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Italian Language Foundation

Welcome to the website of the Italian Language Foundation, which is dedicated to promoting and sustaining Italian language education, especially AP Italian, in the United States. Our officers and advisors include members of national educational organizations, all of whom have a deep-seated commitment to education and the language and culture of Italy.

We are committed to making AP Italian successful, now that it has been reinstated.

The Italian Language Foundation is a not-for-profit 501 (c) (3) corporation qualified by the Internal Revenue Service to receive tax deductible contributions. Join us in learning about Italian language and culture studies.

Look for the upcoming two-day intensive institute for teachers of Italian to prepare them for the teaching of AP Italian.

Attention Student Members - Dante Award for Excellence

We are pleased to announce that once again, the Italian Language Foundation will be offering the Dante Award for Excellence in AP Italian Language & Culture! Students of AP Italian who are members of the Italian Language Foundation and enrolled in an American or Canadian high school will be eligible to receive the Dante Award for Excellence. Students who score a 3 on the exam will receive a $75 award, students who score a 4 will receive a $100 award, and students who score a 5 will receive a $200 award. Please be sure to join the Italian Language Foundation as a member!

If you plan to take the AP Italian exam and wish to be considered for the Dante Award for Excellence, please visit the following link to the College Board’s Score Reporting Services to find out how to send us your AP score report using our college code (7202). College Board score report requests can be sent online, as well as by mail or fax.

Over 100 people attended the very successful fundraiser hosted by the Italian Language Foundation on April 21, 2016.

Pictured is Lieutenant Governor Kathy Hochul presenting Proclamation from Governor Andrew Cuomo to Dante Award recipient Louis Tallarini, Chairman of the Italian Language Foundation. Photographed from left to right: Mrs. Matilda Cuomo, Lieutenant Governor Kathy Hochul, Mr. Louis Tallarini, and Dr. Margaret Cuomo.

Information for teachers

If you are a teacher of Italian at the middle or high school level, please watch for upcoming professional development workshops to prepare you to teach AP Italian. You must register as a teacher-member if the Italian Language Foundation in order to be eligible for these free workshops.

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Latest News 18 April, 2016

Italian Language Foundation Chairman Louis Tallarini to be Honored with Dante Award. ILF also to Celebrate Fifth Anniversary of Reinstatement of The College Board’s Advanced Italian Studies Program.READ MORE


2015 was a banner year for AP Italian! The number of students taking the AP Italian exam rose significantly from 2,457 recorded last year. With the support and advocacy of the Italian Language Foundation, the College Board's goal of 2,500 test takers has been exceeded. In May 2015, 2,573 students of AP Italian took the AP Italian exam. The 2016 number of AP Italian exam takers will be released by the College Board in July.  Stay tuned for updates.

The number of AP Italian students is growing, and we encourage you all to apply for the Dante Award for Excellence. Bravo!

Students of AP Italian for the upcoming academic year must register for Membership for the Dante Award.  Membership is free for students.

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Date of the exam
The College Board has published the date of the AP Italian Language and Culture Exam on its web site; it is scheduled for Wednesday, May 10, 2017, at 12:00 PM.
It is not possible to take the exam on dates different from the one indicated by the College Board.
For more information see:

Home Schooled Students: How to take the exam.
All students interested in the Italian AP exam who have not attended an AP Italian course can take the exam following these steps:
1. Exams must be ordered and administered in schools approved by the College Board:
2. Students should contact AP Services no later than March 1st to obtain contact information for approved schools;
3. Student should be in contact with the school in which they want to take the exam no later than March 15th;
4. For all related questions, students should contact AP Services:
Phone: 888 225-5427 (toll-free in the U.S. and Canada) or 609 771-7300

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