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Reviews of Club Italiano Dante Alighieri, Rome, Italy

Total number of reviews: 57
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.

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Based on 57 reviews of former students of Club Italiano Dante Alighieri
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Club Italiano Dante Alighieri, Rome, Italy
4.2/5.0 
City 4.7/5.0 
Organisation 4.3/5.0 
Facilities 3.6/5.0 
Social activities 3.7/5.0 
Course quality / Progress in language 4.4/5.0 
Value for money 4.1/5.0 
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Homestay 3.3/5.0 
Shared Flat 3.4/5.0 
other 3.4/5.0 

Individual Reviews

Club Italiano Dante Alighieri
13. Jun. 2018
1.  (58 years) - 
101. Course:  G8 - Standard - 4 weeks

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14. Mar. 2018
2.  (19 years) - 
102. Course:  GD1 - Combination Course (25 Group + 4 Individual) - 4 weeks

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13. Mar. 2018
3.  (36 years) - Italy
103. Course:  G8 - Standard - 5 weeks

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12. Feb. 2018
4.  (73 years) - United States
104. Course:  G8 - Standard [Italian] - 4 weeks

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30. May. 2017
5. Mayya (30 years) - 
105. Course:  G8 - Standard - 3 weeks

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29. May. 2017
6.  (61 years) - Undefined
106. Course:  GD1 - Combination Course (25 Group + 4 Individual) - 2 weeks

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Social activities. Quality teachers.
15. May. 2017
7.  (70 years) - United Kingdom
107. Course:  GL- Intensive - 1 week

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The friendliness of the staff and the excellent teaching.
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I didn't receive a certificate confirming that I had attended the course or the level of study.
11. Apr. 2017
8.  (63 years) - Japan
108. Course:  G8 - Standard - 6 weeks

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The atmosphere is very casual. Everyone knows everyone, and there is a real attempt to make the experience pleasant in as many ways as possible.
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If Stefania is doing her walkabout tours on Friday afternoons, by all means go! She really knows what she's talking about, she's a hoot, and she's brilliant at speaking slowly enough and simply enough that even low-level students can understand her.
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Overall, my experience was very good. I may well go back. However, I think they need a larger facility. Some of the classrooms are not really big enough for the larger classes, they really could use a library/listening lab, and there are not enough rest rooms! A footnote to "Distance from accommodation to school": I was moved from one homestay to another after one month (arranged in advance). This was not a problem particularly. The second place was 15-20 minutes by public transport, but I chose to walk, which was 50 minutes.
20. Mar. 2017
9.  (18 years) - 
109. Course:  G8 - Standard - 4 weeks

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The teachers, the location ...
10. Mar. 2017
10.  (27 years) - 
110. Course:  G8 - Standard (3 weeks + 2 days) - 3 weeks

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Diverse and entertaining activities
7. Feb. 2017
11.  (49 years) - Germany
111. Course:  GD2 - Combination Course (25 Group + 8 Individual) - 2 weeks

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Chiara was a wonderful and stern teacher and the group was small with very nice people. And you are in ROME!!!
Insider tips about what future students should not miss
If you are a mature student like me book yourself a nice bed & breakfast with heating/air-con and a reasonable bed. Do not take the organized accommodation.
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In the age of PC's, internet, pads and smartphones, the school relies mainly on teacher, paper and chalkboard.
2. Jan. 2017
12.  (40 years) - New Zealand
112. Course:  GL- Intensive - 3 weeks

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Good teachers and friendly staff.
24. Oct. 2016
13.  (54 years) - 
113. Course:  G1 - Standard Plus - 2 weeks

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The welcoming - the fact that it is a small school Quality of the teacher - diversity of students' age and profiles
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In Rome, everything must be seen, the extracurricular programme offered is also very interesting
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No,I am very satisfied with my choice!
3. Oct. 2016
14.  (43 years) - 
114. Course:  GL/2K - 2 weeks

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Teachers are serious, nice and available
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Everything is of interest in Rome... if in addition you decided to follow the History of Art courses, that are fascinating, Rome becomes even more wonderful
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Excellent school. I've decided to go back there to prepare the CILS
13. Sep. 2016
15. Michaela (18 years) - 
115. Course:  G8 - Standard (4 Wochen) + Privatunterricht (1 Woche) - 5 weeks

