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A door to Italy

Address: Via dei Santi Giacomo e Filippo, 19, 16122 Genova GE, Italy
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Description A door to Italy

  • Established: 2002
  • Location: Genoa, Italy
  • Language of instruction: Italian
  • Type of accommodation: host family, apartment, hotel.

A door to Italy is an Italian language school for international students located in the city of Genoa.

All teachers of the school have higher professional education and teaching qualifications for teaching Italian as a foreign language (DILS PG, DITALS, CEDILS). The teaching staff uses a communicative technique that stimulates students well to develop conversational speech in a relaxed atmosphere. Lessons balance listening, games and exercises for the development of oral and written speech, development of correct pronunciation skills or others.

The founders of A door to Italy offer a wide range of courses that are specially designed to meet the different needs of students, different knowledge and age. Here there are some of the school's programs:

  • Individual sessions
  • Language Certification Courses
  • Language courses for translators
  • Professional language courses in various fields
  • Preparation and professional development of Italian teachers.

In addition to a variety of courses dedicated only to the study of Italian, the A door to Italy school offers students full-fledged thematic programs dedicated to acquaintance with the culinary and Italian culture at the same time as language learning.

Programs, courses and tuition/boarding fees, prices in A door to Italy

Program name
from 200 € / week

Standard Group Course

  • Dates: every Monday
  • Duration: 1 to 4 weeks
  • Cost: from 200 € to 600 €.

The standard group program is suitable for learning Italian at any level. Classes are held in groups of up to 15 people, which are formed on the basis of entrance tests. The duration of one lesson is 50 minutes, and the weekly academic load is 20 lessons. The curriculum includes working with all the main sections of the language: grammar, vocabulary, speaking skills, reading and listening.

Group course Italiano Facile

  • Dates: throughout the year
  • Duration: 1 to 4 weeks
  • Cost: from 150 € to 450 €.

Such a program is suitable for students who have previously studied the Italian language (you need a level of A2 to participate) and are often in Italy, but they do not have the opportunity to go through a program with a higher load. Here the program will be only 12 academic hours, which are divided into 3 days a week. To obtain the result, a minimum training period of 4 weeks is recommended.

Intensive course

  • Dates: every Monday
  • Duration: 1 to 4 weeks.

An intensive training program is an excellent option for those who want to get the maximum knowledge in a short period of time. The course is quite popular, because here group training in the morning is combined with individual lessons, which are developed taking into account the needs of each student. The duration of the lessons in the group is 50 minutes, and individually - 60 minutes. The total academic load includes 20 group lessons every week + personal lessons from 4 to 10 per week.

from 25 € / lesson

Individual program / course for 2 people

  • Dates: throughout the year
  • Duration: from 1 week.

Personal lessons with one or two students with the same language level, where the program is compiled in accordance with the requests of students. The duration of one lesson is 60 minutes. The schedule of classes is flexible and is formed depending on the goals of the student. The program is ideal for those who want to get the maximum knowledge in a short period of time or want to study in depth individual aspects of the language - for example, commercial vocabulary or highly specialized.

from 1 500 € / 12 weeks

Long group courses

  • Dates: every Monday
  • Duration: 3 months / 6 months / 12 months.

A long program of teaching the Italian language according to the standard program is suitable for students who go to such courses with different goals:

  • Plan to live and work in Italy
  • They want to improve their proficiency to B2 for university entrance
  • The need to learn Italian for study
  • Obtaining an international certificate of level of ownership C1.

The weekly load will be 20 academic hours, one lesson lasts 50 minutes. The duration of the program can be 3 months, six months or a year - depending on the goals and capabilities of the student.

For participants in long-term programs, it is recommended that after training pass an exam to receive the international certificate CELI, CILS, AIL or PLIDA. Since the school is an examination center for passing the CELI exam, you can pass and prepare here.

from 100 € / week

Private lessons on Skype

  • Dates: throughout the year
  • Duration: 1 to 4 weeks.

Individual lessons via the Internet are the best solution for those who want to touch Italy and learn the language without leaving their home, and do it at a convenient time. Weekly load from 2, 5 to 10 hours.

01.06.2020 -07.10.2020
from 250 € / 10 weeks

Evening courses

  • Dates: October to June
  • Duration: October 7 - December 11, January 13 - March 18, March 23 - June 1.

Such a program implies lessons in small groups of 3 hours each week in the evening (= 2 lessons of 90 minutes). For convenience, there are 3 instructional streams (each for 30 hours) between October and June. They are divided into three levels:

  • Beginner (A1)
  • Intermediate (B1)
  • Advanced (C1).

On each of the programs, students develop skills approved by the Common European competencies for learning a foreign language: this is speech, writing, listening and reading. Upon joining the course you will need to pay a registration fee of 15 €.

from 40 € / lesson

Preparation for obtaining language certificates CELI, CILS, AIL, PLIDA

  • Dates: throughout the year
  • Duration: from 1 week.

