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A.L.C.E. Accademia Lingue e Culture EuropeeBologna, Italy

From 225€ per week
What we like about the school
  • Private residence 5 minutes away from the school.
  • Additional private lessons are cheaper than in most schools.
  • Free assistance in applying to college/university programmes by a qualified consultant.
What we dislike about the school
  • Do not offer favorable cancellation terms in the case of a student getting a visa rejected.
  • Additional costs of course material of approx. 35 € per course level
4.4

Rating: 4.4/5.0

Overall school rating of
A.L.C.E. Accademia Lingue e Culture Europee, Bologna
School
Location of the school
4.6 

Rating: 4.6/5.0

Facilities
4.0 

Rating: 4.0/5.0

Social activities
3.9 

Rating: 3.9/5.0

Organisation
4.4 

Rating: 4.4/5.0

Course
Quality of teaching
4.5 

Rating: 4.5/5.0

Value for money
4.3 

Rating: 4.3/5.0

Accommodation
Homestay
3.3 

Rating: 3.3/5.0

Shared Flat (apartment)
3.8 

Rating: 3.8/5.0

Overall school rating by student age group
Students < 18 years (2 ratings)
4.5 

Rating: 4.5/5.0

Students 18-30 years (16 ratings)
4.5 

Rating: 4.5/5.0

Students 31-49 years (10 ratings)
4.2 

Rating: 4.2/5.0

Students 50+ years (19 ratings)
4.4 

Rating: 4.4/5.0


Location: A.L.C.E. Accademia Lingue e Culture Europee is situated in the lively and historic Bologna, in the Emilia-Romagna region of northern Italy. Infamous for its food, culture and historical sites such as Bologna University, hailed as the oldest university in the world, the city has much to offer students and international travellers alike. The A.L.C.E. school is located in the city centre, a short walk from attractions such as the marvellous Giardini Margherita, Piazza Maggiore, the Fountain of Neptune and the Basilica of San Domenico. The school is well-connected for flights and internal travel to such cities as Milan, Florence, Venice, Verona, Ravenna and more, ensuring that students have all they need to reach their language goals, whilst enjoying the city and surrounding areas.

School facilities: The school's facilities are substantial, offering everything a student may need to reach their language goals. Facilities include a library, movie room, lounge area and a student support desk for any further questions or queries that may arise. The small number of students allocated to each group and classroom ensures that each student receives the individual attention needed, for their studies to thrive at Accademia Lingue e Culture Europee. All classrooms are equipped with televisions, heating, air conditioning and ample natural light to create an optimal learning environment.

Accommodation: Accommodation is available through the school in homestay and student housing, with a private residence available within a 5-minute walk of the school.

Accreditations and Associations: Accademia Lingue e Culture Europee Bologna is recognised by many international and national associations and organisations such as IALC, ASILS, CILS and more.
  • The language school A.L.C.E. Accademia Lingue e Culture Europee was founded in Bologna, Italy in 1999.
  • Legal name / parent company: ALCE Bologna s.c.r.l.
  • Tax registration ID: IT02211551201
  • Abbreviated name of school: ALCE Bologna
  • The school is an official exam center
    The following language examinations can be taken directly at the school:

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Our price includes

  • INCLUDED Organized activities
  • INCLUDED Internet access and use of school computers
  • INCLUDED Wireless LAN zone at school
  • INCLUDED Free certificate of course attendance
  • INCLUDED Language level placement test at first day of classes
  • INCLUDED Language level placement test before arrival
  • INCLUDED For adult courses: a minimum of one free organized leisure activity per week
  • INCLUDED Free assistance in applying to college/university programs by a qualified consultant

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Ratings of A.L.C.E. Accademia Lingue e Culture Europee compared to ratings of all schools in Italy

 A.L.C.E. Accademia Lingue e Culture Europee BolognaAverage of all other schools in Italy
Overall school rating4.4

