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Language Schools In Italy

For those serious about learning Italian, studying the language in Italy is the optimal method. Schools in Italy offer homestays, cultural excursions, cooking and language courses, and summer vacation courses.

Before You Register For Italian Language Classes in Italy
There are several criteria by which to judge an Italian language program in Italy besides how close the school is to a good pizzeria or gelateria. Here is a list of considerations to help choose the classes that are right for you.

Drinking From A Firehose
First-hand experience in a total-immersion language school in Italy. Living with an Italian family means constant exposure to the language.

Italian Language Summer Study Vacations
Whether it’s pottery classes on the Adriatic, learning about frescos in Florence, or studying on the island of Sicilia, there’s no better way to combine learning the Italian language with a valued skill while vacationing in enchanting Italy.

Università per Stranieri di Perugia
The big, beautiful palazzo opposite a 2,000-year old Etruscan arch embedded in Perugia's ancient walls houses a unique institution with a very specific mission.

What's It Like to Study Italian in Italy?
James Martin, the About Europe For Visitors Guide, describes his experience at a total immersion program at the Università per Stranieri in Perugia.

Academy Olmo Scuola Verde
Located in the small medieval village of Portico. Offers standard, intensive, and individual courses throughout the year.

Accademia del Giglio
Language school specializing in art workshops and preparation for fine arts acadamies. Also has courses in art history and culture.

AI
The Accademia di Italiano is based in Milano, near the world-famous fashion district and close to Brera, the artists' quarter. Course choices include individual and small groups, and homestay arrangements are available.

ARCI - Pasolini
Located in the coast town of Castiglioncello in Tuscany. Courses for beginners to advanced with options for private or group lessons. Seminars in cooking, wine, and dance. Programs include accommodations at a villa or hotel.

Babilonia
Study in Taormina, on the island of Sicily, looking out on the magnificent mediterranean-blue bay and the not-so-distant, often smoldering Mount Etna. School offers language and culture programs all year round as well as combination courses including cooking and ceramics classes, outdoor sports and eco-touring, and golf.

Bolognalingua
Unique teaching method features one-on-one courses in teachers' homes in Bologna. School also arranges hotel or B&B accommodations for students.

British Institute of Florence
Established in 1917 to promote the cultures and languages of Great Britain and Italy. It offers general and accredited courses including Italian and English as foreign languages, History of Art and cultural courses. In August the Institute also offers opera and language courses on the Tuscany coast.

Cactus Language
Language travel agency with online booking for language and cultural holidays. Offers assistance with accommodations and information on courses in Italy, the UK, and via the Internet.

Centro Culturale Conero
School based in the Marche region, not far from the beaches of the Conero Riviera. Small group classes divided into several levels with extracurricular activities such as Italian cooking, art history of art, Italian wine, and cinema.

Centro Culturale Giacomo Puccini
Located in Viareggio, beach resort in Tuscany and home to the popular Carnevale parades every year. Features standard and intensive courses, exam certification, cultural seminars, and guided art tours.

Centro di Cultura Italiana in Casentino
This school offers grammar and conversation at all levels. Guided tours of the masterpieces of Piero della Francesca are integral activities of the program.

Centro Studi Il David
School located in the heart of the historic center of Florence offers part-time and intensive courses plus supplementary lessons in literature, art, and drawing.

Comitato di Dante Alighieri
Courses in Italian language and culture are taught in this school located in the Renaissance town of Mondavi. Summer lessons for teachers of Italian are available as well as lyric music and cooking courses.

Consortium Language Center
Genoa-based school offers one-week, two-week, and four-week programs in Italian language and culture for students of all levels and abilities. Can also design custom programs specifically tailored for individuals and groups. The northern Italian city of Genoa allows students every type of diversion, from museums to concerts to shopping and theater.

Ente Lombardo Lingua e Cultura Italiana
ELLCI is an Italian language school based in Milano that specializes in teaching the Italian language to international students. Activities outside of the classroom include day trips to other Italian cities; visits to museums, churches and other places of historical and artistic interest; and participation in concerts, conferences, and sporting events.

Eurocentres Firenze
One of the most effective language schools features full-time and vacation study programs. Hosted family stays and excursions round out the total-immersion method.

European School
Based in the Tuscany town of Lucca, this Italian language school has courses for all levels, from elementary to advanced. Special courses include programs on Puccini and Italian for opera singers.

FLSAS
The Foreign Language Study Abroad Service specializes in overseas total-immersion programs that offer flexible schedules for independent, unaccompanied, and individual participants as well as small groups. Information can be downloaded via .pdf files.

HalisaClub
Located in Bagheria, near the town of Palermo in Sicily. Course programs throughout the year include special classes in the art and history of Sicily, Sicilian folk traditions, and Sicilian cuisine.

