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Program & Admission Information - Milan, Italy  



A wide variety of courses are available for adults year round. The most common course that students sign up for are group classes or a combination of group and cultural classes. Groups are small with an average of 5 students per class and a maximum of 8. Levels vary from beginner to advanced. A pre-course interview and placement test are used to pinpoint the student's current level and tailor the course accordingly. Courses are usually designed to cover grammar, vocabulary, pronunciation, listening, speaking, reading and writing. The emphasis of the program is to encourage the student to communicate independently as quickly as possible.

On the first day students are encouraged to take part in orientation and introductory tour. A member of the local staff will point out places of interest and help with practical matters (such as buying tickets and stamps and where to change money).

Levels Language levels are defined locally and in the following manner:

  •   Level 1 Beginner: Students acquire a general basic ability to communicate in a limited number of familiar situations.
  •   Level 2 Elementary: Students maintain simple conversations related to every day life and to one's own personal experience.
  •   Level 3 Pre-intermediate: Students have an adequate level of language confidence to participate in communicative situations with sufficient ease.
  •   Level 4 Intermediate: Students can participate in a conversation with sufficient correctness and express their opinions in a discussion.
  •   Level 5 Upper-intermediate: Students can comprehend a variety of newspaper articles and television news and are able to deal with professional situations.
  •   Level 6 Advanced: Students can express themselves fluently and correctly on a variety of topics and use different linguistic registers. They can comprehend radio and television programs.

Intensive Group Program 20 hours per week, 2 week minimum. The Intensive Group Program offers busy people with limited time the opportunity to improve their language at greater speed. After lessons, students can choose from a range of social and cultural activities in and around the city of Milan with a teacher. Students have two teachers on intensive courses to ensure that they encounter different accents and ways of speaking during their time in Milan. All levels, from beginner to advanced, are accepted in this program and classes meet Monday - Friday, from 10.00 to 13.00.

Executive Program 30 hours per week - 20 hours Group + 10 hours Tutor one-on-one. Upper-Intermediate language level required.
This program is designed for those who want to improve their knowledge of Italian for use in a particular professional field. It combines 20 hours per week of study in a group setting of no more than 8 students and individual lessons with a private tutor for 10 hours per week. The private lessons focus on the following topics:

* Italian for Marketing
* Italian for Finance
* Telephone Italian
* Presentations
* Negotiating

Authentic materials are used as far as possible and are often provided by the students themselves to ensure that the course is relevant to their working situation.

Group + Culture Programs The school's Italian Language & Culture Programs provide students with further opportunities to increase their knowledge of different aspects of Italy and to socialize with other students and teachers. In addition to the Intensive Group 20 hour per week program, students attend culture classes provided by teachers with an interest in the topic. The following Culture Programs are available:

* Cooking Program
* Literature Program
* Italian History Program
* Cinema History Program

Students interested in any Culture Program must possess a minimum language proficiency level of Intermediate. Each module takes place 3 hours per week, in groups of 3 to 8 students per class.


Admissions & Academic Credit

Students age 18 years and older are welcomed regardless of educational background, occupation or nationality. No previous knowledge of Italian is required except where otherwise indicated.

Students desiring credit for their study should contact their home school or request the NRCSA Credit Fact Sheet. Generally, U.S. schools consider 15 hours of study to be equal to 1 semester credit.

For general information on academic credit, please click here.


Certificates & Exams

At the end of their course all students will be given a certificate, which indicates the number of hours they have studied and the level of ability they have reached.

Students can choose to prepare for a CILS (Certificazione di Italiano come lingua Straniera) Exam to add a final objective to their Italian course. CILS is a state-recognized certification system which is administered by the UniversitÓ per Stranieri di Siena. Exams are held twice a year in Milan in June and December. Students can prepare for these exams by following a general Italian course combined with exam preparation lessons or, alternatively, can join a specific extra exam group when available. This option is available at additional cost.

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