Rating: 4.4/5.0

4.5

Rating: 4.5/5.0

Location of the school4.6

Rating: 4.6/5.0

4.8

Rating: 4.8/5.0

Facilities4.0

Rating: 4.0/5.0

3.9

Rating: 3.9/5.0

Social activities3.9

Rating: 3.9/5.0

4.0

Rating: 4.0/5.0

Organisation4.4

Rating: 4.4/5.0

4.5

Rating: 4.5/5.0

Quality of teaching4.5

Rating: 4.5/5.0

4.5

Rating: 4.5/5.0

Value for money4.3

Rating: 4.3/5.0

4.3

Rating: 4.3/5.0

Homestay3.6

Rating: 3.6/5.0

4.2

Rating: 4.2/5.0

Shared flat3.8

Rating: 3.8/5.0

4.2

Rating: 4.2/5.0

Student opinions about A.L.C.E. Accademia Lingue e Culture Europee, Bologna

Verified reviews only, uncensored. All student opinions from students who booked a course at the school with LanguageCourse.net.
Liked
All staff at A.L.C.E were VERY open, friendly and had a lot of humour.They tried to make our stay as convenient as possible. The teachers were VERY dedicated and tried their best, to teach in a difficult setting with constantly changing class-composition (new students every beginning of the week) with students from all over the world and various "levels" of understanding and language-"mastery" within the assigned levels (A1-C1). Thanks to all of them for their constant efforts! (as a former teacher myself, I admired them greatly!).
Insider tips about what future students should not miss Absolutely go to the cooking-classes (with the amiable chef Nunzia!), to learn how to cook original "specialtà bolognese" - and if you like it, also to the wine-tasting-events. They are great fun.
Overall rating
4.0

Rating: 4/5.0

Value for money
4.0

Rating: 4/5.0

City/place
5.0

Rating: 5/5.0

Facilities (library, classrooms)
3.0

Rating: 3/5.0

Quality of teaching / language progress
5.0

Rating: 5/5.0

School organization
3.0

Rating: 3/5.0

Social activities
5.0

Rating: 5/5.0

Bilbo / Frodo House
3.0

Rating: 3/5.0

Quality of teaching / language progress: Competent and dedicated teachers! Thank you ALCE.
Other comments If I had to make a choice - I'd chose A.L.C.E again. There were some minor flaws (like: some of the classrooms are more comfortably furnished than others, the breaks are a little "too short" for convenience - especially if you might want to get a coffee AND use the bathroom (queuing for both of them.... )), but language-wise I learned a lot during my stay and considering the constant change of students, the organisation within classes was surprisingly smooth.
Course: GI23 - Intensive course [Italienisch] - 6 weeks
11. Jun. 2019
Liked
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.
Overall rating
5.0

Rating: 5/5.0

Value for money
5.0

Rating: 5/5.0

City/place
5.0

Rating: 5/5.0

Facilities (library, classrooms)
5.0

Rating: 5/5.0

Quality of teaching / language progress
5.0

Rating: 5/5.0

School organization
5.0

Rating: 5/5.0

Social activities
5.0

Rating: 5/5.0

Other
3.0

Rating: 3/5.0

Other comments The request for an apartment and the address was not acknowledged until a few days before arriving in Bologna.
Course: GI 30 Super Intensive Course - 4 weeks
10. Aug. 2016
Liked
I enjoyed the instructors and the collegiality of my fellow students. The instructors and students created a positive spirit in the classroom and the instructors were effective in balancing teacher-led instruction with group and individual activities.
Overall rating
4.0

Rating: 4/5.0

Value for money
4.0

Rating: 4/5.0

City/place
4.0

Rating: 4/5.0

Facilities (library, classrooms)
4.0

Rating: 4/5.0

Quality of teaching / language progress
4.0

Rating: 4/5.0

School organization
4.0

Rating: 4/5.0

Social activities
4.0

Rating: 4/5.0

Homestay
3.0

Rating: 3/5.0

Other comments The grammar and conversational teachers could coordinate their lessons better. If we are learning, say, the simple future in the morning why are we not using it as part of our afternoon lesson?
Course: GI23 - Intensive course [Italian] - 2 weeks
24. Jul. 2018
Liked
The teachers were amazing, always speaking Italian and encouraging us to do the same - although this is difficult, I started understanding more and more. Everyone seemed to be so friendly and interested in what we were doing and what we liked.
Insider tips about what future students should not miss They use Whatsapp as a general communication tool with student groups - so make sure you have this downloaded on your phone. Do as many of the activities or extra classes as possible.Immerse yourself and you will get so much more out of the experience.
Overall rating
5.0