Passing such a course helps in passing the examination tests for knowledge of the Italian language. The program includes individual courses devoted to a detailed analysis of the examination tasks of past years: this is writing, speaking, reading and listening. Classes are held throughout the year according to a flexible schedule, so they can easily be combined with the standard, at which classes are usually held in the morning. The program is developed taking into account the needs of each student who is preparing for the exam, and is aimed at closing the knowledge gaps.

Italian language + Art in the open air

  • Dates: every Monday
  • Duration: 1 to 4 weeks,

A program of the “Plus” type will allow students to combine the study of the Italian language with other activities that will help foreign guests to better immerse themselves in the culture and traditions of Italy. The lessons you take in your chosen type of activity take place in the afternoon and take from 1 to 3 hours depending on the chosen lesson.

The course, dedicated to the Italian language and open-air art, is a route for the study of urban architecture and history. Students will take walks under the guidance of an experienced art historian and will definitely visit Romanesque churches, in the quarter of the magnificent palaces of the Palazzi dei Rolli and not only. The course is based on three lectures on different eras:

  • "Middle Ages XI-XIV"
  • The sixteenth century
  • "Nineteenth Century and the Beautiful Era."

Italian language + Cuisine

  • Dates: every Monday
  • Duration: 1 to 4 weeks.

The Plus training course will allow students to combine the study of the Italian language with additional activities from the cultural or entertainment sphere. Classes are held in the afternoon in groups or individually.

When choosing the “Italian + Cuisine” course, students will gain experience in creating a menu of traditional Genoese or Italian cuisine under the guidance of professional chef Francesco. Program participants will be able to prepare a full menu of national cuisine from appetizers to desserts and complete the learning process by tasting.

from 80 € / week

Italian + Ceramics

  • Dates: every Monday
  • Duration: 1 to 4 weeks.

On programs of the Plus format, foreign students combine the study of Italian with an additional type of activity of their choice. Classes of the second type take place after lunch and take from 1 to 3 hours, depending on the type of activity.

One of the best ways to get to know Liguria is the course on the art of ceramics, which the city of Genoa is famous for. Students will have 5 lessons of 90 minutes each at the L'Aria del Mare Ceramics Laboratory. Under the guidance of Laura’s master, participants will be able to take the first steps towards creating their own ceramic products, going through all stages of production - molding, decoration and firing.

from 225 € / week

Italian language + Photography

  • Dates: every Monday
  • Duration: 1 to 4 weeks.

Educational programs of the Plus format allow students to combine the Italian language program with some interesting type of activity in addition. Classes are held in the afternoon and take from 1-3 hours.

In the course on combining Italian and studying photographic skills, students will receive theoretical and practical knowledge from a professional photographer-teacher Patricia Lanna. The program harmoniously combines classes in the classroom and walks around the city in order to find beautiful places. To participate in the program, anyone needs to have their own photo equipment.

Italian language + Opera

  • Dates: every Monday
  • Duration: from 1 week.

Plus level programs at A door to Italy allow participants to combine learning Italian with a choice of activities. Lessons in the additional area are held in the afternoon and take from one to three hours.

Italy is the country where such famous performers as Verdi, Puccini and Donizetti were born. The opera course is suitable for professionals in the field, or for those who are interested in the topic of work or personal hobby. Students are waiting for lessons under the guidance of a professional singer, devoted to the study of intonation and pronunciation of speech. The training load for the opera can be from 5 to 20 hours per week.

09.03.2020 -05.10.2020
from 655 € / 2 weeks

Senior 50+

  • Age: from 50 years old
  • Dates: March 9, April 6, September 7, October 5
  • Duration: 2 weeks.

Italian language study program for older students from 50 years old. The two-week course includes Italian lessons, an introduction to culture and national cuisine in the company of peers from around the world. The daily schedule combines morning language lessons and a leisure program the rest of the time - walks in Genoa and the surrounding area, tastings, tours, master classes.

The course offers:

  • 40 Italian lessons in the morning
  • 1 guided guided tour
  • 2 cultural seminars with discussions
  • 1 practical lesson in ceramics with the premises of Genoese trading shops and craft workshops
  • 1 half-day excursion in the vicinity of Genoa: in Nervi, Portofino, Camogli
  • 1 full day excursion to the coastal cities of Cinque Terre or Portofino
  • 1 wine tasting
  • 1 dinner in a traditional Genoese restaurant.

To participate in the program requires knowledge of the language at the level of A2 and above.

from 655 € / 2 weeks

Family club

  • Age: from 7 years
  • Dates: throughout the year
  • Duration: 2 weeks.

This format allows you to learn Italian as a family: the program includes group courses for adults and lessons for children, taking into account different ages. Classes are taught by professional teachers, teaching materials are provided, and the educational approach is chosen according to age in children's groups. The program is complemented by an interesting leisure part - from visiting a water park to a pizza festival!

The approximate schedule of one day looks like this:

  • For children from 14 years old and adults: 4 Italian lessons in classes formed taking into account the level of knowledge (from A1 to C2).
  • For children under 14 years: 2 Italian lessons in groups of 6-8 years and 9-13 years + 2 hours of joint educational and recreational activities.

