The opening of the new headquarters of the Institute of Culture in the Palace of Italy (Palazzo Italia) in 2006, to promote Italian culture in Serbia has entered a new phase, since there was a need to service the event to a higher level. Palace of Italy became a “showcase” of Italy in Serbia and is a center of services and information for citizens.
In agreement with the Italian Cultural Institute, Embassy of Italy:
promote the teaching and dissemination of the Italian language, at all levels:
At the university level, and encourages the opening activity of the Department of Italian at the highest Serbian universities. In Belgrade, where there is a language course in the Department of italijanistiku Department of Philology, there are more than a thousand registered, but the Italian language in the teaching ranks second after English. In Novi Sad – which was established a permanent lectureship – teaching the Italian language is four years and has over two hundred registered. In 2009, the teaching of Italian language is introduced and the University of Kragujevac.
As for primary and secondary schools, there has been a significant achievement which shows the fact that the Italian language was introduced into the curricula of primary schools, as a major language and in the same league with the so-called “universal language”.
Special mention must be recent establishment of the Serbian-Italian bilingual department at the prestigious Third Belgrade High School, where the number of write requests double compared to the available places.
The Institute for Culture language courses attended by 400 participants and this number is constantly growing. Add to this number 30 students on courses which are held at the Diplomatic Academy, more than 200 participants in courses at the Military Academy, in cooperation with the Ministry of Defence of Serbia. All courses are organized according to the Common European Framework (CEFR) for languages and are divided by levels (from A1 to C2).
encourages educational activities lecturers, organizing ad hoc courses, in cooperation with the most famous Italian universities for foreigners, whose aim is to obtain a diploma CEDILS within one year, with the language departments, the Department of italijanistiku University of Belgrade, with the Ministries of Education and Sports of the Republic of Serbia and the Association of lecturer of Italian Serbian. Courses are offered continuously since 2001 and rely on new didactic approaches which in Italy are used in the teaching of foreign languages;
awards scholarships, funded by the Italian Government, to deserving students and researchers for study visits and training of the Italian language in Italy;
supports projects in publishing and translation of the Italian part of the Serbian language, financed by the Italian Foreign Ministry, which aims to intensify the exchange of ideas between Italy and Serbia;
helps and encourages a number of cultural events organized by the Institute of Culture