Ibla Italian Language School
Italian language school based in Ragusa, a small town in the southeastern corner of Sicily in the heart of the Val di Noto, a Unesco World Heritage site. Offers individual and group courses as well as courses in Sicilian art, history, and literature.

Il Sillabo
Italian language school for foreigners located in San Giovanni Valdarno, a small, medieval town in the heart of Tuscany. Immersion courses for all levels, homestays, and special programs in topics such as drawing and painting, cooking, wine, art history, and ceramics.

ILS International Language School
Milan-based language school that offers individual and group courses, telelanguage (courses by telephone), translation and interpretation services, and proficiency certification.

Istituto Linguistico Mediterraneo
Italian language courses for foreigners. Features intensive courses, summer courses, individual tutoring, and classes in cooking and art. Calendar, price list, and information on accommodations and enrollment. School has locations in both Pisa and the seaside town of Viareggio in Tuscany.

IT Schools
Database containing a comprehensive list of schools that arrange courses in Italian as a foreign language. Categorized geographically with links to individual schools.

Italiaidea
Rome is home to the Centre for Italian Language and Culture. The language instructors specialize in full-immersion, small group, and one-on-one programs.

Italiano in Italia
Private lessons in Tropea (Calabria) with a certified teacher. One-to-one or small group courses.

Koinè
Language school with five locations throughout Italy. Intensive courses, individual training, and special programs that combine Italian language instruction and Tuscany wine, food, and farm adventures.

Language Study Abroad
Total-immersion language study programs can be booked through this company.

Lingua Service Worldwide
An independent booking agency that can arrange registration and accommodations at several schools in Italy and travel arrangements with their sister travel agency.

Linguaviva
Network of schools offering Italian language courses in Florence, Milan, and Syracuse, as well as summer school for juniors in Lignano. Options include cultural courses, vocational programs, and internships.

NRCSA
The National Registration Center for Study Abroad evaluates foreign language immersion centers and universities around the world, selects the best programs, and encourages the learning of foreign languages and understanding of other cultures. Also provides preregistration services.

Pixel
Language school in Florence specializes in organizing individual Italian language courses for foreigners. Courses are customized for each student and also offer the opportunity for an internship at a Tuscany-based company.

Polymnia
Language school based in the Etruscan town of Cortona, Tuscany has courses for beginners as well as experienced speakers. Additional cultural activities include Italian cooking, wine and olive oil tasting, painting courses, and lectures on the Etruscans.

Porta d'Oriente
Institute of Italian language and culture in the southern Italian region of Puglia uses the total-immersion method for students as well as courses for teachers. Special programs include business Italian, Italian for law, Italian for medicine and science, and preparation for the CILS examination.

Puntolingua
Advice and information on choosing an Italian language school. Test your level before signing up for a course with online exercises.

Rimini Academy
Total-immersion language school in the beach resort of Rimini offers courses for all levels. With accommodations, excursions, and cultural events.

Sæna Iulia
Located in Siena, the home of the world-famous Palio, this language and culture school offers individual, group, and combined courses for all levels. Includes cultural seminars and excursions to historic areas.

Scuola Insieme
Total-immersion Italian language school offering courses each summer in Italian language (all levels) in the historic seaside city of Grado, Italy, near Venice.

Scuola Leonardo da Vinci
This school of Italian language and culture for foreigners has a branch in Florence, Rome, and Siena. Courses include art history, painting courses, and business Italian.

Scuola Palazzo Malvisi
Group and individual Italian language and culture courses in three locations: Bagno di Romagna, Ravenna, and Firenze. Distance learning also available.

Scuola Toscana
Florence-based school offers courses for beginner to advanced with modules in business, art history, cooking, fashion, and design. Students can sit for the CILS and AIL exams at the end of the course.

Scuola Tricolore
School located in Genoa offers personalized Italian language courses for all levels. Offers activities, excursions, and classes such as sailing, diving, painting, and cooking.

Scuola Virgilio
A new Italian language school located in Trapani, a seaside town on the western side of Sicily. Classes are based on the classic model, with lessons in the morning and extracurricular activitiew in the afternoon.

Studentsville
Everything about studying and living in Florence. With information on nightlife, cultural events, entertainment, and accommodations.

Università degli Studi Roma Tre
Complete university-grade offering of courses including the humanities, architecture, law, and economics. Summer sessions and accommodations available.

Università per Stranieri di Perugia
Study in a university setting with traditional college-level courses and programs.

Villa Dante School - Studio Italiano
Italian language school located in southern Italy. Programs include basic, intensive, and individual courses for all levels. School organizes excursions to Mt. Etna, Taormina, and the Aeolian islands.

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