Italian 1

practical information

no. of lessons: 12 sessions
preparation: appr. 2 hours per session
language of instruction Italian/Dutch
ECTS: The student should enquire with their department whether course participation can be converted into credits. The course is equivalent to 3 ECTS.
start courses: courses start in September and February (see Course programme on this page)

Course Fees

course programme and enrolment

For information on the current programme and in order to enrol, please follow the link below. You can enroll until a week before the start of the course. Individuals can pay by Credit Card (Mastercard or VISA) or iDeal.  

       current programme - lesson times - enrolment

If classes are canceled due to unforeseen circumstances, they will be added on to the end of the course. Please take into account courses may end later than scheduled.


target group and admission requirements

The course is intended for adults with a higher education, including both Leiden University students and staff members and other interested parties with no relation to the University.
The course is open to persons aged 17 and older who have completed a secondary school education.
You can participate in this course if you have followed our Italian 1 course. Potential participants who do not fulfil these entry requirements have to complete an entry test to determine whether their level is sufficient. This test is a computer test. It can either be taken at the Language Centre or downloaded and taken home.

Course Material

- Nuovo Rete! A1. Corso multimediale di italiano per stranieri. (textbook) Mezzadri, Marco, e.a. ISBN:9788855702447. Chapter 1 - 4 

You are requested to arrange your own purchase of the course material. You can buy this book at Libreria Bonardi (


Participants who have completed the course will have reached level A1 of the Common European Framework for Languages.

The course level is indicated with the help of the Common European Framework of Reference for Languages. 

skills starting level     target level
listening 0 A1.1
reading 0 A1.1
speaking production     0 A1.1
speaking interaction 0 A1.1
writing  0 A1.1

Click on the skills for further clarification.   

Course Description

All basic skills are covered: speaking, listening, writing and reading.  The course makes use of additional materials, including videos. In the lessons you will practice conversation on the basis of these texts. Course participants are expected to prepare the lessons at home. Per lesson you should count on a preparation time of approximately two hours. You will also learn to apply basic grammar.
Once you have completed the course you will be able to converse on various topics of a personal and cultural nature, to read simple articles, to deal with situations occurring while travelling, and to hold a short presentation about your study or work.
You will reach level A1.1 according to the Common European Framework.
The course is completed with an oral/written test. If you attend 80% of the lessons and successfully complete the final test you will be awarded a certificate.

Last Modified: 18-10-2016