Presentation LIUPS “Francesco De Sanctis”



Free University Institute for Foreigners

“Francesco De Sanctis”


Sponsored by the District of Naples

Sponsored by the Town Council of Naples

 Seasonal School of Training and Specialization in
Italian Language and Culture


January – April – July – September

Naples, Italy

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 recognized by the Campania Region (L.R. 7/03)
recognized by the Ministry of Culture (L. 534/96, art. 8)

The idea

The Italian Institute of Culture in Naples – ICI ONLUS (recognized by the Campania Region, recognized by the Ministry of Culture) founded in January 1994, with the consular ratification of several countries of the world, a Free University Institute for Foreigners (among the very few in Italy), managed by Roberto Pasanisi, in the metropolitan area of Naples, cultural capital of the South of Italy, with the aim of spreading the knowledge of the Italian culture and civilization, in its historical and present manifestations, from language to literature, from music to the figurative arts, from the philosophical and scientific thought to the usages and customs of the society.

The choice of time and places in the starting of such a project means interpreting a crucial moment in the western history, in the epochal passing to a new millennium and the possibility of a wide and meaningful body of users, as the South of Italy is, rich in tourist, natural and cultural resources and marked by continuous increasing migration flows. Not secondary, therefore, the purpose of creating economic and professional perspectives with interesting opportunities of development.

The L.I.U.P.S. aims to be the cultural deepening and reference point for the foreigners, living or not in Italy, who, with the fertile contribution of their ethnical and national identities, wish to compare among themselves and with the social and individual realities of our country.

In this way, the first step to take seemed to be the organization of four seasonal courses: a Summer School(July), an Autumn one (September), a Winter one (December-January) and a Spring one (April) which, with the release of a Certificate of Training or Specialization, made easier the possibility of research and occupation in the field of the Italian language and culture (teaching in Italian schools abroad; lectureship at Universities, and so on), and, besides, with the availability of proper structures and qualified guides, made easier a pleasant tourist and cultural stay in one of the most well-known and fascinating lands in the world for artistic, landscape and bathing riches.



The Institute

The ITALIAN INSTITUTE OF CULTURE IN NAPLES (administrative office: via Bernardo Cavallino, 89, 80131 Naples; [“la Cittadella”] –Italy-) was founded in January 1990 and is at present managed by Roberto Pasanisi. Since the beginning, the Institute has taken up, beside the main function (literary and cultural) a civil task, as debate and aggregation place of the so called “civil society”. With managerial and operative criteria based on an authentic and unconditioned democracy, the Institute ideally places on the line of action with the Frankfurt School (Adorno, Marcuse, Fromm, Löwenthal, Horkheimer).

In fact, the Institute works, unlike other prestigious city structures, not from on high, but in direct contact with the city, the people, trying to give an answer, from the cultural point of view, to their demands and their need of civil and social reference points. In these perspectives, it places from a point of view of mutually useful collaboration with the other associations and cultural and social organizations.

The Institute, couched in terms of a true and unconditional democracy and close, ideologically speaking, to the philosophical School of Frankfurt (Adorno, Marcuse, Löwenthal, Fromm, Horkheimer), is marked by an indiscriminate open-mindedness, to every factual proposal and collaboration from Organizations, associations and individuals from any Country, race and religion. Study Congresses, conferences, seminars, publishing introduction, poetry readings and round tables beat the yearly calendar of the Institute. Some of the initiatives are: the Permanent Laboratory of Contemporary Literature and Creative Writing; the Theoric-experience course in psychology (Art-therapy and Autogenic Training) of the C.I.S.A.T.; four collections: two of poetry, edited by Roberto Pasanisi, one of fiction (by Giorgio Saviane) and one of essays (Franco Fortini). Official spokesperson of the Institute is the international review of poetry and literature Nuove Lettere, born in 1990 and high number printed all over the world. Divided into five sections (Poetry, Fiction, Essay, Reviews, News), it gives space, as trait d’union between the “academic reviews” and the “militant reviews”, besides the institutionalized names of the European literary panorama, also to talented authors still unknown, either because of their young age or because out of the cultural Establishment.

With the same animus, that inspired and marked more that fifteen years of activity of the Institute, Roberto Pasanisi, with his collaborators, founded the Free University Institute for Foreigners “Francesco De Sanctis”.



The Organization

Course calendar and membership fees:

The Training and Specialization Course in Italian culture and language preferably (but not necessarily) starts with the Summer School (first training cycle, followed by another two cycles under dates to establish) from the last week of june to the first one of august of each year (in which the first and last weeks are optional), at the L.I.U.P.S. office in Naples (via Bernardo Cavallino, 89 [“la Cittadella”]; 80131 Naples (Italy).

