Specialization Course

Introduction to Language and Intercultural Mediation for the Third Sector

This specialization course offers a vocational and highly sectoral preparation to those who wish to gain specific skills in the third sector through an intercultural and interlingual approach in English.

Course Outline

This Specialization Course offers a vocational and highly sectoral preparation to those who wish to gain specific skills in the third sector through an intercultural and interlingual approach in English.

This course envisages the analysis of mediation as an interacting event, emphasizing the students’ active participation and highlighting the importance of translation. In interpreting, the course fosters an analysis of the mediation culture that characterises the social systems in which mediation occurs. 

The multidisciplinary program integrates the development of psychological and sociological skills with the legal, organizational, managerial, and economic-statistical ones. The course is aimed at training professionals for public administrations, not-for-profit organizations, trade unions and trade associations dealing with the planning, provision and assessment of local welfare services.

The course combines solid theoretical, technical and methodological training with sector-based insights into issues related to local welfare governance, reform and management of the third sector in its ethnocentric and dialogical forms.


1.500 hours (1 year)


1.250,00 €



Student’s Profile

This Specialization Course is aimed at students with either a degree or a secondary school certificate who wish to develop high-profile knowledge and skills in the third sector.

Course Objectives

The course aims to promote a “combination of knowledge” through a transdisciplinary strategy, that is not based on analyses of the multiple perspectives of different disciplines, but on a “complementary approach”. Such a technique fosters the “surfacing of new data and knowledge from the comparison of different disciplines”. This implies a reevaluation of the role of intuition, imagination and sensitivity, as well as of humans in the transmission and reception of knowledge. Hence, the objectives of the course are as follows:

  • Knowing issues from a global point of view, to be later placed in a context and as an ensemble;
  • Reflections on the human condition: its complexity of identity, unity, and diversity
  • Fostering the ability to grasp the needs of mediation and translation in particular situations – from the perspective of both the service provider or administration, and the user or citizen;
  • Ability to observe and interpret relationships in multicultural contexts;
  • Ability to manage intercultural communication with the people involved in a mediation relationship;
  • Ability to design and implement intercultural mediation in the community and in dedicated services (such as school, socioeducational and reception services). 

Plan of Study

This specialization course is divided into macro-modules where specialized skills are developed on the basis of the subjects taught. Participants will be able to access the contents of the course 24 hours a day through an online platform.

Immigration and social work services managementSECS-P/089
Psychology of Intercultural CommunityM-PSI/059
Italian LinguisticsSPS/086
Foundations of immigration law in the third sectorIUS/136
Company law and Third Sector CodeIUS/136
Language Mediation 1 – EnglishL-LIN/1215
Final Exam  3

Entry Requirements

  • Secondary School certificate
  • Bachelor’s degree 
  • Master’s degree
  • Special Degrees according to the Italian Ministerial Decree No. 509 and No. 270

Enrolment on this course must be accompanied by the following documentation:

  • Photocopy of a valid identification document and photocopy of your tax code card/ID
  • Enrolment Form
  • Attachment. 1. Privacy
  • Attachment. 2 Instalment plan form Payment receipt of the first instalment

There is an exam for each module of the course and a final paper to be presented orally.

Payment can be made via:

  • Bank Transfer

Payment by Bank Transfer:
IBAN code: IT18D0503483920000000002374

Download the forms

Enrolment on the course must be made by downloading the form, filling it in and sending it to: segreteria@columbusacademy.it

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