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Italian school in Rome: Scuola Leonardo da Vinci

4.3

Rating: 4.3/5.0

Piazza dell Orologio 7 - 00186 Rome - see on map

What we like about the school

  • Students receive a student card for discounts at different restaurants, clubs, sport shops and more.
  • Excellent nationality mix. No student nationality makes up more than 15% of students.
  • Free assistance in finding flats for long-term students.
  • For chain schools: Same conditions for waiving the inscription fee also apply if the student has booked at another school of the same school chain.

What we dislike about the school

  • Younger students should consider that the average age of students at this school is significantly higher than at most other schools.
  • Lessons are 45 minutes long, which is shorter than in other schools.

Location: The school is located in a typical XVII century aristocratic palace in the old city centre, only a few minutes' walk from the Spanish Steps and the Piazza Navona.
  • The language school Scuola Leonardo da Vinci was founded in Rome, Italy in 1984.
  • Legal name / parent company: Scuola Leonardo da Vinci Roma srl
  • Tax registration ID: IT01539331007
  • Covid-19 Status: School currently open
  • The school is an official exam center
    The following language examinations can be taken directly at the school:

Italian Courses

General Language
Online Courses
Private
Work & Study
Business
Exam Preparation
Language Plus Activity
Information for all courses offered by Scuola Leonardo da Vinci
Comments about courses
Student insurance: Multirisk (emergency medical expenses, personal liability, personal accident, personal belongings): EUR 9 per week.
Multirisk and cancelation (possibility to receive the reimbursement for expenses students had in case of cancelation for health reasons): EUR 10 per week.
Lesson duration
45 minutes
School's administrative fee
70.00 €
Level test
A test to assess your exact language level takes place before the start of the course via an online form.
Individual classes
Single individual lessons of tuition can be reserved at 45 €. 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 2022 (including national and regional bank holidays):
06 Jan. 2022, 18 Apr. 2022, 25 Apr. 2022, 02 Jun. 2022, 29 Jun. 2022, 15 Aug. 2022, 01 Nov. 2022, 08 Dec. 2022, 24 Dec. 2022 - 31 Dec. 2022.
If a bank holiday falls on a weekday there is no refund nor are missed lessons recuperated. This is the case for the majority of language schools.
Course material
Generally course material is distributed free to students and will stay in student property.

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 before arrival
  • INCLUDED For adult courses: a minimum of one free organized leisure activity per week
  • INCLUDED Free consultation about suitable college/university programs by a qualified consultant
  • INCLUDED Free assistance in finding flats for long-term students
Note: All courses offered by Scuola Leonardo da Vinci, Rome can be reserved online with LanguageCourse.Net. In case a course is not listed above, just let us know.

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Scuola Leonardo da Vinci

Accreditations and Quality seals
Preferential Terms in Case of Visa Refusal
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
Students should arrive at 8:30
Student gender mix:
35% male / 65% female
School Size
Recommended type of transportation to city centre and name of most convenient stop for the school: * Piazza della Chiesa Nuova * Torre Argentina.
Walking distance from the school to recommended public transport stop: 1 minutes
Combine courses at different Scuola Leonardo da Vinci chain schools and save
Scuola Leonardo da Vinci will charge their administration fee only once on your first booking.
Combine courses at these schools: Scuola Leonardo da Vinci (Florence), Scuola Leonardo da Vinci (Siena), Scuola Leonardo da Vinci (Milan), Scuola Leonardo da Vinci (Turin). Just mention in the comments field of our online registration form that you have also booked classes at another school from the chain.
Offer for returning students
You will be refunded/waived the school's administration fee If you already attended previously a course at Scuola Leonardo da Vinci and you book here.
Payment methods accepted for payments made directly to the school
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General school facilities

  • Snack vending machine

  • Drink vending machine

  • Free after-class access to language learning software

  • Movie room

  • Student support desk

  • Free WIFI

  • Classroom equipment

    • Electronic whiteboard in some classrooms

    • Air conditioning in some classrooms

    • Heating in all classrooms

    • Ample natural light in all classrooms

    Number of classrooms: 9
    Paid parking (<500m)

    Facilities for disabled students

    • Wheelchair access to classroom

    • Accessible Toilet

    • Wheelchair access to reception

Student Age / Nationality

Average number of students
In summer:200
Throughout the year: 150
Minimum age of students
16 years
Average number of levels
Adult courses In summer: 6
Adult courses Throughout the year: 6
Average age of students
In summer: 34 years
Throughout the year: 39 years

Top student nationalities

Age of students

Airport transfer

Optional airport transfer
Roma Ciampino Airport:
100 € one way
200 € return (both ways)
Leonardo da Vinci–Fiumicino Airport:
100 € one way
200 € return (both ways)
Best arrival airport is Rome Fiumicino Leonardo da Vinci Airport (FCO).

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)
40 €
Free shipment via regular mail
Yes
Preferential cancellation terms in case of visa refusal
School agreed that students booking online on this site will benefit from preferential cancellation fees in case of visa refusal, and in this case will never exceed EUR 180.

