Language courses in Italy are chosen for relaxation, getting to know the country's culture, and learning Italian in the environment of its speakers. It is the birthplace of great musicians, painters, sculptors, and architects. Antonio Vivaldi, Michelangelo, and Leonardo da Vinci were born and worked here. Italy is proud of its heritage, which is probably why many schools include the study of Italian history and culture in their language courses.

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Official language in the countryItalian
Percentage of Italian speakers97%
Average course cost per week225 USD
Visa processing time10-15 days
Italy - General information
region Southern Europe
Capital Rome
Language Italian
Currency Euro
Population 59,685,227
Students 1,800,000
Foreigner students 4.3%
Statistics - Universities
Universities in top 200 2
Universities in top 500 12
Universities in top 1000 30
Universities in top 5000 76
Cost of living in Italy
Expenses - USD/Month Min. Med.
Accommodation 218 298
Food 256 467
Transportation 31 204
Communications and utilities 99 143
Clothing 31 116
Sports and leisure 30 112
Total 664 1,340
Accommodation in Italy USD/Month
Shared room outside of centre 220
Shared room in city centre 301
1 bedroom apartment outside of centre 390
1 bedroom apartment in city centre 511
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Advantages of language courses in Italy

  • Variety of programs. There are about 30 different types of programs at Italian language schools. Everyone can find a course to their liking. If you are interested in the culture of Italy, then there are Italian + "Cooking and Wine" and History of Italian Art courses. Likewise, future students can prepare for language exams, and company employees can improve their business Italian.
  • Prices. The average weekly cost of a language course is 225 USD. This price is lower than in many other European countries. For example, a German course in Austria costs 300 USD/week, and a weekly English program in the UK costs 428 USD.
  • University preparation programs. Many Italian universities offer a Foundation program. This is an excellent language learning option for those who aim to receive their higher education in Italy: you simultaneously improve your language proficiency and finish your 12th year of study necessary for admission.
  • Year-round enrollment. Italian language schools accept new students every week. Granted, you can start learning Italian at any time convenient for you.
  • Jobs. Students with a national D visa can work 20 hours per week.

Disadvantages of language courses in Italy

  • Courses for children and teenagers. Italian language courses in Italy are mainly aimed at adult students. Finding a school with an interesting program for children and teenagers is quite difficult.
  • University courses. Universities do not have regular language courses — only Foundation programs are available. As such, General Italian courses are to be found at private language schools.

Cost of language courses in Italy

SchoolProgramNumber of weeksTuition/weekThe longer the course duration, the lower the cost of one weekCitiesResidence/weekCosts depend on the cityHomestay/weekCosts depend on the city
Scuola Leonardo da VinciIntensive course1+241 USD

Florence, Rome, Turin, Milan, Viareggio

161 USD / 219 USDRoom for two / for one

187-334 USDCosts depend on the number of people per room and meals

Super Intensive course1+391 USD
Super Intensive course +5+5 individual lessons1+456 USD
Super Intensive course +10+10 individual lessons1+670 USD
Sabbatical Year485,918 USD/course
La Dolce Vita1-2638 USD
Italian Tour2-5407 USD/2 weeks
Preparation courses for the AIL41,581 USD/course
Individual lessons1+38 USD/lesson
Professional courses2+1,587 USD/2 weeks
"Italian wines" culture course1 day113 USD
Italian cuisine1 day113 USD
Gap Semester183,479 USD/courseFlorence, Rome, Turin, Milan
Academic School Year326,427 USD/course
Italy Today course1+456 USD
CILS preparation courses4- 6279 USD
Art History1-2150 USD
Super Intensive Small Group course2+1,265 USD/2 weeksFlorence, Rome, Viareggio
Italian and Hiking2600 USD/2 weeksViareggio
Part-time8-12386 USD/8 weeksFlorence, Milan, Rome
Preparation course for studying at University41,603 USD/4 weeks
Preparation course for Fashion & Design Academies41,603 USD/4 weeks
Intensive Italian language evening course4-12386 USD/4 weeksMilano
Italian Language Course for Families1 -12407-729 USD/weekDepends on the number of family members
Discover your Origins2-12547 USD/2 weeks
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When applying for a language course, a lot of time is spent searching for school information, program types, and accommodation options in Italy.

