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Scuola Leonardo da Vinci


Via Bufalini, 3
50122 Siena,  
  • THE SCHOOL

    Founded in 1977, we have years of experience and specialise in teaching Italian in Italy
    All the Scuola Leonardo da Vinci schools are located in the city center
    Professional and young teachers all of whom have studied at the University level and who have been specially trained in teaching Italian to foreigners
    Members of ASILS (Associaton of language schools of Italian as a second foreign language)
    Italian at every level, all year round, Small study groups
    Courses start every 2 weeks (including beginners)
    After 3 or 6 months the AIL-exam "Firenze" (Accademia Italiana di Lingua) DELI/DILI/DALI/DALC can be taken
    A whole range of activities offered for students to gain insight into the Italian culture
    Variety of students from over 50 countries study at the Scuola Leonardo da Vinci schools
    Friendly and helpful staff that give personal attention to each student
    Equipped for handicapped students

    TEACHING METHOD

    Our Teaching method takes full account of modern didactics and is oriented towards the "Foreign Language Concept of the Council of Europe" and the "Guidelines of the Accademia Italiana di Lingua (AIL)".

    The Leonardo da Vinci schools teach according to the Direct Method: from the first day on, at all levels, only Italian will be spoken.

    We emphasize the spoken language and live language. Continually stressing the use of verbal communication permits you to learn Italian "naturally", to unite theory and practice easily and to increase your knowledge quickly and with confidence. The structure of the language and its practical application is very important. Advanced courses also practice the written language.

    Our teaching staff consists of young teams of experienced language teachers, all of whom studied at University and who have been specially trained in teaching Italian to foreigners.

    Most of the teaching material has been developed by our schools and is excellently suited to the needs and requirements of the students. Thanks to a permanent work group the didactic material is continuously updated and adapted to the newest research on teaching languages to foreigners.

    But learning Italian does not consist, for us at the Leonardo da Vinci schools, in just teaching grammar and vocabulary. We want to allow our students to gain insight into the Italian way of living and thinking. That is why we offer, in addition to the language courses, a whole range of italian culture extracurricular activities for our students.


    FIRST SCHOOL DAY

    On the first school day there is an entry test (written and oral), testing the student's knowledge of the Italian language.
    Beginners will join a pilot course which is aimed to divide complete beginners from students with a little knowledge of the Italian language.

    LEVELS OF ABILITY

    Our schools offer courses on 6 monthly ability levels (subdivided on 12 ability levels ot two weeks, each), following the Assessment Grid of the European Language Portfolio (ELP), based on the assessment grid of Schneider/North.
     
    DIDACTIC PROGRAM
    (according to the level)

    Intensive grammar study
    Phonetics Development of vocabulary
    Syntax and application
    Listening and comprehension
    Dialogue and communication
    Situation method Idiomatic and phraseology
    Written and oral comprehension
    Lecture and analysis
    Live guided discussion and synthesis
    Free conversation
    NOTA BENE

    Teaching Material: Text books and supplies are provided by the school and is already included in the price of the course. You are expected to bring your own dictionary.
    Minimum Admission Age: The minimum age for participants is 16.
    Course Dates: In our calendar we specify the course dates, the public holidays and the days off for group language courses and courses in Italian culture.
    Certificate of Attendance: On request, all students receive a Certificate of Attendance.
    Lessons: The duration of each lesson is 45 minutes.

  • INTENSIVE ITALIANLANGUAGE COURSE

    Starting dates: every week for non-beginners.
    Duration: min. 2 weeks. It's possible to have a 
    "one week only" intensiveItalian language course.
    Lessons: 4 per day, 20 per week
    Tuition: 
    on all 6 (monthly)ability levels
    Class size: maximum 12 participants in each class
    Dates: 
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    Prices: 
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    Course schedule: 
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    The Intensive Course is held throughout the year on 6 (monthly) levels of ability.Duration: min. 2 weeks. The 4 lessons are held daily from Monday to Friday,usually beginning at 9am. If there are many participants the Intensive Coursemay also be held in the afternoon at 2pm. There is a maximum of 12students ineach class.
    It's possible to have a 
    "one week only" intensivecourse.




    SUPER INTENSIVE ITALIAN LANGUAGE COURSE
    (FLORENCE - ROME - MILAN)

    Starting dates: every week for non-beginners
    Duration: from 2 to 24 weeks. It's possible to have a 
    "one week only" superintensive Italian language course.
    Lessons: 6 per day, 30 per week
    Tuition: 
    beginner, intermediate, advancedlevel
    Class size: maximum 12 participants in each class
    Dates: 
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    Prices: 
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    Course schedule: 
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    The Super Intensive Course consists of 4 lessons Intensive Course per day in themorning and 2 extra lessons of group language course in the afternoon. In theafternoon session students will have the opportunity to increase their knowledgewith practice in speaking and conversing. 
    This course is held in our schools in Florence, Rome, and Milan.
    It's possible to have a 
    "one week only" superintensive Italian language course.




