Learning Italian is a connection to one of the world’s richest cultural traditions and to one of Europe’s most dynamic contemporary societies.
Italian artistic traditions are well known–according to UNESCO, over 60 percent of the world’s art treasures are found in Italy. Italian is an important language for research in art history, music, philosophy, literary studies and archeology.
Today’s Italy is also a throughly modern country, one of the world’s eight most industrialized nations. Contemporary Italian society pushes the envelope in such fields as the performing arts, cinema, design, sports, fashion and industry. In 2014, Italy was ranked as the world’s fifth most-visited tourist destination, with 48.6 million visitors. Knowledge of the Italian language is a tremendous benefit for careers in business and trade.