At UniPage, we cooperate only with accredited language centers, which, in addition to quality education and accommodation, provide our clients with discounts. Our experts will tell you what programs are available at Italian schools and universities, help you send an application, and save your time.

Types of language courses in Italy

Type of programIntensityHours per weekGroupNumber of students per groupMin. language levelAvg. cost per weekWithout accommodation
Part-time / Evening Courses1010-14Starter (A0)386 USD/8 weeks
Standard Courses208-10Starter (A0)225 USD
Intensive Courses25-305-10Starter (A0)386 USD
Super-Intensive Courses35-408-12Starter (A0)418 USD
One-to-one LessonIndividual1Starter (A0)38 USD/lesson
One-to-two LessonIndividual2Starter (A0)27 USD/lesson
Combined Courses20 standard group + 5 individual lessons258-10Starter (A0)386 USD
Italian Language Exam Preparation (CILS or AIL)Individual101Beginner (A1)EUR/2 weeks
Italian Language Exam Preparation (CILS or AIL)Group + individual308-10Beginner (A1)1,126 USD/2 weeks
Italian and Volunteering2 weeks — combined courses, 2 weeks — volunteer work258-10Elementary (A2)922 USD/4 weeksWith meals and accommodation
Learning While Working258-10Intermediate (B1)1,662 USD/8 weeks
Italian Language Course for Families2010-14Starter (A0)557 USDFor two adults and one child
Italy Today2010-14Intermediate (B1)456 USD
Discover Your Origins2610-14Elementary (A2)547 USD/2 weeks
Sabbatical Year48 weeks2010-14Starter (A0)5,918 USD/lesson
Gap Semester18 weeks2010-14Beginner (A1)3,479 USD/lesson
Academic Year32 weeks205-14Beginner (A1)6,427 USD/lesson
Flexible ProgramCombined online and in person lessons203-12Starter (A0)2,830 USD/lesson24 weeks
Professional Italian CoursesFor business, education, and work25-305-14Intermediate (B1)418 USD
University Preparation355-14Intermediate (B1)1,603 USD/4 weeks
Courses for Children and Teenagers208-12Starter (A0)831 USDMeals, accommodation, and cultural programs are included in the course cost
Foundation30-4010-15Intermediate (B1)English5,361 USD/year

If you are planning to come to the country just to learn Italian, choose Standard courses. They differ from each other only in intensity. In these lessons, you will actively develop your speaking, listening, reading, and writing skills. In addition, you will thoroughly practice grammar and vocabulary. These courses are open to students of all levels, from Beginner to Advanced. These include:

  • Part-time / Evening Courses. Evening courses for those who work or study in Italy during the day.
  • Standard, Intensive, Super-Intensive. Standard courses of varying intensity.
  • One-to-one / One-to-two. Courses for individual students or couples. In this format, all of the teacher’s attention is on you. In such lessons, you learn the material better, but the cost is higher than that of group lessons.
  • Combined courses. Combined courses, during which you study 20 hours a week in a group, and 5 hours individually.
  • Sabbatical Year. Courses with a minimum duration of 48 weeks.