    SUPER INTENSIVE ITALIAN LANGUAGE
    COURSE "PLUS" 5 & 10

    Starting dates: every week forn on-beginners
    Duration: from 2 to 24 weeks. It's possible to have a 
    "one week only" superintensive plus Italian language course.
    Lessons: 4 lessons of group language course plus 1 or 2 lessons of privatetuition per day, 25 or 30 per week
    Tuition: 
    on all 6 (monthly)ability levels
    Class size: maximum 12 participants in the group language course;1participant in the private lessons
    Dates: 
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    Prices Plus-5: 
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    Prices Plus-10: 
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    Course schedule: 
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    The Super Intensive Plus Course consists of the Intensive Course Plusadditional private lessons (one-to-one). The individual lessons arespecifically designed for your specific needs. We offer two kinds of SuperIntensive Plus Courses:

    ·        Super IntensivePlus-5 Course: 20 lessons of IntensiveCourse and additional 5 private lessons per week;

    ·        Super IntensivePlus-10 Course: 20 lessons of IntensiveCourse and additional 10 private lessons per week.

    It's possible to have a "one week only" superintensive plus Italian language course.




    "ONEWEEKONLY" 
    ITALIAN LANGUAGE COURSES

    Starting dates: every week  for non-beginners.
    Duration: 1 week.
    Tuition: 
    on all 6 (monthly)ability levels
    Class size: maximum 12 participants in each class
    Dates: 
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    Course schedule: 
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    You will have the opportunity to take a one week only Italian language course,choosing between:

    ·        "One weekonly" Italian language intensive course: 4 lessons per day, 20 perweek(see price list);

    ·        "One weekonly" Italian language super intensive course: 6 lessons per day, 30 perweek (see price list);

    ·        "One weekonly" Italian language super intensive plus 5 or 10 course: 4 lessonsof group language course plus 1 or 2 lessons of private tuition per day, 25 or30 per week (see plus 5 price list or plus 10 price list).




    SUPER INTENSIVE SMALL GROUP 
    ITALIAN LANGUAGE COURSE
    (FLORENCE and ROME)

    Starting dates: every week for non-beginners
    Duration: from 2 to 12 weeks
    Lessons: 6 per day, 30 per week
    Tuition: 
    on all 6 (monthly)ability levels
    Class size: small groups of 2 to 5 participants
    Dates: 
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    Prices: 
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    For students who want to learn quickly and intensively in a small group, or wishto increase their knowledge, the Small Group Super Intensive Course is tailor-madefor their needs. Together with no more than 5 participants they will have 6hours of daily intensive language course. The Super Intensive SmallGroup Course is held only in Florence and Rome.

     

    ITALIANTOUR!
    A program combining travel with a love for learning

    Starting dates: every week for non-beginners
    Duration: from 2 to 4 weeks
    Lessons: 4 per day, 20 per week
    Tuition: 
    on all 6 (monthly)ability levels
    Class size: maximum 12 participants in each class
    Dates for absolute beginners: 
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    Prices: 
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    Discover your Italy and select your destinations from four of Italy's most memorablecities: Florence, Milan, Rome and Siena.
    The program consists of 20 group language lessons in each of the cities for 2,3or 4 weeks. The schools all offer the same course structure but in varying architecturaland historic settings.

    You will learn about the Italian language and culturewithout the usual hassles of travel: the school will provide transportationassistance and take care of the appropriate class level, accommodation andextra activities.

    Through your study of Italian language, culture and artand your immersion in contrasting landscapes, regional traditions and cuisine,you will find «Italian Tour» a profound and satisfying travel experience.

    Download the Italian Tour transportinformation in PDF format.




    “PART TIME TWICE A WEEK”
    STANDARD COURSE
    (Milan & Rome)

    Starting dates: please click here 
    Duration: minimum 8 weeks - prolongable
    Lessons: 2 lessons per evening, 4 per week
    Tuition: 
    beginner - intermediate-advanced 
    Class size: maximum 12 participants in each class
    Course schedule: held on Tuesday and Thursday evening
    Dates and prices

    If you want to learn or improve your Italian, but you don’t have time for a dailycourse, we offer you the possibility to attend “Part-Time” courses for twotimes a week.

    This evening course is especially recommended for those who already live, studyor work in Milan and Rome. The courses are held throughout the year on three abilitylevels. The minimum duration of each course is 8 weeks.

