Lab Internazionale della Comunicazione


The Lab

The Laboratorio Internazionale della Comunicazione carries on a tradition of summer courses for foreign students started by the università Cattolica del Sacro Cuore in Rome, back in 1963.

Since 1980 the courses are called The Laboratorio Internazionale della Comunicazione following their transformation from a summer language course to a course of Italian language and culture for expressive poiesis

The Lab is based on the cooperation between the università Cattolica of Milan and the università of Udine. Prof. Lorenzo Ornaghi and prof. Furio Honsell, respective rectors of the two universities, are honorary presidents of The Laboratorio Internazionale della Comunicazione

With its unique structure, among Italian courses, the Laboratorio Internazionale della Comunicazione has established itself as one of the most prestigious summer courses of Italian language and culture.

Since 1980, the Lab is based in Friuli-Venezia Giulia and contributes to the area’s new role as an important European geo-political crossroads.

From 1980 onwards venues for the Lab were Trieste, Udine, Gorizia, Cividale and Tolmezzo.

Since 1989, it has been located in Gemona del Friuli.

The Laboratorio internazionale della comunicazione is a cultural event that is strongly rooted in the area. It manages to create a cooperative network in Friuli-Venezia Giulia, linking private companies, cultural associations and public institutions with the aim of offering a higher-level cultural service to the visiting foreign students and the people living in the area.

Choosing Friuli-Venezia Giulia as the seat of the Laboratorio was not accidental. The aim was to propose the region as an apt space for cultural, social and economic links between Western and Eastern Europe, together with a worldwide perspective: the students hosted at the Laboratorio come from all continents.

Participants at the Lab have had, since 1989, the chance to be hosted in the homes of the people of Friuli and to share their worm hospitality. They get to know the area's natural and social environment and the local traditions. Undoubtedly, this is the best way to know the place in which one chooses to study and spend one's summer holiday.

The above network allow for the integration of the Laboratorio in the area. A whole system of partnership and exchanges exists between the Laboratorio and organisations and local cultural centres, such as the Cineteca del Friuli (Friuli Film Archive) and the Fantoni Spa.