Modern and Classical Languages and Literatures

112 Swan Hall, 60 Upper College Road, Kingston, RI 02881

languagesdepartment@etal.uri.edu401.874.5911 (p); 401.874.4694 (f)

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The Italian program at URI is one of the largest programs in the U.S. in terms of number of majors. Knowledge of the Italian language gives you access to one of the West’s richest cultural traditions as well as to one of Europe’s most vital contemporary societies. Italian is a primary language for research in art history, music, philosophy, literary studies, and archaeology. Italian literature, and more recently Italian cinema, is widely admired. The strong position of contemporary Italy in the area of design and fashion makes Italian language ability vital to those engaged in business and trade.

Why Italian at URI?

Personal attention. 
As an Italian student at URI, you’ll work with respected and talented faculty who are truly interested in your success. We can’t wait to share with you our passion for the Italian language, culture, history, literature, fashion and cinema. Whether you choose an Italian major, minor, or dual degree program, you’ll receive personal advising to make sure you get the most out of your time here.

Experience that will get you hired.
The classroom is just one of the many places you’ll learn Italian at URI. We offer internships at global companies in Italy for students of International Engineering, Business and Pharmacy Programs. We have affiliated study abroad programs in Rome, Venice, Florence, Ferrara, and Syracuse; an exchange program with the University of Calabria; a Summer Program in Calabria; teaching internships in secondary schools in Lombardy, Italy (PACIOLI); Summer Study in Calabria; and Internships at the Office of the Italian Consulate in Providence. And all of these are the kinds of experiences that global employers absolutely love.


You’ll have plenty of career options with a degree in Italian, whether you’re into fashion, business, technology, engineering, tourism, or teaching. Learn more about all your possibilities here.

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