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Undergraduate Italian Studies

Submitted by darmstro on Fri, 11/25/2016 - 3:28pm

Degrees offered

We have a degree to fit your needs. All but the minor may be taken with co-operative education (co-op).

Bachelor of Arts - Italian Studies
Bachelor of Arts with co-operative education
Bachelor of Arts in Italian and Spanish
Minor in Italian

Degree requirements

Courses offered

We offer a comprehensive range of courses in Italian. Most of them have an interdisciplinary focus and draw on comparative literature, art, cinema, history, media and cultural studies. They have in common close, professional supervision; healthy instructor/student ratio; and the assurance that our students become proficient in the language and attain a thorough understanding of the culture it reflects.
The Field of Italian Studies comprises the following:
Courses with an Italian Focus

Contextual Courses

Note: All mandatory Italian courses will normally be offered each year. Other courses labelled Italian may be offered in alternate years.

Placement in Italian courses

Submitted by nnreimer on Thu, 12/01/2016 - 4:55pm

Not sure what level of Italian is appropriate for you?

We want to ensure you are placed in a course appropriate to your level of ability. Native speakers or any students who are unsure of their level of competency are invited to browse the information below and contact the undergraduate advisor to learn more about placement in Italian.

The School can refuse a student permission to remain in a particular language course if the instructor deems that the student's knowledge exceeds the level of that course. Students are advised that misrepresenting their level of knowledge in the language of the course constitutes academic dishonesty or misconduct.

Placement information and instructions

High-school students from Alberta

If you have an ITAL 30 qualification, you will be placed in ITAL 203 by the Registrar's Office.

Students from other provinces

We recommend that students with high-school or university qualifications in Italian from other provinces contact the Italian Undergraduate Advisor to ensure appropriate placement.

Non-academically acquired Italian

Students who have acquired a knowledge of Italian in a non-academic environment (e.g. through a trip to Italy or in an Italian-speaking home environment) and who are unsure of their proficiency, should take one of the placement tests below.

Placement test instructions

  • Please find your appropriate test below (see Placement Test drop down menu).

  • Complete the test electronically and submit it via e-mail at, or print it out and complete it manually. If you complete the test manually, you can scan it and e-mail it to or hand it in personally to the SLLLC main office (we are in Craigie Hall D310). 

After the test

After three working days you can contact the School at (403) 220-5300 to inquire about your results. Electronic approval will then be posted for the appropriate course/s.

Already have a UCID number?

Students who already have a University of Calgary ID will be able to self-register through PeopleSoft.

Don't have a UCID number?

  1. Fill out an Open Studies Student form

  2. Take your form to the School for a signature of authorization

  3. Take your signed form to the Registrar's office for registration

Placement tests

ITAL 203 (Beginner's II)

This course is designed for those students who can hold and follow a basic conversation; write simple sentences; comprehend uncomplicated texts; express themselves orally and in writing using the simple present (presente) and the present perfect (passato prossimo).
Click here to view and print the test for ITAL 203

ITAL 301 and ITAL 309 (Intermediate)

ITAL 301 is an intensive course aiming at the improvement of grammar and vocabulary alongside the development of spoken and written skills. ITAL 309 deals with aspects of Italian civilization and contemporary cultural issues in Italian studies. The student must be able to use, for example, reflexive verbs, double pronouns, the future tense, and the past continuous (imperfetto).
Click here to view and print the test for ITAL 301/ 309

ITAL 303, 305 and 307 (Intermediate II)

ITAL 303 is the continuation of ITAL 301. ITAL 305 aims at developing critical thinking and communicative skills through text analysis. ITAL 307 studies different types of means of communication. Students are expected to show a wide lexical ability and be confident with, for instance, possessive, relative and combined pronouns, impersonal verbs, and the conditional mood.
Click here to view and print the test for ITAL 303/305/307

400-LEVEL ITALIAN (Advanced)

Our 400-level courses cover a wide range of topics: ITAL 401(composition and conversation); ITAL 405 (Introduction to Italian Literature); ITAL 407 (study of Italian theatre, opera and drama); ITAL 409 (Italian culture through cinema); and ITAL 499 (selected topics in Italian language, literature or civilization). These courses presuppose a high degree of oral and written fluency.
Click here to view and print the test for ITAL 401

Apply now

Apply to the Faculty of Arts through the general admissions office



Il Circolino is an integral part of the Major and Minor in Italian Studies programs. Students are expected to attend specific sessions during the week as part of their Italian courses. Here students also have an informal meeting place to further develop their language skills and to learn about the culture and activities of local and international Italian groups. Instructors and monitors are available in Il Circolino for approximately 3-4 hours per day. Language assistants are hired to help support the increasing number of students who study Italian. Visit Il Circolino on Facebook for more information and to stay informed of the various upcoming events. 

Italian Language Week: In the fall the department will arrange several cultural activities to celebrate everything Italian on the occasion of the “Week of the Italian Language in the World”, organized by the Italian Ministry of Foreign Affairs every year.

CILS (Certificate of Italian as a second language): CILS is an official title recognized by the Italian State on the basis of an agreement with the Foreign Ministry and shows a students ability in the Italian language. The Italian Language Certification is useful for those who want to do further study in Italy or have professional contact with Italy and who would like to measure their own Italian language skills. The different levels of the CILS certificate prove a certain ability to communicate in Italian in different situations and contexts. For more information, email:


Luis Torres
Division Chair, Italian Studies and Spanish Studies
Tel: 403-220-6791

Francesca Cadel
Undergraduate Advisor, Italian Studies
Tel: 403-220-5304


Tel: 403-220-5300