Who we are
In 2017 Filitalia International has been appointed by the Italian Ministry of Foreign Affairs as Ente Gestore, under the jurisdiction of the Italian Consulate in Philadelphia, considering it has been acknowledged as a stable and efficient nonprofit organization committed to the promotion of Italian language and culture in the United States.
The Ente Gestore supports public and private K-12 schools in the Consular jurisdiction of Great Philadelphia area, that decide to improve existing courses or introduce new courses of Italian language, with grant awards deriving from the funds of the Italian Ministry of Foreign Affairs.
In addition, the Ente Gestore also offers courses that help students prepare for the Advanced Placement (AP) Italian program in Italian Language and Culture in the United States.
“Filitalia” means ‘love for Italy’.
We are deeply committed to preserving the Italian heritage by encouraging the study of the Italian language and providing educational events for the community. We believe that promoting the Italian heritage contributes to the improvement of the social well-being of the Italian American community and to strengthen the sense of identity among people who share the Italian heritage and a common history.
Check our programs for further information about scholarships and other initiatives promoting Italian Language and Culture.
Why is important to study Italian? It helps rediscover one’s roots and brings benefits in the professional and private life.
Throughout the years, the Italian language has consistently maintained its rank as fourth most taught language among the seven major modern languages taught in American universities, the demand for Italian courses continues to grow.
Filitalia continues its mission to raising awareness and promoting new Italian classes at schools, support for the Advanced Placement (AP) Italian courses that help students to prepare themselves and apply for the AP exam, in conjunction with its Chapters located in the corresponding counties.
Our medium to long-term goal is to extend our school search and selection for the Italian language and culture grant award outside the Greater Philadelphia area, to include all 7 States belonging to our Consular jurisdiction: Pennsylvania, South Jersey, Delaware, Maryland, Virginia, West Virginia and North Carolina.
Information for teachers
If you are a teacher of Italian in a K-12 school level, and you are looking for new ways to improve the Italian language course and engage your students, or to introduce an Italian course to your program, the Ente Gestore offers you the opportunity to apply for an Italian language and culture grant award to fund classroom enrichment, school supplies, cultural trips and anything else that goes into improving the quality of Italian language and culture education in schools.