Italian Courses

Nazareth University offers undergraduate credit courses as well as non-credit classes in the study of the Italian language. Advanced students travel abroad to further their studies at universities in Italy. If you are a beginner, try a non-credit course where you progress at your own pace.

Please give a look at our Children's Programs for our class offerings for children.

Spring 2024 Undergraduate Courses 

  • ITL 101 - Elementary Italian I   MWF 1:30-2:20PM
  • ITL 201 - Intermediate Italian I   MWF 2:30-3:20PM
  • ITL 334 - Italian Translation & Interpretation I  W 4-6:40PM

Casa Italiana's Evening Courses

Non-Credit Enrichment Courses


Course dates: Begins the week of May 20th - ends the week of July 8th

Italian 1.5 with Sydney Lambert, and a Level 5 Literature course with Dr. Vitti-Alexander.

Level V will be taking place over zoom on Thursdays from 6 - 8PM.

Level 1.5 will take place in Casa Italiana on Thursdays from 6 - 8PM.

Cost and further details



Course dates: February 5th – May 3rd (12 classes)

No classes during Spring Break (March 18th – 22nd)

Cost: Casa Members: $290; Non-Members: $350; Naz Faculty and Staff: $150.

Please click here to register/pay. Need help? Contact or call (585) 389 2468. Checks can be made payable to: Frank DiMino Casa Italiana 2465 East Avenue Rochester, NY 14618

Are you a Naz alum or a senior citizen? Since the 2012-2013 academic year, Nazareth offers a special alumni rate of $125 per undergraduate course (plus a $25 registration fee) to audit select classes. For more information contact Dr. J. Carota.

Course materials: Instructors will provide additional information on the first day of class.  

Level I: Beginner Italian Language & Culture 

Thursdays | Instructor: Sydney Lambert | 6 – 8 PM | Room TBD

The goal of this course is to develop students’ basic communicative competence through reading, grammatical exercises, and oral participation. Students will be able to handle uncomplicated communicative situations and survive in the target culture. Conversational topics will include every day activities, short discussion of assigned material, as well as recreating restaurant situations and other events. 


Italian for Travelers 

Thursdays | Instructor: Daniel Speciale | 6 – 8 PM | Casa Italiana

Basic knowledge of Italian or completion of Italian Level I is recommended.

In this course you will learn some of the basics of how to communicate in Italian, with an emphasis on things like directions, making plans, ordering food, etc. You will also be introduced to the various regions of Italy, and will have an opportunity to study some cities and regions in more depth. You will learn through online and in-class activities, dialogues, role play, video clips, etc. Students will learn the foundation of the language in order to be able to communicate while traveling abroad. They will also have a chance to practice their presentation skills along with learning about various towns "off the beaten path" in Italy. Course materials will be provided by the instructor. 


Level II: Intermediate Low Italian Language & Culture

Wednesdays | Instructor: Melissa Stio | 6 – 8 PM | Casa Italiana

In this course, students will continue learning about the structure and aspects of the Italian language. The focus of this course is to review intermediate grammar structures, as well as expand vocabulary and comprehension skills through the analysis of authentic cultural materials. The goal of this course is to help students find balance between understanding the important aspects of grammar, as well as develop language skills and vocabulary that one is likely to use in the real world. Basic knowledge of Italian or completion of Italian Level I is recommended.


Level III: Intermediate High/Advanced Italian Language & Culture

Tuesdays | Instructor: Gianpaolo Alexander | 6 – 8 PM | Casa Italiana

This course expands on the language skills mastered in Levels I and II. There will be a review of basic and complex grammatical and pronunciation patterns, intensive vocabulary expansion through literary and non-literary readings, and extensive conversation and writing practice. Intermediate knowledge of Italian or completion of Italian Level II is recommended.


Level IV: Advanced Conversation & Composition

Mondays | Instructor: Daniel Speciale | 6 – 8 PM | Casa Italiana

This course is meant for those who already have a fair understanding of the language and its structure. The course will focus on the spoken language, and encourages rapid mastery of the basic structures and vocabulary of contemporary Italian. Italian will be used exclusively in class focusing on dialogue situations which will build skills in personalized contexts. Conversations will be fostered through the use of popular music, art, cinema, regional cuisine and from everyday Italian life and culture.


Italian Literature

Thursdays | Instructor: Dr. Maria Rosaria Vitti Alexander | 6 – 8 PM | Online

In this course, we will be focusing on a more advanced understanding and comprehension of the language through literature. Class time will be focused on reading and discussing a book as a group, as well as reviewing complex grammatical structure and rules. Instructor will provide Zoom info via email prior to start of classes. Course Book: Sorgi, Marcello. Edda Ciano e il comunista.


Which course is right for me? If you have questions about placement, please email Dr. J. Carota

Pescara Summer Study Abroad Program

Submit your application here to study abroad in Pescara, Italy in Summer A of 2025. If you have any questions, email Dr. Joëlle Carota ( or the CIE (

Studiare in Italia

Italian (Double) Major or Minor


Review (double) major and minor requirements here or contact Dr. Carota (

Study Abroad in Pescara

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Why study in Italy?

Read all about it on our student blog: "Friends, Confidence, Amazing Food, and More in Italy".

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