Consorzio ICoN

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The Consorzio ICoN is an interuniversity consortium for Italian Studies established in 1999. It consists of 21 Italian universities and focuses on philology and cultural studies. The consortium is based and administrated at the University of Pisa and is supported by the Italian Ministry of University and Research (Ministero dell'Università e della Ricerca). It aims at diffusing Italian language, culture and literature.


The Consrzio ICoN has its seat at Lungarno Pacinotti in Pisa.
The administration is based at Piazza dei Facchini next to the Palazzo Blu in Pisa.

The universities forming the consortium are

Bachelor's degree[edit]

The University of Pisa, in collaboration with the consortium, offers a bachelor's degree program in Italian philology and cultural studies (Corso di laurea triennale in Lingua e cultura italiana per stranieri) for foreigners and expatriates, based on distance education and e-learning. The program refers to the bachelor's degree class L-10 (literary studies) and offers four majors in

Exams are carried out at institutions in the country of residence (partner universities, Italian embassies). The title will be issued by the administrative university, actually Pisa, mentioning all participating universities. As Italy is part of European Higher Education Area, the program has a value of 180 ECTS points and permits to participate in a Master's degree program.

Master's degrees[edit]

The ICoN consortium organizes three executive master's degrees (60 ECTS) in the field of Italian studies. They consist of phases of attendance, distance education and e-learning. The offer includes

Language courses[edit]

The consortium ICoN also offers language courses and programs in written Italian at distinct levels. For native English speakers special packages have been designed in collaboration with the National Italian American Foundation and the University of California's department of Italian. The courses have been awarded with the European Commission's European Language Label.

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