Learn Italian in Rome
Learn Italian in Rome and step into the intoxicating mix of history and modernity that characterizes the bustling capital of Italy. Rome has a magnetic energy that draws people back time and again. Foreign students aren’t tourists. When you sign up for courses in Rome, you’ll be diving deep into the language and culture of the city, making conversation with regular Italians and uncovering hidden architectural gems. An Italian course in Rome is your opportunity to unlock the secrets of this enchanting place.
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What’s your Italian language school in Rome like?
It’s a small language school with a friendly atmosphere. All the Italian teachers are native speakers and have certification to teach Italian as a foreign language. Our students come from around Europe and around the world. Most are young adults, although we have some older professionals and occasionally, retirees. The school is in a historic building, the Palazzo Capranica del Grillo, with a beautiful winding staircase, friezes and marble statues. The classroom interiors are modern, however. There’s a spacious student break room as well as classrooms and a computer lab. Staff are on-site at the school all day every day to organize activities for students, help with any questions, and resolve problems.
How much does an Italian course in Rome cost?
You can expect to pay about 700 euros a week for all-inclusive language courses in Rome with tuition fees, accommodation, and meals. You can add another 100 euros a week to your budget for transportation, museums, souvenirs, shopping, activities with friends, etc. You must also count the price of your flights to and from Rome, and add any trips that you’d like to make around Italy or elsewhere in Europe. For conversion to dollars, please check the current exchange rate. Our school doesn’t offer financial aid, but there are special offers and promotions on the website regularly (and free flights is one of them). You can follow EF on social media to be alerted to the opportunities.
What are your Italian lessons like?
Our teachers use a communicative approach to teaching Italian, so don’t expect to sit in the back of a classroom taking notes. Whether the subject of the lesson is Italian grammar or everyday conversation skills, you’ll be up and about, interacting with your classmates, doing role-play, and making short presentations. The key to learning to speak Italian quickly is to speak lots of Italian. Our courses are relatively intensive with between 3 and 5 hours of lessons per day. We do our best to keep students engaged and their minds active for the entire time.
Which Italian language courses in Rome should I choose?
When you study Italian in Rome, you can choose how long you want to stay and how intensive a schedule you'd like to have. All the courses at our language school include Italian classes in the morning, but you can also choose to study in the afternoons for a more intensive learning experience. Some of your weekly Italian lessons will be on a subject of your choice, from Italian cooking to culture or history. For a more professional experience, you can combine your coursework with an unpaid internship. You'll see how an Italian company works, and it's a great way to put your business Italian to use. You can also prepare for an Italian language exam. All courses at our school include optional activities several times a week that let you get to know the city better and spend time speaking Italian with your classmates.
How will you place me in the right course level?
Whether you’re a beginner or you have more advanced Italian, we’ll do the work to test your level and make sure you’re in the right class. You can’t learn efficiently if your classmates are way ahead of you or way behind. We assess every student individually before deciding on their program placement, and if there’s a problem with the course, we’re happy to discuss your options. We want you to learn Italian as quickly and efficiently as possible and we’ll do everything we can to make sure you’re in the right class from day 1.
How much progress can I expect to make in one of your courses?
Language learning is a highly individual process, but at a minimum we guarantee that students in our courses will move up one level every six weeks. These course levels are equivalent to 1/3 of a CEFR level, which means you would need to stay 18 weeks to take your Italian skills from elementary to intermediate or from intermediate to upper intermediate. It’s certainly possible to grow your language faster by studying hard and practicing a lot. When you’re studying in Rome, courses are only one component of the experience. The more you expose yourself to Italian outside the classroom, the faster you will improve.
Which language skills are you teaching?
Learning Italian is a complex undertaking. You must master the vocabulary and grammar of the language, learn pronunciation, and also pick up on usage and idioms, all of this while trying to speak quickly and with enough accuracy to be understood. Your Italian tutor will work on all the skills (reading, writing, listening, and speaking) and lots of different aspects of the language, as appropriate for you and your classmates. The lessons are mixed every day so you won’t spend hours focusing on grammar one day and hours working on vocabulary another. Instead on a single day, you’ll have one lesson teaching subjunctive forms of verbs and another working on everyday phrases and expressions.