Rating: 5/5.0

Value for money
5.0

Rating: 5/5.0

City/place
5.0

Rating: 5/5.0

Facilities (library, classrooms)
5.0

Rating: 5/5.0

Quality of teaching / language progress
5.0

Rating: 5/5.0

School organization
5.0

Rating: 5/5.0

Social activities
5.0

Rating: 5/5.0

Homestay
5.0

Rating: 5/5.0

Quality of teaching / language progress: This masterclass was absolutely amazing, the extra activities planned were educational, thoroughly enjoyable, in Italian and I learned so much I did not expect. I really like the small number of us - this was very special. I rate this course very highly, but had I had a higher level of Italian language skills, I would have learned even more. Overall a great experience, one that would be very hard to beat!
Other comments I loved it, one of the best experiences of my life. Can't wait to go again!!
Course: Master Class 45+ [Italian] - 2 weeks
20. May. 2019
Liked
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.
Overall rating
4.0

Rating: 4/5.0

Value for money
4.0

Rating: 4/5.0

City/place
5.0

Rating: 5/5.0

Facilities (library, classrooms)
4.0

Rating: 4/5.0

Quality of teaching / language progress
5.0

Rating: 5/5.0

School organization
4.0

Rating: 4/5.0

Social activities
4.0

Rating: 4/5.0

Homestay
3.0

Rating: 3/5.0

Other comments 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.
Course: GI 30 Super Intensive Course - 2 weeks
20. Jun. 2011
Liked
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
Overall rating
5.0

Rating: 5/5.0

Value for money
5.0

Rating: 5/5.0

City/place
5.0

Rating: 5/5.0

Facilities (library, classrooms)
4.0

Rating: 4/5.0

Quality of teaching / language progress
5.0

Rating: 5/5.0

School organization
5.0

Rating: 5/5.0

Social activities
4.0

Rating: 4/5.0

Bilbo / Frodo House
2.0

Rating: 2/5.0

Other comments Lunch offered to students in the school kitchen every Friday Free linguistic activities offered some afternoons
Course: GI23 - Intensive course - 2 weeks
31. Aug. 2016
Liked
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.
Overall rating
4.0

Rating: 4/5.0

Value for money
3.0

Rating: 3/5.0

City/place
4.0

Rating: 4/5.0

Facilities (library, classrooms)
4.0

Rating: 4/5.0

Quality of teaching / language progress
5.0

Rating: 5/5.0

School organization
5.0

Rating: 5/5.0

Social activities
4.0

Rating: 4/5.0

Bilbo / Frodo House
5.0

Rating: 5/5.0

Course: GI 20 Intensive - 5 weeks
15. Nov. 2008
Liked
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.
Overall rating
4.0

Rating: 4/5.0

Value for money
4.0

Rating: 4/5.0

City/place
4.0

Rating: 4/5.0

Facilities (library, classrooms)
4.0

Rating: 4/5.0

Quality of teaching / language progress
5.0

Rating: 5/5.0

School organization
4.0

Rating: 4/5.0

Social activities
2.0

Rating: 2/5.0

Shared Apartment
4.0

Rating: 4/5.0

Course: GI22 - Intensive Course - Active Italian - 3 weeks
13. Jul. 2010
Liked
I enjoyed the program and liked Bologna. Unfortunately, I could only attend for 5 days, so I couldn't participate in a lot of different activities.
Insider tips about what future students should not miss The buses were helpful once I figured out the routes I needed.
Overall rating
5.0

