Italian language certification and academic electives


Our Long-term Italian courses are addressed to students who wish to dedicate a period of 8+ weeks  to the study of Italian.
Students enrolling on 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 and excursions. Depending on their starting level, students will aim to acquire a basic knowledge of the Italian language or enhance and perfect their previous knowledge of the language.

Long-term courses are ideally suited for those who wish to learn Italian during a prolonged stay in Siracusa, enjoying all that this lively Sicilian city has to offer.

Furthermore, the Italian Academy offers a wide range of Elective courses covering specific areas of study such as Greek and Roman history, Italian Literature, Archaeology,  Architecture and History of Art which draw upon the rich setting and cultural heritage of the city of Siracusa. All electives are taught in Italian and English by experienced teachers qualified in their area of study.

Students on our Long-term programmes 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 learnt in class into practice and getting to know people of a similar age and interest from the area.


The Italian Academy is a centre for CILS (Certificazione di Italiano come lingua Straniera – Certification of Italian as a foreign language) and DITALS(Certificazione di Competenza in Didattica dell’Italiano a Stranieri – Certification of Italian language teaching to foreigners ) of the University of Siena .  Our long-term students who wish to follow specific examination courses may prepare and sit CILS examinations at levels from A1 to C2 of the CEFR.  Students who have a C1 certified level of Italian can prepare and take the DITALS examination which includes a 24 hour specific teacher training course and 60 hours of classroom teaching practice.

All our Italian language syllabi are in line with the Common European Framework of Reference for language study (CEFR) and prepare for the CILS certification of the University of Siena – Department of Italian studies for foreigners.



Electives are available throughout the year. The following subjects are offered: history, Italian literature, archaelogy, architecture and history of art. These subjects are taught by teachers qualified in the specific area of study.

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