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TOP-20 language schools in Italy that provide English and Italian courses for international students

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Do you dream about studying in Italy? Today, it's one of the most favourite country among international students due to high-quality education, comfortable climate and delicious cuisine. SMAPSE offers you more than 20 best language schools that accept students from all over the world. Great variety of language programs allows foreign students to improve command of foreign languages, become more open during communication with native-speakers. Studying in Italy will definitely bring you only positive experience.

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Studying in Italy for foreign students: features and advantages

  • An acceptable price set by language schools in Italy (in comparison with EU countries) is one of the reasons for high demand for language courses among foreign students 
  • A wide range - here you will find classic high-intensity and combined courses that combine language learning with the development of new areas of activity that reflect the flavor of the country. For example, Italian + Italian cuisine lessons / football lessons / design or fashion lessons
  • In a country with a high living standards, in addition to fruitful work, students enjoy a warm climate, picturesque landscapes and have a great time, going to sunbathe on the beaches, devoting time to shopping and getting to know local attractions.

Italian courses in Italy for foreign students

Course name

Hours per week

Required Language Proficiency

Cost, €

Standard courses

20

For students at any level (Beginner)

From 140

Intensive

25-30

From 250

Super intense

30-35

From 340

Exam preparation

Beginner

From 280

Specialized courses

20-25

Upper-intermediate

From 190

Professional courses

Intermediate

From 430

Italian for business

20-30

From 340

Italian 50+

25-30

Beginner

From 230

Individual sessions

Make a reservation individually

From 40 euros per lesson

Home Language International

For students at any level

From 1200

To study a foreign language abroad, it is necessary to choose not only the best language schools in Italy, but also the appropriate course. The content of language programs is determined by four main factors: the degree of intensity, the student's age, its goals and level of difficulty.

  • A student with zero knowledge of the language has a choice between a general entry-level course or a special “from scratch” course (such classes may differ in teaching methodology and cost). It is recommended to soberly assess your strengths, since studying in a too weak or, on the contrary, a strong group can slow down development and affect the student's motivation.
  • Intensive courses are suitable for students who need to learn a language as soon as possible - but remember that attending classes of a high degree of intensity does not guarantee tremendous progress at the click of a finger, diligence and hard work of the student is important.
  • Home Language International is a program for children and adults, which guarantees maximum immersion in the language environment thanks to studying with the help of a qualified teacher. The student will live in the teacher’s family, communicate with him and his family members - thus, in addition to classes, the student receives a grandiose language practice. In Italy, Home Language International courses are available in Genoa, Milan, Tuscany, Naples, Rome and Venice. The program options are:business Italian or English, preparation for tests, etc., as well as various additional options as enhanced living conditions (luxury accommodation), private bathroom, transfer, meeting and seeing off at the airport.
  • Business courses are focused on the business sphere, development of special vocabulary and training in conducting business meetings and negotiations in a foreign language. For the most part, these are practical classes in which students learn a huge layer of vocabulary, understand the rules of corporate ethics, how to conduct correspondence, and study business problems. Specialized courses offered by the best language schools in Italy are a language in a narrow field: accounting, management, pedagogy, etc.

Exam preparation programs have their own specifics - here the emphasis is on the study of tests, the implementation of test tasks. You cannot do without such preparation, even with good knowledge it is not recommended to be limited to general courses - each exam has its own standards and templates, and the best language schools in Italy try to take into account all their nuances.

Studying process in language schools in Italy

Short-term programs involve full payment in advance, but if you plan to study for two or three semesters, then partial repayment of the cost is possible. To obtain a visa, you must wait for the official invitation from the Italian school.

On the first day of study, students get acquainted with the school, teachers and perform a language test in order to determine the level of language proficiency. In accordance with the results obtained, students are divided into groups. Then they spend time studying and having an active rest - getting to know the country, its sights, and go on shopping. At the end of the week, testing is usually done to determine academic progress.

Accommodation options while studying at a language school in Italy

TOP cities for studying Italian are Rome, Milan, Turin, Florence, Naples, Bologna, Venice and Trieste.

  • Foreign students can stay in a host family - in this case, the form of food is negotiated: boarding or half board. A separate room for one or two people is provided. The cost of homestay is 200-280 euros per week
  • Hotel and hotels: all questions on accommodation and meals are negotiated, the price is 50-100 euros per day
  • Rent an apartment, the price is 140-250 euros per week.

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 1,34
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  

Statistics of English courses in Italy

Programs Intensity Group Language requirements The minimum cost of the week
Standard courses 20 8-10 Beginner €140+
Intensive courses 25-30 5-10 Beginner €250+
Super-Intensive courses 30-35 5-10 Beginner €340+
Exam Preparation 30-35 5-10 Elementary €280+
Specialization Courses 20-25 8-10 Upper-Intermediate €190+
Professional Courses 25-30 8-10 Intermediate €430+
Italian for Business 20-30 8-10 Intermediate €430+
Senior 50+ 20-25 8-10 Beginner €340+
Italian course + 20 8-10 Beginner €230+
One-to-one tuition individual 1 Beginner €40+ - lesson

Students Accommodation Options in Italy

Accomondation Meals Number of people per room Cost per week/min Cost per week/max
Homestay full Board or half Board 1-2 €204 €276
Hotel optional 1-2 €50/day €100/day
Appartment funded by a student 1-3 €144 €250

Estimated Costs

Estimated Costs Min., € Average €
Consular fee of the embassy €0 €50
Embassy Service Fee €29,50 €29,50
Flight (Moscow - Rome - Moscow) €430 €540
Medical insurance €25 €35
Study material €15 €25
Delivery of invitations by express mail €45 €75
Transfer/Escort €45 €100
Additional payment for accommodation per week, during the high season €20 €35
Additional payment for tuition per week, during the high season €25 €35
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