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.

If you plan to take a proficiency exam (ONLY for grants, scholarships, FLAS Fulbright, and similar requirements), please, say so in question #2 in the form below.

Please contact Dr. Perco with questions about the placement exam.

Upcoming placement exams (Fall 2024) – advance registration is required:

  • Tuesday, April 30th (registration deadline Friday, April 26th)
  • Monday, August 26th (registration deadline Thursday, August 22nd)

The written exam is online, and will last between 1 and 2 hours. The oral portion of the exam will take place via Zoom in the afternoon, between 1pm to 3pm, appointments TBD. For this reason it is important to register for the exam in advance.

Register in advance using the form below.