Rating: 5/5.0

Value for money
5.0

Rating: 5/5.0

City/place
5.0

Rating: 5/5.0

Facilities (library, classrooms)
5.0

Rating: 5/5.0

Quality of teaching / language progress
4.0

Rating: 4/5.0

School organization
5.0

Rating: 5/5.0

Social activities
4.0

Rating: 4/5.0

Bilbo / Frodo House
4.0

Rating: 4/5.0

Other comments The staff and teachers were very friendly and made my stay there enjoyable. I also enjoyed becoming acquainted with some of the students. The program was very structured in terms of grammatical objectives as well as content, which I think is ideal for someone coming for many weeks to really learn Italian from scratch. Because I was only there for a week and was just "refreshing" my skills, I would have liked a little more flexibility and more chance for conversation on diverse topics.
Course: GI23 - Intensive course - 1 week
6. Aug. 2018
Liked
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.
Overall rating
5.0

Rating: 5/5.0

Value for money
5.0

Rating: 5/5.0

City/place
5.0

Rating: 5/5.0

Facilities (library, classrooms)
5.0

Rating: 5/5.0

Quality of teaching / language progress
5.0

Rating: 5/5.0

School organization
5.0

Rating: 5/5.0

Social activities
5.0

Rating: 5/5.0

Shared Apartment
4.0

Rating: 4/5.0

Course: GI 20 Intensive - 8 weeks
4. May. 2009
Liked
Very friendly and attentive professional teachers; small groups (less than 5 persons); games, jokes and good atmosphere during all lessons!
Overall rating
5.0

Rating: 5/5.0

Value for money
5.0

Rating: 5/5.0

City/place
5.0

Rating: 5/5.0

Facilities (library, classrooms)
5.0

Rating: 5/5.0

Quality of teaching / language progress
5.0

Rating: 5/5.0

School organization
5.0

Rating: 5/5.0

Social activities
5.0

Rating: 5/5.0

Bilbo / Frodo House
5.0

Rating: 5/5.0

Other comments I liked everything! Thank you! You work fast and in a professional way!
Course: GI 25 Intensive Plus - 2 weeks
26. May. 2009
Liked
The class size was perfect and the teachers were all very knowledgeable and friendly. The atmosphere during class was very pleasant.
Insider tips about what future students should not miss The offered cooking class was very interesting and exciting.
Overall rating
5.0

Rating: 5/5.0

Value for money
5.0

Rating: 5/5.0

City/place
5.0

Rating: 5/5.0

Facilities (library, classrooms)
4.0

Rating: 4/5.0

Quality of teaching / language progress
5.0

Rating: 5/5.0

School organization
5.0

Rating: 5/5.0

Social activities
5.0

Rating: 5/5.0

Course: GI23 - Intensive course - 3 weeks
3. Oct. 2016
Liked
The quality of teaching was really good. The teachers took time to explain everything. And they were really enthusiastic.
Overall rating
5.0

Rating: 5/5.0

Value for money
5.0

Rating: 5/5.0

City/place
4.0

Rating: 4/5.0

Facilities (library, classrooms)
5.0

Rating: 5/5.0

Quality of teaching / language progress
5.0

Rating: 5/5.0

School organization
5.0

Rating: 5/5.0

Social activities
5.0

Rating: 5/5.0

Homestay Executive
5.0

Rating: 5/5.0

Course: GI23 - Intensive course - 2 weeks
29. Jul. 2015
Liked
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.
Overall rating
5.0

Rating: 5/5.0

Value for money
5.0

Rating: 5/5.0

City/place
5.0

Rating: 5/5.0

Facilities (library, classrooms)
4.0

Rating: 4/5.0

Quality of teaching / language progress
4.0

Rating: 4/5.0

School organization
4.0

Rating: 4/5.0

Social activities
4.0

Rating: 4/5.0

Bilbo / Frodo House
4.0

Rating: 4/5.0

Course: GI 30 Super Intensive Course - 2 weeks
25. Aug. 2009
Liked
It was very professional and employed sound, educational principles. The staff were very helpful and friendly.
Overall rating
4.0

