Not too easy. Not too difficult.
I would recommend it if you really want to learn Italian. I wanted to take French, which I learned in High School. But the classes were full so I took Italian. It wasn't bad but if you are really good at a language, you can take a test at Bergen and then pass 101 and 201 and not have to take a language for the general requirements. Do your research and look at the website to see the exam price and details.
The highlights were introductions and simple phrases. I would introduce myself and say what I did (work, major, study, and hobbies) in Italian. We learned the days of the week, time, adjectives, and seasons. We also learned how to write a complete sentence in Italian, and it was almost the same as Spanish. If you are great with syntax in Spanish, then Italian is not that bad for you. I learned about cities in Italy and had to write about one I chose. The class also had to do a powerpoint at the end, where we talk about ourselves and our life.
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Advice for students:
I would buy an Italian translator book and bring it to class every day. It helps a lot, and if you are confused about something then talk to the professor. She is nice and wants to help. Always do the activities in the online interactive textbook since it helps you memorize things better. If you do all the work, then you will do well. Before you start this course, learn at least your name and other basic things about yourself. This will help in the long run.