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Piccola Universita Italiana, Tropea, Italy

What we like about the school

  • max. 6 students per class
  • Apartment - private accommodation very close to school

Tropea  

Piccola Universita Italiana

The language school Piccola Universita Italiana was founded in Tropea, Italy in 1993. The school is located in the heart of the old town of Tropea, in a beautiful palazzo dating from the 18th century. The Piccola Università Italiana is the perfect Italian language school to combine work with pleasure.

The school address is: Largo Antonio Pandullo 5, 89861 - Tropea (Italy).

Accreditations and Quality seals

Italian Ministry of Education, University and Research

School Size:

Facilities

  • Library

  • Daily press

  • Free after-class access to language learning software

  • Movie room

  • Balcony / terrace

  • Student support desk

  • Copy machine

  • Printer for student use

  • Free WIFI

Classroom equipment

  • TV in all classrooms

  • Air conditioning in all classrooms

  • Heating in all classrooms

  • Ample natural light in all classrooms

Number of classrooms:

11

Number of public workstations:

2

Prices include

  • Organized activities
  • Internet access and use of school computers
  • Wireless LAN zone at school
  • Free certificate of course attendance
  • Language level placement test at first day of classes
  • For adult courses: a minimum of one free organized leisure activity per week
  • Free assistance in finding flats for long-term students

Course material:

Generally course material is distributed free to students and will stay in student property.

Average number of students

  • Adult courses in summer: 50
  • Adult courses throughout the year: 15

Average age of students

  • in summer: 38 years
  • throughout the year: 45 years

Average number of levels

  • Adult courses in summer: 15
  • Adult courses throughout the year: 15

Minimum age of students

  • 16 years
  • 4 years for specific Junior courses

Exams offered:

  • CILS,
  • CELI, IT

Average examination results:

100 at CILS, 100 at CELI, IT.

Italian teacher qualifications

  • 100 % hold a university degree
  • 100 % hold a recognised language teaching qualification

Languages spoken by school staff (cannot be guaranteed by school):

2
14
4
5
4
9
7
3
14
10
10

Airport transfer

Best arrival airport is Lamezia Terme (SUF). It takes 55 minutes by car/train to school.

Language school closed

In 2016 (including national and regional bank holidays): 01.Jan.2016 - 27.Feb.2016, 28.Mar.2016, 25.Apr.2016, 02.Jun.2016, 15.Aug.2016, 01.Nov.2016, 14.Nov.2016 - 31.Dec.2016 In 2017 (including national and regional bank holidays): 01.Jan.2017, 06.Jan.2017, 16.Apr.2017, 17.Apr.2017, 25.Apr.2017, 01.May.2017, 02.Jun.2017, 24.Jun.2017, 29.Jun.2017, 15.Aug.2017, 19.Sep.2017, 01.Nov.2017, 07.Dec.2017, 08.Dec.2017, 25.Dec.2017, 26.Dec.2017