Italian for work

  • Dates: throughout the year
  • Duration: from 1 week.

The Italian language school for foreigners A door to Italy also offers several types of language programs related to vocational education:

  • The study of highly specialized vocabulary in Italian
  • Corporate courses
  • Practical training courses with certificates DILS PG and DITALS, designed for beginner teachers of Italian L2 / LS
  • Further education courses for teachers of Italian as a foreign language L2 / LS
  • Training programs for interpreters
  • Refresher courses for interpreters.
from 425 € / 2 weeks

Italian + Diving

  • Dates: every Monday
  • Duration: 2 or 3 weeks.

Programs of the Plus format combine learning the Italian language and engaging in another type of activity of choice. Lessons of the second type take place in the afternoon and take from 1 to 3 hours, depending on the occupation.

Those who choose diving on the Plus program will give themselves the unique experience of diving in the Ligurian Sea. For those who doubt, there is a trial lesson that will help you decide whether to choose such a program for yourself.

The two-week program includes:

  • 10 hours of theory
  • 9 hours of training on the water (in the pool or sea)
  • 4 deep dives on weekends.

Upon completion of the course, students will receive a Padi Open certificate certifying the possibility of diving to a depth of 18 meters. The training is led by professional diving school instructors.

Accommodation, housing and food

At the time of study, A door to Italy school is ready to offer students different accommodation options from budget to luxury. All types of housing are located in the central part of the city to provide students with comfortable accommodation, are carefully selected and controlled by the school administration.

  • Host family. This option assumes a family atmosphere, complete immersion in a real Italian life and half board (breakfast and dinner)
  • Rent an apartment with other students. This option is perfect for those who want to get housing at a bargain price and make new friends from different parts of the world.
  • Guest House. An option similar to the previous one, but including a larger number of guests
  • Separate apartment. An option for those who want to have a separate space for living (comes out a little more expensive)
  • Hotel. Hotel accommodation is also suitable for connoisseurs of separate accommodation, and the school administration will help you choose options with more favourable contractual rates.

To reserve one of the accommodation options, please contact the administration of A door to Italy.

Events A door to Italy

In addition to language classes, A door to Italy programs offer options for interesting leisure time: joint leisure activities on the school grounds (entertainment), excursions in the city of Genoa, and trips to nearby attractions: the Cinque Terre National Park or to small coastal cities such as Portofino, Portovenere, Finale Ligure, Bordighera and others.

A rich and varied leisure program helps students practice Italian outside the classroom in a light and informal setting.

Equipment A door to Italy

The school is located in the central part of the city in an elegant mansion of the 19th century: here students study in modern spacious classrooms (6 classes), equipped with air conditioning and modern interactive equipment. The school building offers young people a pleasant recreation area, a cafe with drinks and snacks, an equipped Internet access point and Wi-FI, a library and a reception, where you can ask questions of interest.

Term dates, timetable and extra fees

The cost of studying the programs of the school A door to Italy includes:

  • Entrance test
  • Training materials and basic textbook
  • Curriculum from 20 hours a week
  • Half board (host family)
  • Weekly excursions
  • Leisure activities
  • Certificate of completion, which is issued after completion
  • 24-hour surveillance on site.

Additionally paid:

  • Registration fee - 50 €
  • Residence
  • Nutrition
  • Insurance
  • Visa fees
  • Buying tickets
  • Personal expenses.

Entry requirements, assessment and extra fees, how to apply, what is required to enrol, conditions, entry tests and exams

You can join the curriculum of the Italian school A door to Italy with any language proficiency from beginner (A1) to advanced (C2). Students take an entrance test to be assigned to groups on the day of arrival.

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Recommendations on when to apply

Language courses, schools and children's language camps Primary and secondary education - private schools Preparation programmes for entering universities - higher education Higher education (after completing accredited programs A-level, IB, High School) - Bachelor, Master, MBA
- we recommend to apply 6-9 months before the start of the course (some camps and schools offer discounts for early booking or for lengthy study programs)
- there are some very popular and high demand children's camps, where the applications need to be submitted 1 year in advance (in particular Switzerland , Great Britain , USA , Canada , Austria)
- we recommend to apply one year before the start of the training program,
- some schools have a specific time frame (September-November - please specify an individual school)
- some schools require tests in several stages (UKISET, internal tests of the school: English, mathematics, logics, subjects, interview, some require a personal visit)
- we recommend to apply one year before the start of the program,
- for Foundation and Pathway programs, IELTS and TOEFL certificates are usually required, respectively

- recommended submission one year before the start of the program,
- the deadline normally closes in January, for TOP HEIs and, as a rule, in March in other universities
- for a bachelor, a Foundation or Pathway preparatory program a completed A-level, IB, High School + IELTS / TOEFL are required
- for Masters you need a graduated higher education, in some cases you need a pre-Masters program
- MBA requires completed higher education, work experience preferably at least 2-3 years, etc.
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