    For more information contact: our school inMilan or our school in Rome

     

    EXTENSIVESTANDARD COURSE
    (MILAN)

    Starting dates: please click here 
    Duration: minimum 4 weeks - prolongable
    Lessons: 2 per day, 10 per week
    Tuition: 
    beginner, intermediate and advancedlevel
    Class size: minimum 4 participants
    Course schedule: daily lessons from Monday to Friday, from 6:30p.m.to 8,00 p.m. 
    Dates and prices 

    Especially for those who work during the day, we offer the possibility to attendour Italian language course which is held in the evening. The minimum durationis 4 weeks. The course is held from Monday to Friday throughout the year forbeginners, intermediate and advanced students.

     

    ITALIAN LANGUAGEAND CULTURE
    COURSE "ITALY TODAY"

    Starting dates: every week for non-beginners
    Duration: 2 or 4 weeks
    Lessons: 50 in two weeks
    Tuition: 
    from the 3rd ability level on
    Class size: maximum 12 participants in each class 
    Dates: 
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    Prices: 
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    For students who want to learn Italian and at the same time become acquainted withthe culture and history and the current social and political situation of theirhost country, we suggest to choose the "Italy Today" Course. In additionto the 4 lessons Intensive Course in the morning, in the afternoon they will beintroduced to art and culture, history and folklore, press and films as well asthe current political and economic situation of Italy.

    The cultural part of this course consists of 10 supplementary lessons in two weeks.

     

    LA DOLCE VITA - 50+course
    Italian language and culture course 
    for mature students of any age

    Starting dates: please click here 
    Duration: 1 or 2 weeks
    Lessons: 20 or 40 plus visits and excursions
    Tuition: 
    on all 6 ability level
    Prices: 
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    This course is specifically designed for mature students of any age. You willlearn Italian in a pleasant and relaxing environment, accompanied by a widevariety of cultural activities.

    You can choose among the most beautiful Italiancities:Florence, Milan, Rome and Siena

    See "LaDolce Vita" programs.




    Siena with Gusto!

    Starting dates: special course dates
    Duration: 1 week
    Italian Lessons: 20 + visits, cooking classes and wine tastinginthe afternoons
    Tuition: 
    elementary A2 and above
    Prices: 
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    Siena is celebrated not only for its art andhistory,but for its traditional hearty cuisine and the excellence of its localproducts.

    "Siena with Gusto!" is acourse designed for both, students andprofessionals, who would like to extendtheir study of Italian to include thetastes of local traditional food.Instruction and tastings are led by nativespeakers and experts whose passion,knowledge and dedication will shape eachlesson.

    The "Siena with Gusto!" courseconsistsof four language lessons every morning for one week. Afternoons aredevoted tothe appreciation and sampling of Sienese cuisine.

    Gastronomyprogram inthe afternoon

    ·        An introductorytour with your course leader, followed by a delicious aperitif in the Piazzadel Campo, the pulsing heart of Siena.

     

    ·        Two hands-oncooking classes led by the chef of a traditional Sienese restaurant. Afterpreparing your dishes, you will enjoy your meal, accompanied by Tuscany’sfabled local wines.

     

    ·        A wine-tasting ofthe world famous Brunello led by an expert sommelier. As you sample, you willlearn the characteristics of Tuscan wines and come to appreciate thecomplexities of wine production.

    MIDDLE LENGTHINTENSIVE COURSE

    Starting dates: everyweek for non-beginners
    Duration: minimum 5 weeks
    Lessons: 4 per day, 20 per week
    Level: 
    all 6 ability levels
    Dates: 
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    Prices: 
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    This is our new Intensive Course with a 5-weeks minimumdurationto deepen students basic knowledge of the Italian language... at avery specialprice!




    LONG-TERM INTENSIVE COURSE

    Starting dates: everyweek for non-beginners
    Duration: minimum 12 weeks
    Lessons: 4 per day, 20 per week
    Level: 
    all 6 ability levels
    Extras: special long-term discount; study in different cities 
    Dates: 
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    Prices: 
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    Students wishing to study Italian for longer periods are especially welcomeatour schools and receive special care and attention from our staff, as wellasbenefiting from our long-term discounted prices. With this course,studentsprofit from all the advantages of learning a language in the countrywhere itis spoken. Through our experience in teaching the Italian language, weknowthat the ideal minimum stay for a course is 12 weeks. Not only you willhavemore confidence in your language skills, but instead of feeling like youare onholiday, you will be completely immersed in the Italian culture and wayoflife. Many of our long-term students are preparing to enter universityorrounding off their Italian Long-Term Intensive Course with therecognised 
    AIL "Firenze"examination.


     

    LONG-TERMSEMESTER COURSE

    Starting dates: every week fornon-beginners
    Duration: minimum 24 weeks
    Lessons: 4 per day, 20 per week
    Level: 
    all 6 ability levels
    Extras: special long-term discount; study in different cities 
    Dates: 
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    Prices: 
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    Would you like to enjoy 6 months in Italy and travel to different cities,too?We have the right program for you! The Long-Term Semester Course is anextendedversion of the Long-Term Intensive Course. The general structure issimilar,but the objectives are targeted on a long-term basis. If you would liketo livein Italy for several months, the Leonardo da Vinci schools offer youthepossibility of an attractive package. You may start learning ItalianinFlorence, and after a few months you can move to Rome, Siena or Milan.Thecurricula in the semester course are the same; thus you can change thecourselocation any time you want and you will make the most of your stay inItaly.