Courses

All prices in € (convert currency). Below the original school prices are displayed.
Weeks 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 10 12 Additional Week
Price in € 195186 345328 505480 650618 810770 910865 10601007 12051145 15051430 18051715 150143
2 lessons of grammar and 2 lessons of conversation per day according to our course regulation.
Starting dates
Every Monday .
General course schedule
Lessons will be scheduled within the following times according to your level:
Morning: 9:00  - 13:00
Afternoon: 16:00  - 20:00
Required language level
Beginner (A1) - No previous knowledge required
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Weeks 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 10 12 Additional Week
Price in € 130124 223212 270257 345328 430409 505480 585556 670637 836795 1002952 8379
Starting dates
Every Monday .
General course schedule
Lessons will be scheduled within the following times according to your level:
Morning: 11:10  - 13:00
Afternoon: 18:10  - 20:00
Required language level
Elementary (A2)
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Weeks 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 10 12 Additional Week
Price in € 360342 700665 1020969 13201254 16001520 18601767 21702062 24802356 31002945 37203534 310295
It's possible to focus on special topics like arts, Italian history or literature, medicine, law or economy.
Starting dates
Every Day .
General course schedule
Lessons will be scheduled within the following times according to your level:
Morning: 9:00  - 13:00
Afternoon: 16:00  - 20:00
Required language level
Beginner (A1) - No previous knowledge required
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Weeks 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 10 12 Additional Week
Price in € 220209 420399 600570 760722 900855 1020969 11901131 13601292 17001615 20401938 170162
For couples and friends travelling together, with the same language level.
Starting dates
Every Day .
General course schedule
Lessons will be scheduled within the following times according to your level:
Morning: 9:00  - 13:00
Afternoon: 16:00  - 20:00
Required language level
Beginner (A1) - No previous knowledge required
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Weeks 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11
Price in € -- 11501122 -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- --
Course price includes accommodation
Apartment - private, Single room, No meals Special senior course, Extracurricular programme (1 welcome drink, 1 guided city tour, 4 half-day excursions, 2 full-day excursions, 1 cooking lesson, 2 evenings with Italian movie classics), Inscription fee.
Arrival and departure day is Sunday.
Starting dates
2016: 06.Mar.2016 - 20.Mar.2016, 03.Apr.2016 - 17.Apr.2016, 16.Oct.2016 - 30.Oct.2016.
2017: 05.Mar.2017, 02.Apr.2017, 15.Oct.2017.
General course schedule
Lessons will be scheduled within the following times according to your level:
Morning: 9:00  - 13:00
Required language level
Beginner (A1) - No previous knowledge required
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Weeks 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 10 12 Additional Week
Price in € 390371 735699 10751022 14101340 17401653 20001900 23202204 26202489 32703107 39203724 325309
2 lessons of grammar and 2 lessons of conversation per day according to our course regulation plus 3 times per week 2 individual lessons
Starting dates
Every Monday .
General course schedule
Lessons will be scheduled within the following times according to your level:
Morning: 9:00  - 13:00
Afternoon: 16:00  - 20:00
Required language level
Beginner (A1) - No previous knowledge required
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Weeks 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11
Price in € 310295 620589 -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- --
All prices include transportation to the sailing school and back and all materials. The courses are conducted under the surveillance of an experienced instructor and its assistants and is divided into a theoretical and a practical part, which will be performed in several escapes to the sea. The timetable of lessons will be arranged with the instructor according to weather conditions.
1st week: course B + Cat beginner 2nd week: course B + Cat advanced course.
Starting dates
Every Monday .
General course schedule
Lessons will be scheduled within the following times according to your level:
Morning: 9:00  - 13:00
Afternoon: 16:00  - 20:00
Required language level
Beginner (A1) - No previous knowledge required
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Weeks 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11
Price in € 278265 570542 -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- --
All prices include transportation to the windsurf school and back and all materials.
Courses are conducted under the surveillance of an experienced instructor and is divided into a theoretical and a practical part, which will be performed in several escapes to the sea. Timetable of lessons will be arranged with the instructor according to weather conditions.
1st week: course B + Surf beginner 2nd week: course B + Surf advanced
Starting dates
Every Monday .
General course schedule
Lessons will be scheduled within the following times according to your level:
Morning: 9:00  - 13:00
Afternoon: 16:00  - 20:00
Required language level
Beginner (A1) - No previous knowledge required
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Weeks 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11
Price in € -- 730694 -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- --
Prices above are for Standard Course (20 lessons) + Open Water Diver (ca. 15 lessons,385,00); also possible Advanced Open Water Diver (ca. 15 lessons, 495,00), a Package of 5 dives (1 week, 190,00 ), a Package of 10 dives (2 weeks, 350,00 ), a Package of 5 dives incl. equipment (1 week, 315,00 ), a Package of 10 dives incl. equipment (2 weeks, 600,00 )
Starting dates
Every Monday .
General course schedule
Lessons will be scheduled within the following times according to your level:
Morning: 9:00  - 13:00
Afternoon: 16:00  - 20:00
Required language level
Beginner (A1) - No previous knowledge required
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Weeks 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11
Price in € 425404 805765 -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- --
The cooking course has 3 lesson units, each unit takes 3.5 hours. The course lasts in total about 10 hours and the lessons starts at 6pm.
During our popular cooking course 'Cooking Mediterranean style' you will be learning to make Italian dishes and also some typical Calabrian specialties shown to you by our amicable cooking teacher from Tropea.
Starting dates
Every Monday .
Required language level
Beginner (A1) - No previous knowledge required
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Weeks 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11
Price in € 415395 785746 11651107 15301454 19101815 22302119 -- -- -- -- --
The painting course is structured in 5 lessons lasting approximately 2 hours each, for a total of roughly 10 hours. The course fee covers all painting materials, paint, brushes, paper and canvas. On the spot the student can choose between 2 different painting methods:
Oil painting: During the course 1 oil paint will be accomplished.
Watercolor painting: During the course several watercolor paintings will be accomplished.
Starting dates
Every Monday .
General course schedule
Lessons will be scheduled within the following times according to your level:
Morning: 9:00  - 13:00
Afternoon: 16:00  - 20:00
Required language level
Beginner (A1) - No previous knowledge required
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Note: All courses offered by Piccola Universita Italiana, Tropea can be booked online with LanguageCourse.Net. In case a course is not listed above, just mention the course description in the comment field of the online registration form.
Lesson duration: 55 minutes
School's administrative fee: 100.00  €
Individual classes Single individual lessons of tuition can be booked at 36 €. The combination of group and individual lessons is highly recommended. Individual lessons will encourage you to actively speak the foreign language and will offer you the opportunity to discuss individual problems and weaknesses.
Comments about courses: The registration fee of 100 Euro includes:
+ The pick-up transfer from and to Lamezia Terme OR 2 half day excursions by minibus.
+ Schoolbag, writing pad, pen
+ City map and information on Tropea and tips on excursions
+ Presentation including welcome cocktail
+ Guided city tour of Tropea
+ Film evenings at school.