Italian schools also offer courses with additional options:

  • Italian and Volunteering. A program offered by Solemar Academy, which combines 2 weeks of learning Italian with 2 weeks of volunteering at the World Wildlife Fund (WWF). The price includes meals and accommodation.
  • Learning While Working. A program including 4 weeks of language courses followed by 4 weeks of an internship at an Italian company.
  • Italian Language Course for Families. A program for all family members. Parents and children study in groups suitable for their level and age, but spend their free time together.
  • Italy Today. A course for those who already have basic knowledge of Italian. This program is suitable if you want to learn more about the culture, economy, and political situation of modern Italy. During class, you will discuss these topics with your teacher and other students.
  • Discover Your Origins. A unique course for the descendants of Italian emigrants abroad. In addition to language classes, the program includes lessons on the history of Italian emigration, an analysis of the region in which the student's ancestors lived, a study of the native dialect, investigation of the student's surname, and a direct trip to his ancestral homeland. To enter this program, you need to prove the presence of Italian roots (birth certificate of parents and grandparents).
  • Flexible Program. A course suitable for those who want to start learning the language, but have not yet received a visa. The program consists of online and in person lessons, lasting 24 weeks. You can choose how many weeks to study remotely, and how many to study in Italy.
  • Professional Italian Courses. Courses including Business Italian and Italian for Professionals. Here you will learn business Italian, which is necessary for working in a local company or running a business.
  • University Preparation. Courses for those who plan to study at an Italian university. The program is aimed at developing academic Italian skills for successful learning at the university. During the course, students learn how to make presentations and write essays. At some schools, these programs have narrower specialized areas: architecture, design, and art.
  • Academic Year / Gap Semester. In addition to the language, you will study the history of Italian art and the development of civilization, business, and fashion. 4 weeks before the end of the course, the program conducts language exams preparations, at the end of which students take the ALI or CELI. The academic year lasts 32 weeks, while the gap semester — 18.
  • Courses for Children and Teenagers. Less intensive courses — only 15-20 hours per week. The course cost includes accommodation, meals, and all forms of entertainment: excursions and sports, along with trips to the beach and neighboring cities.

University courses

Foundation. It is impossible to enter Italian universities after 11th grade. You need to have 12 years of education. However, many Italian universities offer an annual Foundation program. Among them are University of Pisa, University of Siena, University of Rome La Sapienza, and several others. During this preparatory year, you can improve your language proficiency and other subjects necessary for studying in the chosen program.

You can enter such a program without knowing Italian, but your English must at least be at the B1 level. At some universities, such as the University of Pavia, the language of instruction is not English, but Italian. In this case, you need an A2-B1 level of Italian. Upon completion of the Foundation program, you can enter the same university without a language exam. Some universities automatically enroll students into the Foundation program, but information on guaranteed admission should be checked on the website of the chosen university.

Apart from the Foundation program, there are almost no language courses at Italian universities. Some offer language studies, but these are programs strictly for university students.

Leisure Italian courses

Type of programIntensityHours per weekGroupNumber of students per groupMin. language levelAvg. cost per weekWithout accommodation
Italian Tour2010-14Starter (A0)407 USD/2 weeks
Dolce Vita Course2010-14Beginner (A1)638 USDCultural program included in the cost
History of Italian Art63-12Elementary (A2)150 USD
Italian + "Cooking and Wine"3-30Intensity depends on the school6-12Elementary (A2)107 USD / 450 USD3 / 30 lessons per week
Learn-and-Go31-3Elementary (A2)129 USD
Italian and Hiking203-12Starter (A0)600 USD/2 weeksHiking costs are included
Club / Senior 50+20-258-10Starter (A0)750 USD/2 weeksCultural program included in the cost
Italian + Tennis258-10Starter (A0)407 USD

Combining language learning with a vacation in Italy is easier than in any other country. At every school, you will find an Italian course that allows you to study art, cuisine, and history, or play sports with an instructor in your free time.