The lessons will last four hours a day (9.00-13.00 or 15.00-19.00), for a total of 24 hours a week. The afternoon, except the optional personal reading hours, is therefore free, as the whole day of sunday, with the opportunity to meet the other members of the Institute, on the occasion of recreational and cultural events supported by the Institute itself and the receptive structures of the city. On saturdays, 4-6 hours are dedicated to the guided tours.


The membership fee of each Seasonal School (lasting  one month with the possibility of another two optional weeks) includes a membership fee of 50 euros, as contribution and an yearly membership fee to the Institute of 550 euros (see the form): the total fee is of 450 euros for the so-called ‘second world’ countries; 350 euros for the so-called ‘third-world’ countries. The members of the Institute receive all the volumes published by the Institute and can actively take part in its initiatives, also with publications, in Italian and/or foreign language, on the international review Nuove Lettere. Besides, if started during the first Academic Year, the following two lesson cycles, to obtain the Specialization, will cost only 50 euros each for the respective membership fees. Any cost reductions and programme changes can be negotiate with whom, for personal reasons, does not want to follow the first or last week of the lessons Course of the first cycle. Some fellowships are also available for the worthiest students as well as Courses ad hoc for at least ten students.



Didactic excursions

On the six saturdays, during the summer School, they are planned as many excursions to re-discover the natural, historical and artistic beauties of the Neapolitan and Campania territory, with a careful and versatile guide of the teachers, which introduces into the magic marine or folkloristic or medieval and Renaissance atmospheres of our land. The guide and the city guide with the motor vehicles of the Institute are included in the fee, unlike the tickets for the out of city public transport. Unless there are unexpected changes of plan, by reason of force majeure, they are planned six excursions (historical, artistic, naturist and bathing).


Vesuvius tourist route: from the slopes of Vesuvius, which with the eruption of 79 A.D., buried the neighbour roman towns, to the archeological ruins of Pompei, which, discovered in the 18th century, contributed to the birth of a neoclassical culture.


Caserta tourist route: from the medieval village of old Caserta, with its Romanesque cathedral and its typical gastronomy, to the architectural and stage splendours of the Bourbon Royal palace of Caserta.


Capri tourist route: from the peculiar enchanting Museum-Villa of Axel Munthe to the bathing into the clear sea of the most famous Cave in the world, around which intense blue colour of the water ancient tales are born and mysterious interpretations do not cease. 


Neapolitan tourist route (1): from the visit to the miraculous cathedral of San Gennaro to the popular charm  of the characteristic alleys of the historical center, with its markets and the alchemies of the San Severo chapel.


Neapolitan tourist route (2): from the promenade of Ovo and Maschio Angioino Castles, the last mentioned also Court of the Aragon Empire in the 15th century, to the historical squares of the city, where they rise lyric and cultural monuments, such as the San Carlo Theatre and the national library Vittorio Emanuele III.


Neapolitan tourist route (3): from the panoramic viewpoint of the Camaldoli hermitage, unique in the world with its view of a whole city with neighbouring inhabited centers, three gulfs, five isles, a volcano and two mountainous chains, to the walk across the enchanting Vomero core of San Martino and the panoramic paths of Posillipo.



Receptive structures  

For the food and accommodation during the course, as there are no private reference points, the L.I.U.P.S. suggests four solutions, all close or well connected to the School (the first two only at the cost of the expenses reimbursement).

  1. Bed in pleasant private flats (Vomero), with library, shared bathroom and breakfast: 900 euros (30 euros a day) and with the opportunity to have meals in chosen restaurants at low prices.
  2. Full board at the same flats, with typical Italian food: 1500 euros (50 euros a day).
  3. Single or multiple room with bathroom in chosen hotels (two or three stars) with changing prize depending on the chosen service.
  4. Bed in Students flat: 800 euros (food, with the opportunity for the students to cook by themselves, 200 euros).


On sundays the ICI ONLUS organizes, without payment, for those who are members or not, evenings with artistic performances and literary conversations in a typical Caffè of the “Neapolitan Riviera”. The didactic and scientific material (books, notes, etc…) is put at disposal by the L.I.U.P.S., or the city libraries or can be bought in some chosen bookstores.


Methods, Programmes and Teachers

The methods of study of the course are essentially based on, considering the peculiarities of each subject, on a complex theoretic and historical  documentation, first introductory and then cultural, both on the lively dialogue of the lesson and on the moments of individual examination and on the guided exercise at a stage of written re-elaboration of the acquired knowledge and the proposed personal ideas.

