Italian at UAB
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Did you know that the language of Dante Alighieri is the most studied in the world after English, French and Spanish, and surpasses Chinese, Japanese and German? It is the confirmation that la bella lingua has lots of supporters and lovers in every corner of the world. But why do so many people want to study Italian?

There are several reasons and Italian culture is one of them: Italian is more than a language, it is a way of thinking and living.


Italian gives you access to one of the richest cultural traditions of Western Civilization
Think of Roman civilization, the Renaissance, Opera, Art, Films, Fashion, design and cuisine; some of the most remarkable cultural works in the entire world were produced by Italians. Italian’s musicality enchants the ear and the heart. Opera was born in the Italian language, so foreign singers need to be fluent in Italian to sing operas. Food is another great edge, as well as arts, architecture or design. Several words in these fields are Italian or have Italian roots. Moreover, if you know Italian you will be able to read the original version of one of the world's literature masterpieces, Dante's Divine Comedy. Last but not least, according to UNESCO (the cultural and educational agency for the United Nations), most of the world's cultural heritage sites are in Italy.


Italian is important in many career fields.
Italy is a world leader in culinary arts, machine tool manufacturing, interior design, fashion, electromechanical machinery, shipbuilding, construction machinery, and tourism. Many employers are seeking people who speak both Italian and English. About 7,500 American companies do business with Italy, and more than 1,000 U.S. firms have offices in Italy (IBM, Citybank, Motorola, General Electric and Pricewaterhouse Coopers). Students who gain a knowledge of the Italian language can pursue careers in business, computer programming and web design, law, public relations, journalism, telecommunications, arts administration, publishing, library science, politics, public and environmental affairs, government employment, diplomacy, trade or the military.

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Learning another language stimulates your intellect
By studying Italian, you will find out unexpected things about your own culture and learn to think critically about language usage, thereby improving your writing and speaking skills in English as well. Immersion in a foreign culture can open new paths of self-exploration and personal growth, enhancing your skills in analysing, discussing, and categorizing information and ideas.

Still looking for your own reason to study Italian? Contact Giuliana Russo Skinner at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. We look forward to hearing from you!