General Information (FAQ)


Where can I find a list of this semester’s courses/all courses offered in the department?

Complete list of departmental course offerings

Where can I find a list of Italian courses offered this semester?

 Italian courses -- Columbia University Online Bulletin

Do you offer summer courses?

Yes; please consult the Columbia University Online Bulletin for summer course offerings.


Can I audit courses in the Italian Department?

The department language policy strictly prohibits auditors of language courses. Summer language courses may be available for non-credit; consult the website of the School of Professional Services for more information on non-credit courses.

Some literature courses allow auditors; consult the department office for more information.


Can non-matriculated students take Italian courses at Columbia?

Yes; please consult the website of the School of Professional Studies for available courses and application information:



I’m interested in your PhD program. Can you send me a printed bulletin?

 The Graduate School of Arts and Sciences no longer publishes a printed graduate bulletin, but all information regarding individual programs may be found at their website:

General degree requirements

Information for international students

Fellowship information


Where can I find application/deadline information?

 Admissions information and online application


Where can I find information on the Italian Academy (Casa Italiana)?

Italian Academy for Advanced Studies in America


How can I contact my instructor?

Office Hours can be found here.

When do you offer placement/proficiency exams?

 Please see the home page for information on placement and proficiency exams.


Where can I find an Italian language tutor?
A list of students interested in tutoring may be found here.

Do you endorse any particular study-abroad program?

 We do not endorse any particular program, but the faculty of the Italian Department actively participates in the Columbia University Summer Program in Venice.


Do you offer translation or interpretation services?

 No; we suggest you contact the Columbia Tutoring and Translating Agency. (Not currently active in 2016.)


Are you hiring?

 The majority of our language instructors are graduate students currently enrolled in our department; teaching duties are an essential component of our graduate students’ training and funding. Instructors of literature courses are hired as a result of a national search, but we currently have no positions available. If a position becomes available, it will be listed on the Jobs at Columbia website.


We invite you to consult the Job Information List of the Association of Departments of Foreign Languages, an electronic database of academic job openings in postsecondary departments of foreign languages: