Images of Italy for Italian Program


The University of St. Thomas offers a three-course sequence in the Italian language: ITAL 111, 112, and 211. The sequence provides a solid foundation in speaking, listening, writing and reading Italian, as well as the cultural knowledge necessary to travel and communicate in Italy today. In addition to fulfilling the Language and Culture core requirement, the courses are excellent preparation for studying abroad in Italy through UST or other programs, traveling, or just enhancing your appreciation of an ancient, diverse and beautiful country.

  • Italy has more UNESCO World Heritage Sites than any other country – 45! 
  • Standard Italian spoken throughout Italy today originated in Florence in the 14th century with Dante’s Divine Comedy. 
  • Italian cuisine is one of the most popular in the world but also extremely diverse: every region and city has its own specialties and unique products. 
  • Italian is the language most often used for musical notation, and opera, the piano and violin all originated in Italy. 
  • Famous Italian explorers include: Christopher Columbus, Marco Polo, Matteo Ricci and Amerigo Vespucci - to name just a few! 
  • St. Francis of Assisi, St. Catherine of Siena, Leonardo da Vinci, Michelangelo, Machiavelli, Galileo and Maria Montessori all spoke Italian!

The Rome CORE Semester

Go beyond textbooks and engage globally with your core curriculum. During the Rome CORE semester, Rome and Italy will become your classroom as you go on site visits, attend cultural events and take advantage of volunteer opportunities with social service organizations throughout the city. The Rome CORE Semester allows students from a wide range of majors the chance to experience a full semester abroad while keeping on track for graduation. As part of an international living learning community, CORE students live together with a St. Thomas faculty director and an on-site resident director in the St. Thomas Bernardi residence, located on the banks of the Tiber River, within walking distance of sites like the Spanish Steps and Vatican City. 

A wide variety of study abroad programs in Italy are available. Visit the Study Abroad website to learn more.

The Italian program at the University of St. Thomas offers you the opportunity to pursue an individualized minor in Italian studies. This interdisciplinary minor combines Italian language competencies (ITAL 211, 212 and a 300-level course) with a deeper knowledge of Italian culture (a class in Italian literature and one in Italian culture, including art history, history, film studies and women’s studies). Advanced courses for the minor in Italian studies can be taken at St. Thomas, as well as at other local institutions (Macalester College and the University of Minnesota) and while studying abroad.