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Reviews of Centro Koinè, Lucca, Italy

Total number of reviews: 76
NOTE: All reviews are authentic. Only students who booked their course through us can publish evaluations here, and only after the end of their programme. These evaluations then are not manipulated in any way, neither by us nor by the school, and can be trusted as honest opinions about personal experiences with the school.

Average Rating

Based on 76 reviews of former students of Centro Koinè
Overall Rating
Centro Koinè, Lucca, Italy

Rating: 4.4/5.0

4.4/5.0 
City

Rating: 4.9/5.0

4.9/5.0 
Organisation

Rating: 4.5/5.0

4.5/5.0 
Facilities

Rating: 3.8/5.0

3.8/5.0 
Social activities

Rating: 4.2/5.0

4.2/5.0 
Course quality / Progress in language

Rating: 4.4/5.0

4.4/5.0 
Value for money

Rating: 4.5/5.0

4.5/5.0 
Accommodation
Homestay

Rating: 4.4/5.0

4.4/5.0 
Shared Flat

Rating: 4.1/5.0

4.1/5.0 
other

Rating: 4.7/5.0

4.7/5.0 

Individual Reviews

Centro Koinè
13. Dec. 2019
1. Michaela (40 years) - 
101. Course:  Combined Intensive Course (20 group + 10 individual) [Italian] - 3 weeks

Overall Rating

Rating: 5/5.0

Value for money

Rating: 5/5.0

Detailed review
City/place

Rating: 5/5.0

School organization

Rating: 5/5.0

Facilities (library, classrooms)

Rating: 4/5.0

Social activities

Rating: 4/5.0

Quality of teaching / language progress

Rating: 5/5.0

30. Nov. 2019
2.  (61 years) - United States
102. Course:  Italian Language and Culture [Italian] - 2 weeks

Overall Rating

Rating: 4/5.0

Value for money

Rating: 4/5.0

Detailed review
City/place

Rating: 4/5.0

School organization

Rating: 4/5.0

Facilities (library, classrooms)

Rating: 4/5.0

Social activities

Rating: 4/5.0

Quality of teaching / language progress

Rating: 4/5.0

Additional information
Positive aspects of school
There were 14 people in my class and each person was from a different country. What a great exchange of culture.
Other comments
The administrative staff was great. They very helpful and the teachers were awesome.
15. Oct. 2019
3. Matthias (36 years) - 
103. Course:  Italian Language and Culture - 1 week

Overall Rating

Rating: 5/5.0

Value for money

Rating: 5/5.0

Detailed review
City/place

Rating: 5/5.0

School organization

Rating: 5/5.0

Facilities (library, classrooms)
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Social activities

Rating: 5/5.0

Quality of teaching / language progress

Rating: 5/5.0

26. Aug. 2019
4. Annie (66 years) - France
104. Course:  Italian Language and Culture - 1 week

Overall Rating

Rating: 4/5.0

Value for money

Rating: 4/5.0

Detailed review
City/place

Rating: 5/5.0

School organization

Rating: 5/5.0

Facilities (library, classrooms)

Rating: 2/5.0

Social activities

Rating: 2/5.0

Quality of teaching / language progress

Rating: 4/5.0

26. Jul. 2019
5.  (25 years) - Netherlands
105. Course:  Italian Language and Culture - 1 week

Overall Rating

Rating: 5/5.0

Value for money

Rating: 5/5.0

Detailed review
City/place

Rating: 5/5.0

School organization

Rating: 5/5.0

Facilities (library, classrooms)

Rating: 5/5.0

Social activities

Rating: 3/5.0

Quality of teaching / language progress

Rating: 5/5.0

Accommodation
Homestay

Rating: 5/5.0

Additional information
Positive aspects of school
Good teachers. Small classes. Focus on speaking. In only one week I got a good basis for Italian.
3. Jul. 2019
6. Sandra (72 years) - Australia
106. Course:  Italian Language and Culture - 12 weeks

Overall Rating

Rating: 5/5.0

Value for money

Rating: 5/5.0

Detailed review
City/place

Rating: 5/5.0

School organization

Rating: 4/5.0

Facilities (library, classrooms)

Rating: 4/5.0

Social activities

Rating: 4/5.0

Quality of teaching / language progress

Rating: 5/5.0

18. Jun. 2019
7. Hannelore (72 years) - Germany
107. Course:  Italian Language and Culture - 1 week

Overall Rating

Rating: 4/5.0

Value for money

Rating: 5/5.0

Detailed review
City/place

Rating: 5/5.0

School organization

Rating: 4/5.0

Facilities (library, classrooms)

Rating: 4/5.0

Social activities

Rating: 4/5.0

Quality of teaching / language progress

Rating: 5/5.0

Accommodation
Albergo Puccini - 3-star Hotel

Rating: 5/5.0

6. Jun. 2019
8.  (63 years) - Germany
108. Course:  Italian Language and Culture - 1 week

Overall Rating

Rating: 4/5.0

Value for money

Rating: 4/5.0

Detailed review
City/place

Rating: 4/5.0

School organization

Rating: 5/5.0

Facilities (library, classrooms)

Rating: 4/5.0

Social activities

Rating: 3/5.0

Quality of teaching / language progress

Rating: 4/5.0

Additional information
Positive aspects of school
school was in an old building in the city centre and my accommodation was only about 500m away, a perfect location!
4. May. 2019
9.  (66 years) - United States
109. Course:  Italian Language and Culture [Italian] - 4 weeks

Overall Rating

Rating: 5/5.0

Value for money

Rating: 5/5.0

Detailed review
City/place

Rating: 5/5.0

School organization

Rating: 5/5.0

Facilities (library, classrooms)

Rating: 4/5.0

Social activities

Rating: 5/5.0

Quality of teaching / language progress

Rating: 5/5.0

Accommodation
Homestay

Rating: 5/5.0

Additional information
Positive aspects of school
I liked Madalena's teaching style. I also liked how the school encouraged student interaction via the activities and the 11 a.m. breaks. Everyone got to know everyone else, even if you were in different classes.
Insider tips about what future students should not miss
Stay longer than one week and get to know the other students at the school!
1. May. 2019
10. Gerhard (55 years) - Switzerland
110. Course:  Intensive Individual Course (20) - 1 week

