Small classes led by faculty members—not graduate students—allow Colgate students to explore Italian language and culture. Italian courses support students with an interest in engaging at any level: from those who wish to study abroad in Italy to those who simply wish to maintain or develop a basic knowledge of Italian language and culture.
Colgate offers a semester-long study group—led by a full-time Colgate faculty member—to Venice, Italy. The program offers students the opportunity for immersion in Italian language and culture. There are also opportunities for students to pursue approved, non-Colgate study groups to additional Italian locations.
W.M. Keck Center for Language Study
The Keck Center is a high-tech learning space dedicated to the study of language. Listening and recording stations, the streaming of global news outlets, and access to native-speaker language interns allow our students to immerse themselves in language while still on campus.
Carefully selected and friendly Italian students are available in the Keck Center as tutors. The tutors are available to guide students through grammar points and oral practice, and to assist with review before tests.
Italian Tutoring Hours
Wednesday: 6-8 p.m.
Each academic year, the Department of Romance Languages and Literatures hosts a native-speaking Italian-language intern. The intern works with faculty to support courses and collaborates with student organizations to organize cultural activities and trips, screen Italian-language films, and more.
Table of Babel
Every Tuesday during the semester, from 11:30 a.m.–1 p.m., students studying Romance languages gather in Frank Dining Hall to practice their language skills while sharing a meal. The department’s language interns and designated conversation tutors are present to facilitate conversation.
Italian Club offers extracurricular opportunities for exploring Italian culture. The club sponsors such activities as screening Italian films, preparing traditional Italian food, and special events focused on Italian art and language. The club also provides a venue for students to discuss such contemporary topics as Italian politics, economics, historical legacies, pop culture, and more.