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Sons of Italy® Expands Cultural Reach with Work and Study Programs in Italy

For Immediate Release

WASHINGTON, October 31, 2002 ­ The Order Sons of Italy in America® (OSIA), in its broad efforts to promote Italian language and culture, has joined forces with international education company Global Experiences to give college students and young professionals the opportunity to study or work in Italy.

Through Global Experiences, OSIA, the oldest and largest national organization for men and women of Italian heritage in the United States, has teamed up with the Centro Linguistico Italiano Dante Alighieri (CLIDA) in Florence to provide a variety of Italian language and culture programs. CLIDA is one of Italy's oldest private language schools specializing in teaching foreigners.

The partnership program allows participants to "test-drive" an international career and develop a global r?sum? with the bonus of learning Italian. Through the program, students can:

OSIA members are eligible for discounts on some programs. To learn more, visit OSIA online at www.osia.org or call Michael Greto, OSIA director of youth and Italian studies, at 202.547.2900.

Established in 1905, OSIA has more than 575,000 members and supporters and a network of 700 chapters coast to coast. OSIA works at the community, national and international levels to promote the heritage and culture of an estimated 26 million Italian Americans, the nation's fifth largest ethnic group, according to the U.S. Census Bureau. To learn more, visit OSIA on the Web at www.osia.org.