The 5-point guide to choosing an Italian language school

Summer’s finally here, but if you haven’t yet organised this year’s Italian study holiday, it’s still not too late!

There are many wonderful Italian locations to choose from, whether in cities, on the coast, or in the mountains, but once you’ve decided where to go, and googled a list of Italian language schools in your chosen destination, how will you know which one to choose?

Get it right and you’ll surely have a wonderful time and learn masses. But get it wrong and you could end up paying more than necessary, wasting your time, or even ruining your whole vacation!

So, to help you make the right decision, we’ve put together this very short five-point guide. Ideally, you’ll want to make sure the language school you pick meets all of the following criteria:

  • Is the school a member of a national organisation, such as ASILS which guarantees the quality? If not, is it because they couldn’t afford it, aren’t good enough to get in, or simply don’t care?
  • Are the prices and booking conditions on the website transparent and reasonable? Or do you get the sense that you’re going to be bamboozled with small print, unfair clauses and hidden conditions?
  • Does the school operate year-round? Or is it just a summer course? The quality of teaching is likely to be higher in a school which remains open for the whole year.
  • Are the majority of teaching staff on permanent contracts? Who wants to study in an institution where the instructors are seen as expendable?
  • Who’s behind the school? Is it possible to identify the owners, and e-mail or phone them? Do they willingly and honestly answer your questions?
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