For advising, please contact the Program Coordinator, Professor John Picchione at or 416-736-2100 Ext. 88744. Email preferred. For general questions you may also contact the main DLLL email

Advising FAQs

Why can't I directly enrol in Italian language courses, as I would in other courses?

When you attempt to ADD an Italian language course for the very first time, but cannot, you will see the message,

"The course has not been added. The spaces in this course are reserved. Please contact the department for further information."

Please go to the link:
You will be asked to log in with your Passport York. When you get
to the Italian Placement Test, enter the enrolment key:
italian2020 (one word, small letters). Once you are
in, please complete Part 1 (the questionnaire). Read the
instructions carefully. Only students who achieve the required
score in Part 1 will proceed to Part 2 (the Placement Test).
completed, you will be provided with the results right away.
Please note: The Departmental Office will unblock your enrolment
within 2 business days of completing the test.

If I've already completed a YU Italian language course, do I have to re-take the questionnaire?

No. If you have already completed an Italian language course at YU, for example, IT 1000, then the enrolment system will automatically recognize you as a continuing student with the appropriate prerequisite. You will not require a new questionnaire. You may enrol directly from any computer.

How do core courses work?

The Course Calendar provides detailed information for Italian Studies degrees.

If you need more information, contact the Department of Languages, Literatures, Linguistics.

Can you give me an example of the Course Calendar?

Once you consult the degree options site, you will find it is very simple. Here is an example:

BA: 90 Credits

Residency requirement: a minimum of 30 course credits and at least half (50 per cent) of the course credits required in each undergraduate degree program major/minor must be taken at York University.

Graduation requirement: students must successfully complete (pass) at least 90 credits that meet the Faculty's degree and program requirements with a cumulative grade point average of at least 4.00.

General education: a minimum of 21 general education credits as follows:

  • 6.00 credits in natural science (NATS)
  • a 9.00 credit approved general education course in the social science or humanities categories
  • a 6.00 credit approved general education course in the opposite category to the 9.00 credit course in social science or humanities already taken

Major credits: students will take at least 30 credits in Italian studies, including the following:

(i) Core language requirement:

(ii) Core literature requirement:

(iii) Core linguistics requirement:

(iv) Other courses:

  • 12 credits chosen from 3000-4000 level courses with an IT rubric (i.e. offered by Italian Studies).

Note: at least 12 credits in the major at the 3000 level or above.

Upper-level credits: at least 18 credits at the 3000 or 4000 level.

Credits outside the major: at least 18 credits.

Are there any Italian courses available as electives?

Absolutely, there are a number of such courses.

One example is our Florence and Rome, Summer in Italy courses, which may be taken as electives, as long as they end in –01. Those ending in –00 are intended for Italian Studies majors.

Consult our course descriptions page for detailed information.