Rating: 4/5.0

Value for money
4.0

Rating: 4/5.0

City/place
4.0

Rating: 4/5.0

Facilities (library, classrooms)
4.0

Rating: 4/5.0

Quality of teaching / language progress
4.0

Rating: 4/5.0

School organization
4.0

Rating: 4/5.0

Social activities
4.0

Rating: 4/5.0

Other comments It was a very worthwhile experience and I would have liked to stay for longer!
Course: GI 20+5 Combined (20 group + 5 individual) - 2 weeks
16. Oct. 2017
Liked
High energy and good teachers; good integration between grammar and conversation sessions; regular testing.
Insider tips about what future students should not miss 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.
Overall rating
4.0

Rating: 4/5.0

Value for money
4.0

Rating: 4/5.0

City/place
5.0

Rating: 5/5.0

Social activities
3.0

Rating: 3/5.0

School organization
4.0

Rating: 4/5.0

Quality of teaching / language progress
5.0

Rating: 5/5.0

Shared Apartment
5.0

Rating: 5/5.0

Other comments There were no weekend activities during our 3-week stay, which was unfortunate.
Course: GI22 - Intensive Course - Active Italian - 3 weeks
13. Jul. 2010
Liked
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.
Overall rating
5.0

Rating: 5/5.0

Value for money
5.0

Rating: 5/5.0

City/place
5.0

Rating: 5/5.0

Facilities (library, classrooms)
5.0

Rating: 5/5.0

Quality of teaching / language progress
5.0

Rating: 5/5.0

School organization
5.0

Rating: 5/5.0

Social activities
5.0

Rating: 5/5.0

Bilbo / Frodo House
3.0

Rating: 3/5.0

Other comments Good monitoring of students and of their progress
Course: GI 20+5 Combined (Intensive + one to one) - 2 weeks
30. Jan. 2012
Liked
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.
Overall rating
4.0

Rating: 4/5.0

Value for money
4.0

Rating: 4/5.0

City/place
5.0

Rating: 5/5.0

Facilities (library, classrooms)
5.0

Rating: 5/5.0

Quality of teaching / language progress
3.0

Rating: 3/5.0

School organization
3.0

Rating: 3/5.0

Social activities
5.0

Rating: 5/5.0

Bilbo / Frodo House
5.0

Rating: 5/5.0

Other comments 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.
Course: GI23 - Intensive course - 2 weeks
8. Sep. 2016
Liked
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
Overall rating
4.0

Rating: 4/5.0

Value for money
4.0

Rating: 4/5.0

City/place
4.0

Rating: 4/5.0

Facilities (library, classrooms)
4.0

Rating: 4/5.0

Quality of teaching / language progress
4.0

Rating: 4/5.0

School organization
4.0

Rating: 4/5.0

Social activities
4.0

Rating: 4/5.0

Homestay
4.0

Rating: 4/5.0

Other comments good
Course: GI22 - Intensive Course - Active Italian - 2 weeks
25. Jun. 2012
Liked
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).
Overall rating
4.0

Rating: 4/5.0

Value for money
4.0

Rating: 4/5.0

City/place
5.0

Rating: 5/5.0

Facilities (library, classrooms)
4.0

Rating: 4/5.0

Quality of teaching / language progress
5.0

Rating: 5/5.0

School organization
5.0

Rating: 5/5.0

Social activities
3.0

Rating: 3/5.0

Homestay
2.0

Rating: 2/5.0

Other comments 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.
Course: GI 30 Super Intensive Course - 8 weeks
7. Aug. 2010
Liked
Lessons were very exciting, exceptionally nice teachers. Was great.
Overall rating
5.0

Rating: 5/5.0

Value for money
5.0

Rating: 5/5.0

City/place
5.0

Rating: 5/5.0

Facilities (library, classrooms)
2.0

Rating: 2/5.0

Quality of teaching / language progress
5.0

Rating: 5/5.0

School organization
5.0

Rating: 5/5.0

Social activities
2.0

Rating: 2/5.0

Homestay
1.0

Rating: 1/5.0

Course: GI 30 Super Intensive Course - 2 weeks
11. Nov. 2019
Liked
The open and established teachers, the small learning groups
Overall rating
4.0