Overall Rating

Rating: 5/5.0

Value for money

Rating: 5/5.0

Detailed review
City/place

Rating: 5/5.0

School organization

Rating: 5/5.0

Facilities (library, classrooms)

Rating: 3/5.0

Social activities

Rating: 5/5.0

Quality of teaching / language progress

Rating: 5/5.0

15. Apr. 2019
11. Eberli (70 years) - Switzerland
111. Course:  Italian Language and Culture [Italienisch] - 3 weeks

Overall Rating

Rating: 5/5.0

Value for money

Rating: 5/5.0

Detailed review
City/place

Rating: 5/5.0

School organization

Rating: 5/5.0

Facilities (library, classrooms)

Rating: 4/5.0

Social activities

Rating: 5/5.0

Quality of teaching / language progress

Rating: 5/5.0

4. Mar. 2019
12. Lutz (51 years) - 
112. Course:  Combined Intensive Course (20 group + 10 individual) - 2 weeks

Overall Rating

Rating: 5/5.0

Value for money

Rating: 5/5.0

Detailed review
City/place

Rating: 5/5.0

School organization

Rating: 5/5.0

Facilities (library, classrooms)

Rating: 4/5.0

Social activities

Rating: 5/5.0

Quality of teaching / language progress

Rating: 5/5.0

Accommodation
Homestay

Rating: 4/5.0

10. Dec. 2018
13.  (63 years) - United Kingdom
113. Course:  Italian Language and Culture - 1 week

Overall Rating

Rating: 4/5.0

Value for money

Rating: 4/5.0

Detailed review
City/place

Rating: 5/5.0

School organization

Rating: 5/5.0

Facilities (library, classrooms)

Rating: 5/5.0

Social activities
---
Quality of teaching / language progress

Rating: 4/5.0

Additional information
Positive aspects of school
Friendly/Welcoming
28. Nov. 2018
14.  (61 years) - 
114. Course:  Italian Language and Culture [Italien] - 2 weeks

Overall Rating

Rating: 5/5.0

Value for money

Rating: 5/5.0

Detailed review
City/place

Rating: 5/5.0

School organization

Rating: 5/5.0

Facilities (library, classrooms)

Rating: 5/5.0

Social activities

Rating: 5/5.0

Quality of teaching / language progress

Rating: 5/5.0

Additional information
Positive aspects of school
The teacher, the cultural outings, the school is well located for activities or to visit the city.
Insider tips about what future students should not miss
The tasting at Fattoria di Buffiano. Beautiful place, well organized.
9. Nov. 2018
15.  (35 years) - Germany
115. Course:  Italian Language and Culture - 2 weeks

Overall Rating

Rating: 5/5.0

Value for money

Rating: 5/5.0

Detailed review
City/place

Rating: 5/5.0

School organization

Rating: 4/5.0

Facilities (library, classrooms)

Rating: 3/5.0

Social activities

Rating: 4/5.0

Quality of teaching / language progress

Rating: 5/5.0

Additional information
Positive aspects of school
Good atmosphere, great teachers.
30. Oct. 2018
16.  (74 years) - 
116. Course:  Italian Language and Culture [Italian] - 2 weeks

Overall Rating

Rating: 4/5.0

Value for money

Rating: 5/5.0

Detailed review
City/place

Rating: 5/5.0

School organization

Rating: 5/5.0

Facilities (library, classrooms)

Rating: 3/5.0

Social activities

Rating: 5/5.0

Quality of teaching / language progress

Rating: 5/5.0

Accommodation
Albergo Puccini - 3-star Hotel

Rating: 3/5.0

Additional information
Positive aspects of school
Young teachers, full of imagination and using original and effective methods. Friendly atmosphere. Nothing schooly. A daily pleasure!
Insider tips about what future students should not miss
The afternoon cultural activities.
Other comments
Only one small criticism: acoustics! Carpets and curtains would certainly improve the situation.
29. Oct. 2018
17.  (21 years) - 
117. Course:  Italian Language and Culture - 2 weeks

Overall Rating

Rating: 4/5.0

Value for money

Rating: 4/5.0

Detailed review
City/place

Rating: 5/5.0

School organization

Rating: 4/5.0

Facilities (library, classrooms)

Rating: 3/5.0

Social activities

Rating: 4/5.0

Quality of teaching / language progress

Rating: 4/5.0

6. Sep. 2018
18.  (36 years) - Russia
118. Course:  Italian Language and Culture [Italian] - 2 weeks

Overall Rating

Rating: 5/5.0

Value for money

Rating: 5/5.0

Detailed review
City/place

Rating: 5/5.0

School organization

Rating: 5/5.0

Facilities (library, classrooms)

Rating: 5/5.0

Social activities

Rating: 5/5.0

Quality of teaching / language progress

Rating: 5/5.0

Accommodation
Homestay

Rating: 5/5.0

Additional information
Positive aspects of school
Teaching process
18. Jun. 2018
19.  (66 years) - 
119. Course:  Italian Language and Culture [Italien] - 8 weeks

Overall Rating

Rating: 4/5.0

Value for money

Rating: 5/5.0

Detailed review
City/place

Rating: 5/5.0

School organization

Rating: 5/5.0

Facilities (library, classrooms)

Rating: 4/5.0

Social activities

Rating: 5/5.0

Quality of teaching / language progress

Rating: 5/5.0

Accommodation
Homestay

Rating: 3/5.0

Additional information
Positive aspects of school
Friendly atmosphere, warm, competent and very attentive teachers
Insider tips about what future students should not miss
Participate in the afternoon activities. They are very interesting and very helpful to progress with the Italian language.
Other comments
I really enjoyed this school. Feeling of a big family where teachers are very involved with their students.
12. Jun. 2018
20.  (49 years) - Australia
120. Course:  Italian Language and Culture - 6 weeks

Overall Rating

Rating: 5/5.0

Value for money

Rating: 4/5.0

Detailed review
City/place

Rating: 5/5.0

School organization

Rating: 3/5.0

Facilities (library, classrooms)

Rating: 3/5.0

Social activities

Rating: 5/5.0

Quality of teaching / language progress

Rating: 5/5.0

Additional information
Positive aspects of school
Teacher was great and the activities were sensational.
21. May. 2018
21.  (53 years) - 
121. Course:  Italian Language and Culture - 1 week

Overall Rating

Rating: 4/5.0

Value for money

Rating: 4/5.0

Detailed review
City/place

Rating: 5/5.0

School organization

Rating: 4/5.0

Facilities (library, classrooms)

