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Linguistic Center


The Center for Languages at the  Università per Stranieri di Siena (Cluss) is a center dedicated to the teaching of  Italian as a Foreign language and to research in the fields of linguistics and language teaching  

The Center for Languages promotes, organizes, and provides courses of  Italian language for foreigners; it collaborates with the other Centers and the Faculty of Italian Language and Culture of the Università per Stranieri di Siena in the design of training courses and research in the fields of linguistics and language teaching. 
The wide variety of courses offered ranges from trimester-long language courses structured according to the modules required for the completion of the Diplomas of First and Second Degree in Italian Language and Culture (Diplomi di Primo Grado e di Secondo Grado in Lingua e Cultura Italiana to month-long and specialized courses designed for those wishing to learn the Italian language in only a few weeks. During their stay in Siena, students may also have free use of  language laboratories and attend both seminars and several types of themed courses, valid for academic credits in accordance with the ECTS system.

All  language courses benefit from the innovative methodology of our instructors, who integrate a variety of different approaches to teaching which take into consideration the cognitive styles and linguistic needs of individual learners. The instructors rely on the most modern technology available for language teaching, such as multimedia language laboratories and audiovisual and IT resources.  Students are free to use the multimedia facility and the language laboratory for self-study, and have free access to the services offered by the Library of the Università per Stranieri di Siena.



In addition, our language Centre has recently obtained the accreditation of EAQUALS (Evaluation & Accreditation of Quality in Language Services), a mark of quality that testifies our excellence in language teaching and conforming to the highest international standards of language teaching and training.

The University has also obtained UNI EN ISO 9001:2008 certification for all of its academic activities.

Center  Director: Professor Carla Bagna