    An excellent opportunity to attain a more in-depthandcontinuous study of the Italian language. You can combine learning thelanguageand enjoying your free time. This course is also an excellentpreparation forMaster Courses in Art, Italian Design, Italian Fashion orRestoration.

    Last abut not least, the Long-Term Semester Coursehasa particularly attractive price!



    ACADEMIC SCHOOL YEAR

    Starting dates for beginners:
    From 07 January 2014 to 14 August 2014;
    From 05 May 2014 to 12 December 2014;
    From 15 September 2014 to 08 May 2015. 
    Duration: 32 weeks
    Lessons: 650 lessons of language, culture and exam
    Level: 
    beginner and elementarylevels
    Class size: min. 5 - max. 12 participants in each class
    Extras: Special accommodation prices
    Prices: 
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    The “academic year” is a 32 week language and culture course for studentswhowish to experience living and studying in Italy. The course combines notonlylanguage courses with Italian culture classes at the Scuola Leonardo daVincibut the syllabus also incorporates the fundamental elements of level C2 oftheEuropean Language Portfolio. All in all, the course offers studentstheopportunity to see at first hand the various aspects of Italy’s richhistoryand culture. The course is composed of a linguistic element and anacademicelement:

    1) Linguistic element:

    ·        480 lessons of theintensive language course

    ·        80 lessons ofpreparation for the two Diploma «Firenze» AIL exams DILI (intermediate level)and DALI (advanced level)

    2) Academic element(80 lessons):

    ·        ItalianCivilization and History

    ·        ArtHistory

    ·        BusinessItalian

    ·        Historyof Design and Architecture

    ·        Introductionto Italian Gastronomy

    3)Privatetutoring (10 lessons):

    ·        toprepare your essay

    For moreinformations about this course: click here 

    For students, starting the Academic Year in September the duration of thewholestay is 34 weeks, including two weeks of Christmas Holidays where nocoursesare held.

    This course is also an excellent preparation for Master Courses in Art,ItalianDesign, Italian Fashion or Restoration.


    SABBATICAL YEAR

    Starting dates: every week fornon-beginners 
    Duration: minimum 48 weeks
    Lessons: 4 per day, 20 per week
    Level: 
    beginner and elementarylevel
    Extras: special long-term discount; study in different cities 
    Dates: 
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    Prices: 
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    This program has a length of 48 weeks, especially appropriate for studentswhowant to spend a very long period in Italy and take a break from theireverydaylife. During these weeks you learn the Italian language from the basisto thehigh proficient level. Since programs are the same in each Leonardo daVincibranch, you have the possibility to live in different cities during yourstayand so to enter in the Italian Culture and way of living.

  • ITALIAN LANGUAGE SCHOOL IN SIENA

    via del Paradiso 16, 53100 Siena

    The Scuola Leonardo da Vinci is located three minutes' walk from Piazza del Campo in the historical centre of Siena. There is a large sunny terrace for student use.

  • A wholerange of activities offered for students to gain insight into the Italianculture

  • One of the free services offered by our schools isfinding suitable accommodation for our students. Accommodation is regularlychecked by our schools. You can choose from one of the following possibilities:

    • Single or double room in a family with breakfast;
    • Single or double room in a family with half board (breakfast and dinner);
    • Single or double room in shared apartments, bathroom and kitchen shared with other students or with the landlord/landlady;
    • Hotels of all categories;
    • Private apartments (independent flats);
    • Residences.

    GENERAL INFORMATION
    ABOUT ACCOMMODATION

    Room-sharingwith another student

    We recommend to book a ‘place in a double room’ onlyfor young people (max. 30 years). According to our experience, mature peoplenormally do not feel at ease in a double room as they may have to share it withvery young people who have different habits and attitudes.

    We offer you the possibility to come together withyour friend and take a double room, provided by our school, even if theaccompanying person does not take a language course.

     

    Availability

    Housing reservations run from the Sunday afternoon(after 2:00 pm) before the beginning of the course to the Saturday morning(10:00 am) at the end of the course. If you need to arrive a day earlier or tostay a day longer, please contact the school for help with extra accommodationarrangements. Different arrival or departure days must be confirmed in writing.However, it is not possible to arrive earlier than the Saturday before thestart of the course and to remain later than the Sunday after the end of thecourse.