  • Italian Tour. If you choose a school that has branches in several Italian cities, then you may be offered such a program. It allows you to alternately live and study in each of these locations. Scuola Leonardo da Vinci has one such program.
  • Dolce Vita Course. La Dolce Vita, or "Sweet Life" translated from Italian. This program is divided into two parts. You study the language in the morning, and enjoy a varied program in the evening: cooking classes, exhibitions, and excursions.
  • Italian + "Cooking and Wine". Fans of Italian cuisine will appreciate this course. At some schools, this is simply an additional three hours that a student can buy in addition to their main course. But there are also full-fledged programs where you spend 15-20 hours learning Italian, and the rest of the time you taste wines and learn how to cook Italian dishes under the guidance of an experienced chef.
  • Italian and Hiking. A two-week course that consists of morning Italian lessons and evening hikes to interesting places near the city of study.
  • Club / Senior 50+. The cultural and language programs of these short courses are designed for the interests of those aged 50 and over.
  • Italian + Tennis. If you love tennis, then some schools in Italy have a suitable course for you. You will hone your Italian skills in the morning, and play tennis with a professional instructor in the evening.

Features of admission to Italian language schools

First, you need to fill out an application form on the school's website. You will then be sent a link to pay the registration fee or deposit. After that, your place in the course will be reserved and you will be sent an invitation letter, which is needed when applying for a visa. The last thing to do is to pay for the program itself. Payment terms depend on the school: for some, you need to transfer the money a week before the start of the lessons, in others you can pay on the day of arrival.

Admission to Foundation programs is more difficult. You need to collect a package of documents:

  • Completed application
  • Copy of your school diploma and transcript translated into Italian and English, and legalized or apostilled
  • Passport copy
  • Certificate confirming a B1-B2 level of EnglishFor English-language programs (IELTS, TOEFL, or Cambridge) or ItalianFor Italian-language programs
  • Motivation letter

Learning process in Italian language courses

At most schools, enrollment for standard courses takes place every Monday. That being said, Beginner groups are formed less frequently: once every 2-3 weeks.

On the first day of class, students get to know the teachers, school and city. Then, they are tested for their knowledge of Italian, according to which students are divided into groups.

In the following days, students combine learning with rest. Schools often organize excursions, trips to restaurants and bars, and other activities. Some, however, require additional payments for these activities. Therefore, it is important to carefully read the contract when booking, in order to know what exactly is included in the price. If you buy a course without entertainment, set aside 86-107 USD for each week of the course to fully enjoy your vacation.

As a rule, students take an assessment test at the end of each week. This allows the teacher to determine the academic progress of the group as a whole and of each individual student.

Accommodation options while studying in Italy

Accommodation optionsMealsNumber of people per roomMin. cost per weekAvg. price per week
School residenceOptional1-2161 USD220 USD
Host familyBreakfast or breakfast / dinner1-2188 USD279 USD
ApartmentNone1375 USD563 USD
HotelBreakfast1-254 USD/day96 USD/day

Additional expenses

ExpensesMin.Avg.
Consular fee38 USDFor courses up to 90 days54 USDFor courses over 90 days
Registration fee54 USD75 USD
Medical insurance21 USD/week32 USD/week
Airport transfer64 USD107 USD
Additional summer tuition fee21 USD/week43 USD/week

Check the school website for additional costs.

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Visa for language courses in Italy

Once you have received an invitation letter from a school, start applying for a visa. For courses lasting up to 90 days, a Schengen category C visa is required. If the program lasts over 90 days, apply for a national category D visa.

List of required documents for both visa types:

  • Application form
  • Photograph 3x4 cm
  • Payment receipt of the consular fee (38 USD / 54 USDShort-term / long-term)
  • PassportMust expire no earlier than three months after the visa expiration
  • Accommodation proof (Booking of a room in a school dormitory, apartment rental agreement, invitation from an Italian citizen, or hotel reservation)
  • Flight booking confirmation
  • Proof of financial solvency
  • Medical insurance
  • School invitation

If you plan to stay in Italy for more than 3 months, you must apply for a temporary residence permit within 8 days of arrival. You can do this at any post office that has a Sportello Amico (Friendly Window)the Italian Post Office network. There, you will receive a form that you will need to fill out along with attaching the following documents:

  • Passport copy (pages with personal information and visa)
  • Medical insurance copy
  • School invitation copy
  • Application fee payment receipt (32 USD)
The amount needed for financial solvency depends on the length of stay. You can calculate it yourself.
Trip durationOne person
1-5 days: fixed amount269.64 USD
6-10 days: per day44.100 USD
11-20 days: fixed amount + per day51.69 USD + 25.88 USD
more than 20 days: fixed amount + per day206.62 USD + 27.95 USD
Example: for a trip of 25 days — 206.62 USD (fixed amount) + 27.95 USD * 25 days = 903.89 USD.

