Why Study Italian?

Italy is one of the G8, and many employers are seeking people who speak both Italian and English. An estimated 7,500 American companies do business with Italy and more than 1,000 U.S. firms have offices in Italy including IBM, Citibank, Motorola, General Electric, Exxon, Fiat and Chrysler, PricewaterhouseCoopers, etc. Many Italian firms have offices in the U.S.

Knowing Italian is greatly beneficial in several career fields. If you are interested in a career in the culinary arts, music, opera, interior design, fashion, graphic design, furniture design, robotics and small manufacturing, shipbuilding, and many other fields, Italian is the language for you.

Italian is spoken by nearly 1,000,000 people and is the fifth most studied language in the U.S. It is also spoken in Switzerland, parts of Africa, Malta, and throughout all of Europe, Canada, Australia, Argentina and Brazil.

Italy has one of the richest cultural heritages of Western civilization and has been a world leader in literature, architecture, painting, sculpture and music. The first University in Europe was founded in Bologna in 1088 and its school of law was the first in history. Knowledge of the Italian language opens up a new understanding of an astoundingly rich cultural tradition.

Italy is justifiably a top travel destination. Knowledge of the Italian language can turn a week long visit or a semester abroad into a rewarding and unforgettable experience.

Many agree that Italian is the most pleasurable and satisfying foreign language to learn. Its sound-spelling correspondence is easy to master, its structures tend to be logical and fairly regular, and its pronunciation is great fun. Becoming familiar with the Italian language and culture is cited by many students as one of the highlights of their BC career.