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Any teacher wishing to teach Italian at a public middle or high school in California must pass two parts of the Italian CSET. The Italian CSET is the state exam that serves to establish core competency in Italian for candidates in a single-subject credentialing program or for teachers who wish to add Italian to their existing credential.

Candidates for the Italian CSET must register for and pass the following two sub-tests:

  • Sub-tests I & II (General Linguistics, Literature, History, Geography, and Culture) are offered by the California Commission on Teacher Credentialing (CCTC) by appointment. To see the schedule & to register for the Italian CSET Sub-tests I & II click here.

  • Sub-test III (Listening, Reading, Writing, and Speaking) is only offered by Fondazione Italia. This portion of the Italian CSET is only offered two times a year and must be taken in person.


For more information on the test, test structure, overview, sample questions, and to register click here.

Location: Santa Clara University

Date & Time: Saturday, Nov. 5 @ 9:30 am

Fee: $110*

*After October 21, 2022 a late fee of $35 will be applied. 


Please note: Passing the Italian CSET does not provide you with a single-subject credential. Passage of the Italian CSET only allows you to teach Italian in a middle or high school once you have completed a single-subject credentialing program. It is the responsibility of the candidate to make sure they have completed all the requirements for a single-subject credential by visiting the CCTC website.

Italian CSET Sub-Tests
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Links to Financial Aid for Italian American Students

Scholarship Handbook for Italian American Students


Italian American Heritage Foundation San Jose


The U.S. - Italy Fulbright Commission


Sons of Sicily, San Jose


Patrons of Italian Culture


June 2022

I am incredibly grateful to be a recipient of the 2022 Casola Prize. I deeply appreciate the support from President Paul Romano and the Board of Directors, and I am looking forward to continuing this new-formed relationship to promote the Italian Language and Culture.

As I continue to pursue my Finance and Political Science double majors and International Business minor, the Albert J. Casola Prize will allow me to study abroad in Milan, Italy this Fall. Besides taking an array of academic courses, including an Italian language course, I will be interning with a Milanese organization. As I immerse myself into the local culture, I will not only be able to bolster my Italian language skills, but also directly connect with my Italian heritage. This will be an extremely valuable experience that the Patrons of Italian Culture is helping make possible.

Taking what I’ve learned abroad, I will continue to promote the Italian Language and Culture as I shift into my future career. I eventually would like to work at a venture capitalist firm that focuses on supporting international start-ups. Specifically, I would like to learn the ins and outs of entrepreneurship by engaging in the process of advancing luxurious and authentic Italian and Italian-American products and services. As I begin my professional journey, I am looking forward to staying connected with my Italian heritage.

Grazie mille! A presto!   — Rachel Bertola Chung

Rachel Bertola Chung

"Full Time" High School Seniors who are currently enrolled in Italian language classes and who have been accepted to an accredited College or University are eligible for consideration for this scholarship. A commitment to a major or minor in Italian Language or Italian Studies is strongly recommended. Consideration will be given to the applicant’s final course of study.

Patrons of Italian Culture
High School Senior Grant Awards Application

Scholarships will be awarded in various amounts. Funding of all scholarships will be deposited to the account of the student at the academic institution he or she will be attending. Please submit the attached entry form, your resume and academic standing, and a letter addressed to: The Board of Directors, Patrons of Italian Culture.

Your letter should contain a detailed explanation of your future course of study, the basis of your interest in the Italian Language or Culture, and how you plan to use your future academic degree to promote the Italian Language and Culture.

Entries must be postmarked no later than May 15, 2022 and mailed to:

P. Romano, President
Patrons of Italian Culture
P.O. Box 4720,
Palm Springs, CA 92263


Get helpful English-to-Italian translations and thousands of carefully chosen example sentences for the words and meanings you need to know as a beginning to an intermediate learner, from the Cambridge English Corpus


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Immigrants in California

California has long been home to the largest number of immigrants in the United States, as European explorers arrived at its seaports as far back as the 17th century. Immigrants now account for over one-quarter of the state’s population and comprise a third of the entire labor force. As neighbors, business owners, taxpayers, and workers, immigrants are an integral part of California’s diverse and thriving communities and make extensive contributions that benefit all.


More than a quarter of California residents are immigrants, while nearly one in four residents is a native-born U.S. citizen with at least one immigrant parent.  



Immigrants In California
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