Accommodation

weeks 1 2 3 4 Additional Week
Price in € 339 463 664 865 270
Prices based on accommodation from Sunday to Saturday
Price per person
Accommodation fee must be paid immediately directly to the school by bank transfer.
Upon request we may offer sea-view apartments. Additional fees may apply.
Students will be accompanied to the accommodation by school staff.
The accommodation rates include: Utilities (electricity, water, gas, heating), 1 change of towels and linen per week (on weekends). For an additional charge of 10 EUR the school can arrange a second change (on Wednesday) of linen and towels.
Price extra night:
30 € (Only extra week bookable at indicated extra night price)
Room Occupancy:
Single room.
Distance from school:
15 minutes walking
Includes:
TV, Towels, Bedding/linen, Weekly cleaning, Kitchen, Access to Wifi in building (supplement fee), Heating, No meals, Shared bathroom.
Age of students
Minimum age of students: 0
Maximum age of students: 0
Dates
Fully booked on: 12.Sep.2016 - 31.Dec.2016, 01.Jan.2017 - 15.Jul.2017, 27.Aug.2017 - 31.Dec.2017
High season dates 16.Jul.2016 - 28.Aug.2016
High season
High season supplement per week: 50 €
weeks 1 2 3 4 Additional Week
Price in € 355 578 840 1096 317
Prices based on accommodation from Sunday to Saturday
Price per person
Accommodation fee must be paid immediately directly to the school by bank transfer.
Upon request we may offer sea-view apartments. Additional fees may apply.
Students will be accompanied to the accommodation by school staff.
The accommodation rates include: Utilities (electricity, water, gas, heating), 1 change of towels and linen per week (on weekends). For an additional charge of 10 EUR the school can arrange a second change (on Wednesday) of linen and towels.
Price extra night:
30 € (Only extra week bookable at indicated extra night price)
Room Occupancy:
Single room.
Distance from school:
15 minutes walking
Includes:
TV, Towels, Bedding/linen, Weekly cleaning, Kitchen, Access to Wifi in building (supplement fee), Heating, No meals, Private bathroom.
Age of students
Minimum age of students: 0
Maximum age of students: 0
Dates
Fully booked on: 12.Sep.2016 - 31.Dec.2016, 01.Jan.2017 - 15.Jul.2017, 27.Aug.2017 - 31.Dec.2017
High season dates 16.Jul.2016 - 28.Aug.2016
High season
High season supplement per week: 50 €
weeks 1 2 3 4 Additional Week
Price in € 275 418 600 776 194
Prices based on accommodation from Sunday to Saturday
Price per person
Accommodation fee must be paid immediately directly to the school by bank transfer.
Upon request we may offer sea-view apartments. Additional fees may apply.
Students will be accompanied to the accommodation by school staff.
The accommodation rates include: Utilities (electricity, water, gas, heating), 1 change of towels and linen per week (on weekends). For an additional charge of 10 EUR the school can arrange a second change (on Wednesday) of linen and towels.
Price extra night:
20 € (Only extra week bookable at indicated extra night price)
Room Occupancy:
Single room.
Distance from school:
15 minutes walking
Includes:
TV, Towels, Bedding/linen, Weekly cleaning, Kitchen, Heating, No meals, Private bathroom.
Age of students
Minimum age of students: 0
Maximum age of students: 0
Dates
Fully booked on: 14.Nov.2016 - 31.Dec.2016, 01.Jan.2017 - 04.Mar.2017, 20.May.2017 - 24.Sep.2017, 12.Nov.2017 - 31.Dec.2017
High season dates 21.May.2016 - 18.Jun.2016, 11.Sep.2016 - 25.Sep.2016
High season
High season supplement per week: 40 €
weeks 1 2 3 4 Additional Week
Price in € 211 328 489 600 150
Prices based on accommodation from Sunday to Saturday
Price per person
