Italian for Foreign Students

Italian as a Second Language - Academic Year 2021-2022

The Centro Linguistico di Ateneo (CLA), the University Language Centre at the University of Modena and Reggio Emilia, offers regular Italian language courses for foreign students. The courses are designed to improve students’ language and intercultural skills in order to help them in their academic work in Italy.
Courses are open to all foreign students or researchers working at the University of Modena and Reggio Emilia.
Students’ language skills will be assessed at the beginning of the semester with a placement test, after which students will be placed in a course suitable to their level. However, in order to attend the regular language courses, students are required to have an A1 level of Italian as the courses start from level A2.

Each semester the CLA will offer courses at A2, B1, B2, C1 and C2 levels and on successful completion of any of the above, students will obtain 4 credits.

Students who do not have the minimum language skills to attend these courses can benefit from the on-line course (no credits given).

Basic and Elementary courses (no academic credits scheduled) are available for foreign students.
These courses may be accessed only by foreign students which meet the following requirements: they must be beginners in italian language and officially enrolled to master degree courses in english language.

For any further information, corsi.italiano[at]

Marco Polo / Turandot Program

The Marco Polo Program is for Chinese students who wish to enroll at an Italian university.
The Marco Polo Program aims to increase the number of Chinese students at Italian universities by offering them a preliminary university language course and an entry visa, which enrolls students for six months.
The Italian course offered by the University of Modena and Reggio Emilia will bring the student to a B1/B2 level of language proficiency (according to the Common European Framework of Reference, On completion of the course, students will take a final Italian language exam and if they succeed in passing, they will be able to enroll in University courses. No further Italian language testing will be required.
The University reserves a number of places each year for students on the Marco Polo Turandot Program.

For detailed information about course and enrolment visit the Italian for Chinese students web-site.