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Italian Courses

Italian is the language of the country hosting the European University Institute, home of the Max Weber Programme.

The Programme offers the Fellows language courses in Italian to achieve basic communication and grammar skills (A1-A2/B1):

  • Intensive course (September): 5 hours per week over a period of 4 weeks  
  • Extensive course (October – December) 3 hours per week over 8 weeks 
  • Extensive course (January – June) : 3 hours per week over a period of 8/ 10 weeks or more 

Course book and materials: TBA

For further details please contact the tutor Annarita Zacchi.


During the first weeks we work on introducing course participants to the language and customs of Italy. A particular emphasis is placed on the situations, both everyday and academic, in which members of the EUI community are likely to find themselves.

We ask the participants to work in pairs or small groups to improve their speaking skills without feeling observed, and at the same time to get to know the other participants in the course.

In the second part of the academic year, the course will have a more cultural content for those who have acquired basic language skills.

According to the interests of the participants, the further introduction into the Italian language will happen through reading/writing in small groups, movies, art and other aspects of the Italian culture. 


  • to reach level A2/B1 of the Common European Framework (Waystage) 
  •  to acquire the basic tools for the purposes of practical communication 
  • to interact in Italian everyday situations 
  • to gain insight into Italian life and culture 
  •  to acquire the basic structures of Italian 


At the end of course you can: 

  • use the language of daily routines 
  • give the most important information about what you do, the reasons why you are in Italy 
  • talk about your interests, your preferences, your habits 
  • describe basic details about your country and the town you come from 
  • talk about various aspects of your country (food, architecture, lifestyles, arts, sport, etc.) 
  • read texts / strategies to find information in materials used in everyday communication (programmes, menus, timetables, advertising, etc) 
  • understand the main points of standard input on matters regularly encountered in work, studies, leisure, etc. 
  • read short texts (fiction, journalism and essays) 
  • write notes, messages and short stories/reviews  





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