The Italian Cultural Institute of Lima, founded in 1950, is an official institution of the Italian State, recognized by the Cultural Agreement signed between Peru and Italy on 8 April 1961 and subsequent operational programmes.
It is a non-profit public body dependent on the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation and has the purpose of improving awareness of Italian culture and language throughout the world.
The main services that the Institute offers to the public include:
- Cultural events (concerts, exhibitions, film festivals, conferences, etc.).
- Courses in Italian language and culture held by expert and qualified native Italian teachers or Peruvian teachers with considerable experience and continuous training.
- Special courses: Italian for children, conversation and culture.
- Certificate of Italian language (CELI)
- Legalisation of academic certificates – Study grants and Studying in Italy
- Library open to students of the Institute and members for the consultation and loan of Italian books, CDs, DVDs, magazines, journals and newspapers.