College Of Staten Island Earns Italian Ministry Of Foreign Affairs Grant For 8th Year In A Row For Exceptional Italian Program

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The College of Staten Island has received the prestigious Grant in Support of Foreign Universities, Italian Language Instruction Positions” (Contributi università straniere, cattedre di Italiano) for the Italian Language Program at the College for the Eighth Straight Year. 

The following statement was provided by the College of Staten Island for the Staten Islander:

“We are thrilled to receive this competitive nationwide award for the eighth consecutive year. It is a testament to the exceptional quality and dedication of our Italian program,” said Chiara Ferrari, Associate Professor, Co-Coordinator of the Italian program and department liaison with the Italian Ministry of Foreign Affairs. “It validates the tireless efforts of our faculty and students in fostering passion for Italian language and culture.”

“The ongoing support signifies not just appreciation, but a genuine partnership,” continued Professor Ferrari. “It allows us to further enrich our curriculum, introduce innovative learning opportunities, and expand our reach. Having the Italian government as an ally in this mission fuels our commitment to excellence and inspires us to keep raising the bar.”

“The award is a reflection of the strong bond between the College of Staten Island and the Italian community. We are grateful for this invaluable partnership as we seek to uphold the highest standards in Italian language education.”


Following is the article printed in their newsletter:

CSI Earns Grant for the Eighth-Straight Year from the Italian Ministry of Foreign Affairs

The Italian Ministry of Foreign Affairs (in conjunction with Istituto Italiano di Cultura New York) has awarded their “Grant in Support of Foreign Universities, Italian Language Instruction Positions” (Contributi università straniere, cattedre di Italiano) to the Italian program at the College of Staten Island for an eighth consecutive year.

The grant is for 9,000 Euros (approximately $9,821), elevated from 7,000 Euros received last year, and making the total amount that CSI has received through this grant more than $105,000. Associate Professor Chiara Ferrari, Co-Coordinator of the Italian program and department liaison with the Italian Ministry of Foreign Affairs, can attest to how it has allowed the College to improve its programs.

“Over the years, these grants have enabled the Department of World Languages and Literatures to bring to campus instructors in Italian, provide scholarships, and have subsidized several language courses,” Ferrari stated. “The Italian program is appreciative of the Italian government’s support, and honored to have received this competitive award that enables us to enhance the College’s curricular offerings.”

The Italian Ministry of Foreign Affairs Grant 2023 is designed to aid and support the teaching of Italian language and culture at deserving programs and institutions, such as the one at the College of Staten Island. It is a competitive nationwide award that only a handful of U.S. colleges and universities receive based on the strength of their programmatic offering and faculty qualifications.


For more information on the grant and the Italian Ministry of Foreign Affairs visit their Website.

Banner Image: CSI Italian program banner. Image Credit – CSI


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David Pizzuto College of Staten Island

The College of Staten Island is a four-year, senior college of The City University of New York providing exceptional opportunities to all of its students and offering undergraduate and graduate degrees as well as certificate and continuing education programs. CSI is accredited by the Middle States Commission on Higher Education. CSI’s academic year follows a two-semester pattern, with a separate summer and winter session. Classes are scheduled days, evenings, and weekends. The College has an extensive Continuing Education program and offers off-campus courses with and without credit.

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