Italian Language Courses

Courses for academic year 2019-2020

Free Italian language courses are available to ICTP scientists, staff, long-term visitors, and their family members. The courses are tailored for students with little or no knowledge of the Italian language.

These courses are also open to visitors and persons associated with the organizations that are part of the Collaboration Protocol between the Comune, Province of Trieste and the scientific institutions, subject to availability. The non-ICTP participants are required to pay a fee.

The courses are conducted at ICTP in the Galileo Guesthouse, Fibonacci Room, by a professional teacher with broad experience. Participants in the Ab-initio and intermediate courses will have to pay for the grammar book used in the classes, available from the teacher at a cost of 17 euros.

Four types of courses are organized:

  • Ab-initio: 50 hours over 3 months, for absolute beginners. After a completed course, a person should have an understanding of basic Italian.
  • Intermediate: two courses of 50 hours each over the academic year, is for participants with medium /advanced level command of Italian.
  • Conversation (basic level): 30 hours reading and conversation class, basic level, for the purpose of practicing and improvement. Some skills, like the Ab-initio course, normally required.
  • Conversation (advanced level): 30 hours course tailored to improve also written skills, from emails to commercial letters to report writing etc., medium to advanced level.

Participants having attended 75% of the classes may receive an attendance certificate with details about the education and training received.

Please note that a quorum of at least five students is needed to open and maintain the conversation courses.

Timetable for the academic year 2019/2020 (starting in September):

  • Ab-initio: class meets Mondays, Tuesdays and Thursdays from 17:30 to 19:00
  • Intermediate: class meets Mondays from 16:00 to 17:30, and and Wednesdays from 17:30 to 19:00
  • Basic conversation: class meets Tuesdays from 16:30 to 17:30
  • Advanced conversation: class meets Tuesdays from 15:30 to 16:30

Starting dates:

  • Ab-initio 1: 16 September 2019 - 27 November 2019
  • Ab-initio 2: 6 January 2020 - 19 March 2020
  • Ab-initio 3: 30 March 2020 - 10 June 2020
  • Intermediate 1: 16 September 2019 - 20 January 2020
  • Intermediate 2: 23 January 2020 - 14 May 2020
  • Basic Conversation: 17 September 2019 - 21 April 2020
  • Advanced Conversation: 17 September 2019 - 21 April 2020

The fee for non ICTP staff members is:

  • Ab-initio: 100 Euros
  • Intermediate: 100 euros
  • Conversation: 50 euros

E-mail contact: (Ariane de Marchi)