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Reviews of A.L.C.E. Accademia Lingue e Culture Europee, Bologna, Italy

Total number of reviews: 27
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A.L.C.E. Accademia Lingue e Culture Europee, Bologna, Italy
4.3/5.0 
(27 reviews)
City 4.6/5.0 
Organisation 4.3/5.0 
Facilities 4.0/5.0 
Social activities 4.0/5.0 
Course quality / Progress in language 4.6/5.0 
Value for money 4.3/5.0 
Accommodation
Host family 3.6/5.0 
Shared Flat 4.0/5.0 
other 3.8/5.0 
Individual Reviews
3. Oct. 2016
1. (32 years)  - 
1. GI23 - Intensive course - 3 weeks

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The class size was perfect and the teachers were all very knowledgeable and friendly. The atmosphere during class was very pleasant.
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The offered cooking class was very interesting and exciting.
8. Sep. 2016
2. (23 years)  - 
2. GI23 - Intensive course - 2 weeks

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There is a pleasant atmosphere and you quickly get in contact with the other participants.
Insider tips about what future students should not miss
If you want to experience the city's life, you should not come to Bologna in the beginning/mid of August. The city is deserted and many shops and restaurants are closed. On the other hand it makes it possible to explore the city in a relaxed way.
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The organization of the school is fine, but one should not hope for fast replies. In regards to the assignment of the classes, eventhough they are based on a test, it can also happen, that you are placed in another course, if there are not enough students for a more fitting level. In itself the course is very worthwhile, especially because you are in Italy and you are forced to speak the language. My Italian has greatly improved there in 2 weeks.
31. Aug. 2016
3. (55 years)  - 
3. GI23 - Intensive course - 2 weeks

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The seriousness and quality of teaching for a summer course the positive attitude of different Teachers The "compiti" (homework) offered each evening - extremely rare for a summer course
Insider tips about what future students should not miss
Giardini Margherita night The open air movie every summer night on the Piazza Grande
Other comments
Lunch offered to students in the school kitchen every Friday Free linguistic activities offered some afternoons
10. Aug. 2016
4. (62 years)  -  United States
4. GI 30 Super Intensive Course - 4 weeks

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I thought the classes were well organized and the teachers excellent. I was in school for 6 hours and had a lot of opportunity for conversation. They offered many chances to socialize with the other students and had great excursions during the week to get to know the city.
Insider tips about what future students should not miss
Participate in as many activities that the school offers. It is a great opportunity to meet people from other countries and to learn a great deal about Bologna.
Other comments
The request for an apartment and the address was not acknowledged until a few days before arriving in Bologna.
8. Aug. 2016
5. (22 years)  -  Austria
5. GI23 - Intensive course - 4 weeks

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Modern rooms. Good teacher.
6. Jun. 2016
6. (17 years)  - 
6. GI23 - Intensive course - 4 weeks

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interaction with students from different countries
Insider tips about what future students should not miss
it is not guaranteed that you will be placed in a group with the level you choose at the time of registration - you may be placed in a group with a lower level
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friendly atmosphere in the school
29. Jul. 2015
7. (21 years)  -  Belgium
7. GI23 - Intensive course - 2 weeks

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The quality of teaching was really good. The teachers took time to explain everything. And they were really enthusiastic.
20. Jul. 2015
8. Concepción (45 years)  -  Spain
8. GI23 - Intensive course - 2 weeks

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26. May. 2015
9. (32 years)  - 
9. GI23 - Intensive course - 4 weeks

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The school's location
4. May. 2015
10. (62 years)  - 
10. GI23 - Intensive course - 2 weeks

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Small class sizes, excellent dedicated teachers
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The technical aids in the classroom are very bad: Movies on PC, also no suitable device available for the audio learning!
3. Sep. 2012
11. (26 years)  -  Belgium
11. GI22 - Intensive Course - Active Italian - 2 weeks

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Atmosphere, teachers.
Insider tips about what future students should not miss
In August, Bologna is deserted.
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The school is quite small, so you get to know all the students and teachers.
25. Jun. 2012
12. (62 years)  - 
12. GI22 - Intensive Course - Active Italian - 2 weeks

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the hospitality, kindness and especially the possibility to express oneself
Insider tips about what future students should not miss
the guided tour of the city
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good
30. Jan. 2012
13. (36 years)  - 
13. GI 20+5 Combined (Intensive + one to one) - 2 weeks