Leisure activities

activity possibledistance from school
Cooking0.5 km
Dancing1 km
Music5 km
Swimming2 km
Yoga0.5 km

Examples of leisure activities organized by the school

Adults - Free activities
Guided visits Pronunciation lessons Cinema Italian history lessons Italian literature lessons Language exchange
Adults - Paid activities
Dinner EUR 17 Drinks EUR 10 * Short trips to nearby towns EUR 50-80
Leisure programme for adults (sample):
Sample Weekly Social Calendar in March
Sample Weekly Social Calendar in March
Leisure programme for adults (sample):
Sample Weekly Social Calendar in April
Sample Weekly Social Calendar in April

Accommodation

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What students liked about Scuola Leonardo da Vinci, Rome
Excellent situation in a historic building in a lovely old pedestrianised area not far from Piazza Navona and the Tiber, yet just a minute from a major bus route. Excellent historical/archeological walks led by a specialist tutor every Wednesday, and talks on history/geography/writers on other afternoons. These activities appealed most to the more mature adult students and were of a high standard.
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Insider tips about what future students should not miss: I'd highly recommend the late afternoon talk/visits, even though if you have morning classes it may seem inconvenient to return for them at 5.30pm (one advantage of afternoon classes is that they finish at 5.15, just in time for the extra events.)
Other comments: I was initially placed in an afternoon class but it was easy to change to a morning for my 2nd week. The school has created its own textbooks which centre on Rome & provide a lot of interesting information on Roman legends, history etc while teaching grammar in an entertaining way. I would have preferred each session to be split between 2 teachers as happens in some other language schools, since if you had a boring teacher who just plugged the same thing mindlessly for 3 hours, there wasn't much you could do about it. Students voted with their feet: after the 2nd afternoon was excruciatingly boring, the class dropped from 10 to 5 for the rest of the week. Obviously there is an element of luck in your teacher allocation - my 2nd one was enthusiastic and never boring. Classrooms were rather bare and just had hard chairs, no posters, though some did have prints of Italy on the walls. No social space, just a coffee machine in the corridor. Good WiFi, and a caretaker kept the place spotlessly clean. A plus point: lunchtime revision classes were offered at each level to make up for classes lost when the school was closed on a public holiday.
The school is well organised, the teaching material and the teachers are great. There are regular activities and excursions in the evenings or fortnightly at the weekend, where you can make lots of contacts. The language students come from all over the world. I really liked the school's central location and the building it is in.
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The teacher, Ms Chiara was very friendly, extremely patient, sincerely caring, was always on time and prepared for class. The classes were engaging with the right amount of learning, fun & games related to the content. The other teachers who conducted the extra classes also showed similar positive traits.
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Insider tips about what future students should not miss: Try not to miss the free extra sessions on culture or grammar provided by the school if & when available. It would be a good idea for the student to attend the intensive courses and also live with an Italian family so that he/she is able to communicate in Italian outside of class as well.
Other comments: The classes were conducted professionally using highly effective language immersion techniques. I look forward to returning and continuing my Italian language studies with Scuola Leonardo Da Vinci when the opportunity permits.
Combination of language education and cultural program (Dolce Vita). Teachers were motivated and played well into the level of the class. Most of the guides who accompanied us to the events in the D.V. program were excellent, especially Monika who deserves credit for her role.
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Insider tips about what future students should not miss: Bring your own notebook(s). The school does not provide them (only a learning book). WiFi at school is spotty and (too) slow.
Other comments: The school is too lenient on people who are late in class and (even) eat/drink in class. A much more stricter policy on those issues should be implemented (distracts from class). And cutting the line at the coffee machine (why is there only one?) is unacceptable (even when one is from France). On occasion, somebody from the office broke into class and did a roll-call. In my view, bizzare (what is the purpose?) and a significant distraction. It interrupts class and the teacher and students need time afterwards to get back into the subject. Communication on aspects of the Dolce Vita program can be better. No notification was given beforehand that we would require to buy bus tickets (not all transportation was included) and when we went to Viterbo and made an artifact, we were not informed when these would arrive at school. Only after we asked questions ourselves, did we get answers (but never from the office...). And they did arrive, but only on the last day (just in time, yes).
My teachers were excellent! Especially Donatella and Paola. They were patient, creative and very supportive. We had fun in the lessons and learned a lot. I liked the small group and the fact that English wasn't used in the lessons.
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Insider tips about what future students should not miss: Home accommodation is the best! You learn about the Roman people, culture and get to practise Italian with your host.

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    FAQ about Scuola Leonardo da Vinci, Rome

  • Scuola Leonardo da Vinci offers free activities every evening. The schedule is prepared a week in advance.
    Cinzia from Scuola Leonardo da Vinci
    25-02-2020
  • The Italian Tour Homestay can only be booked for the Italian Tour course which includes 20 group Italian lessons per week in at least 2 different cities. Students can choose between Florence, Milan, Siena and Rome. Students who wish to study in one city can choose the Homestay option.
    Angela Ligartova from LanguageCourse.net
    04-04-2022
  • You can book as many weeks as you wish. The intensive course (20 lessons per week) runs either from 9.00 to 12.15 or from 14.15 to 17.30 with the schedule to be confirmed the week prior to the beginning of the programme based on the level from the results of the placement tests. The super intensive course adds an extra session from 12.30 to 14.00 to the hours mentioned above. Lessons are scheduled from Monday to Friday, 5 days a week.
    Cinzia from Scuola Leonardo Da Vinci in Rome
    14-04-2022
  • The average age at the school is 34-37 years throughout the year and during summer it's 28-32 years. The school offers mixed age classes. Students will take a placement test on the first day and will be placed with the right group according to their level.
    Teodora from Scuola Leonardo Da Vinci in Rome
    14-04-2022
  • The registration fee covers mandatory insurances as well as for the textbooks and the recreational activities.
    Cinzia , Secretary Office from Scuola Leonardo da Vinci
    21-06-2022
  • 100% of teachers at Scuola Leonardo da Vinci hold a university degree. 100% hold a recognized language teaching certificate.
  • The highest Nationality percentage at Scuola Leonardo da Vinci comes from France with a 15% representation, followed by students from Switzerland (15%) and USA (13%).
  • Yes, there is an exclusive discount that only applies when booking online here.
  • Scuola Leonardo da Vinci offers courses from 14 years to 99. Average age is 34 during the summer and 39 for the rest of the year.
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