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Italian Language Courses


Italian Language Courses


Although the Istituto Italiano di Cultura is closed to the public for Italian language courses due to the current COVID-19 outbreak, all courses will be offered online via virtual classrooms until further notice. All courses will be taught by our regular instructors.  Although the classes will be offered virtually,  students will continue to participate actively in those same activities offered in an on-site classroom: speaking, writing, listening, working in groups, etc.  Online classes are capped at nine students with a minimum of 5 students.

We thank you for your understanding as we move to this method of teaching.  We look forward to meeting you online.


The Institute offers the opportunity to learn the Italian language and culture.

About 120 courses are organized every year. In 2017 registered students were about 1400.

Students choose the Italian Cultural Institute because:

  • We offer a variety of courses ranging from beginner to advanced levels; 
  • Our courses follow the Common European Framework set by the European Council for Languages;
  • We offer special interest courses such as business, stylistics, grammar, conversation and culture  classes;
  • Our teachers are highly qualified native speakers of Italian;
  • Small groups: minimum 6 and maximum 13 students for in-person classes; 5-9 students for online classes
  • Students can attend cultural events organized by the IIC;
  • Students have free access to the Institute's library and movies;
  • Certificates of proficiency can be issued upon request;
  • Students can benefit from various scholarships offered by language schools in Italy;
  • The Institute is the only place in Toronto where the Certification of Italian Proficiency exams (Esami CILS) are held. This certification is officially recognized by the European Union.


Are you in the mood for a good cup of coffee? 
Feel like having a bit of a chat in Italian?
Why don't you come and have a coffee with us?

A Coffee and a Chat will be an hour dedicated to conversational practice in Italian at the Intermediate and Advanced levels.  Students will enroll for 5 coffee dates, that take place once per week.

A great opportunity to practise your Italian and to meet up with friends both new and old!

Taught by highly qualified Italian native speakers with a particular focus on communication, courses are divided into eight levels and are offered in four-yearly sessions:

Winter session January - March
Spring session April - June
Summer session July - September
Fall session October - December

Classes are: 

  • once a week: 25 hours in ten weeks;
  • twice a week: 25 hours in six weeks;
  • intensive: three times a week for a total of 25 hours in four weeks;
  • private: flexible according to students' special interests and needs.

The Institute also offers:

  • Grammar and Stylistics   
  • Conversation   
  • Italian for Business
  • Italian History   
  • Italian Literature 
  • Italian Cinema
  • Italian Culture for children who already speak Italian (in collaboration with Accademia dei Ragazzi)


Last update: January 28, 2021