Dante Alighieri Society of Washington
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About our classes

Our Dante Language School has been honored for the quality of its Italian language program with a financial grant of support. The prestigious Italian Cultural Institute and the Consulate General of Italy in San Francisco again awarded the 2017-18 curriculum, recognizing the Dante Alighieri Society of Washington for promoting Italian culture and language.

Our instructors are highly qualified native speakers. Learn more about our instructors.

The Dante Alighieri Society of Washington is one of the few institutes in North America authorized to offer PLIDA (Progetto Lingua Italiana Dante Alighieri – Dante Alighieri Italian Language Project) certification. The PLIDA certificates attest proficiency in Italian as a foreign language on a 6-level scale according to the parameters established by the Common European Framework for Languages.

Learn more about the PLIDA Certification Program here.

All classes are held on the Seattle University campus in the Administration Building. However, the Dante Alighieri Society – Italian Language Program is a self-sustaining autonomous program independent of Seattle University.

The class schedule follows an academic schedule on the same format as a college or university level class. While the subject matter of each of the three quarters of the academic year builds on the previous quarter, it is possible to enter the program at any quarter depending on one’s previous experience and knowledge of the language. Please seek the advice of the Program Director if you have any questions on your appropriate entry level and timing.

Pricing for our classes varies by level and is based on typical enrollment levels. As a non-profit our classes offer you an excellent value compared to other options in the Puget Sound area.

The current schedule and class offerings are here.