Italian Studies 

Why Study Italian?

Italian, for cultural and economic reasons, is now the fifth most studied language in the world. Italian has been the language of famous men and women, poets, scientists, artists, innovators and conquerors.

Italian will challenge you with its sounds and peculiarity and it will captivate you with its musicality and rhythm.

You will also discover the rich and ancient Italian culture while learning the language: the Arts, the culinary traditions, the literary richness, the cutting-edge technologies, design and products, the love for Beauty, the passion for a “sociable dimension”. You will be acquainted with terms related to fashion, design, music and you will start to understand the words of Italian songs and Opera. Italian will bring you closer to Italy and to the European culture. It will open your eyes and mind to a very different life style and will enrich your résumé.

If you are interested in a career in the culinary arts, translation, education, commerce, design, travel industry, fashion… learn Italian with us!

Our History at SFU

Italian was first offered at Simon Fraser University in 1989. It all started with one course of Italian. Now, after many years of proud commitment, SFU offers its students the opportunity to pursue a Minor in Italian Studies

In these 25 years many SFU students have been enjoying our interactive and friendly courses. They have learnt the language through music, video and original materials. They have tasted Italian culture starting with a warm and welcoming environment in all our classes.

Upcoming Events

An event organized under the auspices of the Consulate General of Italy in Vancouver, in collaboration with the UBC Department of French, Hispanic and Italian Studies, and the Simon Fraser University’s Italian Program.
 Within the context of the celebration for the UBC Centennial, we wish to acknowledge another important event: the 60th anniversary of the teaching of Italian at UBC. By a lucky coincidence, we will also be celebrating the 25th anniversary of the teaching of Italian at SFU.
We are planning a unique Reunion for all the students that have populated the Italian courses in Vancouver since their inception, and hope to reach as many as possible to ask them to participate in the event, planned for Friday, April 1st, 2016, at the Italian Cultural Centre. (Save the date!)

Please visit our Facebook page or our web page and help us spread the word.

- Stefania Ciccone, professor emerita at UBC