Institute of Italian Studies (ISI)
Founded in March 2007, the Institute of Italian Studies (ISI) is directed by Carlo Ossola. Established in the only Italian-speaking university outside of Italy, ISI has the aim of strengthening the university's commitment to the Italian language, literature, and culture.
The study of the Italian language and literature develops through a constant dialogue with arts and history. The Institute has launched a Master (2-years specialist degree), a PhD and, in the academic year 2012-2013, a Bachelor programme in Italian Literature and Culture, inviting lecturers from Switzerland, Italy and wider Europe, who themselves embody, throughout their research path, the parable of a "language sweet and flavoursome, built with the sounds of solidarity" (O. Mandelštam, 1933).
ISI intends to promote Italian studies also by establishing relationships with the most active research institutions in Switzerland and abroad.