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

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CILS Certificate of Italian as Foreign Language


New! A CILS Preparation Course will be offered on Wednesdays March 11-June 10, 6-8pm.

Click here for more information and to download the registration form for the CILS Preparation Course.

Penn-in-Venice: Applications in Full Swing!

Carlo Goldoni

Don't miss the opportunity to study the Italian language and culture, history and art history, living and breathing Italian life in one of the most magical cities in the world. Applications to Penn-in-Venice 2015 are now open and can be accessed here. The program, which will run from May 30 to July 11, was created for Penn students but is open also to applicants from other universities. 

Congratulations to Eva Del Soldato!

Eva del Soldato, Graduate Chair, has been awarded a Franklin Research Grant by the American Philosophical Society. It is an important recognition of her current project on "Vernacular Philosophy in Sixteenth Century Italy: The Printer, the Duke, and the Physician". Thanks to the grant she will be conducting research in Tuscany and the Abruzzi this summer.

ISSNAF Award for the Humanities 2015

ISSNAF and laFondazioneNY are pleased to announce the 2015 Award for the Humanities. The competition is open to all Italian researchers born after April 1970 and working primarily in the USA and Canada in the field of Cinema Studies and the Performing Arts. Please read on for all information.

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.