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Cooperazione Culturale


Cooperazione Culturale


The interest for Italian Language and Italian Culture is slowing down (maybe also after the abolition of the only Italian Lector at the University of Latvia in August 2015), despite the numerous courses offered by Universities and schools.

The teaching of Italian is mainly carried out at the University of Latvia

-University of Latvia: in light of the difficulties of guaranteeing a high-level teaching, a “Center of Italian Language and Culture” has been established inside the Department of Romance Studies of the Faculty of Humanities. In addition to the Italian Courses, in the same Center, movies screening and discussion and open doors days aimed at promoting Italian culture in collaboration with the office of the European Commission are organized. There are active agreements with the University of Trento, the University of Rome Tor Vergata and “L’Orientale” University of Naples. There are different types of courses: “A” Courses (for students in the Bachelor’s degree program in French Philology) with Italian as Second Language; “B” Courses (for students of the Bachelo’s degree program in English or German Philology) with Italian as second language after English; “B” Courses (for students of the of Foreign Languages and Business) with Italian as second or third language and “C” Courses (for all the students of the University) with Italian at basic level for one or more semesters. The University of Latvia is a certified center for CILS Certifications. It is also an examination center for the on-line courses of the ICON consortium.

Year 2017 sees however a big decrease in the number of students of Italian at the University of Latvia.

-Latvian Academy of Culture. Also at the Latvian Academy of Culture there are courses for Italian. There is a Bachelor of Arts program with the specialization in Intercultural relationships Latvia – Italy. 103 students are studying Italian in the Academic Year 2016/2017.

Numerous are the students in other public or private institutions (around 200 students – data are not complete) such as the Latvian Academy of Music Japez Vitols, the Catholic Gymnasium in Riga, the Association Dante Alighieri, l’ITALII, and other private schools).

From the beginning of 2016, this Embassy is organizing two Courses of Italian Language for Latvian diplomats at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Latvia.

Despite the efforts by the Embassy, the number of students is unfortunately decreasing.