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Marco Polo Program at LUMSA

Chinese version - Italian version


The Marco Polo Program - Turandot was promoted in 2004 by the Conference of Italian University Rectors, under the request of the Presidency of the Italian Republic, in order to increase the presence of Chinese students in the Italian universities.
LUMSA has joined the Marco Polo Program – Turandot.
The University Language Center (CLIC), LUMSA will offer an Italian language course particularly attractive for Chinese students.

The students who will enroll in an Italian universities can attend to the course of “Italian Language and Culture" will last 11 months (1100 hours).
The Italian course is also open to students of the Turandot program.
The course starts each November and it ends on the September of next year.
The attendance is compulsory (at least 80% of the classes) and in preparation to the next enrollment in the university’s courses.
The program lasts 11 months (from early November to late September).

The students will follow a course of 1100 hours, as follow:

  • 900 hours of Italian (the fundamentals) including 600 of frontal lessons (up to 15 students).
  • 600 hours of frontal lessons and exercises with additional activities on the pronunciation, speaking and writing;
  • 300 hours will be offered in multimedia activities with self-learning’s technology, in the languages laboratories;
  • 200 hours of intensive thematic courses with teachers and experts. 5-weeks intensive/40 hours each including frontal lessons, tours and excursions.

During the 11 months: 5 intensive weeks with the following topics:

  1. The Italian Cuisine;
  2. The Italian Art with a visit to the Vatican Museums;
  3. The Italian Design and the Italian Fashion including meetings with experts;
  4. The Italian Art including a visit to St. Peter and around Rome (sixteenth-century);
  5. The Italian Institutions including a visit to the Quirinal or to the House or Senate.

Evaluation and Certification
The attendance is mandatory (at least 80% of the total lessons) in order to obtain the certificate. At the end of each period there will be a final exam that will assess the level of language proficiency achieved.
With the Italian language center CLIC you can also take the exam for the Italian official certification CELI. LUMSA is one of the official examination seat.

Each student will have the access to the University services (libraries, electronic resources, wifi, etc) and personal credentials.

Enrollment and costs
The program takes place from November  until September of the next year, with a total of 11 months. The total cost for 1,100 hours of Italian language lessons with 200 hours of thematic intensive and extra-curricular activities is: € 2,500 (entrance fees to theaters, cinemas, museums and transportation during extracurricular excursions are excluded ).
The course will start with a minimum of 10 students (it will not be exceeded the number of 20 students for each classroom).
To enroll you have to send a email to  The office will send you any information.



Example of a typical Italian language course (the fundamentals).

Example program of a typical thematic week.