Study Abroad

In order to increase language proficiency and cultural literacy, all students are strongly encouraged to spend a semester abroad in one of the University-approved programs in cities such as Milan, Perugia and Siena.


Language Tables

The Department encourages students and other members of the Villanova community to take part in the language tables. Language tables are the best option to practice what you have learned in class without the formalities of the classroom. To learn more, please see the Current Student Resources site or contact Dr. Mary Migliozzi.



The Language Use and Variation Lab invites interested students to join our weekly lab meetings, where we review research on language variation and work collaboratively toward uncovering the mysteries of how language changes and evolves. Students are encouraged to get involved in ongoing research, including linguistic analyses of Hispanic speakers in Philadelphia and laboratory studies of cognitive factors in language variation. Please contact Grant Berry, PhD, if interested.


Italian Club: Circolo Italiano

The Italian Club of Villanova University seeks to promote Italian culture, unite students, and supplement classroom experiences. The club is open to students of any heritage and Italian language ability. Events to promote the club have included: Italian film viewings, trips to opera performances in Philadelphia and New York, and Italian dinners featuring wonderful music and authentic foods. The club also works closely with multicultural organizations to help foster community and understanding across the Villanova campus.


Italian Honor Society: Gamma Kappa Alpha

The Italian Honors Society, Gamma Kappa Alpha, is a national honor society that recognizes scholastic performance in coursework in Italian language, literature, and culture. New members are inducted each spring and wear cords at graduation that testify to their achievement.


College and University Resources

In addition to resources and opportunities through the Romance Languages and Literatures Department, Villanova provides support to undergraduate students in all aspects of their collegiate experience and beyond through the centralized services of the Office for Undergraduate StudentsOffice of Education Abroad and Career Center.

Director of Italian Studies
Dr. James C. Kriesel
St Augustine Ctr Liberal Arts Rm 333
(610) 519-4696



What does Italian culture add to a business? A female perspective on entrepreneurship
A presentation by Lisa Tortolani (Villanova alumna, Co-Founder of 20Fund, investing in female-founded and Italian-based startups).