Language Study and Placement

The Department of Italian Studies offers language instruction at all levels, from beginning through advanced. Beginning courses emphasize oral proficiency and communication in real-life situations, as well as reading and writing skills. Materials are closely related to contemporary Italian culture and society. Advanced courses emphasize all aspects of language ability, from conversation to literary analysis.

If you are just beginning to study Italian, then Italian W1 or 1 is the place for you.

If you had some previous coursework in Italian at another college, are a heritage speaker, or have learned Italian through travel or independent study, you should take our placement test.

Placement exams will be offered only twice per semester, during enrollment Phase II and the adjustment period.

For Spring 2019 enrollment:

  • Monday, December 3, 9:00am, 6331 Dwinelle
    IMPORTANT – You must pre-register for the placement test at this link by November 30th, 2018.
    For a more accurate placement, some students will be required to take a brief oral placement on Tuesday, December 4th-time to be agreed with the language coordinator after Monday’s test.
  • Friday, January 18, 9:30am, 6331 Dwinelle.
    IMPORTANT – You must pre-register for the placement test at this link by January 14th, 2019.