Rating: 4/5.0

Value for money
3.0

Rating: 3/5.0

City/place
4.0

Rating: 4/5.0

Facilities (library, classrooms)
4.0

Rating: 4/5.0

Quality of teaching / language progress
3.0

Rating: 3/5.0

School organization
4.0

Rating: 4/5.0

Social activities
3.0

Rating: 3/5.0

Bilbo / Frodo House
4.0

Rating: 4/5.0

Course: GI23 - Intensive course - 1 week
15. May. 2017
Liked
The teaching was great, both the system and the teachers.
Disliked
Arrival day was a mess. They did not give the keys to my driver and I had to sit on the sidewalk for over an hour until one of the other students came back and was able to let me in. There were no instructions on rooms or keys. Luckily a long term student helped me out.
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5.0

Rating: 5/5.0

Value for money
4.0

Rating: 4/5.0

City/place
4.0

Rating: 4/5.0

Facilities (library, classrooms)
4.0

Rating: 4/5.0

Quality of teaching / language progress
5.0

Rating: 5/5.0

School organization
3.0

Rating: 3/5.0

Social activities
4.0

Rating: 4/5.0

Bilbo / Frodo House
4.0

Rating: 4/5.0

Course: Intensive Course - 3 weeks
13. Jul. 2022
Liked
Reception, teachers, variety of courses, social activities
Insider tips about what future students should not miss Bring a towel with you if you are accommodated at Bilbo/Frodo Casa.
Overall rating
5.0

Rating: 5/5.0

Value for money
5.0

Rating: 5/5.0

City/place
5.0

Rating: 5/5.0

Facilities (library, classrooms)
4.0

Rating: 4/5.0

Quality of teaching / language progress
5.0

Rating: 5/5.0

School organization
5.0

Rating: 5/5.0

Social activities
5.0

Rating: 5/5.0

Bilbo / Frodo House
4.0

Rating: 4/5.0

Other comments An excellent school! I recommend it.
Course: GI 20+5 Combined (20 group + 5 individual) - 1 week
21. May. 2018
Liked
The teachers and the internationalaly of all the students
Overall rating
4.0

Rating: 4/5.0

Value for money
4.0

Rating: 4/5.0

City/place
5.0

Rating: 5/5.0

Facilities (library, classrooms)
4.0

Rating: 4/5.0

Quality of teaching / language progress
4.0

Rating: 4/5.0

School organization
5.0

Rating: 5/5.0

Social activities
5.0

Rating: 5/5.0

Bilbo / Frodo House
4.0

Rating: 4/5.0

Course: GI 30 Super Intensive Course - 2 weeks
7. Dec. 2011
Liked
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
Overall rating
4.0

Rating: 4/5.0

Value for money
5.0

Rating: 5/5.0

City/place
4.0

Rating: 4/5.0

Facilities (library, classrooms)
4.0

Rating: 4/5.0

Quality of teaching / language progress
4.0

Rating: 4/5.0

School organization
3.0

Rating: 3/5.0

Social activities
5.0

Rating: 5/5.0

Homestay
5.0

Rating: 5/5.0

Other comments friendly atmosphere in the school
Course: GI23 - Intensive course - 4 weeks
6. Jun. 2016
Liked
Small class sizes, excellent dedicated teachers
Overall rating
4.0

Rating: 4/5.0

Value for money
4.0

Rating: 4/5.0

City/place
5.0

Rating: 5/5.0

Facilities (library, classrooms)
1.0

Rating: 1/5.0

Quality of teaching / language progress
5.0

Rating: 5/5.0

School organization
3.0

Rating: 3/5.0

Social activities
2.0

Rating: 2/5.0

Other comments The technical aids in the classroom are very bad: Movies on PC, also no suitable device available for the audio learning!
Course: GI23 - Intensive course - 2 weeks
4. May. 2015
Liked
Professionalism and friendly staff
Insider tips about what future students should not miss Get involved - I was too shy!
Overall rating
5.0

