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Courses in Italy


Courses in Italy

Italian language and culture courses offered by Italian universities


Italian language, culture and other courses offered to foreigners

Consult the list of schools, centres, and institutes offering courses directed mainly to foreign students.

You can search courses by region and/or city and/or type. If you choose to search under course type, the menu listing is intentionally general, for example "Italian language", "Design", "Music" and "Singing", and so it is important to refer to the website of the specific school for further details about the course. 
If you are doing a search on Italian language courses, a visit to the websites of the centres mentioned here will enable you to identify schools that only teach Italian to foreigners and those that offer Italian language courses as supplementary to other courses such as art, design, cooking etc.

The soundness of an school’s management and the quality of teaching are guaranteed in Italian language and culture schools that have obtained an acknowledgement called the MIUR “Presa d'atto” (which is given after inspection by the Minister for Education or a University, or through scientific research)

A visit to a school’s website will enable you to verify if the school is part of an Association that safeguards the quality of services offered. Those associations are:

at a national level: 

  • ITALIAN IN ITALY (Associazione Nazionale di Scuole di Lingua e Cultura Italiana
  • ASILS (Association of Schools of Italian as a Second Language)
  • AIL (Italian Academy of Language)

at an international level:  

  •  FIYTO (Federation of International Youth Travel Organisations)
  •  ALTO (Association of Language Travel Organisations)
  •  IALC (International Association of Language Centres)
  •  TANDEM (International Network of Quality Language Institutes)
  •  EAQUALS (The European Association for Quality Language Services)
  •  IHWO (International House World Organisation)

It is also important to know whether the school is recognised as a Training Body and if they are licensed to issue Accreditation for Italian as a Foreign Language.

We advise that a thorough web search be undertaken on those schools that do not have any of the above requisites, in order to obtain clear and precise information on:
· conditions with regards to courses offered (price, deposits, refunds of deposits in case of cancellation etc)
· the school itself (building, classrooms, equipment etc)
· aspects of student accommodation (cost and location)
· teaching staff (qualifications)
· didactic material used