Rating: 3/5.0

Social activities

Rating: 4/5.0

Quality of teaching / language progress

Rating: 4/5.0

Additional information
Positive aspects of school
The open learning method. So don't follow a lesson from front to back. And of course that it only goes in Italian and not in my own language and then translated into Dutch.
Insider tips about what future students should not miss
I got a lot out of the sheets with pictures. So a sheet with items of clothing and then try to memorize the Italian words.
Other comments
I would like to have paid more attention to the verbs, because you use this to build sentences.
21. May. 2018
22.  (67 years) - 
122. Course:  Italian Language and Culture - 1 week

Overall Rating

Rating: 4/5.0

Value for money

Rating: 4/5.0

Detailed review
City/place

Rating: 5/5.0

School organization

Rating: 4/5.0

Facilities (library, classrooms)

Rating: 3/5.0

Social activities

Rating: 4/5.0

Quality of teaching / language progress

Rating: 4/5.0

Additional information
Positive aspects of school
I have no experience with other courses, but I think that the teaching was very good.
Insider tips about what future students should not miss
Go and discover Lucca after class
Other comments
I missed a cup of coffee. I think they could have included that in the course price, or even paid for if necessary. Now you had to go to a cafe, which was sometimes nearly impossible timewise.
22. Nov. 2017
23.  (52 years) - 
123. Course:  Intensive Individual Course (10) - 1 week

Overall Rating

Rating: 4/5.0

Value for money

Rating: 3/5.0

Detailed review
City/place

Rating: 5/5.0

School organization

Rating: 4/5.0

Facilities (library, classrooms)

Rating: 2/5.0

Social activities

Rating: 4/5.0

Quality of teaching / language progress

Rating: 4/5.0

Additional information
Positive aspects of school
Very friendly welcoming, very nice and competent teacher, the activities offered outside of the course.
20. Nov. 2017
24.  (63 years) - 
124. Course:  Intensive Individual Course (20) - 2 weeks

Overall Rating

Rating: 5/5.0

Value for money

Rating: 5/5.0

Detailed review
City/place

Rating: 5/5.0

School organization

Rating: 5/5.0

Facilities (library, classrooms)

Rating: 3/5.0

Social activities

Rating: 4/5.0

Quality of teaching / language progress

Rating: 4/5.0

Accommodation
Homestay

Rating: 4/5.0

Additional information
Positive aspects of school
It's impossible to identify a single aspect as the thing I liked best. I loved the entire experience.
Insider tips about what future students should not miss
In future, I would do a homestay again but would include dinner with my family. Living with a family gave me an additional opportunity to use what I was learning but I missed the opportunity by not sharing conversation around the table.
Other comments
I thought it was great. I liked that the instructors didn't speak any English to me - not that I understood everything but was always able to at least garner the general sense of what was being conveyed. Total immersion is the best way to learn a foreign language.
2. Oct. 2017
25.  (52 years) - Denmark
125. Course:  Combined Intensive Course (20 Group +10 Individual) - 2 weeks

Overall Rating

Rating: 4/5.0

Value for money

Rating: 3/5.0

Detailed review
City/place

Rating: 5/5.0

School organization

Rating: 4/5.0

Facilities (library, classrooms)

Rating: 3/5.0

Social activities

Rating: 3/5.0

Quality of teaching / language progress

Rating: 4/5.0

Additional information
Positive aspects of school
The teachers are very nice and patient.
Other comments
I would have liked a bit more of the teachers correcting the group work. If someone is a bit behind, it's difficult to know if what you are doing is right or wrong. Also, I think it's important that everyone gets to class on time, it disrupts everyone and we have to start again because someone is late. Not fair and a waste of time.
29. Aug. 2017
26.  (75 years) - Finland
126. Course:  Italian Language and Culture - 1 week

Overall Rating

Rating: 3/5.0

Value for money

Rating: 3/5.0

Detailed review
City/place

Rating: 5/5.0

School organization
---
Facilities (library, classrooms)

Rating: 4/5.0

Social activities

Rating: 3/5.0

Quality of teaching / language progress

Rating: 3/5.0

Additional information
Positive aspects of school
Location
Other comments
Miss grammar.
15. Aug. 2017
27. Valentina (27 years) - Russia
127. Course:  Italian Language and Culture - 2 weeks

Overall Rating

Rating: 5/5.0

Value for money

Rating: 4/5.0

Detailed review
City/place

Rating: 5/5.0

School organization

Rating: 4/5.0

Facilities (library, classrooms)

Rating: 4/5.0

Social activities

Rating: 5/5.0

Quality of teaching / language progress

Rating: 5/5.0

Accommodation
Shared Apartment

Rating: 4/5.0

14. Aug. 2017
28. Rolf (67 years) - Sweden
128. Course:  Italian Language and Culture - 1 week

Overall Rating

Rating: 5/5.0

Value for money

Rating: 5/5.0

Detailed review
City/place

Rating: 5/5.0

School organization

Rating: 5/5.0

Facilities (library, classrooms)
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Social activities

Rating: 4/5.0

Quality of teaching / language progress

Rating: 4/5.0

5. May. 2017
29.  (66 years) - 
129. Course:  Italian Language and Culture - 1 week

Overall Rating

Rating: 2/5.0

Value for money
---
Detailed review
City/place

Rating: 5/5.0

School organization

Rating: 3/5.0

Facilities (library, classrooms)

Rating: 4/5.0

Social activities

Rating: 2/5.0

Quality of teaching / language progress

Rating: 1/5.0

Additional information
Positive aspects of school
The skills and kindness of the teacher who gave the guided tours of the city (week of April 18th to 21st)
Other comments
The various levels of the students in the group were not taken into account; The teacher was not motivated, did not correct the students. regarding the week shortened by PASQUETTA, no compensation was offered; I will not recommend this school
1. May. 2017
30. Chantal  - 
130. Course:  Italian Language and Culture - 1 week

Overall Rating

Rating: 3/5.0

Value for money

Rating: 3/5.0

Detailed review
City/place

Rating: 4/5.0

School organization

Rating: 4/5.0

Facilities (library, classrooms)