If you enroll in short-term courses up to 90 days, you will not be able to legally work. Category C visas do not allow for employment.

With a category D visa, you can work 20 hours per week.

Most popular language schools in Italy

Scuola Leonardo da Vinci

Scuola Leonardo da Vinci was founded in 1977 as an institute for the Italian language and culture. Since then, the blending of language and culture in teaching has become a hallmark of the school. Therefore, along with the usual Professional and Preparation courses, you can find language courses that include the study of Italian art, history, and cuisine.

The school has centers in five Italian cities: Rome, Florence, Turin, Milan, and Viareggio. Because of this, students also have the option of living in each of these five cities for the course duration.

Up to 2 students live together in hostels or host families. If you want to rent a room or apartment for the duration of your studies, the school will help you with the search. In addition, students attend cultural events every evening: excursions around the host city, along with visits to museums, exhibitions, local wine cellars, and pizzerias. During the weekends, schools organize tours to neighboring cities.

Best cities to learn Italian

Rome

  • Rome was established in 753 BC.
  • Legend has it that the city was built by Romulus, one of the twin brothers who were fed by a she-wolf. This plot is depicted on the coat of arms of modern Rome.
  • Inside Rome is the smallest country in the world — Vatican City. It is an independent state with its own flag and anthem run by the Catholic Church.
  • There are about 2000 fountains in Rome, the most popular being the Trevi Fountain. Every day, tourists throw about 3,216 USD worth of coins in it. All of this money goes to charity.
RegionLazio
Population2318895
Monthly expensesWithout accommodation832 USD

Milan

  • Milan is the capital of fashion. The headquarters of the most famous brands are located here: Dolce & Gabbana, Valentino, Giorgio Armani, Prada, and many others. Milan, together with Paris, London, and New York, form the "Big Four" in the fashion world.
  • Every evening, from seven to nine, is aperitif time in Milan: cafes and bars are filled with visitors who enjoy wine and snacks before dinner.
  • Milan is home to the famous Duomo Cathedral. It was built for over 500 years — from 1386 to 1965.
  • Milan is the “tallest” city in Italy. A total of 25 skyscrapers have been built here, with two being the tallest buildings in the country.
RegionLombardy
Population1236837
Monthly expensesWithout accommodation943 USD

Turin

  • Turin is the fourth largest city in Italy and the capital of Piedmont.
  • From 1861 to 1865, Turin was the capital of Italy. It was then transferred to Florence, and only in 1870 — to Rome.
  • Turin is the industrial center of Italy, where everything from cars to vermouth and chocolate is produced.
RegionPiedmont
Population870456
Monthly expensesWithout accommodation777 USD

Florence

  • Florence is the birthplace of the piano. In 1700, Bartolomeo Cristofori invented this musical instrument.
  • Leonardo da Vinci, Michelangelo, Sandro Botticelli, Dante Alighieri, Nicolo Machiavelli, and many other famous personalities were born in Florence.
  • Florence has over 20 sister citiesCities that have developed friendly relations to get acquainted with each other's culture and history. Among them are Kyoto, Bethlehem, and Philadelphia.
  • Florence was ruled by the Medici family for 350 years. Its representatives had enormous political power: four popes and two queens of France bore the Medici surname.
  • Gelato, the famous Italian dessert, was invented by Florentine architect and sculptor, Bernardo Buontalenti.
RegionTuscany
Population349296
Monthly expensesWithout accommodation852 USD

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