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The Italian Academy, Siracusa, Italy

Average student rating for this school was the best or in the top 20% among all schools in Italy
5.0

Rating: 5.0/5.0

What we like about the school

  • Walking distance from the beach
  • Small class sizes
  • Top rated school facilities
  • Rooftop terrace

The Italian Academy

The language school The Italian Academy was founded in Siracusa, Italy in 1984. Siracusa is a wonderful location to study in with its unique history, beautiful nature and warm-welcoming Sicilian atmosphere. The school is set in a historic villa with an exclusive Mediterranean botanical garden in the city centre. The main entrance is next to the world-famous Basilica and Catacombs of St. John, a few meters from the archaeological park and archaeological museum, within walking distance of the main shopping streets, the island of Ortygia and its beautiful beaches. A perfect starting point to explore Sicily and its culture. All courses are taught by highly qualified and experienced Italian language teachers.

The school address is: Piazzale San Marziano , 96100 - Siracusa, Italy (see on map)
Legal name / parent company: The Academy SRL | Tax registration ID: IT00731730891

Covid-19 Status: School currently open

Covid-19 related security measures that are taken by The Italian Academy

The Italian Academy strictly follows all measures to ensure the safety and wellbeing of our students. Our school’s large classrooms and extensive private gardens are uniquely suited for maintaining the required distances during classes and activities.


We guarantee:

- Small-group classes and/or private lessons!
- Open-air classes and movie nights in the gardens upon student requests.
- Temperature scan upon entering the premises and classroom sanitation after each lesson.
- A rich new calendar of activities each week - including open-air cooking classes and ceramic laboratories, water-sports (snorkeling, kayaking or SUP), private guided visits and “secret tours” to archaeological sites.
Sicily is currently one of the safest regions in Europe and is open to incoming international students with some restrictions for students traveling from outside of the Europe.

Our staff is available to provide additional up-to-date information on any travel restrictions that may apply.

Accreditations and Quality seals

ISO 9000/9001NAFSAEDUITALIAPreferential Terms in Case of Visa Refusal

Facilities

  • Cafeteria

  • Microwave for student use

  • Snack vending machine

  • Drink vending machine

  • Computer lab

  • Library

  • Movie rental

  • Free after-class access to language learning software

  • Movie room

  • Lounge

  • Garden

  • Rooftop terrace

  • Balcony / terrace

  • Student support desk

  • Copy machine

  • Printer for student use

  • Free water dispenser

  • Free WIFI

  • Free parking

Classroom equipment

  • TV in all classrooms

  • Electronic whiteboard in some classrooms

  • Air conditioning in all classrooms

  • Heating in all classrooms

  • Ample natural light in all classrooms

Number of classrooms:

14

Number of public PC workstations:

15

Facilities for disabled students

  • Disabled car park

  • Wheelchair access to classroom

  • Disabled toilet

  • Wheelchair access to reception

  • Wheelchair access to cafeteria

  • Adapted for students with learning difficulty

Our price includes

  • INCLUDED Organized activities
  • INCLUDED Wireless LAN zone at school
  • INCLUDED Free certificate of course attendance
  • INCLUDED Free airport pickup for all junior courses (both ways)
  • 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 consultation about suitable college/university programs by a qualified consultant
  • INCLUDED Free assistance in finding flats for long-term students
  • INCLUDED Free assistance for finding jobs
  • INCLUDED Optional language workshops

Course material:

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

Average number of levels

  • Adult courses in summer: 5
  • Adult courses throughout the year: 5
  • Junior courses in summer: 2
  • Junior courses throughout the year: 1

Minimum age of students

  • 18 years

The school is an official exam center

The following language examinations can be taken directly at the school:

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):

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11
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12
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5
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Days without class

In 2020 (including national and regional bank holidays): 01 Jan. 2020, 06 Jan. 2020, 13 Apr. 2020, 25 Apr. 2020, 01 May 2020, 02 Jun. 2020, 15 Aug. 2020, 01 Nov. 2020, 08 Dec. 2020, 25 Dec. 2020, 26 Dec. 2020.
School policy regarding bank holidays:Full number of lost classes are made up

Italian Courses

General Language
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Free cancellation up to 14 days before the start of your course. Valid for bookings from April 2020.
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Price in € 210 200 420 399 630 599 800 760 1200 1140 1520 1444 2340 2223 2520 2394 2700 2565 2880 2736 180 171
Price in US$ 233 465 697 885 1327 1681 2587 2786 2985 3184 199
Starting dates
Every Monday.
General course schedule
4 daily lessons of 45 minutes will take place within the following possible time slots. The exact schedule will be assigned on the first day of class according to your level:
Morning: 9:00  - 12:30
Required minimum language level
Beginner (A1) (No previous knowledge required) or higher
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Price in € 530 517 1060 1034 1590 1551 2080 2028 2600 2535 3120 3042 4000 3900 5000 4875 5880 5733 11520 11232 470 459
Price in US$ 602 1203 1804 2360 2950 3540 4539 5673 6671 13070 534
Course price includes accommodation
Homestay, Single room, Breakfast & 1 meal
Enjoy Italian group classes while practising with your host family and learning to appreciate the warm welcoming nature of Sicilians.
Starting dates
Every Monday.
General course schedule
4 daily lessons of 45 minutes will take place within the following possible time slots. The exact schedule will be assigned on the first day of class according to your level:
Morning: 9:00  - 12:30
Required minimum language level
Beginner (A1) (No previous knowledge required) or higher
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Price in € 160 152 320 304 480 456 600 570 750 713 900 855 1050 998 1200 1140 1500 1425 1800 1710 150 143
Price in US$ 177 354 531 664 830 995 1161 1327 1659 1990 166
Starting dates
Every Monday.
General course schedule
2 daily lessons of 45 minutes will take place within the following possible time slots. The exact schedule will be assigned on the first day of class according to your level:
Morning: 9:00  - 10:30
Required minimum language level
Beginner (A1) (No previous knowledge required) or higher
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Weeks 1 2 3 4 6 8 10 12 24 36 Additional Week
Price in € 360 342 720 684 1080 1026 1400 1330 2100 1995 2720 2584 3400 3230 3840 3648 7440 7068 10800 10260 300 285
Price in US$ 398 796 1194 1548 2322 3007 3759 4245 8225 11939 332
This course complements the General Italian group classes with 10 afternoon one-to-one private lessons with highly qualified and experienced, native language instructors. Follow a personalised study path and achieve your study objectives.
Starting dates
Every Monday.
General course schedule
6 daily lessons of 45 minutes will take place within the following possible time slots. The exact schedule will be assigned on the first day of class according to your level:
Morning: 9:00  - 12:30
Afternoon: 13:30  - 15:00
Required minimum language level
Elementary (A2) or higher
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Price in € 380 361 -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- --
Price in US$ 421 -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- --
The Italian + History, Myth and Culture course integrates group Italian language classes in the morning and themed outdoor excursions in the afternoon such as a trip to Mount Etna , visiting the baroque city of Noto and the Nature Reserve of Vendicari and hike in the neolithic valley of Pantalica.
Starting dates
For all levels except from absolute beginners:
2020: 04 May 2020, 11 May 2020, 18 May 2020, 25 May 2020, 01 Jun. 2020, 08 Jun. 2020, 15 Jun. 2020, 22 Jun. 2020, 29 Jun. 2020, 06 Jul. 2020, 13 Jul. 2020, 20 Jul. 2020, 27 Jul. 2020, 03 Aug. 2020, 10 Aug. 2020, 24 Aug. 2020, 31 Aug. 2020, 07 Sep. 2020, 14 Sep. 2020, 21 Sep. 2020, 28 Sep. 2020, 05 Oct. 2020, 19 Oct. 2020, 26 Oct. 2020.
General course schedule
4 daily lessons of 45 minutes will take place within the following possible time slots. The exact schedule will be assigned on the first day of class according to your level:
Morning: 9:00  - 12:30
Afternoon: 14:30  - 18:30
Required minimum language level
Beginner (A1) (No previous knowledge required) or higher
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Free cancellation up to 14 days before the start of your course. Valid for bookings from April 2020.
Weeks 1 2 3 4 6 8 10 24 36 48 Additional Week
Price in € 210 200 420 399 630 599 800 760 1200 1140 1520 1444 1900 1805 4080 3876 5760 5472 7200 6840 150 143
Price in US$ 233 465 697 885 1327 1681 2101 4511 6368 7960 166
The long term course is a perfect way for students to immerse themselves into the Italian language. The course is 20 lessons of Italian per week and is bookable for 3 months, 6 months, 9 months or a full year.
Starting dates
Every Monday.
General course schedule
4 daily lessons of 45 minutes will take place within the following possible time slots. The exact schedule will be assigned on the first day of class according to your level:
Morning: 9:30  - 12:30
Required minimum language level
Beginner (A1) (No previous knowledge required) or higher
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FREE changes
Free cancellation up to 14 days before the start of your course. Valid for bookings from April 2020.
Weeks 1 2 3 4 6 8 10 12 24 36 48
Price in € -- -- -- -- -- -- -- 5160 4902 9840 9348 14040 13338 17760 16872
Price in US$ -- -- -- -- -- -- -- 5704 10878 15521 19633
The long term course is a perfect way for students to immerse themselves into the Italian language. The course is 20 lessons of Italian per week and is bookable for 3 months, 6 months, 9 months or a full year. The price includes accommodation in a single room in a homestay with half board.
Starting dates
Every Monday.
Required minimum language level
Beginner (A1) (No previous knowledge required) or higher
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FREE changes
Free cancellation up to 14 days before the start of your course. Valid for bookings from April 2020.
Weeks 1 2 3 4 6 8 10 12 24 36 48
Price in € -- -- -- -- -- -- -- 4200 4095 7920 7722 11160 10881 13920 13572
Price in US$ -- -- -- -- -- -- -- 4765 8986 12662 15793
Course price includes accommodation
Apartment - shared / Residence, Single room, Breakfast & lunch & dinner
The long term course is a perfect way for students to immerse themselves into the Italian language. The course is 20 lessons of Italian per week and is bookable for 3 months, 6 months, 9 months or a full year. The price includes accommodation in the student residence in a single room with full board.
Starting dates
Every Monday.
Required minimum language level
Beginner (A1) (No previous knowledge required) or higher
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Private
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Price in € 340 323 640 608 900 855 1200 1140 1500 1425 1800 1710 2100 1995 2320 2204 2610 2480 2900 2755 3360 3192
Price in US$ 376 708 995 1327 1659 1990 2322 2565 2886 3206 3715
One-to-one private lessons with highly qualified and experienced, native language instructors. Follow a personalized study path and achieve your study objectives.
Starting dates
Every Monday.
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Exam Preparation
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FREE changes
Free cancellation up to 14 days before the start of your course. Valid for bookings from April 2020.
Weeks 1 2 3 4 6 8 13 14 15 16 Additional Week
Price in € 360 342 720 684 1080 1026 1400 1330 2100 1995 2720 2584 4160 3952 4480 4256 4800 4560 5120 4864 300 285
Price in US$ 398 796 1194 1548 2322 3007 4599 4953 5307 5660 332
Starting dates
Every Monday.
General course schedule
6 daily lessons of 45 minutes will take place within the following possible time slots. The exact schedule will be assigned on the first day of class according to your level:
Morning: 9:00  - 12:30
Required minimum language level
Beginner (A1) (No previous knowledge required) or higher
Exam dates
04 May 2020
Exam fee
150 €
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Language Plus Activity
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Weeks 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11
Price in € 380 361 -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- --
Price in US$ 421 -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- --
The Italian + Food and Wine course integrates group Italian language classes in the morning and themed excursions in the afternoon such as cooking class, visiting the baroque city of Noto followed by wine tasting and hike in the neolithic valley of Pantalica.
Starting dates
For all levels except from absolute beginners:
2020: 04 May 2020, 11 May 2020, 18 May 2020, 25 May 2020, 01 Jun. 2020, 08 Jun. 2020, 15 Jun. 2020, 22 Jun. 2020, 29 Jun. 2020, 06 Jul. 2020, 13 Jul. 2020, 20 Jul. 2020, 27 Jul. 2020, 03 Aug. 2020, 10 Aug. 2020, 17 Aug. 2020, 24 Aug. 2020, 07 Sep. 2020, 14 Sep. 2020, 21 Sep. 2020, 28 Sep. 2020, 05 Oct. 2020, 12 Oct. 2020, 19 Oct. 2020, 26 Oct. 2020.
General course schedule
4 daily lessons of 45 minutes will take place within the following possible time slots. The exact schedule will be assigned on the first day of class according to your level:
Morning: 9:00  - 12:30
Reserve this course »
See availability »
FREE changes
Free cancellation up to 14 days before the start of your course. Valid for bookings from April 2020.
Weeks 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11
Price in € 400 380 -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- --
Price in US$ 443 -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- --
Italian+ The Sicilian Adventure combines group Italian lessons in the morning and in the afternoon allows you to explore the wild, pristine nature of the marine reserves of Vendicari, the peaks of Mt. Etna and hike in the neolithic valley of Pantalica and have a snorkeling experience in the Mediterranean Sea.
Starting dates
2020: 04 May 2020, 11 May 2020, 18 May 2020, 25 May 2020, 01 Jun. 2020, 08 Jun. 2020, 15 Jun. 2020, 22 Jun. 2020, 29 Jun. 2020, 06 Jul. 2020, 13 Jul. 2020, 20 Jul. 2020, 27 Jul. 2020, 03 Aug. 2020, 10 Aug. 2020, 17 Aug. 2020, 24 Aug. 2020, 31 Aug. 2020, 07 Sep. 2020, 14 Sep. 2020, 21 Sep. 2020, 28 Sep. 2020, 05 Oct. 2020, 12 Oct. 2020.
General course schedule
4 daily lessons of 45 minutes will take place within the following possible time slots. The exact schedule will be assigned on the first day of class according to your level:
Morning: 9:00  - 12:30
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Lesson duration: 45 minutes
School's administrative fee: 60.00 €
Individual classesSingle individual lessons of tuition can be reserved at 36 €. The combination of group and individual lessons is highly recommended. Individual lessons will encourage you to actively speak the foreign language and will offer you the opportunity to discuss individual problems and weaknesses.