     

    Arrival date and time / Emergency

    We need to be informed at least 4 days in advance ofyour's arrival day and time. Therefore, upon receiving the accommodationaddress, you have to contact the landlord (by telephone) or the school (bytelephone, fax or e-mail) to communicate the date and time of arrival in orderto make the waiting time for both parts as short as possible. If there is nocommunication, you will be expected to arrive in the evening, after 6:00 pm.

     

    Booking and Payment

    To make reservations for accommodation, we need yourcredit card number as guarantee deposit. Accommodation fees must be paidimmediately upon arrival in Italy. Payments should be made in cash and in full(not by instalments) for each month or for shorter terms.

     

    Location / Key

    Our accommodations are located in the city centers aswell as in the suburbs. In any case you can easily reach the school and thecenter of the cities by public transport. To get from the suburbs to the centertakes 15 - 25 minutes by public transport (Milan and Rome up to 50 minutes). Ifyou have been placed in the town center it takes about 15 minutes on foot toreach the school. You are given your own key and are independent.

     

    Deposit for shared apartments

    You must pay a deposit of 100 Euro to get the keys foryour accommodation in shared apartments. This deposit must be paid in cash onarrival and will be refunded on departure, less repairs and cleaning costs ifneeded.

     

    Bed-linens / towels / laundry

    Host-family: Bed-linens are provided and changed every two weeks.

    Shared Apartments: Bed-linens are provided and changed every two weeksor, in alternative, upon arrival each student will be given a set of bed-linensand two sets if they stay longer. In this case students are required to washbed-linens themselves.

    About washing and washingmachine: inhost-family the use of the washingmachine is not forseen, also if it's possibleto have a different agreement with the owners. In shared apartments you canwash by hands, or use one of the many wash & dry that are near theapartments.

     

    Photocopy of passport

    Following the events of September 11, 2001, Italianauthorities have intensified checks on foreigners. The result is an unfortunateincrease in paperwork. All landlords in Italy must declare the presence oftenants and thus need a photocopy of passports of all new tenants. We suggestto bring with you a photocopy of your passport.

     

    Car Parking

    Garages and paid parking spaces are easy to find inthe city centers as well as in the suburbs. There are cheaper weekly andmonthly season tickets available. You can also ask your landlords for theclosest garage or parking area to the accommodation. Should you park the car onthe street, you should consult the street signs or ask the landlord on whichnight the weekly street cleaning ("pulizia della strada") takes placein the area. On that night the car must be parked elsewhere. All cars parked ina prohibited area will be removed.

     

     

    ACCOMMODATION IN A HOST FAMILY

    In selecting host families, we do not look for luxuryand comfort in the material sense but for Italian families who appreciatereceiving foreign students. Additionally, the word "family" shouldnot be taken too literally, as a family can be "traditional" withchildren, a single parent or a childless couple who take in students becausethey enjoy the company.

    Meals

    You can choose between breakfast and half board(breakfast and dinner). You have your meals together with the family but youshould be aware that Italian eating habits can be rather different from yourown. Breakfast usually only consists of coffee or tea and bread, butter,marmalade. Dinner is a complete meal served normally at around 8:00 pm.

    House rules in host families

    Living with a family offers a unique opportunity tobecome acquainted with the Italian culture and way of living, but it alsorequires compromises between the host and you. Therefore there are some houserules which you must take into consideration:

    • Leaving their room presentable;
    • Not waking up the family after midnight when returning home;
    • Not using any family belongings without permission;
    • Not preparing meals by yourself;
    • Not doing the laundry by yourself (The use of the washing-machine is not included, but arrangements may be made between the landlord and you);
    • The use of the ironing board is permitted with no extra charge;
    • You are allowed to use the common rooms and to receive telephone calls;
    • The room (if not closed by key) is cleaned daily.

     

    ACCOMMODATION IN SHAREDAPARTMENTS

    Living in a apartment, together with other foreign orItalian students or with the landlord/landlady, requires maturity but allowsyou considerable independence. You share with the roommate(s) the bathroom andthe kitchen and can cook on your own.

    Facilities

    • You share a flat or floor of a house either with other students from Scuola Leonardo da Vinci, with other Italian students or with the owner. Students share the kitchen and the bathroom.
    • The apartments are furnished and the kitchens are supplied with all essential kitchen equipment (cutlery, plates, pans etc.).
    • You can prepare your meals separately or together with your flatmates and fellow students.
    • Electricity, gas water, local costs and taxes are included in the price.
    • Bed-linens are provided free of charge and changed every 2 weeks.
    • You have to bring your own towels.
    • We suggest that you organise some food for the first evening.
    • The apartment are not provided with telephones.
    • The apartments are cleaned before your arrival. During your stay, you are responsible for the cleaning of your rooms and of the rooms used in common (kitchen and bathroom).