Rating: 4/5.0

Social activities

Rating: 3/5.0

Quality of teaching / language progress

Rating: 2/5.0

Additional information
Other comments
Very good reception and classrooms in good condition. However, despite a previous interview, I found myself in a group where pedagogy was based exclusively on successive exchanges in mini-groups. This did not answer my needs in language, grammar, and vocabulary, because we spoke without being corrected, therefore without being able to progress. Interesting texts and videos but no verification of meaning by the teacher. For having followed a very constructive week in Bologna last year, this one was disappointing. Very good contact with LanguageCourse and Lola Morel.
3. Apr. 2017
31.  (50 years) - 
131. Course:  Italian Language and Culture - 1 week

Overall Rating

Rating: 5/5.0

Value for money

Rating: 5/5.0

Detailed review
City/place

Rating: 5/5.0

School organization

Rating: 4/5.0

Facilities (library, classrooms)

Rating: 3/5.0

Social activities

Rating: 4/5.0

Quality of teaching / language progress

Rating: 4/5.0

Accommodation
Albergo San Luca - 4-star Hotel

Rating: 5/5.0

Additional information
Positive aspects of school
Small group and committed teacher
3. Apr. 2017
32.  (51 years) - 
132. Course:  Italian Language and Culture - 1 week

Overall Rating

Rating: 4/5.0

Value for money

Rating: 4/5.0

Detailed review
City/place

Rating: 5/5.0

School organization

Rating: 4/5.0

Facilities (library, classrooms)

Rating: 4/5.0

Social activities

Rating: 3/5.0

Quality of teaching / language progress

Rating: 5/5.0

Accommodation
Albergo San Luca - 4-star Hotel

Rating: 5/5.0

Additional information
Positive aspects of school
Very welcoming and friendly staff.
Insider tips about what future students should not miss
The tip is to book more than 5 days if you have the opportunity. We thought it was very short.
Other comments
The interviews were made when we arrived, to see what level and group we would end up in. Both my friend and I thought the interviewer was very arrogant. Otherwise very happy, nice and charming staff.
5. Dec. 2016
33.  (63 years) - United Kingdom
133. Course:  Italian Language and Culture - 2 weeks

Overall Rating

Rating: 5/5.0

Value for money

Rating: 5/5.0

Detailed review
City/place

Rating: 5/5.0

School organization

Rating: 5/5.0

Facilities (library, classrooms)

Rating: 4/5.0

Social activities

Rating: 4/5.0

Quality of teaching / language progress

Rating: 5/5.0

Accommodation
Homestay

Rating: 5/5.0

Additional information
Positive aspects of school
Excellent quality teaching.
11. Nov. 2016
34. Diego  - Germany
134. Course:  Italian Language and Culture - 4 weeks

Overall Rating

Rating: 2/5.0

Value for money

Rating: 1/5.0

Detailed review
City/place

Rating: 5/5.0

School organization

Rating: 5/5.0

Facilities (library, classrooms)

Rating: 3/5.0

Social activities

Rating: 5/5.0

Quality of teaching / language progress

Rating: 2/5.0

Accommodation
Shared Apartment

Rating: 1/5.0

Additional information
Insider tips about what future students should not miss
Lucca is an amazing city. Don't miss any of the guided tours included in the price of the regular group course.
Other comments
The teaching method in group lessons was too relaxed for me. It's not suitable for students who are motivated to learn the language formally and pass official exams. There is no written placement test, no exit test, and practically no grammar; just a continuous diversity of fun exercises focused on speaking (mostly among groups of two/three students with little supervision from the teacher). Most other students were old tourists and retirees looking for a fun side activity to their short visit to Lucca, they joined and left continuously according to their holidays, so there is no chance of following a formal syllabus. The exercises were pleasant, entertaining and sometimes fun. My fluency and vocabulary improved. By the time I left, most of my grammar-based persistent errors, which could have been tackled in time, had been solidified by fluency. The professional boundaries between staff and students were crossed regularly and I was subjected to witness this (rather hear it) at the apartment provided to me by the school. It got to a point when I had to confront them and they agreed to stop it for my last week there.
24. Oct. 2016
35.  (61 years) - Finland
135. Course:  Combined Intensive Course (20 Group +10 Individual) - 2 weeks

Overall Rating

Rating: 5/5.0

Value for money

Rating: 5/5.0

Detailed review
City/place

Rating: 5/5.0

School organization

Rating: 5/5.0

Facilities (library, classrooms)

Rating: 4/5.0

Social activities

Rating: 4/5.0

Quality of teaching / language progress

Rating: 5/5.0

Accommodation
Homestay

Rating: 5/5.0

Additional information
Positive aspects of school
The lessons kept me active all the time even with the group of 11 students.
Other comments
Good atmosphere.
18. Jul. 2016
36. Heidi (33 years) - Norway
136. Course:  Italian Language and Culture - 2 weeks

Overall Rating

Rating: 5/5.0

Value for money

Rating: 5/5.0

Detailed review
City/place

Rating: 5/5.0

School organization

Rating: 5/5.0

Facilities (library, classrooms)

Rating: 4/5.0

Social activities

Rating: 4/5.0

Quality of teaching / language progress

Rating: 5/5.0

Accommodation
Shared Apartment

Rating: 4/5.0

22. Jun. 2016
37.  (42 years) - 
137. Course:  Intensive Individual Course (20) - 1 week

Overall Rating

Rating: 5/5.0

Value for money

Rating: 5/5.0

Detailed review
City/place

Rating: 4/5.0

School organization

Rating: 5/5.0

Facilities (library, classrooms)

Rating: 4/5.0

Social activities

Rating: 5/5.0

Quality of teaching / language progress

Rating: 5/5.0

Additional information
Positive aspects of school
The organization is very good, I had a problem at the beginning, but it was dealt with immediately and was resolved the next day! They are very flexible
Insider tips about what future students should not miss
Men should visit the BiB (about 2 minutes walk from the school), in the morning or after classes you should go running or biking on the city wall!
Other comments
The only criticism I have is the interior design - I need a desk to study. Except for the kitchen, there are only chairs with folding tables - I need room to expand ...
20. Jun. 2016
38.  (36 years) - 
138. Course:  Intensive Business (Part 2) - 5 weeks

Overall Rating

Rating: 5/5.0

Value for money

Rating: 5/5.0

Detailed review
City/place

Rating: 5/5.0

School organization

Rating: 5/5.0

Facilities (library, classrooms)

