Benefits of Studying Italian


  • A knowledge of Italian is Important for people in business, the arts, technology, art history, music, linguistics, education, international relations and other related fields.
  • Students preparing for SATs who have studied Italian tend to score higher on vocabulary and  grammar. Italian developed from Latin and about 60% of the English vocabulary comes from Latin.
  • Italy is one of the top economies in the world, and is a member of the G7 group of the most prosperous democracies in the world.
  • An estimated 8,000 American companies do business with Italy and more than 1,000 U.S. firms have offices in Italy, including IBM, G.E., Motorola, and the major auto companies.
  • Italy is a world leader in machine tool manufacturing, with advanced technologies in robotics, electromechanical machinery, and transportation equipment. Many of these companies have offices in the U.S.
  • Italian companies have opened relations with U.S. aerospace, transportation, insurance, finance, shipping, telecommunications and other commerce.
  • American companies like AT&T and IBM have established ties with Italian companies for cable TV, international cellular phone systems, the internet, and more, and need employees who speak Italian and English.
  • Italy is a world leader in the culinary arts, interior design, fashion, graphic design, and furniture design.
  • Italy is a top tourism destination. In 2000, an estimated 30 million people visited the city of Rome, alone.
  • American medical, dentistry and veterinary students, who cannot afford the tuition at U.S. colleges can study at Italian universities at a fraction of the cost, and their degrees will be valid in the U.S.
  • Students in Art History need to know Italian. Over 60% of the world’s art treasures are located in Italy.
  • Italian is the fourth most spoken foreign language in U.S. homes. It is also spoken in Switzerland, The Balkans, the island of Malta and in part of Africa.