Why Choose Nazareth for Italian?

The study of Italy's urban culture, its 20th century literature, the Italian cinema, classical works such as the Divine Comedy, study abroad, and of course, learning to speak the language are just a few of the ways Nazareth students visit Italy from all perspectives.

The classes are not simply about conjugating verbs or sitting in language labs—they are an immersive experience in the culture, literature, art, and people of Italy.

Study abroad is a requirement for all foreign language majors. Through Nazareth's affiliation with the Università degli Studi 'G. D'Annunzio' in Pescara, Italy, our students live and study Italian culture for a summer, a year or a semester. Nazareth students take courses with Italian students and are housed in apartments close to the university for a genuine experience of life in Italy. The program includes weekend trips to Venice, Florence and Rome. 

Program Highlights

  • Study abroad in Pescara, Italy, including a five-week summer program and Florence, Italy.
  • Frank DiMino Casa Italiana, center for Italian studies, art exhibitions, special events, guest speakers, dinners, festivals, and more. 
  • Gamma Kappa Alpha Italian Honor Society chapter.
  • Award-winning faculty; small classes.
  • The SITE (Student Internship Teaching Experience) Program of Lombardy, Italy, is an opportunity for recent graduates to apply as English teaching assistants.
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Alumni Spotlight

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"Being a student of Italian at Nazareth opened my eyes to so many opportunities, both in my career and my life. Not only did my studies strengthen my knowledge, culture, and resume, but also gave me a passion for the language. Being able to apply my passion to my career and life gives everything more meaning. When your passion becomes a part of your job, you wake up every day loving what you do – and that is most rewarding." 

— Kelsey Andrychuk '13

Example Careers

  • Translator
  • ESL teacher
  • Historian
  • Bilingual professional
  • Tour guide
  • Travel writer
  • Nursing (double major)
  • Interpreter

Internships/Field Experiences

  • U.S. Department of State, Rome, Italy
  • Cast Industries, Rochester, NY
  •  Allworx, Rochester, NY
  • Tutoring English Universita' G. D'Annunzio, Pescara, Italy

Graduate Schools/Employers

  • Florida Atlantic University
  • U.S. Agency for International Development
  • Auburn School District
  • East Rochester School District
  • East and West Irondequoit Central School District
  • Gates Chili School District
  • Greece Central School District
  • McQuaid Jesuit High School
  • Wegmans Corporate