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Italian Language Schools in Bologna - Ranking 2022

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5 Best language schools in Bologna (ranked based on student reviews)

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Why Bologna? Bologna in Northern Italy is a harmonious medieval medley. One side is a ...
hard-working, high-tech city and the other is politically edgy and hosts the world's oldest university. It is an important agricultural, industrial, financial and transport hub, where many large mechanical, electronic and food companies have their headquarters. According to the most recent data, Bologna is the top Italian city in terms of its economic growth rate. As a consequence, it is one of the wealthiest cities in Italy and is often ranked as one of the top cities when it comes to quality of life in the country.
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What our students said about Bologna

Rating: 5/5

5.0

Beautiful city, the feeling that is in the center of everything :D First of all, in the city itself a lot of interesting and beautiful places to get around and see, great food and also liked the fact that you can easily get to other cities are not less interesting.

Viktor
Russia

Rating: 5/5

5.0

I loved the city. It is very walkable. It is a beautiful city, very old. It is big enough to have plenty to do and small enough to get around. Also everyone is really nice and lets you speak in Italian even if you are not very good and if you take a long time.

Françoise

Rating: 5/5

5.0

I didn't really check out the nightlife, so cant comment on this. It was really lovely to walk around even when it is raining because of the Porticos. Great public transport system and almost always on time.

Maria
Australia

Rating: 4/5

4.0

Absolutely no public toilets seen. Unseasonably freezing and wet weather literally dampened the experience. But overall Bologna is a fascinating city.

Olive Blackman
Australia

Rating: 4/5

4.0

Unfortunately the weather was a little abnormal (all over Europe) as it went from almost winter-temperatures to blazing hot summer-temps.

Heidi
Switzerland

Rating: 5/5

5.0

I don't need public transport and I can't rate it. The same is actually true of security.

Jutta
Germany

Rating: 4/5

4.0

Bologna is a beautiful, atmospheric and pleasant city. I would recommend it to everyone!

Mirjam
Netherlands

Rating: 5/5

5.0

A very nice city with lots of culture and lots of things to explore.

Lena
Sweden

Most recent student reviews of language schools in Bologna

Rating: 4.8

4.8 | 20 reviews

Great school! I took a class for three months, came to the school with almost no knowledge, and after a couple of months I could easily communicate in Italian on almost any topic! I also liked the program of the school, which helped me communicate and get to know a lot of interesting people from different countries. The teachers were always very positive, especially the school director! Every morning at this school started for me with a smile and a good mood! In the end, I even regretted that I took the course for only three months and not longer.

29 November 2021
Course: Standard Course - 12 weeks
Student age: 28 years

Viktor
Russia

Rating: 4.9

4.9 | 7 reviews

Very friendly teachers and school management.

19 October 2021
Course: Intensive Course - 2 weeks
Student age: 67 years

Elmar
Switzerland

Rating: 4.6

4.6 | 64 reviews

Enthusiastic and kind teachers, pleasant atmosphere at school.

11 August 2021
Course: Italian Language & Culture - 1 week
Student age: 53 years

Mirjam
Netherlands

Rating: 4.9

4.9 | 7 reviews

Great teaching! Lovely people, so helpful and friendly. Perfect sized city for a student, beautiful and full of people to meet. Easy to practice Italian with students and teachers. Interesting topics that kept classes enjoyable and full of laughter. Amazing location - in the heart of town yet not full of tourists.

29 July 2021
Course: Intensive Course - 2 weeks
Student age: 19 years

Nadia
France

Rating: 4.8

4.8 | 20 reviews

All very friendly, great location right in the center

3 November 2020
Course: Standard Course - 2 weeks
Student age: 52 years

Jochem
Germany

Rating: 4.8

4.8 | 20 reviews

I loved the building the school was in. The teachers were all friendly and amazing. Andrea was very helpful with things.
I really enjoyed everything about my class and the school. I would have liked to have more interesting excursions or maybe a mixer to meet other students.

17 November 2019
Course: Standard Course - 1 week
Student age: 50 years

Tamasina (Tammi)
United States

Rating: 4.4

4.4 | 43 reviews

Lessons were very exciting, exceptionally nice teachers. Was great.

11 November 2019
Course: Super Intensive Course - 2 weeks
Student age: 68 years

Brigitte
Switzerland

Rating: 4.6

4.6 | 64 reviews

The friendliness of the staff is the best thing to highlight. They found additional activities to do.
Excellent!

11 November 2019
Course: Italian Language & Culture - 2 weeks
Student age: 39 years

RADHARANI
Colombia

Rating: 4.9

4.9 | 7 reviews

The commitment and professionalism of the teachers. The happy, international and friendly atmosphere

21 October 2019
Course: Intensive Course - 1 week
Student age: 66 years

Jutta
Germany

Rating: 4.8

4.8 | 20 reviews

Great teachers.
The Academy was very welcoming and accommodating.

1 October 2019
Course: Standard Course - 1 week
Student age: 0 years

Fiona
Australia

Rating: 4.8

4.8 | 20 reviews

Very careful and competent teachers and director. High quality of Italian lesson.

27 July 2019
Course: Standard Course - 2 weeks
Student age: 24 years

Juliette
Belgium

Rating: 4.4

4.4 | 43 reviews

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!).
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.

11 June 2019
Course: Intensive Course - 6 weeks
Student age: 62 years

Heidi
Switzerland

Rating: 4.8

4.8 | 20 reviews

It was like a big family and the quality of the teaching was excellent.

4 June 2019
Course: Standard Course - 4 weeks
Student age: 65 years

Françoise
United States

Rating: 4.6

4.6 | 64 reviews

The teachers were very good. We learned alot and also had alot of fun.
It's a nice school and has a very good arrangement.

28 May 2019
Course: Italian Language & Culture - 2 weeks
Student age: 68 years

Lena
Sweden

Rating: 4.8

4.8 | 20 reviews

Friendly teachers and lovely classrooms. Small classes.
Seems to cater to a specific market. Be sure it’s right for you. In general I liked it.

20 May 2019
Course: Standard Course - 3 weeks
Student age: 67 years

Olive Blackman
Australia

Rating: 4.6

4.6 | 64 reviews

Atmosphere, teachers Iolanda and Lucia
The actual number of course hours per week was 13 hours, and I paid for 20.

21 January 2019
Course: Italian Language & Culture - 1 week
Student age: 46 years

Barbara
Poland

Rating: 4.6

4.6 | 64 reviews

I really liked the organization of lessons, it was very interesting and fun. Teachers explained the material very clearly.
I loved the school, the atmosphere was friendly and homely. Also extracurricular activities were interesting.

30 October 2018
Course: Italian Language & Culture - 2 weeks
Student age: 23 years

Olga
Russia

Interesting information about Bologna

Key Facts about Bologna

Population: 367,000

Elevation: 54 m. above sea level

Time zone: +11h. (GMT +1)

Region: Emilia-Romagna, Provincia di Bologna

Currency: EUR (1 EUR = 1.1345 USD)

Bologna quality of life rating:

Rating: 4.7

4.7 (134 reviews by our former students)

Visa: 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.

High season: October

Low season: December

Average course price per week (High season): 270 €

Average course price per week (Low season): 239 €

Cost of Living:

* 100 = prices in New York

  • Student price index excluding rent:80* (20% cheaper than New York)
  • Student price index including rent:54* (46% cheaper than New York)
  • Price index food only:71* (29% cheaper than New York)
  • Big Mac price (Italy average):4.03 € (20% cheaper than in USA)
Mains electricity:
  • Plug Type C
  • Plug Type F
  • Plug Type L
  • Residential voltage: 230 V
  • Frequency: 50 Hz

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Public transportation in Bologna

Weather in Bologna

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Events in BolognaBest time to take a language course in Bologna

March
Children's books fair
Children's books  fair

March 2022 - April 2022For over half a century, the Children's Book Fair in Bologna has been the most important international event for publishers, authors and artists of books for children and teens.

June
IL CINEMA RITROVATO”- Cinema festival
IL CINEMA RITROVATO”-  Cinema festival

June 2022Il Cinema Ritrovato is like paradise for cinephiles, showing obscure films from the extensive archives of Bologna's Cineteca with a special focus on the beginnings of the art form. Projections include silent films with live musicians providing the accompaniment and restored versions of forgotten films.

October
Bologna Jazz Festival
Bologna Jazz Festival

October 2022 - November 2022This festival was first launched in 1958. Since then, international artists and exciting shows have coloured the city, attracting fans from around the world.

What to do in Bologna

Basilica of San Petronio
Basilica of San Petronio
Ducati Museum
Ducati Museum
The two towers
The two towers
Montagnola Park
Montagnola Park
Bologna
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Arrival Airport

Bologna Guglielmo Marconi (BLQ) - 6 km. from Bologna city center

Public transportation to city center:

Every 15 minutes, 5,00 €, 20 minutes.

Main stops: Aeroporto, Pontelungo, Ospedale Maggiore, Mille

Taxi: 19 €, 10 minutes drive to city center of Bologna

Direct international flights from:
  • United Kingdom: Bristol, Edinburgh, London Gatwick, London Heathrow, London Stansted, Manchester
  • Ireland: Dublin

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FAQ about schools in Bologna

  • Cultura Italiana has received the best overall rating in Bologna.
  • Academya Lingue, located in Via Santo Stefano n.14 has been voted as the school with the best location in Bologna.
  • Students rated the activity program at Cultura Italiana as the best.
  • Academya Lingue was rated highest for quality of teaching.
  • 'Homestay' at Academya Lingue is the best rated accommodation in Bologna.

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