Accommodation fee must be paid immediately directly to the school by bank transfer.Upon request we may offer sea-view apartments. Additional fees may apply. Students will be accompanied to the accommodation by school staff. The accommodation rates include: Utilities (electricity, water, gas, heating), 1 change of towels and linen per week (on weekends). For an additional charge of 10 EUR the school can arrange a second change (on Wednesday) of linen and towels.
Price extra night:
30 € (Only extra week bookable at indicated extra night price)
Room Occupancy:
Double room (only for 2 people travelling together).
Distance from school:
15 minutes walking
Includes:
TV, Towels, Bedding/linen, Weekly cleaning, Kitchen, Access to Wifi in building (supplement fee), Heating, No meals, Shared bathroom.
Age of students
Minimum age of students: 0
Maximum age of students: 0
Dates
Fully booked on: 12.Sep.2016 - 31.Dec.2016, 01.Jan.2017 - 15.Jul.2017, 27.Aug.2017 - 31.Dec.2017
High season dates 16.Jul.2016 - 28.Aug.2016
High season
High season supplement per week: 50 €
weeks 1 2 3 4 Additional Week
Price in € 209 303 424 545 136
Prices based on accommodation from Sunday to Saturday
Price per person
Accommodation fee must be paid immediately directly to the school by bank transfer.
Upon request we may offer sea-view apartments. Additional fees may apply.
Students will be accompanied to the accommodation by school staff.
The accommodation rates include: Utilities (electricity, water, gas, heating), 1 change of towels and linen per week (on weekends). For an additional charge of 10 EUR the school can arrange a second change (on Wednesday) of linen and towels.
Price extra night:
20 € (Only extra week bookable at indicated extra night price)
Room Occupancy:
Single room.
Distance from school:
15 minutes walking
Includes:
TV, Towels, Bedding/linen, Weekly cleaning, Kitchen, Access to Wifi in building (supplement fee), Heating, No meals, Shared bathroom.
Age of students
Minimum age of students: 0
Maximum age of students: 0
Dates
Fully booked on: 14.Nov.2016 - 31.Dec.2016, 01.Jan.2017 - 04.Mar.2017, 20.May.2017 - 24.Sep.2017, 12.Nov.2017 - 31.Dec.2017
High season dates 21.May.2016 - 18.Jun.2016, 11.Sep.2016 - 25.Sep.2016
High season
High season supplement per week: 40 €
weeks 1 2 3 4 Additional Week
Price in € 171 248 369 440 110
Prices based on accommodation from Sunday to Saturday
Price per person
Accommodation fee must be paid immediately directly to the school by bank transfer. Upon request we may offer sea-view apartments. Additional fees may apply. Students will be accompanied to the accommodation by school staff. The accommodation rates include: Utilities (electricity, water, gas, heating), 1 change of towels and linen per week (on weekends). For an additional charge of 10 EUR the school can arrange a second change (on Wednesday) of linen and towels.
Price extra night:
20 € (Only extra week bookable at indicated extra night price)
Room Occupancy:
Double room (only for 2 people travelling together).
Distance from school:
15 minutes walking
Includes:
TV, Towels, Bedding/linen, Weekly cleaning, Kitchen, Access to Wifi in building (supplement fee), Heating, No meals, Shared bathroom.
Age of students
Minimum age of students: 0
Maximum age of students: 0
Dates
Fully booked on: 14.Nov.2016 - 31.Dec.2016, 01.Jan.2017 - 04.Mar.2017, 20.May.2017 - 24.Sep.2017, 12.Nov.2017 - 31.Dec.2017
High season dates 21.May.2016 - 18.Jun.2016, 11.Sep.2016 - 25.Sep.2016
High season
High season supplement per week: 20 €
  • Some of the apartments have a balcony or sea view, subject to availability. The apartments generally do not have wifi access but it is possible to rent a wifi modem at school. Also available double rooms in studio apartment.
  • Max. 1 student of each nationality possible? no
  • Single room: cannot be guaranteed

