Learn italian in Italy
Italian course at Università per Stranieri Dante Alighieri
Italian courses at Università per Stranieri Dante Alighieri are active all year round and use a teaching method that is focused on communication and that is compliant to European standards. With our courses you will be able to get CEFR European certifications (A1, A2, B1, B2, C1, C2).
Study Italian in Italy: live your study-holiday in Italy
The course will involve lectures, conversations, outdoor excursions and direct contact with local people and places. We believe that the best way to learn and teach Italian is to truly live and discover the places as well as to meet and interact with the local people.
During your course you will be able to participate to excursions and outdoor trips as well as conferences that will make your learning experience even more efficient and unique.
Our teaching method is based on communication.
Students practice the main four functions of the language:
Why choosing Dante Alighieri University?
Attending the course at Università per Stranieri Dante Alighieri you will benefit of a certified university level course.
Plus, it will help you discover the italian language and culture deeply.
Dante School can release valid certificates for the Common European Framework of Reference of the Council of Europe (QCE).
Dante Alighieri Society is an italian cultural institution that has the purpose of spreading the italian language and culture in the world. Founded by Giosuè Carducci in 1889, it is one of the European institutes of culture and language.
The strength of our italian courses
During your Italian course in Italy we make sure to find the best balance between theory and practice.
This will grant you an efficient path towards learning the Italian language.
To make your experience even more significant, during your stay you will be able to take part to excursions, conferences and tours.
This will allow you to discover the beauty of Italian language and culture. Not to mention that it will give you the chance to practice the language with the locals.
One of the special features of our course is the special attention we pay to the practical learning of the language.
Conversation is vital to learning, and it gives the students the possibility to express themselves and communicate in Italian since the very beginning of the courses. Grammar and syntax are also very important for a correct use of the language.
Studying grammar and syntax rules will go together with practicing conversation and listening.
Furthermore, the students will be facilitated in learning the language through art, literature and the other aspects of the Italian culture, also thanks to the interactive methods used by our teachers.
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Italian Courses at Università per Stranieri Dante Alighieri last from 1 to 6 months.
There will be an exam to assess the level reached at the end of each month (A1 to C2).
Also, you will be able to take the exams for two levels: A1-2, B1-2, C1-2.
Otherwise, you will be able to attend special courses for one or two weeks, for which you will receive an attendance certificate with the specific number of hours, upon request. The Italian language course counts 20 hours a week, according to the level of the student. Lectures are 5 days a week. It will allow you to acquire the main four functions of the language according to the European Framework: listening, speaking, reading and writing. Thanks to our direct teaching methods you will be able to learn and understand non verbal language, sayings and codes of communications which are typical of the Italian lifestyle. Courses are provided for all levels: from the basic levels of knowledge A1 and A2, to the advanced levels C1 and C2.
Additionally to the European certifications, you will get:
- an efficient and modern learning method focused on communication
- a friendly atmosphere in the heart of the city center
- qualified teachers very small amount of students per class
- International language certifications recognized in all European countries
- competitive prices
Italian courses at Università per Stranieri Dante Alighieri offer a complete program for Italian learning in Italy. According to your goals and requests you will have a personalized plan. The number of total class hours will depend on the level requested and the number of credits (CFU). Lectures in class will be matched with outdoor activities that will enhance spoken language skills.
DETAILS OF THE COURSE
Level Hours CFU Lenght of the course A1 80 hours 8 CFU/ECTS 1 month A2 80 hours 8 CFU/ECTS 1 month B1 180 hours 18 CFU/ECTS 2 months + B2 240 hours 20 CFU/ECTS 2 months + C1 360 hours 30 CFU/ECTS 3 months C2 720 hours 60 CFU/ECTS 6 months
Objectives to achieve
A1 Entry Level:
Use and comprehension of basic daily expressions to fulfill real needs. Introduce him/herself or others and make questions or answer over personal details like where he/she lives, people known and things owned. Easy interaction with a person who is prone to speak slowly.
A2 Elementary Level:
Use and comprehension of phrases and expressions concerning fields of istant relevance (personal or familiar information, shopping, local geography, work). Communicate in simple activities which request an easy exchange of information over common topics. Describe aspects of life or environment with common words; expression of istant needs.
