Summer Study Programs in Italy

Over 100 Italian schools in Italy offering Italian language classes, Italian culture courses, and more!

Summer study programs at Italian language schools

Learning Italian in Italy is an established tradition in Italy for Europeans, Americans, and people from all over the world. Summer programs in Italy are particularly popular, however.

Learning Italian in Italy during the summer means great weather, vacation, and a great opportunity to take in Italy's rich culture.

Advantages of summer Italian-in-Italy programs:

  • Anyone can apply (minimum age is usually 17, but can vary with program type)
  • Direct enrollment enrollment in the Italian schools is rolling, so you need apply only a few weeks before you go (though earlier is always better)
  • No minimum GPA is required—the Italian schools promote Italian language and culture, enrollment is open
  • Academic progress is not a factor—again, the Italian schools promote Italian language and culture, so you have to be there to benefit
  • If you have already spent a semester or academic year abroad, summer programs at Italian schools allow you additional time to learn Italian in Italy
  • Direct enrollment at an Italian school in Italy is affordable and flexible
  • Summer programs are flexible: you can study for the entire summer or just two weeks
  • All Italian language schools have summer programs, so you can choose where in Italy you want to study
  • You can study at two or more Italian schools in Italy if you want exposure to different parts of Italy
  • You will learn a lot during a single summer program in Italy—20 hours a week is a standard Italian course at nearly all the Italian schools in Italy

Are Italian summer programs serious study abroad programs or vacation?

The Italian language and culture programs offered by Italian language schools are in fact serious Italian learning programs. That doesn't mean that you won't have fun, however.

You may go with (and you should) the intention of learning as much Italian as possible in order to take a placement exam or aa standardized test in Italian to get credit for your study in Italy, but you will, as most people do, enjoy yourself so much that it will feel like vacation.

Conversely, you may go with vacation as your primary motive, but you will still learn tons of Italian. You will have to study your Italian and learn Italian in order to keep up with the class, and you will find that everyone does, even those who are more interested in vacation study abroad.

Italian summer courses

Italian summer course offered at Italian language schools are generally the same as the Italian classes they offer during the course of the year. Some Italian courses, however, such as annual courses broken up into consecutive trimesters (where each successive trimester builds upon the previous one), may not be offered during the summer. Italian classes offered by Italian schools in Italy include:

  • Italian grammar and conversation (divided into approximately 6 levels)
  • Art History of Italy
  • Italian literature
  • History of Italy
  • Business Italian
  • Contemporary Issues in Italy
  • Italian Culture & Traditions
  • The Economy of Italy
  • Italian Culinary classes

Italian summer courses—typical daily schedule for an Italian school summer program

  • 09:00 - 11:00am - Italian grammar classes (divided into levels)
  • 11:00 - 11:15am - Break
  • 11:30am - 1:00pm - Italian vocabulary class and Italian conversation class
  • 1:00pm - 2:30pm - Lunch (lunch schedules may vary)
  • 2:30 - 3:30pm - Italian Elective class (may meet 2x, 3x, or more times per week)

Another direct enrollment advantage

One of the greatest advantages of direct enrollment in an Italian language school in Italy is that you will meet others like yourself studying Italian in Italy—you will have a very international group of friends during you stay in Italy. While English is a widely-used language internationally (including at Italian language schools in Italy), the fact that you enrolled directly and not with a large group of other English-speaking students means that you will practice much more Italian than in any other scenario.

Students at Italian schools in Italy always spend time together, but this is particularly true in the summer when students learning Italian spend endless hours together in cafs, at the beach, or wherever. The out-of-class time spent together is an excellent time to practice and improve your Italian.