    House-rules for shared apartments

    Your are expected to respect the followinghouse-rules:

    • To leave the common rooms clean and presentable;
    • To wash the dishes after use;
    • To throw the garbage in the street containers every day;
    • Not to wake your flatmates after midnight when returning home;
    • Not to organise "parties" (Parties, especially with people not living in the apartment, are strongly forbidden for insurance and safety reasons, as well as for the tranquillity of the students not taking part and the neighbours.);
    • Not to use a vacant bed or room in the apartment;
    • Not to invite any "just-made" friends to stay in the apartment;
    • To report any damage or technical fault immediately to the school secretary;
    • To leave the apartment clean on departure.

     

    ACCOMMODATION IN PRIVATEAPARTMENTS

    Private apartments are more comfortable than sharedapartments and therefore more expensive. They are available for one or morepersons. Prices are available on request. Please note that the privateapartments must be reserved well in advance and the prices vary depending onthe city and season. Scuola Leonardo da Vinci only makes the reservations.Payment has to be made directly to the apartment owner, i.e. we need your 'scredit card number to make reservations.

     

    ACCOMMODATION IN HOTELS

    We work with Hotels situated close to the schools(basic offer always: bed & breakfast, rooms with shower or bathroom).Prices are available on request and according to the categories of hotels:

    • Lux. cat. (Five-Star-Hotel): all comfort;
    • 1st cat. (Four-Star-Hotel): restaurant; bar; rooms with air condition, TV, bath/WC;
    • 2nd cat. (Three-Star-Hotel): rooms with air condition, TV, bath/WC;
    • 3rd cat. (Two-Star-Hotel): rooms with bath/WC;
    • 4th cat. (One-Star-Hotel): rooms with wash basin; bath/WC on the floor.

    Generally, we make hotel reservations from the Sundaybefore the beginning of the course to the Saturday after the end of the course.Different arrival or departure days on request. Scuola Leonardo da Vinci onlymakes the reservations. Payment has to be made directly to the hotelreceptionist, i.e. we need your 's credit card number to make reservations.

     

    ACCOMMODATION IN RESIDENCE

    One, two and three-roomed apartments with either two,three or four beds in each; a lounge, a fitted kitchen area, bathroom withshower, direct dial telephone, air conditioning, television and daily cleaningservices. On request, there are normally the following supplementary services:parking, breakfast, secretarial services and a safe for valuables. ScuolaLeonardo da Vinci only makes the reservations. Payment has to be made directlyto the Residence receptionist, i.e. we need your's credit card number to makereservations.

     

    ACCOMMODATION COSTS 2014
    (min.-max. prices in Euro per person)

    TYPE OF ACCOMMODATION

    per day

    2 weeks
    (13 nights)

    additional week
    (7 nights)

    min.

    max.

    min.

    max.

    min.

    max.

    Apartment standard,
    shared kitchen and bathroom

    double room

    14

    16.50

    182

    214.50

    98

    115.50

    single room

    18

    21.50

    234

    279.50

    126

    150.50

    Family, breakfast

    double room

    16

    18.50

    208

    240.50

    112

    129.50

    single room

    20

    23.50

    260

    305.50

    140

    164.50

    Family, half board (breakfast+dinner)

    double room

    28

    30.50

    364

    396.50

    196

    213.50

    single room

    32

    35.50

    416

    461.50

    224

    248.50

    Hotel of all categories, Private apartments, Studios and Residences

    Prices on request

    Nota Bene:

    • You may book a single room or a place in a double room.
    • Accommodations are provided only in combination with the booking of a language course (exception: Drawing, Painting and Music Courses). No accommodation will be provided for the booking of Part Times Courses.
    • Housing available from Sunday after 2 pm before the start of the course to Saturday (10 am) at the end of the course. Different arrival or departure days only by special arrangements.
    • Bed-linens are provided and changed every two weeks. Towels are not provided, please bring your own towels.
    • Host family accommodation: Half-board includes breakfast and dinner. Remember that you cannot cook on your own.
    • For all accommodations: We need your credit card number as guarantee deposit to make reservations. Please note, that we may request a deposit of 100 Euro for Shared Apartment accommodation to get the keys. This deposit must be paid in cash at arrival and will be refunded on your departure, less raparation costs if needed.
    • Payment of family and shared-apartment accommodation must be made immediately upon arrival in Italy.
    • Hotels of all categories, Private apartments, Studios and Residences: Reservations should be made well in advance.
    • Special prices for Italian Tour course: click here.

