Italian Academic Gap Year course


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The Italian academic gap year course is a 32 week language and culture course for students who wish to experience living and studying in Italy. The course combines not only
language courses with Italian culture classes at the school but the syllabus also incorporates the fundamental elements of level C1 of the European Language Portfolio. All in all, the course offers students the opportunity to see at first hand the various aspects of Italy’s rich history and culture making it the perfect Italian gap year course.

Duration: 32 weeks (30 weeks in Viareggio) Price: Florence / Rome / Milan/ Viareggio:  € 5925.00
No of lessons: 650 lessons Students per class: Minimum – 3 / Maximum – 12
Locations offered: Florence / Rome / Milan / Viareggio Start dates: Florence / Rome / Milan:

7th January to 16th August 2019 (32 weeks)

16th May to 13th December 2019 (32 weeks)

16th September 2019 to 8th May 2020 (34 weeks, including 2 weeks of Christmas holidays when no courses are held.)

Viareggio:

1st April to 25th October 2019 (30 weeks in Viareggio)

6th May to 29th November 2019 (25 weeks in Viareggio, 5 weeks in Florence, Milan or Rome… you choose!)

Price includes: • Teaching material, “Academic School Year” Diploma, Student card
• 650 lessons of language, culture, tutoring and exam preparation in 32 weeks /
• Placement, mid-term and final tests, including continuous assessment tests
• Fees for two Diploma «Firenze» AIL exams
• Drop-in hours; same as office hours
• Documents for Visa and Residence Permit
• Social activities (free or at cost price)
Accommodation available: Special accommodation prices for 32 weeks:

Students can choose from the following:
Shared apartment, shared room, self-catering: € 3122.00
Host family, shared room, B&B: € 3122.00
• Supplement for single room: € 48.00 per week
• Supplement for half board: € 72.00 per week

Supplement for September course, including Christmas Holidays: € 98

LINGUISTIC ELEMENT

– 480 lessons of the standard Italian language course (4 lessons a day, 20 a week, from Monday to Friday), 80 lessons to prepare the AIL diploma.

The programme begins with 240 lessons of the standard Italian language course. In this part, your personal Italian skills will evolve and improve, from beginner to achieving an intermediate level.

In addition to the Intensive course lessons, a month before the date of the DILI-AIl certificate exam, 40 extra lessons dedicated to exam preparation will be organised.

In the second part of the ‘Gap Year’ programme, with you having already achieved a good level of language ability, linguistic horizons will be broadened.
Now, the intensive language course will put more emphasis on written language, communication skills will be perfected and grammatical skills will be consolidated (the programme will be carried out in 240 lessons including 4 weeks of preparation for the advanced DALI-AIL exam.)

CULTURAL ELEMENT

In this second part of the programme -due to the linguistic skills already achieved- culture lessons dealing with a wide breath of topics, are added to the Italian language classes:

History of Art (24 lessons)
These History of Art lessons offer a thorough general introduction, to the beauty of Italian art. They conclude with two guided visits to admire the concepts learnt in class. For a detailed programme, click here.
Business Italian (12 lessons)
These lessons aim to inform students about the commercial business world, playing particular attention to the language used in this sector, to its specific vocabulary and to writing bureaucratic documents. For a detailed programme, click here

Business Italian (12 lessons)
These lessons aim to inform students about the commercial business world, playing particular attention to the language used in this sector, to its specific vocabulary and to writing bureaucratic documents. For a detailed programme, click here.

Italian Fashion (12 lessons)
The fashion lessons focus on and analyse a sector where Italian ‘genius’ is combined with the concepts of trends and elegance. The course aims to illustrate and to reveal some of the secrets behind the ‘Made in Italy’ label. 
For a detailed programme, click here.

History and civilisation (32 lessons in 8 weeks)
Who we are, where we come from, what our roots are and our system of values. The Italian history course and the civilisation lessons aim to teach students about the mix of Italian traditions and about the changes that characterise contemporary Italy.

At the end of the course, students must write an essay on a topic of their choice, with the help of our school library and of a personal tutor that will assist them for 10 lessons. This short essay will be assessed as part of the final exam.