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Italian Cultural Institute of Beirut
Portal of the Italian language

Italian Cultural Institute of Beirut

The Italian Cultural Institute in Lebanon is also the Cultural Office of the Embassy of Italy, whose institutional aim is to promote and improve awareness of the Italian language and culture through language courses and cultural events to encourage the circulation of ideas, arts and sciences. Another goal is to promote cultural exchange between Italy and Lebanon.


The Italian Cultural Institute in Lebanon offers the following services to the Lebanese public:

  • courses in Italian language and culture held by qualified teachers, in all locations
  • two annual Quality Italian Language Certification (CLIQ) exam sessions: CILSPLIDA and DITALS, in the Hamra building
  • a library, a video library, a newspaper library and a reading room offering Italian newspapers, magazines and journals, in the Hamra building
  • information and documentation on Italian culture
  • completion of the formalities for Lebanese citizens to enrol at Italian universities and academies of art and music. It manages the study grants offered by universities and language schools, both public and private.
  • refresher courses for Italian language teachers
  • collaboration and support for translators and publishing houses for the publication of works by Italian writers and publications by Lebanese authors on topics relating to Italian culture
  • collaboration with Italian researchers and students for their academic work in Lebanon


  • The Institute promotes:
  • Art, design, photography and video art exhibitions
  • Book fairs
  • Concerts of opera, chamber music, jazz and popular music
  • Film reviews and retrospectives
  • Conferences, seminars and round tables
  • Theatrical performances and poetry recitals

and for these, it works in collaboration with with the following public and private institutions

in Lebanon:

  • Ministry of Culture
  • Ministry of Education and Higher Education and Pedagogical Research and Development Centre
  • Lebanese State University
  • Directorate General of Antiquities
  • Local Municipalities
  • International Festivals of Baalbeck, Byblos, Beit El Din
  • Conservatory of Music
  • Lebanese Academy of Fine Arts (ALBA)
  • Saint Joseph University
  • La Sagesse University
  • Notre Dame University
  • Antonian University of the Antonian Maronite Order
  • Saint Esprit University of Kaslik
  • Liban Jazz
  • American University of Beirut
  • American University of Science & Technology
  • American University of Technology

In Italy to:

  • Ministry for Cultural Heritage
  • Ministry of Education and University
  • University for Foreigners of Siena and Perugia
  • Dante Alighieri Society

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