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11 November, 2008 16:18  EasyExpat EasyExpat

As part of our series on international institutions, today’s article focuses on the Società Dante Alighieri. You can probably guess by the name that this is the institution responsible for spreading and promoting Italian language and culture around the world.

History and growth

The Società Dante Alighieri was formed in Italy in 1889 and named after Dante Alighieri, a pre-Renaissance poet who is considered the father of the Italian language. In 1948, it was restructured so that all chapters of the society had more autonomy and followed their own methods to reach their common goal i.e. the spread of the Italian language and culture around the world. In 2005, along with the British Council, the Goethe Institute the Instituto Cervantes, the Instituto Camões and the Alliance Française, the Societe Dante Alighieri was awarded the Prince of Asturias Award for outstanding achievements in communications and the humanities.

The society spans across the world with chapters in the United States, Europe and Australia to name a few. The societies are non-profit organizations that offer language courses in addition to a number of cultural activities. Activities you can sign up for at the Dante Alighieri Society include music lessons, Italian melodies operas and Italian performances etc.

Language courses

Language courses are tailored to various groups. In general, there are courses for beginners, intermediate and advanced students. There are also special tourist courses for those intending to visit Italy on a holiday. Course timings are flexible and you can choose from a number of options from intensive to relaxed schedules. Prices depend on the course chosen and the country you’ll be studying in.


Successful students can obtain a PLIDA certificate from the Society. This is an official diploma that’s recognized by the Italian government and the universities. Foreign students with this certificate can apply for admissions to Italian universities. Two certificates are available:

  1. PLIDA Juniores for young people between 13 and 18 years of age
  2. and PLIDA Commerciale for those who intend to use Italian in the business and financial world.

In short, for anyone interested in anything Italian, get in touch with the Società Dante Alighieri nearest to you. For more information on this institution, click here:
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