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Many activities offered outside classes, city tours, visits of museums, outings in the evening...
Insider tips about what future students should not miss
1 Excursion every 2 saturdays, aperitivo.
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Good monitoring of students and of their progress
7. Dec. 2011
14. (23 years)  -  Netherlands
14. GI 30 Super Intensive Course - 2 weeks

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the teachers and the internationalaly of all the students
25. Jul. 2011
15. Thorey (40 years)  -  Iceland
15. GI22 - Intensive Course - Active Italian - 2 weeks

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20. Jun. 2011
16. (54 years)  - 
16. GI 30 Super Intensive Course - 2 weeks

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The school is amazing. I only regret that I chose to attend afternoon classes since some special activities such as conversational classes, phonetics which were organized and I couldn't go there.
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Host family : the lady was so sweet, but wasn't a cordon bleu. And I slept in a very bad bed, in an italian council flat with direct views to the railway and with noise associated at 5 am, 20 minutes by bus to the school: it wasn't really the accomodation I was dreaming of.
16. Nov. 2010
17. (61 years)  - 
17. GI22 - Intensive Course - Active Italian - 4 weeks

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ARISTOTELE HOUSE
2. Sep. 2010
18. (28 years)  - 
18. GI22 - Intensive Course - Active Italian - 1 week

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The teachers.
Insider tips about what future students should not miss
Comfortable shoes (you walk a lot)
7. Aug. 2010
19. (21 years)  - 
19. GI 30 Super Intensive Course - 8 weeks

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Very good teachers, I only did not like the teaching method of one of them.
Insider tips about what future students should not miss
A very nice city, of course it is necessary to have an interest in history and architecture; it is very hot during the summer but the cities on the coast are within 1h30, 2h by train (the problem with italian trains is the same as for french trains, the delay).
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A very good school and very good teachers, unfortunately I was disappointed with the host family. I was expecting a real host family with whom I can eat, live, speak as it was advertised by the school, but the person was rarely at home, so I got bored quickly. Do the right choice. However, when I changed accommodation, the other students were great and I spent a great time.
13. Jul. 2010
20. (64 years)  -  Australia
20. GI22 - Intensive Course - Active Italian - 3 weeks

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High energy and good teachers; good integration between grammar and conversation sessions; regular testing.
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Our accommodation was good, but some students found the hostel accomodation a bit cramped. Most students very focussed on learning. Bologna was very humid in July.
Other comments
There were no weekend activities during our 3-week stay, which was unfortunate.
13. Jul. 2010
21. (65 years)  -  Australia
21. GI22 - Intensive Course - Active Italian - 3 weeks

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Good teachers; Good atmosphere in the classes; Good support from management and admin staff at ALCE; Professional content of all lessons; Good internet access facilities.
15. Feb. 2010
22. (21 years)  -  France
22. GI 20 Intensive - 4 weeks

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disponibility of all staff
14. Nov. 2009
23. Steven (45 years)  -  United States
23. GI 20 Intensive - 5 weeks

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Bilbo House
25. Aug. 2009
24. (38 years)  -  United Kingdom
24. GI 30 Super Intensive Course - 2 weeks

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The school hosts were incredibly welcoming and made a lot of effort to make us all feel at home. I highly recommend it!
Insider tips about what future students should not miss
Bologna is empty in August (like most italian cities) so if possible, book for a course during another month.
26. May. 2009
25. (28 years)  -  Russian Federation
25. GI 25 Intensive Plus - 2 weeks

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Very friendly and attentive professional teachers; small groups (less than 5 persons); games, jokes and good atmosphere during all lessons!
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I liked everything! Thank you! You work fast and in a professional way!
4. May. 2009
26. (26 years)  -  United States
26. GI 20 Intensive - 8 weeks

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The teachers were engaging and made learning the language fun. Everyone made sure all my needs were met and were very attentive to each student.
15. Nov. 2008
27. (23 years)  - 
27. GI 20 Intensive - 5 weeks

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the teachers and the classes are very good and I made a lot of progress even though I was already in the advanced level and also the Bilbo house residence is very comfortable and nice.
Insider tips about what future students should not miss
It's very good to have a bicycle in this city because the school and Bilbohouse arent that close to the center, about 20-30 minutes on foot.

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