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Italian Language and Culture Summer Courses in Rome for Foreign Students

Italian studies are becoming extremely popular in countries around the world. Indeed, recent research has revealed the changing profile of those who are interested in studying Italian language and culture, as well as their reasons for doing so. Sapienza University has run a Summer School providing Italian Language and Culture courses for foreign students since 2005.

Summer School courses are taught by qualified teachers of Italian as a foreign language and prominent professors from the Faculty of Arts and Humanities.

The courses, which build on the extraordinary cultural heritage of the city of Rome and its surrounding areas, include a wide range of educational activities:

  • Lectures held by Faculty members from La Sapienza;
  • Study visits to the main artistic sites and monuments in Rome and its surroundings;
  • Active student participation

The Summer School aims to:

  • Familiarise students with contemporary and ancient Italian culture;
  • Focus on the role the city of Rome has played in the development of contemporary European culture;
  • Provide participants with an introduction to Rome's great cultural heritage.


Sapienza Summer School welcomes foreign students to study Italian language and culture. The Summer School includes two independent parallel courses, taught in English and in Italian, both with a final assessment test.
Besides enjoying the extraordinary cultural heritage of Rome and its surrounding areas, the Sapienza Summer School also organises conferences, language and culture courses and guided visits to the most important artistic and monumental sites in the city.

Admission Requirements
The Summer School accepts foreign students with a secondary school diploma or equivalent educational qualifications from foreign higher education institutions or students enrolled in a University course. Documentation should be submitted in one of the following languages: English, French, Italian, German, Spanish and Portuguese.

Places Available
The minimum number of participants necessary to hold a course is 20. The maximum number is 30. If the number of applications exceeds the number of places available, there will be a selection process.

Fees and Living Expenses

Tuition is about 1400 euro (to be confirmed). Living expenses are not included in the tuition fees. Participants are responsible for their own travel expenses and visa if necessary. The Sapienza Summer School has special agreements for lodging, for more information please contact

Learning Activities
The course lasts two weeks: from July 3 to 15, 2017.
Total learning activities total 70 hours, including 40 hours of lectures. 

Place and Time of Lessons
Faculty of Humanities
Monday – Friday 9.00 am - 1.00 pm / 3.30 pm - 6.30 pm

Summer School Scientific Committee: