- Taormina, Italy
- Program Type:
- Study Abroad
- Degree Level:
- Academic Year, Fall Semester, Rolling Starts, Spring Semester, Summer, Year Round
- Program Description:
- The school is recognized by the Italian Ministry of Education, by the International Association of Language Centers (IALC), by the Association of Schools of Italian as Second Language (ASILS).
The Center for Italian Studies “BABILONIA” in Taormina, Sicily, passionately dedicates itself to the study of the Italian language and culture. Semester programs and Short term programs for undergraduate as well as graduate programs are available for Italian Studies Courses and for Italian language immersion. Italian Studies courses, taught in either Italian or English, are offered in art history, literature, cinema, history, archaeology, politics and humanities. Syllabi for programs are available for faculty members to review prior to approval of academic credits for study abroad in Sicily courses. Students may directly transfer credits into their home university or earn US university credits through Auburn University. Our Center for Italian Language and Culture is a hosting institution for several Italian Departments and Study Abroad Programs, for whom we have developed programs for independent students or faculty led customized programs. Our U.S. based Academic Advisor will be very happy to assist independent students to facilitate enrolment and orientation and to work with faculty in developing faculty-led programs. We look forward to welcoming you and your students to Taormina to experience the warmth of Sicilian hospitality and the region’s rich historical, literary and artistic culture!
Just been recognized as Center of Exam for CELI exam by the University of Perugia and as Teacher Training Center by the University of Venice.
Additional Program Information
- Scholarships Description:
- Scholarship opportunities are avaiable at BABILONIA - Center for Italian Studies. Please, check our webpage
Based on 2 Reviews
- An Experience Unlike Any Other03/09/17
I had the absolute pleasure of attending Babilonia Language School for four months during the fall of 2016. My program started on August 5th, and continued until November 16th, when I left for a backpacking trip around Europe. Throughout my stay here
the focus was on immersion, and Babilonia provided that 100%. Throughout all your classes, administrative questions, restaurants, events, and excursions, they speak only in Italian. Fear not, the wonderful teachers do not speak to you as if you already know what they are saying! The teachers help you the entire time, and take the time to sit with you and walk through everything you are having issues with. The classes are structured around grammar and conversation. You have each of this for an hour and a half a day, and a small 'pausa' in the middle, allowing you to meet all your friends! During this break you can enjoy a coffee from the little kitchen and some other treat. After classes, if you would like, you can also order a meal from the kitchen, where you are provided a discount as a student. My favorite meal was a pasta dish sprinkled with pistachio and bacon. When I went, I was the only person from my program, and I knew nobody. However, this did not last for long! Throughout my time at Babilonia I had the pleasure of meeting so many different people from diverse walks of life. To today, I still remain in contact with these wonderful people. Of course, Taormina is magical. The small town of Taormina is always bustling with life and activity, and every vista is breathtaking. My friends and I would catch a bus down to Isola Bella or Letojanni for a short beach trip, or we walked up to the overlooking city of Castelmola for an incredible view of Sicily. Mount Etna, Sicily's resident volcano dominates the skyline as well from Taormina. Every resident of Taormina is amicable, and by the time that I left, I had made friends with many different store owners. Every time I walked down the street, I dropped in to say Ciao! Taormina is also a relatively short bus trip to Catania, one of the major cities of Sicily. I also had the fortune of staying in a host family. This was one of the things that made Taormina and Babilonia unforgettable. Lucio and Olga provided me with everything I needed, and more. They treated me to home cooked food, Sicilian delicacies, and wonderful stories. I know I will return to Sicily, and I am sure I will be welcomed back with open arms.read moreBottom Line:Yes, I would recommend this to a friend
- Study at Babilonia10/30/16
At Babilonia a constructivist approach is taken regarding the Italian lessons for foreigners. All Lessons are held every morning from 9am to 1pm with a break at 11am. I had the pleasure to take learners from Exeter College (Devon, United Kingdom) during
the week of the 17th to the 24th October. Students of Classics and Geography were attending Italian lessons for beginners, which they found interesting and stimulating. My class, students of Italian, was attending classes tailored for their level and with topics related to their IB Italian ab Initio syllabus. We aimed to help them prepare for their Interactive oral exams, an exam taken internally and moderated externally. Classes were taught in Italian with the relevant up-to-date material. Petty (2016, online) states that ‘Tasks should be authentic, set in a meaningful context, and related to the real world’. The school promotes active learning strategies. The learner is at the centre of the learning experience and all the activities are related to the real world. This is an important aspect of learning a foreign language: to have the opportunity to experience the language and culture in the real world with authentic materials e.g. books, local newspapers, films, trips to local markets, etc. By living with local families, attending the school lessons and experiencing enjoyable lunches in the school’s restaurant, our learners have had the opportunity to understand the culture of the country they were visiting and totally immerse themselves in culture. A huge thank you goes to the incredible effort of the teaching staff, receptionists, and, ultimately, to the relentless work of Alessandro Adorno. Well done all at Babilonia! Santina Micalizzi, IB Italian ab initio teacher and first-year tutor.read moreBottom Line:Yes, I would recommend this to a friend