     

    ACCOMMODATION COSTS for one week only courses

    NB: Accommodation costs for 2 and more weeks: please see above

    *) Double rooms can be booked only by two participants of a language course travelling together or by a participant accompanied by a friend

    Type of Accommodation

    Room

    1 week (6 nights) Euro per person

    Apartment standard (shared kitchen and bathroom)

    place in double room)*

    144

    single room

    192

    Family, breakfast

    place in double room)*

    156

    single room

    204

    Family, half board (breakfast & dinner)

    place in double room)*

    228

    single room

    276

  • ·        Diploma "Firenze" DELI A2 - AIL (elementary)

    ·        Diploma"Firenze" DILI B1 - AIL (intermediate I)

    ·        Diploma "Firenze" DILC B1 - AIL (commercialintermediate)

    ·        Diploma "Firenze" DILI B2 - AIL (intermediate II)

    ·        Diploma"Firenze" DALI C1 - AIL (advanced I)

    ·        Diploma"Firenze" DALC C1 - AIL (commercial advanced)

    ·        Diploma"Firenze" DALI C2 - AIL (advanced II)

    Preparation coursefor CILS, University of Siena and CELI, University of Perugia

  • ·        Members of ASILS (Associaton of language schools of Italian as a secondforeign language)

    ·        Officiallyauthorized by the Italian Ministry of Education.

    ·        OurItalian Schools in FlorenceRomeSiena and Milan have obtained the International quality assuranceCertificate ISO 9001:2008,as a quality school of Italian language for foreigners, and have regularinspections to ensure that high standards are maintained.

    ·        Recognized from CSN Lund (Swedish National Student AssistanceBoard) for study grants.

    School accredited by CSN, where 
    Swedish students can study italianwith state funded loans.

    ·        Recognized from 9 German FederalStates for "Bildungsurlaub".

    ·        Recognized from many US Universitiesfor Academic credits.


     

  • COURSE DATES 2014


    Course Starting Dates

    Jan

    Feb

    Mar

    Apr

    May

    Jun

    Jul

    Aug

    Sep

    Oct

    Nov

    Dec

    ♦ 07

    ♦ 03

    ♦ 03

    07

    ♦ 05

    ♦ 03

    ♦ 07

    ♦ 04

    ♦ 01

    06

    03

    01

    13

    10

    10

    ♦ 14

    12

    09

    14

    11

    08

    ♦ 13

    ♦ 10

    ♦ 09

    ♦ 20

    ♦ 17

    ♦ 17

    22

    ♦19

    ♦ 16

    ♦ 21

    ♦ 18

    ♦ 15

    20

    17

    -

    27

    24

    24

    ♦ 28

    26

    23

    28

    25

    22

    ♦ 27

    ♦ 24

    -

    -

    -

    ♦ 31

    -

    -

    ♦ 30

    -

    -

    ♦ 29

    -

    -

    -

    ♦ Starting Dates for absolute beginners 
    Christmas Holidays: from 20 December 2014 to 04 January 2015

     

    Public Holidays (schools closed)

    06 January - Epiphany
    21 April - Easter Monday )*
    25 April - National Holiday )*
    01 May - Labor Day
    02 June - National Holiday 
    24 June - St. John (Florence only)
    15 August - Assumption Day “Ferragosto”
    08 December - Immaculate conception 
    )* If there are two public holidays in the same week, the lessons of one of these two days will be rescheduled.

    AIL «Firenze» Diplomas 2014:
    Examination dates for all Diplomas

    28 March
    27 June
    26 September
    05 December

    AIL «Firenze» Diplomas 2014:
    Examination preparation courses

    03 March - 28 March 
    03 June - 27 June
    01 September - 26 September
    10 November - 05 December

    Language Course "Italian Tour" 2014

    Non beginners can start on every Monday;
    Starting dates for absolute beginners:
    07 Jan / 20 Jan / 03 Feb / 17 Feb / 03 Mar / 17 Mar / 31 Mar / 14 Apr / 28 Apr / 05 May / 19 May / 03 Jun / 16 Jun / 30 Jun / 07 Jul / 21 Jul / 04 Aug / 18 Aug / 01 Sep / 15 Sep / 29 Sep / 13 Oct / 27 Oct / 10 Nov / 24 Nov / 09 Dec

    50+ Courses "La Dolce Vita" 2014
    (starting dates 1 or 2 weeks)

    Florence: 05 May | 30 Jun | 01 Sep | 29 Sep
    Milan: 31 Mar | 16 Jun | 01 Sep
    Rome: 31 Mar | 16 Jun | 15 Sep
    Siena: 17 Mar | 19 May | 16 Jun | 13 Oct

    Courses for Italian-Language Teachers 2014

    Florence: 20 Jan - 31 Jan | 05 May - 16 May | 13 Oct - 24 Oct

    Milan: 17 Feb - 28 Feb | 09 Jun - 20 Jun | 25 Aug - 05 Sep

    Rome: 03 Mar - 14 Mar | 19 May - 30 May | 13 Oct - 24 Oct

    University Preparation Courses 2014

    From 10 March to 04 April

    International Medical Admissions Test IMAT - Preparation Course in English 2014

    From 17 March to 04 April

    Preparation Courses for Fashion & Design Academies students 2014

    From 30 Jun to 25 Jul
    From 25 Aug to 19 Sep

    Part Time Standard Course / Extensive Standard Course 2014

    Upon request: contact our school in Milan or our school in Rome.