Accommodation

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Prices based on accommodation from Sunday to Sunday
Price per person
Price extra night:
60 € (Individual extra nights bookable at indicated extra night price)
Room Occupancy:
Single room.
Distance from school:
15 minutes walking
Includes:
TV, Towels, Bedding/linen, Weekly cleaning, Access to laundry service, Access to Wifi in building (Free WIFI), Heating, Air conditioning, Breakfast, Private washbasin, shared bathroom.
Age of students:
Minimum age of students: 16
Maximum age of students: 80
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Price in US$ 373 745 1118 1490 1862 2235 2607 2979 3724 4469 373
Prices based on accommodation from Sunday to Sunday
Price per person
No extra nights bookable.
Room Occupancy:
Single room.
Distance from school:
15 minutes walking
Includes:
TV, Towels, Bedding/linen, Weekly cleaning, Access to laundry service, Access to Wifi in building (Free WIFI), Heating, Air conditioning, Breakfast & 1 meal, Shared bathroom.
Age of students:
Minimum age of students: 16
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Price in US$ 326 606 873 1071 1339 1606 1874 1955 2444 2933 245
Prices based on accommodation from Saturday to Saturday
Price per person
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Price extra night:
40 € (Individual extra nights bookable at indicated extra night price)
Room Occupancy:
Double room.
Distance from school:
20 minutes walking
Includes:
Towels, Bedding/linen, Access to laundry service, Kitchen, Access to Wifi in building (Free WIFI), Heating, Air conditioning, No meals, Private bathroom.
Age of students:
Minimum age of students: 18
Maximum age of students: 85
Dates:
High season dates 01 Apr. 2020 - 03 Nov. 2020
High season:
High season supplement per week: 70 €
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Price in € 190 380 570 680 850 1020 1190 1200 1500 1800 150
Price in US$ 222 443 664 792 990 1187 1385 1397 1746 2095 175
Prices based on accommodation from Saturday to Saturday
Price per person
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Price extra night:
40 € (Individual extra nights bookable at indicated extra night price)
Room Occupancy:
Double room.
Distance from school:
25 minutes walking
Includes:
Towels, Bedding/linen, Weekly cleaning, Access to laundry service, Access to Wifi in building (Free WIFI), Heating, Air conditioning, No meals, Shared bathroom.
Age of students:
Minimum age of students: 18
Maximum age of students: 70

Leisure activities

activity possibledistance from school
Ballet 
Basketball0.5 km
Cooking 
Dancing1 km
Diving2 km
Football (soccer)0.5 km
Golf15 km
Horse riding10 km
Mountainbiking1 km
Music1 km
Sailing2 km
Skiing70 km
Squash0.5 km
Swimming0.5 km
Tennis0.5 km
Volleyball0.5 km
Windsurfing10 km
Yoga0.5 km

Reviews

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Rating: 4.5/5.0

4.5
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Rating: 4.5/5.0

4.5
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Homestay

Rating: 5.0/5.0

5.0
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    FAQ about The Italian Academy, Siracusa

  • Italian courses at The Italian Academy start at 152 € for Semi-Intensive Italian course with 10 lessons per week. When booking here you benefit from an exclusive discount.
  • The accommodation Sicilian Homestay is the most popular among all our clients of Italian Academy
  • Yes. The following courses can be attended as an absolute beginner: Italian + History, Myths and Culture, Italian + Food & Wine
  • Depending on the chosen course, the maximum number of students at Italian Academy varies from 1 students (Individual Italian) to 10 students (Semi-Intensive Italian)
  • 100% of teachers at The Italian Academy hold a university degree. 100% hold a recognized language teaching certificate.
  • The highest Nationality percentage at The Italian Academy comes from USA with a 12% representation, followed by students from France (12%) and Germany (11%).
  • Yes, there is an exclusive discount that only applies when booking online here.
  • The Italian Academy offers courses from 16 years to 99. Average age is 0 during the summer and 0 for the rest of the year.
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