Our Long-term Italian courses are addressed to students who wish to dedicate an extended period to the study of Italian language and culture.
Students enrolling in our Long-term courses avail of special reduced rates. These courses include 20 lessons per week of group classes (3 hours per day) and are accompanied by an optional program of cultural events, sports, and excursions. Academic electives, such as art and literature courses (which draw upon the rich setting and cultural heritage of the city of Siracusa), are offered for students who already have a specific academic objective such as enrolment in an Italian university program.
All electives are taught in Italian and English by experienced teachers qualified in their area of study and at our partner institutions.
The Italian Academy staff supports prospective students throughout the enrolment process and can provide supporting documentation for the Study Visa application (more on this in our FAQ section).
Depending on their starting level, students may aim to acquire a basic knowledge of the Italian language or enhance and perfect their previous knowledge of the language. Attending a full-immersion intensive course it is generally possible for dedicated students to achieve a B2 or C1 level (required for university applications) from beginner level within a 6-9 months period.
Students will have the opportunity to take part in our free Tandem language-exchange service, which has proven to be particularly useful for putting the language learned in class into practice and getting to know people of a similar age and interest from the area.
The Italian Academy is an accredited centre of the University of Siena . Our long-term students who wish to follow specific examination courses may prepare and sit CILS (Certificazione di Italiano come lingua Straniera – Certification of Italian as a foreign language) examinations at levels from A1 to C2 of the CEFR, which is the most widely accepted Italian language certification in Italy and abroad by universities, employers and governmental institutions.
Students who have a C1 certified level of Italian can prepare and take the DITALS (Certificazione di Competenza in Didattica dell’Italiano a Stranieri – Certification of Italian language teaching to foreigners ) examination which includes a 24-hour specific teacher training course and 60 hours of classroom teaching practice.