Program Details

Scuola Italia was founded in 1998, has been under the direction of Roberto Ferri, Tiziana Meliffi, Barbara Rossi and Corinna Rossi. The first person who you will meet is Roberto, he is chatty, kind and always smiling a typical Italian! He is the organisa
Rome, Italy
Program Type:
Study Abroad
Degree Level:
High School
Year Round

Program Overview

Program Description:
Come to Scuola Italia in Urbania to have an experience of total immersion in the Italian language and culture. Urbania is a town of seven thousand people. It is in the region of Le Marche tucked into the Apennine Mountains. It is a small ancient medieval village rich in history and renaissance treasures. It is only 40km from beautiful beaches of the Adriatic Coast. You will find Urbania a very friendly authentic Italian town that welcomes students and travellers with open arms. The people here have time to stop and chat in the square and happily help even the beginner with their Italian. It is in a perfect position in central Italy to visit the Eternal City of Rome, the frescoes in Florence and Cathedral in Sienna with ease. Our programs: Language courses available all year (in group, one-to-one lessons, on-line lessons) CILS exams Summer programs for Opera Singers Dance Programs School language trip Italian cooking class Hands on Art-painting and ceramic courses

Scuola Italia was founded in 1998, has been under the direction of Roberto Ferri, Tiziana Meliffi, Barbara Rossi and Corinna Rossi. The first person who you will meet is Roberto, he is chatty, kind and always smiling a typical Italian! He is the organisational mastermind of the school. Roberto will help you plan your trip to Urbania. He will give you all the relevant information you need to arrive here safe and sound. Then once you’ve arrived, he will keep in contact with you throughout your course. He will find solutions for everything, ensuring you will have a great time in Urbania. Roberto was born in Urbania. He studied and graduated as a surveyor. He immediately discovered that lines and squares didn’t fit with his abundant creativity! Therefore he worked with dedication in the organisational direction of a language school in Le Marche from 1985 until 1995. After ten years in this position Roberto had a solid foundation of experience under his feet and then he decided to make the next step in his career. In 1998 he established his own language school which he called Scuola Italia! In his free-time, Roberto loves to spend time outdoors. He lives with his wife and son in a beautiful house in the country. Roberto relaxes by going truffle hunting with his dog. The white truffles are an exquisite culinary delicacy found in this region. He also plays tennis, is a keen jogger and loves photography. Barbara has always lived in Urbania. She studied in Urbino and received a diploma from the Technical Institute for Tourism. She continued on to graduate with a degree in Arts and Philosophy from the University of Urbino, specialising in art history. From 1990 to 1995, she taught in various high-level institutes in the province and during the holidays, she discovered the pleasure of teaching Italian to foreign students. Barbara is passionate about sharing her love of the Italian language and culture. She has a dynamic personality which is a great asset to both the school and the students. Barbara has a lively sense of humour that will make you feel at ease and help you overcome any shyness about speaking in a new language. Barbara is married with two sons. Like many wonderful Italian mothers a lot of Barbara’s free time is spent supporting her sons varied interests. However the other big passion in her life is acting on-stage. She is a member of a theatrical company of Urbania. Barbara performs annually in local theatres in Le Marche and in other regions of Italy. She likes performing in classic comedies in the Italian language; diction, therefore, is her forte! Corinna is responsible along with Barbara for the didactic direction of Scuola Italia. Originally from Urbania, Corinna studied at the University of Urbino. She graduated with a degree in Languages and Foreign Literature in 1998. Her passions of travelling, learning about other cultures and speaking different languages makes Corinna a perfect fit for Scuola Italia. Corinna she has obtained much of her experience abroad. During her time at university, Corinna received a study-grant to go to Nancy in France with the program Erasmus. In 1997 she was nominated by the Minister of Public Instruction as the assistant of the Italian language in Nizza in France. One of the most significant aspects of Corinna’s teaching career was in 2000 when she collaborated with the Pedagogic Institute of Klagenfurt in Austria, holding courses of Italian didactics and proficiency and courses also in Udine Italy. Corinna has held conferences on particular French authors at the Università della Terza Età of Fano. She has collaborated with the Council Administration of Urbania as a French interpreter. Corinna taught English at the middle school in Sant’Angelo in Vado, and taught Italian from 1982 till 1992 in a foreign language school in Le Marche. In her free time, Corinna loves to read, she enjoys going to the theatre, going the local swimming pool with her children, playing tennis and singing in the congregational choir of Urbania. Corinna has helped to found the children’s choir in Urbania. Tiziana Meliffi (born in 1952) graduated in Italian Literature in Urbino. She is involved with the public relations of Scuola Italia.

We offer different programs: Italian courses of 15 or 19 lessons per week or intensive Italian courses of 26 lessons per week. Each lesson is one hour. On your first day you will take an assessment test so we can place you in a class with the right linguistic level (from beginners to advanced). Small classes enable us to make use of modern communicative methods of language teaching. However we still include older proven language teaching methods where appropriate. Our aim is to get you speaking Italian irrespective of your current level. To help you to achieve this, our classes include a broad range of activities including; grammar, conversation, analysis and discussion of literary texts and newspaper articles, listening comprehension, group work, lexical and phonetic development, and viewing of Italian films. Throughout the group lessons, your progress will be carefully monitored.
Setting Description:
There are wonderful things to do in your free time while you are here; there are breathtaking walks in the surrounding hills and mountains. There are mountain biking tracks that are exciting and can test all levels of experience. There are also horse riding treks through the countryside. If you are interested in sport there is a covered swimming pool, a gym, tennis courts and an athletics track. During the hot summer evenings come and enjoy the vivacious life in the town square. There is also a cinema which shows the latest films. Scuola Italia is only a few minutes walk from the centre of the town. The school is in a new complex that has a café, and a collection of little shops. The school has air conditioned rooms which are very comfortable for studying the Italian language. Scuola Italia can help you hire a bicycle to discover the nearby villages, or if you wish to adventure further they can organise a hire car for you.
PRICES FOR LANGUAGE COURSE 2013 1 week language course (of 15 lessons): Euro 270 1 week language course (of 19 lessons): Euro 340 1 week intensive language course: Euro 440,00 The course includes 26 lessons and one of the following choices: - 15% discounts for ex-course members, from the weekly price (only for the first week) Additional weeks: Euro 290,00 per week. Each additional week includes 26 lessons. THE PRICE FOR THE COURSE also includes:•Teaching materials for your study. •Information