Why Italian? 

  • Italian is the language of art, fashion, cinema, design, music, and cuisine.
  • Italian derives from Latin and an estimated 60% of English vocabulary also comes from Latin, so knowing Italian will make learning all the other Romance languages easier.
  • Italian high-quality products are known all over the world, where the brand ‘Made in Italy’ represents a quality mark.
  • Music speaks Italian. More and more opera singers and musicians learn this language. Why do you think Mozart wrote his operas in Italian rather than in German?
  • According to UNESCO (United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization), most of the world’s cultural heritage sites are in Italy.
  • Italian Technical Universities such as Politecnico di Milano and Politecnico di Torino are among the top international universities.
  • Italian is recognized as one of the most beautiful languages on the planet.
  • Italy and Turkey have old and solid business relations with many Italian companies working in Turkey and vice-versa.

“Italians say that someone who acquires a new language ‘possesses’ it. In my case, Italian possesses me. With Italian racing like blood through my veins, I do indeed see with different eyes, hear with different ears, and drink in the world with all my senses…”  From Diane Hales “La bella lingua, my love affair with Italian, the world’s most enchanting language”

Our Courses

101 Elementary: This course is for absolute beginners who do not have any knowledge of Italian. The objectives of the course align with the objectives of level A1 of CEFR.*

102 Elementary: This course is NOT for absolute beginners, but it requires a basic knowledge of the language. Please talk to the instructor before signing up for the course. The objectives of the course align with the objectives of level A1 of CEFR.

201 Pre–Intermediate: This course is for students at pre-intermediate level. The objectives of the course align with the objectives of level A2 of CEFR.

202 Intermediate: The learning objectives of the course align with the objectives of level A2 of CEFR.

301 Upper Intermediate: This course is suitable for those who know Italian at an intermediate level. It corresponds to the B1 level of CEFR.

302 Upper Intermediate: At the end of 302, students will achieve B2 level of CEFR.

* CEFR: Common European Framework of Reference for Languages

All the courses aim for students’ success in learning Italian within the framework of CILS (Certificazione di Italiano come Lingua Straniera). 


101, 102, 201, 202:  L'Italiano all'Università 1, Edilingua

301 and 302: L'Italiano all'Università 2, Edilingua 

Suggested: Italian- Turkish/Turkish–Italian Vocabulary (Zanichelli)


Coordinator: Valentina Elmetti

E-Mail: velmetti@itu.edu.tr

Lina C. Augello

E-Mail: linaaugello@hotmail.it

 Martina Leone 

E-Mail: leone@itu.edu.tr