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The accommodation was very poor: the host mother had little knowledge of english, there were no drinking glasses, it was not allowed to stay in the kitchen or in the bathroom for a while, the water was only lukewarm and had no pressure in the water line, the beds are visibly worn out and too short, the room is too small for 2 people, there is only one desk for 2 students and poorly positioned boxes. Toilet paper has to be bought by yourself. The room was constantly warm.
13. Sep. 2016
16.  (17 years) - 
116. Course:  G8 - Standard (4 Wochen) + Privatunterricht (1 Woche) - 5 weeks

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The lessons as well as the competent and friendly teachers.
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Campo de' Fiori, the Vatican Museums, St. Peter's Cathedral.
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The accommodation was terrible: tiny, uncomfortable beds, no air conditioning, cold/short shower with virtually no pressure. The location was great, though.
9. Aug. 2016
17.  (18 years) - 
117. Course:  G8 - Standard - 4 weeks

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In general, very pleasant classes.
26. Jul. 2016
18.  (32 years) - 
118. Course:  G1 - Standard Plus - 2 weeks

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the courses were really great, everyone is very friendly, welcoming and always there to help (ticket printing, various information ...)
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everything is beautiful in Rome, just choose!
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I really like school, I have already studied there twice and I think I will go back again
25. Jul. 2016
19.  (50 years) - Sweden
119. Course:  G1 - Standard Plus - 2 weeks

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Excellent teacher
21. Jun. 2016
20. Hannah (24 years) - Germany
120. Course:  G8 - Standard - 2 weeks

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1. Dec. 2015
21.  (69 years) - United States
121. Course:  G8 - Standard - 2 weeks

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The instructor I had for grammar (Silvia) was excellent. The teaching methods she used were superior to other schools I've attended.
Insider tips about what future students should not miss
Try to find housing close to the school. There's a metro stop across the street and the Old City is several stops away.
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I think there could be improvement in the techniques used in the conversation class. This is my weak area, and I don't think I improved much. I've attended 4 different schools and have the same complaint about all of them. The teachers do most of the talking, which doesn't help the students improve their skills.
2. Nov. 2015
22.  (63 years) - United States
122. Course:  GD2 - Combination Course (25 Group + 8 Individual) - 3 weeks

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The other students. The location.
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Prepare a bit for the placement exam and arrive early to adust to the time difference.
9. Jul. 2015
23. Maria (70 years) - Brazil
123. Course:  G8 - Standard - 1 week

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7. Jul. 2015
24.  (31 years) - United Kingdom
124. Course:  GL- Intensive - 2 weeks

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The teacher was excellent and the class committed and enjoyable.
2. Jul. 2015
25. Tomislav (24 years) - Croatia
125. Course:  G1 - Standard Plus - 4 weeks

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24. Nov. 2014
26.  (54 years) - Netherlands
126. Course:  G1 - Standard Plus - 3 weeks

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Small but everything's there. Nice staff. In class only Italian spoken, helps a lot.
10. Nov. 2014
27.  (16 years) - 
127. Course:  G1 - Standard Plus - 1 week

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The atmosphere: warm and relaxed.
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Note all italian sayings that the teacher repeats.
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I've had a great time, punctuated by funny and rewarding lessons, with open-minded students coming from various countries, and entertaining animations.
5. Aug. 2014
28. Victoriia (19 years) - 
128. Course:  G8 - Standard - 2 weeks

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9. Jun. 2014
29.  (46 years) - United States
129. Course:  G8 - Standard - 4 weeks

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Organized
21. Apr. 2014
30.  (26 years) - 
130. Course:  Intensive Business (Part 1) - 1 week

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Great school! Interesting and informative lessons. Really successful learning, as the teachers attend to the needs of the individual.
14. Apr. 2014
31. Marie-luise  (64 years) - 
131. Course:  G1 - Standard Plus - 2 weeks

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8. Mar. 2014
32.  (60 years) - 
132. Course:  G1 - Standard Plus - 2 weeks

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Very well organized. Friendly and diverse group. Chiara excellent teacher. Good pedagogy
5. Nov. 2013
33.  (47 years) - 
133. Course:  G1 - Standard Plus - 4 weeks

