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sQuola is the School of Italian Studies and Linguistics. The School is the academic center of Florence University of the Arts specialized in teaching Italian as a foreign language as well as accredited, university-level courses in Italian literature and Italian studies.

 

School of Italian Studies and Linguistics (IS)

Italian Language (IT)

Italian literature (IL)

Italian Studies (IS)

 

Please visit the sQuola website for more information on academic programs and news related to the School.

 

THE SQUOLA VISION

  • sQuola is an academic institution in Florence dedicated to transforming the meaning of learning the Italian language by teaching an understanding of what it means to be an Italian speaker today, immersing students in Italian culture, and encouraging students to go beyond the textbook and learn outside the classroom by speaking Italian often and experientially to locals and internationals during their studies.

  • sQuola exposes its students to the changing realities of Italy today.

  • sQuola is an integration project that takes its students beyond memorized words and towards acquiring a real grasp of sounds and nuances.

  • sQuola seeks to offer a complete, contemporary, culturally and sociologically rich vision of the Italian language in the city that gave birth to linguistic pioneers such as Dante and Boccaccio.

  • Why the Q? sQuola is a scuola, school, that seeks to surround students with cultural and linguistic immersion and to leave a lasting, visible mark on their experience like the descender (downward tail) that renders the letter unique in the alphabet.

THE SQUOLA MISSION

  • To offer intensive immersion programs - short and long term - for students in combination with internships, volunteer and community service positions where they put into practice their language skills.

  • The contemporary approach of sQuola goes beyond traditional learning methods by teaching students how to speak and live in the Italian culture and society.

  • To create a bridge, through interdisciplinary linguistic studies, between the international student and the Italian/Florentine experience.

  • To promote an open forum that hosts academic gatherings, conferences, and conventions on contemporary Italian studies.

  • To lead integration programs to unite the local, student, and international communities in Florence such as: thematic events, lectures, and cinema programs.

SQUOLA VALUES

  • An innovative intensive language program suited for individuals with a serious interest in maximizing progress during their studies in Florence.

  • Program duration can last from an intensive 3 weeks to a full semester with internship and volunteer opportunities.

  • A faculty of international academics and professionals to complement the educational and cultural mission of the Florence University of the arts institutions.

  • Dynamic, modern facilities that offer the latest learning technologies in a completely restored historic palazzo just beyond the Duomo, equipped with high-tech language labs and classrooms, computer center, reading room and lounge for students, and an amphitheater style cinema room for didactic use or thematic events such as film series open to the public.

  • Programs open to the public, proposed and managed by an international Advisory Board.

  • Workshops for teachers of Italian and Italian studies.

  • Institutional conferences, book launches, and cinema events.

 

2012 squola florenceAt sQuola students are encouraged to learn and act, coming to full circle within the Italian culture. 2012 squola florenceLaboratories for computation and language practice are a feature that runs throughout our campuses. 2012 squola florencesQuola intends to be an open passageway to the expansion that is reaped from acquiring another language. 2012 squola florenceIn days past the amphitheater was a gathering place, today the structure is used as a forum in which knowledge sharing is constantly cultivated.

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