Rating: 5/5.0

Value for money
5.0

Rating: 5/5.0

City/place
5.0

Rating: 5/5.0

Facilities (library, classrooms)
5.0

Rating: 5/5.0

Quality of teaching / language progress
5.0

Rating: 5/5.0

School organization
5.0

Rating: 5/5.0

Social activities
3.0

Rating: 3/5.0

Other comments I really enjoyed my time and will be coming back!
Course: GI 20+5 Combined (20 group + 5 individual) - 2 weeks
17. Apr. 2017
Liked
Well run, efficient, friendly
Overall rating
5.0

Rating: 5/5.0

Value for money
5.0

Rating: 5/5.0

City/place
5.0

Rating: 5/5.0

Facilities (library, classrooms)
4.0

Rating: 4/5.0

Quality of teaching / language progress
5.0

Rating: 5/5.0

School organization
5.0

Rating: 5/5.0

Social activities
4.0

Rating: 4/5.0

Bilbo / Frodo House
4.0

Rating: 4/5.0

Course: GI23 - Intensive course - 2 weeks
14. Mar. 2017
Liked
Modern rooms. Good teacher.
Overall rating
4.0

Rating: 4/5.0

Value for money
4.0

Rating: 4/5.0

City/place
5.0

Rating: 5/5.0

Facilities (library, classrooms)
4.0

Rating: 4/5.0

Quality of teaching / language progress
4.0

Rating: 4/5.0

School organization
4.0

Rating: 4/5.0

Social activities
4.0

Rating: 4/5.0

Bilbo / Frodo House
3.0

Rating: 3/5.0

Course: GI23 - Intensive course - 4 weeks
8. Aug. 2016

A.L.C.E. Accademia Lingue e Culture Europee (ALCE)

Accreditations and Quality seals
ASILSIALC
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)
First day of course
Written and oral level test is performed. Students should arrive at 8:45
Offer for returning students
You will be refunded/waived the school's administration fee If you already attended previously a course at A.L.C.E. Accademia Lingue e Culture Europee and you book here.
Payment methods accepted for payments made directly to the school
Bank Transfer - logo

General school facilities

  • Fridge for student use

  • Library

  • Movie rental

  • Movie room

  • Lounge

  • Student support desk

  • Copy machine

  • Free water dispenser

  • 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: 13
    Number of public PC workstations: 6
Additional comment about facilities of school
Classrooms with modern devices (projectors/flat screens) Professional kitchen for cooking classes Classroom designed for wine tasting sessions with AIS sommeliers (national official association) Soundproof recording studio for movie, video dubbing and vocal recording

Student Age / Nationality

Average number of students
In summer: 45
Throughout the year: 30
Minimum age of students
17 years
Average number of levels
Adult courses In summer: 5
Adult courses Throughout the year: 5
Average age of students
In summer: 21 years
Throughout the year: 26 years

Top student nationalities

Age of students

Information for all courses offered by A.L.C.E. Accademia Lingue e Culture Europee

Lesson duration
60 minutes
School's administrative fee
50.00 €
Course material
Generally course material has to be purchased by the student. The costs of course material will be approximately 35 € per course level.
Comments about courses

Books and materials fees depends on course duration:

  • EUR 35 for 1-5 weeks
  • EUR 65 for 6-12 weeks
  • EUR 95 for 13-24 weeks
  • EUR 120 for 25-40 weeks

