19 Italian Universities for the promotion of Italian language and culture all over the world: ICoN Italian Culture on the Net www.italicon.it

ICoN - Italian Culture on the Net is a Consortium of Italian Universities (Bari, Catania, Genoa, Milan State University, Padua, Parma, Pavia, Perugia for Foreigners, Pisa, Rome "La Sapienza", Rome "Tor Vergata", Roma Tre, Salerno, Siena for Foreigners, Turin, Venice, the Free University of Language and Communication IULM of Milano, the University of Naples
"L'Orientale", and the Superior School for Academic Studies "S. Anna" of Pisa) whose mission is the promotion and diffusion of Italian language and culture worldwide, using telematic media.
The ICoN Consortium was set up in January 1999 in partnership with the Office of the President of the Chamber of Deputies and with the support of the Office of the Prime Minister and the Ministry of Universities and Scientific and Technological Research. It operates in agreement with the Ministry for Foreign Affairs.
ICoN offers its users a combination of services and resources for the teaching and learning of Italian language and culture, which it makes available through its teaching portal www.italicon.it:
Degree Course in Italian Culture and Language, run jointly through telematic media by the Italian Universities collectively making up the ICoN Consortium, new Italian language courses (to be published) designed according to the European Framework of Reference for Languages, Digital Library, Museum, Encyclopaedias to support the Degree Course, interactive community and teaching-learning services.
As interuniversity Consortium, our core activity is the Degree Course in Italian language and culture, addressed to non-Italian students and Italian students provided they are resident outside of Italy.
To attend the course it is indispensable to have an advanced knowledge of Italian and to be in possession of a school-leaving certificate that would allow students to attend university in Italy.
The adequate knowledge of Italian can be tested by our compulsory language test “Quanto
conosci la lingua italiana?” (http://www.italicon.it/index.asp?codpage=test&bodytext=page00)
The program, offered telematically by the ICoN Consortium on behalf of its Universities, is designed to produce graduates who will be equipped with a good general background in the Italian cultural heritage of the ancient, medieval, modern and contemporary age and will have sound professional knowledge in the fields of the teaching of Italian as a second language, the world of publishing, institutional relations with Italy and cultural, productive, commercial and tourist activities focusing on Italy.
The degree course is divided into four approaches (termed “curricula”): teaching and language, historical-cultural, literary, fine arts-music-performing arts.
The courses, held on the basis of written modules by professors from the Universities belonging to the Consortium, are distributed among the areas of Antiquities, Philosophy, Geography, Language, Literature, Music, Drama and Cinema, History of Art, History and Social Sciences.
The Degree Course is a three-year course, but it can be taken over a longer period depending on the individual requirements of the student. In order to complete the degree, 180 “training credits” are required (1 credit is eqivalent to 25 hours of student study effort).
All teaching activity is conducted telematically. Students use the interactive teaching materials, complete the automated answer exercises, and can consult the library, museum and encyclopaedia. Students may take the course entirely as a self-guided self-access course, or make use of tutoring services for each subject taught during the semester.
Enrollees who make use of the tutoring service take mid-term tests and interact with other students from all parts of the world in a virtual classroom. At the end of each semester, all students take written examinations at institutions that have stipulated an agreement with ICoN, located throughout the world (Italian Representations, Italian Institutes of Culture, Italian schools abroad, foreign Universities and Departments). At the end of the course, students must prepare a written project or a computerised fact-sheet or an audiovisual project on a subject pertaining to their chosen approach and, normally, discuss it through a web-conference from the above mentioned institutions around the world.
For a comprehensive list of our partners all over the world, please visit http://www.italicon.it/segreteria/lista_sedi_esami.asp?AREA=01&codpage=s...
Partner institutions can use our resources for free if at least one examination is held or receive a refund for expenses.
ICoN adopts an asynchronous communication model: this means that students are not required to go on line at pre-determined times. Messages from their tutors are thus stored in the virtual forum rooms until the student has time to download them and send a reply. The modules and the accompanying material are always available, and whenever students wish to resume their study, all they have to do is to identify themselves on the website, and then can start again from the point where they left off.
Once they have enrolled in the Degree Course, they can go to the ICoN website and access the materials, as well as interacting at any time and from any part of the world with the tutors and other students enrolled in the course. This allows them to share their own study experience with students from other countries and continents, or of other languages and cultures, who have in common with them an interest in Italian culture and language.
After a three-year’s experimental stage starting in 2001, from 2004 to today, 218 students have graduated from all over the world: Afghanistan, Albania, Argentina, Australia, Austria, Azerbaijan, Bahrain, Belgium, Brazil, Bulgaria, Canada, Chad, Cyprus, Colombia, Croatia, Czech Republic, Egypt, UAE, Ecuador, Estonia, Ethiopia, Finland, Germany, Greece, Guatemala, Hungary, Island, Israel, Japan, Kazachstan, Kenya, Latvia, Lithuania, former Macedonia, Mexico, the Netherlands, Perù, Poland, Qatar, Romania, Russia, Serbia, Slovenia, Spain, South Africa, Switzerland, Tunisia, Turkey, Ukraine, United Kingdom, Uruguay, USA, Venezuela and Vietnam. Next prospective graduates session will take place in May 2012.
Enrolments are open from mid May and from mid November each year.
Teaching activities are divided into two semesters: September-December and March-June.
Examination sessions are held between January and February and between June and July.
The fee for the tutoring service is € 900 per semester. The fee for the self-guided system is €
600 per semester.
ICoN prospective students may apply to be considered for a study grant covering the
fees for the first year of the course.


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