Rating: 5/5.0

Social activities

Rating: 5/5.0

Quality of teaching / language progress

Rating: 5/5.0

Additional information
Positive aspects of school
The atmosphere, the sympathy of teachers and the quality of education
14. Jun. 2016
39.  (63 years) - 
139. Course:  Italian Language and Culture - 3 weeks

Overall Rating

Rating: 5/5.0

Value for money

Rating: 5/5.0

Detailed review
City/place

Rating: 5/5.0

School organization

Rating: 5/5.0

Facilities (library, classrooms)

Rating: 5/5.0

Social activities

Rating: 5/5.0

Quality of teaching / language progress

Rating: 5/5.0

Accommodation
Homestay

Rating: 5/5.0

Additional information
Positive aspects of school
1) the method of teaching. 2) the location of the school 3) friendliness, openness and responsiveness of the teachers 4) extra-curricular program
Insider tips about what future students should not miss
take a course for at least 3 weeks
Other comments
Good schools, good staff
22. Mar. 2016
40.  (64 years) - 
140. Course:  Italian Language and Culture - 1 week

Overall Rating

Rating: 4/5.0

Value for money

Rating: 4/5.0

Detailed review
City/place

Rating: 5/5.0

School organization

Rating: 5/5.0

Facilities (library, classrooms)

Rating: 4/5.0

Social activities

Rating: 4/5.0

Quality of teaching / language progress

Rating: 4/5.0

Additional information
Positive aspects of school
Friendly, helpful, uncomplicated
14. Oct. 2015
41.  (72 years) - 
141. Course:  Intensive Business (Part 2) - 2 weeks

Overall Rating

Rating: 4/5.0

Value for money

Rating: 4/5.0

Detailed review
City/place

Rating: 5/5.0

School organization

Rating: 3/5.0

Facilities (library, classrooms)

Rating: 4/5.0

Social activities

Rating: 4/5.0

Quality of teaching / language progress

Rating: 4/5.0

Accommodation
Homestay

Rating: 5/5.0

Additional information
Positive aspects of school
The teachers were nice and knowledgeable. I missed the grammar, however. The location of the school was very good.
Insider tips about what future students should not miss
Can't think of anything.
Other comments
The teaching focused only on listening, understanding and speaking. Certainly good, but as I said it would have been nice to have grammar too. Wondering if grammar is included for those who are complete beginners?
28. Sep. 2015
42.  (64 years) - 
142. Course:  Bread, Wine and Language - 2 weeks

Overall Rating

Rating: 5/5.0

Value for money

Rating: 5/5.0

Detailed review
City/place

Rating: 5/5.0

School organization

Rating: 5/5.0

Facilities (library, classrooms)

Rating: 4/5.0

Social activities

Rating: 4/5.0

Quality of teaching / language progress

Rating: 5/5.0

Accommodation
Albergo Puccini - 3-star Hotel

Rating: 5/5.0

Additional information
Positive aspects of school
Personal atmosphere, professional teachers, good accommodation at Hotel Piccolo Puccini.
Insider tips about what future students should not miss
Bread, Wine and Culture. Cooking with Isabella was fantastic, the wine tastings with Stephano were exceptional. A truly unique experience.
Other comments
The school is highly recommendable.
14. Sep. 2015
43.  (72 years) - 
143. Course:  Italian Language and Culture - 2 weeks

Overall Rating

Rating: 4/5.0

Value for money

Rating: 4/5.0

Detailed review
City/place

Rating: 4/5.0

School organization

Rating: 5/5.0

Facilities (library, classrooms)

Rating: 3/5.0

Social activities

Rating: 4/5.0

Quality of teaching / language progress

Rating: 5/5.0

Accommodation
Homestay

Rating: 2/5.0

Additional information
Positive aspects of school
The teachers were great!
Insider tips about what future students should not miss
Try to get accommodation closer to the school
Other comments
Very pleasant and helpful staff. The premises were a bit so-so ....
27. Jul. 2015
44.  (63 years) - 
144. Course:  Intensive Individual Course (10) - 1 week

Overall Rating

Rating: 4/5.0

Value for money

Rating: 4/5.0

Detailed review
City/place

Rating: 5/5.0

School organization

Rating: 4/5.0

Facilities (library, classrooms)

Rating: 3/5.0

Social activities

Rating: 4/5.0

Quality of teaching / language progress

Rating: 5/5.0

Additional information
Positive aspects of school
Clever, dedicated teacher
8. Jun. 2015
45.  (27 years) - Sweden
145. Course:  Travel & Learn: Seaside and City - 2 weeks

Overall Rating

Rating: 4/5.0

Value for money

Rating: 4/5.0

Detailed review
City/place

Rating: 4/5.0

School organization

Rating: 4/5.0

Facilities (library, classrooms)

Rating: 4/5.0

Social activities

Rating: 4/5.0

Quality of teaching / language progress

Rating: 4/5.0

Additional information
Positive aspects of school
Classmates
25. May. 2015
46.  (52 years) - 
146. Course:  Privatunterricht (3 Wo.) + Tutor Course (2 Wo.) - 5 weeks

Overall Rating

Rating: 5/5.0

Value for money

Rating: 5/5.0

Detailed review
City/place

Rating: 5/5.0

School organization

Rating: 5/5.0

Facilities (library, classrooms)
---
Social activities
---
Quality of teaching / language progress

Rating: 5/5.0

Additional information
Positive aspects of school
Competent teachers (private lessons and the teacher's home), which take care of individual needs. Unfortunately, due to an accident I wasn't able to enjoy the recreational activities as well as the school itself.
11. Nov. 2014
47.  (35 years) - 
147. Course:  Italian Language and Culture - 2 weeks

Overall Rating

Rating: 5/5.0

Value for money

Rating: 5/5.0

Detailed review
City/place

Rating: 5/5.0

School organization

Rating: 4/5.0

Facilities (library, classrooms)

Rating: 4/5.0

Social activities

Rating: 4/5.0

Quality of teaching / language progress

Rating: 4/5.0

Accommodation
Shared Apartment

Rating: 5/5.0

Additional information
Positive aspects of school
My Teacher Robert
Insider tips about what future students should not miss
It is better to come for a month
Other comments
The school was wonderful, there was nice and warm atmosphere. When the teacher Elena took us on a city tour, she invited us to the bar where everyone was offered a coffee, which was very nice and unexpected. It is better if the teachers give us some homework otherwise we get too relaxed...
6. Nov. 2014
48.  (54 years) - 
148. Course:  Italian Language and Culture - 2 weeks