What are my accommodation options in Rome?
You have three accommodation options during your Italian course: a host family, a student residence, or finding your own accommodation. Staying with a host family is the best way to learn more about Italian culture, which is why we include that option in the price of all our Italian courses in Rome. Some people prefer a student residence though, and we have a great one right near the school. You can get to know your classmates better and come and go more flexibly. If neither of those options will work for you, you can also arrange your own accommodation in a hotel or apartment that you rent yourself. It’s important that you be comfortable during your Italian course, and our school staff will be there to help with whichever accommodation option you choose.
How can I get the most out of my lessons?
Our engaging teaching methods and small class sizes guarantee that you will learn Italian, but you can always optimize your experience even further. Be an engaged student. Ask lots of questions in class, make friends with classmates, and do your homework carefully and with a drive to master the concepts. The beauty of studying abroad is that whatever language you acquire in school can immediately be applied outside of school. Take the phrases and vocabulary you’ve just learned in your lessons and use them in conversation on the street. If you struggle with pronunciation, allow unsuspecting Romans to help you. Most people are more than happy to answer questions or chat for a moment. Be brave!
What tips and tricks can help me learn Italian faster?
By choosing to study Italian abroad, you’re already making the most important choice of all. An immersion environment is the fastest place to learn a language. While you’re in Rome, try to spend as much time as possible speaking Italian without worrying too much about pronunciation and mistakes. This seems obvious, but it’s easy to slip into conversations with classmates in English, chat with friends back home, or relax with a book or TV show in English in the evening. Because speaking a foreign language is hard! If you force yourself to make conversation in Italian though, you’ll make much faster progress.
The other trick is to talk a lot. Try out your new vocabulary. Use phrases you learned in school. Don’t worry about sounding like a native speaker. Just speak Italian! Speaking is the same as learning as far as language skills are concerned. You’ve got to put yourself out there. And when you’re feeling embarrassed, remind yourself that it’s a learning experience!
What makes your courses different from other courses?
We’re not in a good position to give an unbiased answer to this question, but we think that our courses are more effective than most in teaching you to use the language in a practical manner. From your first day in school, our focus is entirely on acquiring concrete Italian skills and applying them to everyday life. You can see it in our courses, how they’re designed and how easily they can be customized, but it’s also obvious from our busy activities schedule and our extensive homestay program. We want you to get out of school and speak the language. Interact with Italians. Enjoy your experience.
Other courses in Rome may have the same objectives, and we wouldn’t want to throw down on our colleagues. Trying to master a language is a long and complicated task, and every student is a little different. If you’re comparing courses, an objective checklist of your own personal priorities and some frank conversations with each school can be very useful.
Which travel tips do you have for Rome?
Rome is filled with bustling piazzas, lush gardens and parks. Villa Borghese is a great place to start, as it has both gardens and museums. Other major landmarks include Trevi Fountain, the Coliseum and the Sistine Chapel. You can soak up a ton of culture just wandering the streets of Rome. Our language school is convenient for that. It’s right downtown.
Although technically a different country, the Vatican City lays nestled within Rome, where you can explore artefacts of the Catholic Church and maybe even catch a glimpse of the Pope. When you’re learning Italian in Rome, you’ll be surrounded by thousands of years of history and culture.
Why learn Italian in Rome?
Rome is in many ways the most obvious choice for anyone who’s trying to learn to speak Italian. It’s ancient and modern, beautiful and decrepit, trendy and traditional. There is no better place to learn to speak with your hands, dodge Vespas, and eat mountains of delicious pasta, all while doing your best to navigate the foreign terrain of the Italian language. You’ll forge a lasting bond with the Eternal City and with Italians who forever after will tug at your heart. Studying Italian in Rome builds memories for a lifetime.