    The course material includes a self produced student text book, a self study/exercise book and a weekly varied and exhaustive self produced workbook.
Individual classes
Single individual lessons of tuition can be reserved at 40 €. 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.
Days without class
In 2024 (including national and regional bank holidays):
01 Jan 2024, 01 Apr 2024, 01 May 2024, 02 Jun 2024, 15 Aug 2024, 01 Nov 2024, 08 Dec 2024, 25 Dec 2024, 26 Dec 2024.
School policy regarding bank holidays:Private classes are recuperated or refunded. Same as for nearly all language schools, group classes falling on bank holiday are not refunded and not recuperated.
Level test
A test to assess your exact language level takes place at the school on the first day of the course.
Lessons needed per Italian language level
Level (CEFR) LESSONS needed per level WEEKS needed
(20 lessons per week)
A1 Beginner A1 to A2 80 4
A2 Elementary A2 to B1 160 8
B1 Intermediate B1 to B2 180 9
B2 Higher Intermediate B2 to C1 200 10
C1 Advanced C1 to C2 220 11
C2 Proficiency
Data above gives some guidance. For more details consult our page How long does it take to learn a language or reach a specific level.

Airport transfer

Bologna Guglielmo Marconi Airport:
55 € one way
110 € return (both ways)
Best arrival airport is Guglielmo Marconi (BLQ).
More information about airports around Bologna and how to get from the airport to Bologna on your own here on our Bologna page.

Visa Documents

Nationals from USA do not require a visa to study short term courses up to 90 days.
Check visa requirements for nationals from other countries.
Nationals from countries that require a visa will receive documents from the school, related to booking confirmation, which is required for the visa application.
Full payment of all fees required before school dispatches documents required for visa application
Yes
Express shipment fee (via courier)
80 €
Free shipment via regular mail
Yes

Leisure activities

activity possibledistance from school
Ballet1 km
Basketball1 km
Cooking-
Dancing1 km
Diving-
Football (soccer)1 km
Horse riding5 km
Mountainbiking5 km
Music1 km
Skiing100 km
Squash1 km
Swimming1 km
Tennis1 km
Yoga1 km

Examples of leisure activities organized by the school

Adults - Free activities

Most of these activities are FREE (students must pay only the entrance or train tickets for full-day excursions):
Italian cinema
Guided walking tours of Bologna
Bologna "sotterranea" - underground waterways and hidden attractions
Guided visits to Museums and Galleries
Dinner at typical restaurant
Video Film and "castagne arrosto"
Welcome/Ssummer/Christmas parties
Trivial Pursuit in Italian
Quiz night
Wine tasting session
Ice skating
tea and hot chocolate afternoon with table games

Bologna being a university city, offers many activities/sports in the city centre.

Adults - Paid activities

Wine tasting session
Cooking classes at school with professionals

Accommodation

Student Testimonial Videos

Note: The video testimonials of students from A.L.C.E. Accademia Lingue e Culture Europee have been provided by the school and schools do not usually publish negative testimonials. For uncensored reviews read what our students report about their stay at A.L.C.E. Accademia Lingue e Culture Europee.

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Via Santo Stefano 164 - 40125 Bologna
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FAQ about A.L.C.E. Accademia Lingue e Culture Europee, Bologna

  • Italian courses at A.L.C.E. Accademia Lingue e Culture Europee start at 225 € for DITALS Teacher Training Preparation Course course with 13 lessons per week. When booking here you get the guaranteed best price.
  • The accommodation Bilbo / Frodo House is the most popular among all our clients of Accademia Lingue e Culture Europee
  • Yes. The following courses can be attended as an absolute beginner: Intensive Course, Super Intensive Course, Combined (20 group + 10 individual), Combined (20 group + 5 individual)
  • Yes. The school offers pickup from Bologna Guglielmo Marconi Airport (55 €)
  • Depending on the chosen course, the maximum number of students at Accademia Lingue e Culture Europee varies from 1 students (One to One 10) to 8 students (Intensive Course)
  • 100% of teachers at A.L.C.E. Accademia Lingue e Culture Europee hold a university degree. 100% hold a recognized language teaching certificate.
  • The highest Nationality percentage at A.L.C.E. Accademia Lingue e Culture Europee comes from Switzerland with a 16% representation, followed by students from Germany (11%) and USA (7%).
  • A.L.C.E. Accademia Lingue e Culture Europee offers courses from 17 years to 99. Average age is 21 during the summer and 26 for the rest of the year.

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