Year-long course



The year-long program is structured into three quarters, beginning in September and ending in May. Due to the nature of the program, the incoming students do not need to have any prior knowledge or experience with the Italian language (although it never hurts to start early). There is an entrance exam that each student will take to help determine which class level they will begin at. The levels are: Elementary, Intermediate, Advanced I and Advanced II.

For every level, there are some related courses for learning the language, but if you are interested in integrating your own study plan we offer a series of additional resources.  At the beginning of each quarter there are scheduled meetings for helping you choose the course of study that is best suited to your needs (pertaining to the minor or major in Italian that you wish to earn).Handbook

Besides the theoretical lessons, the school offers the possibility of demonstrating your practical abilities in the sectors that make Italy famous throughout the entire world: Mediterranean cooking, fashion, ceramics and painting.

The program also includes cultural trips; before each of the trips there will be an explanation on the attractions and history of the locations and there may also be a possibility of obtaining class credits. We enjoy planning these trips for the students so they can see and appreciate, in person, the beauty and wonders that most students can only see through the faded photographs in their textbooks.

Other than the diploma at the end of the scholastic year, the school offers the possibility of taking the national language test called the PLIDA (Progetto Lingua Italiana Dante Alighieri) at the Società Dante Alighieri. This certification attests to the competence of Italian as L2 (foreign language) according to the Common European Framework of Reference for Languages ​​of the Council of Europe (QCE).