To participate is required a School-Leaving Certificate.



The programme of the Course:


First cycle (beginners) – preferably July:


Italian Language (I)

History, Geography and Italian Popular Traditions (I)

Italian Literature


Comparative Literatures


Second cycle (intermediate):

Italian Language (II)

History, Geography and Italian Popular Traditions (II)

Modern and Contemporary Italian Literature

Regional Languages and Cultures

History of the Italian Figurative Arts

History of the Italian Theatre


Third cycle (advanced):

History of the Italian Music

History of the Italian Cinema

Arts and Literature Psychology

Sociology and Literature Theory

Creative Writing Laboratory

Legal, Ethical and Religious relations in the Contemporary Italy

At the end of each cycle, each participant must make an oral report in Italian language on  a subject at his/her choice among those studied and fill a written questionnaire regarding the various subjects of the cycle itself. Once passed the exam they release an Italian Culture And Language Training Certificate. Passed the exam of the third cycle they release an Italian Culture And Language Specialization Certificate and the qualification of member of the Scientific and Academic Councilof the  ITALIAN INSTITUTE OF CULTURE IN NAPLES and the Free University Institute for Foreigners.


The L.I.U.P.S. Scientific and Academic Council is at present composed of: Miguel Benzo (General Consul of Spain), Alberto Bevilacqua (writer), Michele Di Gianni (Consul of Malta and Japan; General Secretary of the Union of Honorary Consuls of Italy); Constantin Frosin (Professor of French Language and Literature at the “Danubius” University, Galati, Romania); Antonio Illiano (Professor of Italian Language and Literature at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, U.S.A.); Elzbieta Jogalla (Cultural Minister and Scientific Counselor of the Embassy of Poland; Director of Polish Institute of Rome); Roberto Pasanisi (Professor of Italian Language and Literature at the MGIMO State University of International Relations, Moscow; Director of the ICI ONLUS and Rector of the L.I.U.P.S.); Vittorio Pellegrino (Professor of Neuropsychiatry at the University of Naples “Federico II”); Michele M. Pisaturo (Consul of the Ivory Coast and Professor of Consular and Diplomatic Law at the University of Naples “Federico II”); Prat (Ambassador of Spain); Francesco Scala (Professor at the Conservatory of Salerno), Maria Luisa Spaziani (formerly Professor of French Language and Literature at the Università di Messina), Mario Susko (Professor of American Literature at the State University of New York, Nassau, U.S.A.), Nguyen Van Hoan (Professor of Italian and Vietnamese Literature at the University of Hanoi, Vietnam).

The members of the Council can intervene during the cycle of lessons, with didactic  and/or cultural reports open to the debate, deepening in this way the course of the teachers, among whom the L.I.U.P.S. Chancellor and the General Coordinator of the Institute. 

Direction: via Bernardo Cavallino, 89 – 80131 Napoli (Italy)
ph. 0039 / 081-5461662 / 0339-2858243 – fax: 0039 / 081-2203022

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Application form


(to send to: Istituto Italiano di Cultura di Napoli, via Bernardo Cavallino, 89 [“la Cittadella”], 80131, Naples, Italy, enclosing receipt or copy of payment)

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state, region or province:


phone number:

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place and date of birth:

curriculum studiorum and final study title:

Knowledge of the language (bar the proper level)









Accommodation (bar the chosen number)


1 Bed in pleasant private flats, with library, shared bathroom and breakfast: 900 euros (30 euros a day) and with the opportunity to have meals in chosen restaurants at low prices.

2        Full board at the same flats, with typical Italian food: 1500 euros (50 euros a day).

3        Single or multiple room with bathroom in chosen hotels (two or three stars) with changing prize depending on the chosen service.

4        Bed in Students flat: 800 euros (food, with the opportunity for the students to cook by themselves, 200 euros).



Membership fee:

(600 euros – 500 euros for the countries of the so-called ‘second world’; 400 euros for the countries of the so-called ‘third world’ – to pay at the subscription).

    1. payment on the post office and bank account c/c n. 22663801, IBAN: IT52E0760103400000022663801;  CIN: E; ABI: 07601; CAB: 03400  made out to: Istituto Italiano di Cultura, via Bernardo Cavallino, 89, 80131 Naples (Italy), specifying the reason of payment: ICI-LIUPS membership fee).
    2. Check addressed to: Istituto Italiano di Cultura.
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