Italian at The University of Montana

MCLL is pleased to once again include Italian in the Department's family of languages. After a thirty-year hiatus, Italian language classes have restarted and now include 1st and 2nd year, with two sections of 1st year and a section each semester of  2nd year. A number of 2nd year students have indicated interest in continuing to 3rd year course. If funding is available in the College of Art and Sciences for advanced Italian courses, this will come to pass. We are pleased with the strong interest students at UM are showing for pursuing studies in Italian. Evelina Badery serves as both instructor and advisor for the Italian Club.

Italian is a Romance language spoken by about 70 millions people mostly in Italy, the Republic of San Marino, Vatican City, Switzerland (Canton Ticino) and Croatia (Istria). Italian is one of the official languages of the European Union. But Italian speakers also can be found in France, Germany, the U. K., South America (especially in Argentina and in Southern Brazil where almost half of the population is of Italian origins), Australia, Canada, and the U.S.A. Italian is spoken on five continents! Italian is now the fourth most taught modern language in the U.S.A., after Spanish, French and German.


Learning Italian increases your appreciation and understanding of the Italian people, and the Italian culture. Studying Italian opens the door to history, art: literature and comparative literature, painting, music, fashion, design and cinema, diplomacy and international business. It enhances your travel opportunities and helps you adjust more easily to new environments . The Classics section of MCLL offers an interim study abroad program to Rome. Why not learn Italian in order to benefit more fully from your experience abroad?

  • "A man who has not been in Italy, is always conscious of an inferiority."
    (Samuel Johnson)
  • "Open my heart, and you will see, graved inside of it, Italy".
    (Robert Browning)
  • James Joyce spoke Italian, so can you.

Italy's past splendors have the adverse effect of leaving very little room for appreciating the achievements of contemporary Italians. In the past fifty years, from a poor mostly agricultural and rural country, Italy has become one the world's major industrial powers. Italy is among the United States ten major trading suppliers, while the United States is the 3d largest market outlet of Italy. Everyone is familiar with the very high quality of "typical" Italian products, such as wine, apparel, shoes, home furnishings and Nutella (you didn't know it is Italian, did you?). However, the largest portion of Italian exports comes from the industrial sectors, and more precisely: machine tools, aerospace, robotics, telecommunications and chemicals.

Realize your dream: study Italian! Welcome! Benvenuti!

We wish you a fruitful and rewarding learning experience in Italian.