Leisure activities

activity possible distance from school
Cooking  
Dancing 3 km
Diving  
Golf 37 km
Horse riding 60 km
Mountainbiking 8 km
Music  
Sailing 8 km
Swimming  
Tennis  
Volleyball  
Windsurfing 8 km

Reviews

City
4.5/5.0 
Organisation
4.4/5.0 
Facilities
3.9/5.0 
Social activities
4.2/5.0 
Course quality / Progress in language
4.5/5.0 
Value for money
4.1/5.0 
Accommodation
Host Family
4.2/5.0 
Shared Flat (apartment)
4.2/5.0 
Other
4.1/5.0 
Students liked about Piccola Universita Italiana, Tropea
The location is perfect, downtown. Qualified teachers.
Overall rating
5.0/5.0
Value for money
5.0/5.0
Detailed review
City/place
5.0/5.0
Facilities (library, classrooms)
4.0/5.0
Quality of teaching / language progress
4.0/5.0
School organization
5.0/5.0
Social activities
4.0/5.0
Accommodation
Host Family
5.0/5.0
Other
5.0/5.0
Shared Apartment - Low season
5.0/5.0
Additional information
Insider tips about what future students should not miss: Ask for accommodation upstairs. 196 steps every morning and every evening are not for everyone.
The staffs hospitality (nothing was too much for them), the informal atmosphere, teachers' personal approach during the lessons, the fully supported excursions
Overall rating
5.0/5.0
Value for money
5.0/5.0
Detailed review
City/place
5.0/5.0
Facilities (library, classrooms)
4.0/5.0
Quality of teaching / language progress
5.0/5.0
School organization
5.0/5.0
Social activities
5.0/5.0
Accommodation
Other
4.0/5.0
Additional information
Insider tips about what future students should not miss: I would recommend to stay in the schools apartments. Take part in the excursions! They are very interesting and accompanied by professional guides.
Other comments: For me, as a beginner, it was rather difficult to communicate all the time only in Italian (It is the schools' philosophy) But the staff will speak German as well as English if it is necessary. On the other hand, through this way and after just one week, I can understand and read much more Italian now then before!
it`s a little school,the teacher are very friendly and funny and it was a good organisation of the classes
Overall rating
5.0/5.0
Value for money
4.0/5.0
Detailed review
City/place
5.0/5.0
Facilities (library, classrooms)
5.0/5.0
Quality of teaching / language progress
4.0/5.0
School organization
5.0/5.0
Social activities
4.0/5.0
Accommodation
Shared Flat (apartment)
4.0/5.0
The place, the kindness of the teachers.
Overall rating
5.0/5.0
Value for money
5.0/5.0
Detailed review
City/place
5.0/5.0
Facilities (library, classrooms)
3.0/5.0
Quality of teaching / language progress
5.0/5.0
School organization
4.0/5.0
Social activities
5.0/5.0
Accommodation
Shared Flat (apartment)
5.0/5.0
teachers, materials, lesson organization
Overall rating
4.0/5.0
Value for money
4.0/5.0
Detailed review
City/place
4.0/5.0
Facilities (library, classrooms)
5.0/5.0
Quality of teaching / language progress
5.0/5.0
School organization
1.0/5.0
Social activities
2.0/5.0
Accommodation
Host Family
4.0/5.0
Other
4.0/5.0
Shared Apartment - High season
4.0/5.0

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