Overall Rating

Rating: 5/5.0

Value for money

Rating: 5/5.0

Detailed review
City/place

Rating: 5/5.0

School organization

Rating: 5/5.0

Facilities (library, classrooms)

Rating: 4/5.0

Social activities

Rating: 5/5.0

Quality of teaching / language progress

Rating: 5/5.0

Accommodation
Homestay

Rating: 5/5.0

Additional information
Positive aspects of school
It was interesting to talk to people from different countries who also studied Italian
Insider tips about what future students should not miss
Just come to Lucca to learn Italina. I am sure you enjoy it.
Other comments
Interesting and useful lessons, great and patient teacher Robert, interesting excursions with Ellen. I liked everything!
3. Nov. 2014
49.  (28 years) - 
149. Course:  Italian Language and Culture - 2 weeks

Overall Rating

Rating: 4/5.0

Value for money

Rating: 5/5.0

Detailed review
City/place

Rating: 5/5.0

School organization

Rating: 5/5.0

Facilities (library, classrooms)

Rating: 5/5.0

Social activities

Rating: 5/5.0

Quality of teaching / language progress

Rating: 2/5.0

Accommodation
Shared Apartment

Rating: 5/5.0

Additional information
Positive aspects of school
Interaction with other students
Insider tips about what future students should not miss
It is better to attend a course for at least a month
30. Oct. 2014
50.  (68 years) - Australia
150. Course:  Italian Language and Culture - 2 weeks

Overall Rating

Rating: 4/5.0

Value for money

Rating: 5/5.0

Detailed review
City/place

Rating: 5/5.0

School organization

Rating: 4/5.0

Facilities (library, classrooms)

Rating: 2/5.0

Social activities

Rating: 3/5.0

Quality of teaching / language progress

Rating: 4/5.0

Accommodation
Shared Apartment

Rating: 5/5.0

Additional information
Positive aspects of school
Relaxed, approachable staff, kept to timetable and to rules of Italian-only in classes. Excursions were good value.
Insider tips about what future students should not miss
Don't be afraid to take up issues with staff, they seemed accommodating.
Other comments
Facilities were not as advertised in original contact site - no library, caf. drinks machine...
9. Sep. 2014
51.  (48 years) - United Kingdom
151. Course:  Combined Intensive Course (20 Group +10 Individual) - 1 week

Overall Rating

Rating: 4/5.0

Value for money

Rating: 5/5.0

Detailed review
City/place

Rating: 4/5.0

School organization

Rating: 5/5.0

Facilities (library, classrooms)

Rating: 4/5.0

Social activities

Rating: 3/5.0

Quality of teaching / language progress

Rating: 4/5.0

Additional information
Positive aspects of school
The excellent tutors who quickly understood the level of tuition required.
Other comments
It was a very good experience. I found the staff extremely courteous and accommodating to my language learning needs. Highly recommend.
29. Jul. 2014
52. Daria (28 years) - 
152. Course:  Italian Language and Culture - 2 weeks

Overall Rating

Rating: 5/5.0

Value for money

Rating: 5/5.0

Detailed review
City/place

Rating: 5/5.0

School organization

Rating: 5/5.0

Facilities (library, classrooms)

Rating: 5/5.0

Social activities

Rating: 5/5.0

Quality of teaching / language progress

Rating: 5/5.0

Accommodation
Shared Apartment

Rating: 5/5.0

23. Jun. 2014
53.  (55 years) - 
153. Course:  Intensive 2-to-1 Course (20)  - 1 week

Overall Rating

Rating: 5/5.0

Value for money

Rating: 5/5.0

Detailed review
City/place

Rating: 5/5.0

School organization

Rating: 5/5.0

Facilities (library, classrooms)

Rating: 5/5.0

Social activities

Rating: 5/5.0

Quality of teaching / language progress

Rating: 5/5.0

Accommodation
Homestay

Rating: 5/5.0

Additional information
Positive aspects of school
Quality of the teacher and the teaching materials
Other comments
Extremely helpful lecturers and staff
23. Jun. 2014
54.  (62 years) - 
154. Course:  Intensive 2-to-1 Course (20)  - 1 week

Overall Rating

Rating: 5/5.0

Value for money

Rating: 5/5.0

Detailed review
City/place

Rating: 5/5.0

School organization

Rating: 5/5.0

Facilities (library, classrooms)

Rating: 5/5.0

Social activities

Rating: 5/5.0

Quality of teaching / language progress

Rating: 5/5.0

Accommodation
Homestay

Rating: 5/5.0

Additional information
Positive aspects of school
Quality of the teacher and the course materials
Other comments
Extremely helpful teachers and staff
19. Mar. 2014
55.  (63 years) - 
155. Course:  Intensive Individual Course (20) - 1 week

Overall Rating

Rating: 5/5.0

Value for money

Rating: 5/5.0

Detailed review
City/place

Rating: 5/5.0

School organization

Rating: 5/5.0

Facilities (library, classrooms)

Rating: 5/5.0

Social activities

Rating: 5/5.0

Quality of teaching / language progress

Rating: 5/5.0

Additional information
Positive aspects of school
The competence of the teacher who perfectly tailored the course according to my level and my specific needs. (Individual Intensive Course)
Insider tips about what future students should not miss
Lucca is an intramural city full of charm to be discovered in each little street. But do not miss the top of the Guinigi Tower, the beauty of Tuscany is at your feet!
Other comments
A particularly friendly place where one immediately feels part of the "family". There is nothing like this to make rapid progress ...
18. Sep. 2013
56.  (53 years) - 
156. Course:  Italian Language and Culture - 1 week

Overall Rating

Rating: 4/5.0

Value for money

Rating: 5/5.0

Detailed review
City/place

Rating: 5/5.0

School organization

Rating: 4/5.0

Facilities (library, classrooms)

Rating: 4/5.0

Social activities

Rating: 3/5.0

Quality of teaching / language progress

Rating: 5/5.0

Additional information
Positive aspects of school
The very effective teaching method focused on conversations.
Insider tips about what future students should not miss
The sights around Lucca, comfortable and cheap to achieve by train.
Other comments
Accommodation was not provided by the school. The evaluation referrs only to the school.
6. Aug. 2012
57.  (67 years) - 
157. Course:  Italian Language and Culture - 2 weeks

