Department of Italian Studies


About the Department

The Department of Italian Studies conducts programmes in the scientific field of Italian language, culture, didactics of Italian language and culture as well as intercultural communication at 1st and 2nd level of studies.


On first level it implements the BA single course study programme Italian Studies.

On second level it implements the study programmes of Teaching Italian (Pedagogical study) and Italian Language (Linguistics).


The study enables students to acquire appropriate knowledge of Italian language, literature and intercultural linguistic competence. With its new and up-to-date BA programme it is appropriate for all levels of pre-knowledge, since the bilingual environment, spatial and cultural vicinity with Italy enable students to make great progress during the study period.


Besides the study of language and culture we also organize:

  • visits to theatres,
  • excursions to Italy,
  • visions of the newest Italian production movies,
  • exchanges with some Italian universities.

With the Erasmus exchange project students have the opportunity to spend a semester or more of their academic life in one of the Italian universities. In all years of study students are in direct touch with professors from Italian university Ca’ Foscari from Venice and with the illustrious Accademia della Crusca from Florence which deals with research in the field of Italian language.

During the study students will be accompanied by native speakers, they will learn about Italian literature, cinema, music and art.

Students at the Department of Italian Studies will therefore also learn communication rules in the contact linguistic areas (bilingualism and linguistic varieties). By applying contrastive analysis to the knowledge of the dialects and varieties spoken by linguistic communities in the Slovene-Italian contact area, taking Slovene as an indicator of cultural reference and awareness of language, students will be able to get an insight into linguistics as a scientific discipline.

Equipped with knowledge and research methodology in the field of humanities, students will be appropriately prepared for research work during and after study. Participating in the evaluation of their own achievements in the study (language portfolio) will help students to consolidate awareness of their own knowledge and the ability to critically assess their own educational path.

Department memberstop

  • Dr. Helena Bažec, assistant professor, Head of the Department of Italian Studies
  • Dr. Anja Zorman, associate professor, Vice Head of the Department of Italian Studies
  • Mag. Metka Malčič, lector, secretary of the Department of Italian Studies
  • Dr. Jadranka Cergol, assistant professor, responsible for tutors
  • Dr. Nives Zudič Antonič, professor
  • Dr. Neva Čebron, assistant professor
  • Dr. Susanna Pertor, assistant professor
  • Dr. Suzana Todorović, assistant professor
  • Dr. Mojca Cerkvenik, assistant
  • Mag. Emma Beatriz Villegas Cunja, assistant
  • Anja Pirih, lector
  • Jessica Acquavita, assistant