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Good vibe. Good structures for learning. Enthusiastic teachers. Good atmosphere and friendly welcome.
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Preparation with the textbook before the course.
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Keep it up. It was fun. I have learned a lot and will continue with further courses starting in December or January.
6. Aug. 2013
34. Sofia (16 years) - 
134. Course:  G1 - Standard Plus - 4 weeks

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2. Jul. 2013
35.  (55 years) - Sweden
135. Course:  G8 - Standard - 11 weeks

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Get your logging elsewhere. It was easy to get it through the school, but not worth the trouble.
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CLIDA is good value for the teaching, but they should drop the rest or leave to a professional renting agency.
10. Dec. 2012
36.  (34 years) - Netherlands
136. Course:  G8 - Standard - 1 week

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Our teacher Chiara was really fantastic.
8. Oct. 2012
37.  (29 years) - 
137. Course:  G1 - Standard Plus - 4 weeks

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Active teachers, happiness interesting lessons.
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you need basic knowledge
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Ok, maybe more multimedia resources
11. Jul. 2012
38.  (19 years) - Turkey
138. Course:  GL- Intensive - 4 weeks

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27. Feb. 2012
39.  (42 years) - 
139. Course:  GL2/K - 2 weeks

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Highly organised teaching delivered with enthusiasm and sense of fun
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The culture lessons were superb
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Highly recommended: the director of studies was always available for enquiries and staff were 100% approachable and friendly
27. Feb. 2012
40.  (26 years) - Italy
140. Course:  G1 - Standard Plus - 4 weeks

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The instructor was great. She created a comfortable and educational environment for me to want to speak Italian and to learn without feeling timid.
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Pick this school!
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The school is extremely well-organized, clean, all of the teachers are really nice and the school itself is also is brand-new.
22. Aug. 2011
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141. Course:  Accommodation Single room - 3 weeks

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Everything was very well organized.
21. Aug. 2011
42.  (24 years) - 
142. Course:  G1 - Standard Plus - 4 weeks

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The best.
7. Jun. 2011
43.  (19 years) - 
143. Course:  G8 - Standard - 8 weeks

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The friendliness and openness of the teachers, it's like a big family, you feel included from the beginning.
20. Dec. 2010
44. Danielle (24 years) - 
144. Course:  G8 - Standard - 4 weeks

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4. Aug. 2010
45.  (37 years) - Germany
145. Course:  GL- Intensive - 3 weeks

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The fantastic city - Rome is totally unbelievable
14. Jun. 2010
46.  (19 years) - Switzerland
146. Course:  G1 - Standard Plus - 6 weeks

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The visits organized by the school are very interesting.
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I have no idea...
24. Feb. 2010
47.  (21 years) - 
147. Course:  G8 - Standard - 3 weeks

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I would do the course again but in spring, summer or autumn. It was too cold and rainy.
6. Oct. 2009
48. Heidi (64 years) - 
148. Course:  GL- Intensive 30 - 4 weeks

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2. Oct. 2009
49.  (66 years) - France
149. Course:  GD1 - Combination Course 25 - 4 weeks

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Everything
13. Aug. 2009
50. Zarina (20 years) - Russian Federation
150. Course:  GL- Intensive 30 - 3 weeks

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School and teachers are fantastic but it's a bit boring because of age level in groups! but in general it is good
26. Jul. 2009
51.  (21 years) - 
151. Course:  G8 - Standard 20 - 2 weeks

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20. Jun. 2008
52. Anh Minh (24 years) - Belgium
152. Course:  G8 - Standard 20 - 3 weeks

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10. Apr. 2008
53.  (23 years) - 
153. Course:  G8 - Standard 20 - 2 weeks

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28. Dec. 2007
54. Marion (23 years) - 
154. Course:  GL- Intensive 30 - 5 weeks

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6. Sep. 2007
55.  (21 years) - 
155. Course:  G6 - Standard 15 - 2 weeks

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not too much students in the same class was very good
29. Aug. 2007
56. Mathieu  - 
156. Course:  G6 - Standard 15 - 2 weeks

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29. Aug. 2007
57.  (63 years) - 
157. Course:  GD1 - Combination Course 25 - - 2 weeks

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