Overall Rating

Rating: 5/5.0

Value for money

Rating: 5/5.0

Detailed review
City/place

Rating: 5/5.0

School organization

Rating: 5/5.0

Facilities (library, classrooms)

Rating: 4/5.0

Social activities

Rating: 5/5.0

Quality of teaching / language progress

Rating: 5/5.0

Accommodation
Homestay

Rating: 5/5.0

Additional information
Positive aspects of school
Vivid teaching
Insider tips about what future students should not miss
Open-air cinema
Other comments
Friendly welcome and helpfulness
19. Jun. 2012
58.  (58 years) - Finland
158. Course:  Italian Language and Culture - 2 weeks

Overall Rating

Rating: 4/5.0

Value for money

Rating: 5/5.0

Detailed review
City/place

Rating: 5/5.0

School organization

Rating: 5/5.0

Facilities (library, classrooms)

Rating: 4/5.0

Social activities

Rating: 4/5.0

Quality of teaching / language progress

Rating: 4/5.0

Accommodation
Homestay

Rating: 4/5.0

Additional information
Positive aspects of school
The approach in teaching was very practical and effective.
Insider tips about what future students should not miss
Be open-minded and flexible, the student group will change. Join all events and use the language also around town.
Other comments
The staff is very friendly and helps in everything. The afternoon program is interesting and varied.
3. May. 2012
59.   - 
159. Course:  Italian Language and Culture - 1 week

Overall Rating

Rating: 5/5.0

Value for money

Rating: 5/5.0

Detailed review
City/place

Rating: 5/5.0

School organization

Rating: 5/5.0

Facilities (library, classrooms)

Rating: 5/5.0

Social activities

Rating: 5/5.0

Quality of teaching / language progress

Rating: 5/5.0

Additional information
Positive aspects of school
kindness and professionalism
Insider tips about what future students should not miss
guided city tour ending at a wine bar and visit of the factoria
Other comments
very very positive
20. Jul. 2011
60.  (64 years) - 
160. Course:  Italian Language and Culture - 2 weeks

Overall Rating

Rating: 5/5.0

Value for money

Rating: 5/5.0

Detailed review
City/place

Rating: 5/5.0

School organization

Rating: 5/5.0

Facilities (library, classrooms)

Rating: 5/5.0

Social activities

Rating: 5/5.0

Quality of teaching / language progress

Rating: 5/5.0

Additional information
Positive aspects of school
People were very helpful and friendly
Other comments
Everything occured just perfectly, no trouble with registration and the same for the school.
22. Jun. 2011
61.  (66 years) - Australia
161. Course:  Italian Language and Culture - 5 weeks

Overall Rating

Rating: 4/5.0

Value for money

Rating: 4/5.0

Detailed review
City/place

Rating: 5/5.0

School organization

Rating: 5/5.0

Facilities (library, classrooms)

Rating: 3/5.0

Social activities

Rating: 5/5.0

Quality of teaching / language progress

Rating: 5/5.0

Additional information
Positive aspects of school
The quality of the teachers and the cultural programme outside of teaching hours.
Insider tips about what future students should not miss
Attend all cultural activities
Other comments
The course material content was too complex on the listening exercises, particularly poor audio which made clear comprehension near impossible.
22. Jun. 2011
62.  (64 years) - Australia
162. Course:  Italian Language and Culture - 5 weeks

Overall Rating

Rating: 4/5.0

Value for money

Rating: 4/5.0

Detailed review
City/place

Rating: 5/5.0

School organization

Rating: 4/5.0

Facilities (library, classrooms)

Rating: 3/5.0

Social activities

Rating: 3/5.0

Quality of teaching / language progress

Rating: 4/5.0

Additional information
Positive aspects of school
The teachers and the mix of student's nationalities.
Insider tips about what future students should not miss
Make sure you select the level of learning that is appropriate for your language skills.
12. Apr. 2011
63.  (66 years) - 
163. Course:  Italian Language and Culture - 1 week

Overall Rating

Rating: 5/5.0

Value for money

Rating: 5/5.0

Detailed review
City/place

Rating: 5/5.0

School organization

Rating: 5/5.0

Facilities (library, classrooms)
---
Social activities
---
Quality of teaching / language progress

Rating: 5/5.0

Accommodation
Homestay

Rating: 5/5.0

Additional information
Positive aspects of school
The relaxing but imaginative classroom activities.
Other comments
Had to ask for lodging information, ten days before class started but only a few days before my departure. Maybe this could be available sooner.
8. Nov. 2010
64.  (40 years) - 
164. Course:  Italian Language and Culture - 2 weeks

Overall Rating

Rating: 4/5.0

Value for money

Rating: 4/5.0

Detailed review
City/place

Rating: 5/5.0

School organization
---
Facilities (library, classrooms)

Rating: 4/5.0

Social activities

Rating: 3/5.0

Quality of teaching / language progress

Rating: 3/5.0

Accommodation
Homestay

Rating: 5/5.0

Additional information
Positive aspects of school
The host family was wonderful! The staff in Lucca is comprised of really nice people, and the instructors are very good. The private lessons were the best part of the educational experience.
Insider tips about what future students should not miss
I would recommend staying with a host family that speaks Italian so that you can capitalize on every learning opportunity. Try to stay away from people that want to revert back to their native languages so that you are forced to live and think in Italian.
11. Oct. 2010
65.  (31 years) - 
165. Course:  Italian Language and Culture - 4 weeks

Overall Rating

Rating: 5/5.0

Value for money

Rating: 4/5.0

Detailed review
City/place

Rating: 5/5.0

School organization

Rating: 4/5.0

Facilities (library, classrooms)

Rating: 3/5.0

Social activities

Rating: 5/5.0

Quality of teaching / language progress

Rating: 5/5.0

Additional information
Positive aspects of school
Friendly staff and excellent teachers means that there is a great atmosphere and of course Lucca is a wonderful city.
29. Sep. 2010
66. Maïdo (69 years) - 
166. Course:  Italian Language and Culture - 2 weeks

Overall Rating

Rating: 5/5.0

Value for money

Rating: 5/5.0

Detailed review
City/place

Rating: 5/5.0

School organization

Rating: 5/5.0

Facilities (library, classrooms)

