Why Study Italian at Iowa?

We invite you to learn Italian, the gateway to one of the world’s richest cultures and largest economies. Whether you are interested in Italian for cultural reasons, for travel and study plans in Italy, or to enhance your competitiveness in today’s marketplace, the major in Italian at the UI offers you ample opportunities for growth in the language and for increased cultural fluency through a combination of dynamic course offerings and extracurricular activities. A background in Italian is helpful for students planning careers in international business, tourism, and teaching, as well as for opera singers, musicians, art and art history majors, and for those who study architecture, fashion, and design. Students can practice their Italian at Tavola Italiana conversation hour!

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Italian Courses

Browse available language and culture courses available for students.

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Cultural Activities and Events

Find celebrations, activities, exhibitions, and other events to connect with and enhance social development with members of the community.

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Language and Culture Resources

As a means of communicating values, beliefs and customs, language has an important social function and fosters feelings of group identity and solidarity. It is the means by which culture and its traditions and shared values may be conveyed and preserved.

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Study Abroad

The program encourages students to study abroad to develop their linguistic and intercultural competencies. The University has several opportunities to select from.

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Student and Alumni Voices

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Faculty Specializing in this Area

Cinzia Blum, Ph.D.

Director of Italian Studies
Professor Emeritus

Katja Liimatta, Ph.D.


Irene Lottini, Ph.D.

Professor of Instruction, Director of Italian Studies

Claudia Sartini-Rideout, Ph.D.