Stefano_Rastelli Stefano Rastelli – PhD

Head of Marco Polo Program

Stefano Rastelli teaches Second Language Acquisition at the Universities of Pavia and Verona, Italy. He is an associate member of CAROLE (Center for Advanced Research and Outreach in Language Education), University of Greenwich. His research focuses on second language processing and syntactic theory.

For a list of recent publications see here


Quian_Xue  Xue Qian

Assistant to the Director of the Italian language courses – Students welcome – International Relations

Xue Qian graduated from the Guandong University of Foreign Studies in 2005, before studying in Milan.

She started working at the International Relations Office of the University of Pavia in 2007. At present she is responsible for the relations with foreign students, along with their welcome at the University of Pavia. She is also responsible for the registration of exchange students and is normally available during office hours for information and services to foreign students.

Qian is native speaker of Chinese and proficient speaker of Italian. She also speaks fluent English.


Foto_Profilo_Skype  Alberto Zannetti

Assistant to the Director of the Italian language courses – Language tutor

Alberto Zannetti graduated first class honors in Theoretical and Applied Linguistics (MA) from the University of Pavia in 2012. He has been working for the University of Pavia since 2011: in January 2011 he joined the team of language tutors for the Foundation Year Study Program for Saudi Arabia, while in March 2012 he started working for Marco Polo Program as language tutor and logistics assistant.

He is currently teaching and logistics coordinator for the  Program.

Alberto is native speaker of Italian. Although he graduated in English, he also speaks basic Mandarin Chinese quite fluently, as he is specializing at the University of Pavia. He speaks Spanish and French as well. He is Marco Polo Program’s official print designer.