Rating: 4/5.0

Social activities

Rating: 5/5.0

Quality of teaching / language progress

Rating: 5/5.0

Accommodation
Albergo Puccini - 3-star Hotel

Rating: 5/5.0

Additional information
Insider tips about what future students should not miss
Participate as much as possible to the proposed activities.
18. Sep. 2010
67. Nicolas (49 years) - 
167. Course:  Italian Language and Culture - 2 weeks

Overall Rating

Rating: 4/5.0

Value for money

Rating: 5/5.0

Detailed review
City/place

Rating: 5/5.0

School organization

Rating: 5/5.0

Facilities (library, classrooms)

Rating: 3/5.0

Social activities

Rating: 4/5.0

Quality of teaching / language progress

Rating: 4/5.0

Accommodation
Albergo Puccini - 3-star Hotel

Rating: 5/5.0

17. May. 2010
68.  (66 years) - 
168. Course:  Italian Language and Culture - 3 weeks

Overall Rating

Rating: 5/5.0

Value for money

Rating: 5/5.0

Detailed review
City/place

Rating: 5/5.0

School organization

Rating: 5/5.0

Facilities (library, classrooms)

Rating: 5/5.0

Social activities

Rating: 4/5.0

Quality of teaching / language progress

Rating: 5/5.0

Accommodation
Homestay

Rating: 5/5.0

Additional information
Positive aspects of school
Our teacher, Elisa, was exceptional. The level in which I was placed was perfect. Enjoyed the other students.
Insider tips about what future students should not miss
Get a good map as the streets inside the wall can be a bit confusing.
26. Apr. 2010
69. Stefan (45 years) - 
169. Course:  Italian Language and Culture - 2 weeks

Overall Rating

Rating: 4/5.0

Value for money

Rating: 4/5.0

Detailed review
City/place

Rating: 5/5.0

School organization

Rating: 3/5.0

Facilities (library, classrooms)

Rating: 3/5.0

Social activities

Rating: 3/5.0

Quality of teaching / language progress

Rating: 4/5.0

Accommodation
Shared Apartment

Rating: 5/5.0

Additional information
Insider tips about what future students should not miss
It's great to live within the city walls.
5. Apr. 2010
70.  (68 years) - United Kingdom
170. Course:  Italian Language and Culture - 1 week

Overall Rating

Rating: 4/5.0

Value for money

Rating: 5/5.0

Detailed review
City/place

Rating: 5/5.0

School organization

Rating: 4/5.0

Facilities (library, classrooms)

Rating: 3/5.0

Social activities

Rating: 5/5.0

Quality of teaching / language progress

Rating: 5/5.0

Accommodation
Homestay

Rating: 2/5.0

Additional information
Positive aspects of school
Excellent Teaching and materials
Other comments
Excellent and committed staff
29. Nov. 2009
71.  (29 years) - United Kingdom
171. Course:  Italian Language and Culture - 9 weeks

Overall Rating

Rating: 3/5.0

Value for money

Rating: 3/5.0

Detailed review
City/place

Rating: 5/5.0

School organization

Rating: 1/5.0

Facilities (library, classrooms)

Rating: 2/5.0

Social activities

Rating: 2/5.0

Quality of teaching / language progress

Rating: 2/5.0

Accommodation
Shared Apartment

Rating: 3/5.0

Additional information
Positive aspects of school
Only the first 2 weeks
28. Aug. 2009
72.  (40 years) - 
172. Course:  Italian Language and Culture - 2 weeks

Overall Rating

Rating: 4/5.0

Value for money

Rating: 4/5.0

Detailed review
City/place

Rating: 5/5.0

School organization

Rating: 5/5.0

Facilities (library, classrooms)

Rating: 4/5.0

Social activities

Rating: 4/5.0

Quality of teaching / language progress

Rating: 4/5.0

Accommodation
Shared Apartment

Rating: 4/5.0

Additional information
Positive aspects of school
Its small and they are friendly
Other comments
I find it a nice way to go on vacation alone. You meet a lot of people and you learn some italian.rn
6. Jun. 2009
73.  (49 years) - United Kingdom
173. Course:  Italian Language and Culture - 2 weeks

Overall Rating

Rating: 5/5.0

Value for money

Rating: 5/5.0

Detailed review
City/place

Rating: 5/5.0

School organization

Rating: 5/5.0

Facilities (library, classrooms)

Rating: 5/5.0

Social activities

Rating: 5/5.0

Quality of teaching / language progress

Rating: 5/5.0

Additional information
Positive aspects of school
The teachers are outstanding, the organisation exceptional and the additional cultural activities excellent
22. Apr. 2009
74.  (40 years) - 
174. Course:  Italian Language and Culture - 1 week

Overall Rating

Rating: 5/5.0

Value for money

Rating: 4/5.0

Detailed review
City/place

Rating: 5/5.0

School organization

Rating: 5/5.0

Facilities (library, classrooms)

Rating: 4/5.0

Social activities

Rating: 4/5.0

Quality of teaching / language progress

Rating: 5/5.0

Accommodation
Shared Apartment

Rating: 4/5.0

Additional information
Positive aspects of school
It's little and cosy
8. Apr. 2009
75.  (49 years) - United Kingdom
175. Course:  Italian Language and Culture - 1 week

Overall Rating

Rating: 3/5.0

Value for money

Rating: 2/5.0

Detailed review
City/place

Rating: 4/5.0

School organization

Rating: 4/5.0

Facilities (library, classrooms)

Rating: 4/5.0

Social activities

Rating: 4/5.0

Quality of teaching / language progress

Rating: 4/5.0

Accommodation
Homestay

Rating: 3/5.0

Additional information
Positive aspects of school
good teachers
6. Jun. 2008
76.  (48 years) - United Kingdom
176. Course:  Combined Intensive Course - 1 week

Overall Rating

Rating: 5/5.0

Value for money

Rating: 5/5.0

Detailed review
City/place

Rating: 5/5.0

School organization

Rating: 5/5.0

Facilities (library, classrooms)

Rating: 4/5.0

Social activities

Rating: 4/5.0

Quality of teaching / language progress

Rating: 5/5.0

Additional information
Positive aspects of school
The staff - friendly, professional and first rate teachers
Other comments
The methods used ensure that students make a lot of progress, build their confidence and also learn about Italian life and culture. I can't praise the staf highly enough - they are outstanding.

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