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Data and Statistics


Data and Statistics

School year:  2014/2015

Total Italian language students: 2,233,373

Students attending the courses of tenured lectors: 22,407

Total university students: 225,858

Students of Italian State schools, Comprehensive Schools, unaccredited educational institutions; European Schools; bilingual sections; international sections:  28,852

Students from local schools: 1,224,099

Number of students enrolled in the courses of Italian Cultural Institutes: 70,902

Students enrolled in the courses of other language course providers: 264,099

Student-Members of the Committees of the Dante Alighieri Society: 122,.203

Students in other educational contexts:  324,386

The latest data collected on the teaching of Italian abroad (school year 2014/15) reveals that the foreigners studying the Italian language are 2,233,373.

The source of this data are the overseas offices of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation (Embassies, Consulates and Italian Cultural Institutes), the Ministry’s central offices in charge of Italian courses and the Dante Alighieri Society.

The data refer to school year 2014/2015 and are the result of an in-depth survey, conducted at both central and peripheral level, aimed at counting the number of Italian language students worldwide.

Also this year the data concerning “structured” Italian courses (in Italian Cultural Institutes, Italian State and Comprehensive Schools, Italian sections in foreign schools, European schools, public and private foreign schools, universities, providers of Italian courses, Committees of the Dante Alighieri Society) was integrated with data concerning other providers of Italian language courses (cultural associations, local bilingual schools, folk schools, universities of the third age, etc.) which do not receive contributions from Italy or local institutions and are therefore not easy to survey although they enhance and extend the promotion of the Italian language and culture around the world.

The figures mirror an ever-changing scenario and should therefore not be considered definitive.  

In order to update the figures, data collection techniques were further fine-tuned in a way as to avoid double counting and misclassifying students in different educational contexts, by cross-checking information sources and comparing single country figures with the figures of the preceding school years.

The comprehensive survey of Italian language students does not include those countries in which Italian is an official language, such as Switzerland and the Republic of San Marino.