B1 Pre-intermediate Level:
Comprehension of usual topics key words about school, free time etc. Move with ease through situations which may occure during the stay in the Country. He/she is able to produce a simple text concerning usual topics and personal interest. He/she is able to convey experience and happenings, dreams, hopes and ambitions, even to illustrate his/her own reasons about projects and opinions.
Comprehension of complex text main ideas about concrete or abstract topics, technical discussions too. Talk with the home-grown speakers in a fluency and naturalness way. He/she is able to produce a clear and detailed text over a wide range of topics and to explain topic point of view, providing pros and cons.
C1 Post-Intermediate Level:
A wide range of long and complex texts comprehension and understanding the meaning. Speak with fluency and naturalness. Use the language in an efficient and flexible way for social, professional and academic purposes. He/she is able to produce clear and detailed texts over complex topics, showing a textual layout and connectors command.
C2 Advanced Level:
Easy comprehension of all the listen and read things. He/she knows to sum up info from many sources, both written and spoken, structuring topic in a congruent expound. Naturalness of expressions in a fluid and accurate manner, identifying subtle nuances in complex situations.
Special attendance to courses
We allow maximum flexibility in managing the duration of your course. You can freely choose the weeks or months that you will need to learn Italian.
Furthermore, students have the opportunity to attend courses just for one or two weeks of the ordinary courses. The program will follow the ordinary courses. At the end of the week/s an attendance certificate will be given to the students stating the numbers of the hours of class completed.
Classes will be supplied 5 days a week, Monday through Friday. Them will be held mostly in the morning. Therefore, afternoons and weekends can be spent living Italy at its best. During the course you will attend two or three classes depending on your level. Classes will be scheduled 9am to 12.30pm for A1 and A2 levels, and from 9am to 2.45pm for levels B1,B2,C1,C2. There will be coffee and lunch breaks throughout the morning time. The number of necessary lessons could vary depending on the course level attended. Levels A1 and A2 usually take two classes per day, while levels B1,B2,C1,C2 will need to take three classes per day.
Weekly classes could be substituted with outdoor activities.
A schedule of weekly classes follows:
Level Class 1 Class 2 Class 3 A1 - A2 9.00 - 10.30 11:00 - 12:30 - B1,B2,C1,C2 9.00 - 10.30 11:00 - 12:30 13:45 - 14:45
At the end of the course, the students who have good attendance records will get a participation certificate, which will be granted to the students who will attend only a one or two-week course too. Students of the month long courses will get a certificate stating the credits obtained (CFU) and the exams taken with grades reports.
The certificates are valid worldwide.
Enrollments can be done for one or more consecutive months of courses. Depending on the time of the year, courses will fall in high or low season.
Starting date - Ordinary Courses 2019
January 7th / February 4th / March 4th / April 1st / May 6th / June 3th / September 2nd / September 30th / October 28th / November 26th
Extraordinary Courses 2019
July 1st to 26th / August 1st to 28th
January 1 - 7 / April 19th to 22th / April 25th / May 1st / June 2nd / August 15th / September 17th/ November 1st / December 8th / December 24th to 31st
Our Italian courses are open to all citizens who are over 16 years old. It is possible to join the courses at any point after their start (except A1 level). In order to take the language exams and get the certifications, it is compulsory to attend at least 80% of the classes. Conferences and other activities, upon approval of the school committee, will be granted as school credits.
Access to A1 level course
To access the A1 level course it is necessary to take a preliminary test online. Students of the A1 course will have to start attending classes within two days from its beginning.
Access to C2 level course
Access to the advanced C2 level course will be granted if:
- the student already obtained an advanced Italian C1 certificate
- the student was assigned to the course after the test
- the student has one of the CLIC certificates for the Italian language (CELI; CILS; PLIDA; IT ROMA TRE)
The fees for the Italian courses at Università per Stranieri Dante Alighieri includes:
- Course attendance
- Enrollment fee to the CE.S.A.S.S.
- School supplies and books
- Outdoor activities (for the monthly courses only)
- Visit to the Museo Archeologico di Reggio Calabria
- Health assistance
- Informations and support during your stay in Reggio Calabria
The fees depend on the amount of time spent in the school: the longer the stay the lower the price.
ITALIAN COURSE FEES FOR NON ITALIAN NATIONALS
Inclusive of enrollment fees and taxes.
