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Cultural diplomacy

Culture is a priority dimension in Italian foreign policy and in the activity of the Italian Embassy in Oslo. Together with the Italian Cultural Institute of Oslo and the Dante Alighieri Society, the Embassy is actively engaged in strengthening bilateral cultural relations and promoting Italian language and culture.

For news on cultural and artistic events, visit the site of the Italian Cultural Institute and the News section of this site.

  • The Italian Institute of Culture
  • Language certification
  • Study Grants
  • Promotion of Italian language and culture abroad
  • Uni-Italia
  • Spelling and pronunciation dictionary


The Institute offers the following services to the public:

  • a library available for consulting and borrowing books, videos, CDs and DVDs
  • a reading room with Italian magazines and newspapers
  • an information and documentation service on Italian culture
  • information on enrolment to Italian universities and general information on Italian schools, academies and universities.

Furthermore, the Institute

  • organizes exhibitions, concerts, seminars and other cultural events
  • organizes updating seminars for teachers of Italian in Norway
  • handles the scholarships awarded by the Italian Ministry of Foreign Affairs to Norwegian citizens

For major events, the Institute collaborates with:

  • the Italian Government institutions in Norway
  • Norwegian cultural institutions and museums such as the National Museum of Art, Architecture and Design, Norsk Form, Kistefos-Museet, the Henie Onstad Art Centre, the Norwegian Film Institute
  • the Cultural Institutes and Cultural Centres of other European countries in Oslo
  • the Norwegian Chapters of the Dante Alighieri Society
  • Norwegian Universitites and Academies
  • various Norwegian Institutions under the Norwegian Ministry of Culture and the Norwegian Ministry of Foreign Affairs.The Institute of Culture, which is an integral part of the Embassy, is actively involved in the main Norwegian music and culture festivals such as:
  • The Bjørnsson Festival in Molde
  • The International Film Festival in Haugesund
  • The Bergen International Festival
  • The Oslo World Music Festival
  • The Molde Jazz Festival
  • The Ultima-Oslo Contemporary Music Festival
  • The Kongsberg Jazz Festival


  • Language certifications

Language certification provides documentary evidence of proficiency, according to the competence levels specified by the Common Framework of Reference for European languages.

In order to certify the knowledge of Italian as a foreign language, the Quality Certification of the Italian Language (CLIQ) Association, was created, bringing together the four bodies entitled to certify: the Dante Alighieri Society, the University for Foreigners of Perugia, the University for Foreigners of Siena, the Roma Tre University.

The certifications are:

  • CELI (Certificato di Lingua Italiana), issued by the University for Foreigners of Perugia
  • CILS (Certificato di Italiano Lingua Straniera), issued by the University for Foreigners of Siena
  • PLIDA (Programma Lingua Italiana Dante Alighieri), issued by the Dante Alighieri Society
  • IT (Certificato di competenza generale in italiano come lingua straniera), issued by the Roma Tre University

For further information please see the websites of the four bodies.

In Norway it is possible to obtain only the PLIDA certification thanks to the collaboration between the Dante Alighieri Society and the Italian Cultural Institute of Oslo. For more information please contact


  • Study grants

For information concerning study grants offered by the Italian Government to foreign nationals please contact the Italian Cultural Institute in Oslo.


  • Promotion of  the Italian language and culture abroad

For the financial support (grants and awards) given by the Italian Government for the promotion of Italian language and culture abroad please consult the dedicated page.

  • Uni-Italia

has been active since 2010 in promoting the Italian university and higher education system abroad. Uni-Italia provides information and assistance and organizes activities in collaboration with the diplomatic-consular network and the Italian Cultural Institutes.
Uni-Italia website:
Further information:

  • DOP – Dictionary of orthography and pronunciation

The Italian public Broadcasting Company RAI publishes a Dictionary of Orthography and Pronunciation, accessible online at DOP.  The new Dictionary covers over 100.00 entries and makes it possible to listen to the pronunciation of the words listed.