaching of Italian in k-12 Philadelphia schools. Comments from teachers and students at the schools they visited have been wonderful. Read some of their thank you notes here.

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.