Standard (September - June)
Firsth month Second month Third month onward 270,00 € 215,00 € 160,00 €
SPECIAL (JULY - AUGUST)
Firsth month Second month Third month onward 325,00 € 215,00 € 160,00 €
Inclusive of enrollment fees and taxes.
Standard (September - June)
1 week 2 weeks 110,00 € 165,00 €
SPECIAL (JULY - AUGUST)
1 week 2 weeks 110,00 € 190,00 €
The fees include the enrollment to the CE.S.A.S.S. "Centro Studi ed Assistenza Studenti Stranieri", which support students during the stay.
Bursaries covering part of the expenses will be available for students during the school year, only for credits (highest score in the final test and the most worthy students) or acquired by attending CESASS activities.
There will be outdoor activities for students and teachers of the Dante School, at least once a month. Thanks to these course activities, students will be involved with the italian culture and discover Reggio Calabria and its surroundings, while visiting the most beautiful and suggestive places in Calabria and Sicily too. Outdoor activities will count towards the number of credits necessary to get the final certificate, since they are aimed to enhance the speaking skills of the students.
Following, some of our typical outdoor activities:
Roman Villa of Casignana:
This Villa is considered to be one of the most important historical villas of Italy and it is located in the city of Casignana, iof n the province Reggio Calabria. It is a Villa of the Roman epoch from the 1st century AC, and it bares witness of all the eras and peoples that came and the different daily lives, since it shows different layers of restoration throughout the centuries. From there, it is also possible to walk through the porch and get to the beautiful thermal complex, which is finely decorated with mosaics. The Room of the Nereids is particularly interesting and famous, with its mosaic, and its octagonal structure. The residential part of the Villa is located on the opposite side, is characterized by the numerous rooms all decorated with mosaics. The Four Season room is the one that stands out the most.
Gerace, rated the seventh most beautiful towns in Italy, is located within the Parco Nazionale dell’Aspromonte. The town has a medieval fashion and the most ancient part of it is rich of beautiful buildings. The numerous churches present in Gerace are particularly interesting. They are over 100 and many of them are of the byzantine era. The different buildings of Gerace bear witness of the different historical eras it lived and of the diverse architectural styles that characterized them. The buildings were built digging directly in the rock.
Paragliding on the Lao river in Papasidero
For the adventure lovers and for those who want to make their stay in Reggio Calabria an unforgettable experience, there is the possibility to try paragliding over our beautiful territory. This activity is suited for everyone and it is offered for both single and double seated paraglides.
Parco Nazionale della Sila:
For the nature lovers, we highly suggest a visit at the Parco Nazionale della Sila. The National Park hides several natural reserves in it that will allow you to really get in touch with nature and appreciate the typical flora and fauna of the area. The National Park is also a great idea for the sports lovers, since it promotes fun activities such as trekking, long walks, horseback riding, archery, sailing and canoe.
Bagnara and the Versace Museum
Bagnara is a small town in the metropolitan area of Reggio Calabria with an artistic patrimony characterized by civil, religious and military architecture. It is also well known for its Angelo Versace Museum. The Museum is divided into two sections and explores the XVIII and XIX centuries. The first section is devoted to sacred art, while the second to archeology, spanning from the eneolithic era to the byzantine-norman era.
Monte Pollino and Sibari Adventure Park
Another must-do for the adventure lovers is the Sibari Adventure Park situated on Mount Pollino. It involves many activities such as: an over 100 meter cableway, the so-called swan-flight; 7 adventure paths with different levels of difficulty that will allow you to walk through over 2km of adventurous challenges; an incredible itinerary in the Raganello Canyon. All of the activities are carefully followed by expert trainers. The park also includes archeological and natural sightseeing in the different towns around it that will let you discover the history, arts, and culture of the place.
To apply to the Italian course at Dante School you just need to follow these steps:
- Download the form
- Fill in the form with your personal data and sign it
- Send the form at [email protected]
In order to confirm your enrollment you will need to pay 100,00€ as first part of your payment.
If you are already in Reggio Calabria you can complete your enrollment at our University.
Find out more about how to enroll.
What our students say about us
A very useful course for those who want to learn this wonderful language in a dream place! Highly recommended!
The Calabrian people are really hospitable and for me it is really important to feel welcomed and involved.
I found a place where I can really improve my italian language skills.