    Academic School Year 2014/2015
    (Florence - Milan - Rome)

    ·         From 07 January 2014 to 14 August 2014;

    ·         From 05 May 2014 to 12 December 2014;

    ·         From 15 September 2014 to 08 May 2015.

    For students, starting the Academic Year in September the duration of the whole stay is 34 weeks, including two weeks of Christmas Holidays where no courses are held.

    Course for Musical Specialization
    (Florence) 2014

    07 Jan / 20 Jan / 03 Feb / 17 Feb / 03 Mar / 17 Mar / 28 Apr / 05 May / 19 May / 03 Jun / 16 Jun / 30 Jun / 07 Jul / 21 Jul / 01 Sep / 15 Sep / 29 Sep / 13 Oct / 27 Oct / 10 Nov / 24 Nov / 09 Dec

    Language preparatory semester in Design 2014

    From 17 February to 04 July

    Experience the Design 2014

    05 - 09 May
    01 - 05 Sep
    13 - 17 Oct

    Siena with Gusto! 2014

    14 - 18 Apr
    10 - 14 Nov

    Course for Fashion Shows 2014

    17 Feb - 28 Feb
    16 Jun - 27 Jun
    15 Sep - 26 Sep

    Junior Summer Camp 2014

    22 Jun - 05 Jul
    06 Jul - 19 Jul
    20 Jul - 02 Aug

    Special Christmas Courses

    15 - 19 Dec 2014

     

    “For those who plan ahead”: Course starting dates 2015

    05 Jan / 19 Jan / 02 Feb / 16 Feb / 02 Mar / 16 Mar / 30 Mar / 13 Apr / 27 Apr / 04 May / 18 May / 01 Jun / 15 Jun / 29 Jun / 06 Jul / 20 Jul / 03 Aug / 17 Aug / 31 Aug / 14 Sep / 28 Sep / 12 Oct / 26 Oct / 09 Nov / 23 Nov / 07 Dec

  • SCHOLARSHIPS

    SCUOLA LEONARDO DA VINCI SCHOLARSHIPS

    "Borsa di studio":
    SCUOLA LEONARDO DA VINCI awards some school or university students scholarships ("Borse di Studio") entitling them to a 100 percent reduction in the cost of a four-week intensive course, not including accommodation. If you wish to apply for one of our scholarships, you are requested to submit an application and registration form to the closest Culture Institute, enclosing a reference from your Italian teacher, and stating the precise name and address of your school/university, and of the teacher concerned.

    "Assegno di studio":
    SCUOLA LEONARDO DA VINCI awards 40 school or university Study Discounts ("Assegno di Studio") entitling them to a partial reduction in the cost of a two-week or a four-week intensive course, not including accommodation. If you wish to apply for one of our Study Discounts, you are requested to submit an application and registration form directly to Scuola Leonardo da Vinci through the Italian Department of your University, enclosing a reference from your Italian teacher, and stating the precise name and address of your school/university, and of the teacher concerned.

    ITALIAN MINISTRY OF FOREIGN AFFAIRS SCHOLARSHIP

    You can apply for a scholarship granted by the Italian government: Every year the Ministry of Foreign Affairs grants foreign citizens, as well as Italian citizens permanently residing abroad, scholarships for Italian language and culture courses.

    Information on deadlines to apply for scholarships as well as regulations and application forms can be obtained from the Italian diplomatic or consular missions in the candidate's country of origin. Ask for scholarship at SCUOLA LEONARDO DA VINCI. Applications must then be presented to the same diplomatic/consular mission. You can find the email addresses of all Italian missions abroad at the following Web site:http://www.esteri.it/MAE/EN/Ministero/LaReteDiplomatica/Ambasciate/default.htm

    Enrolment is carried out by the scholarship holder after having received the scholarship.

    Please note that the final decision will depend directly by the Minister of Foreign Affairs. We, or the Italian Consulate/Embassy, are not involved in the decision.

    FINANCIAL AIDS
    You can have financial aid depending on the country you live in and/or if you are a student or a teacher

    GERMANY: BILDUNGSURLAUB

    Germans can apply for our Bildungsurlaub recognized courses. Our schools are recognized from the following German Federal States regarding the "Bildungsurlaub":

     Brandenburg;
     Berlin;
     Hamburg;
     Hessen;
     Niedersachsen;
     Rheinland-Pfalz;
     Sachsen-Anhalt;
    • Schleswig-Holstein.

    Ask for detailed information and please remember to ask in time for application (about 10 weeks previous to the beginning of the course). Remember to choose the right "Italian language course" since some Lands require a minimum of 6 lessons per day.

    STUDY GRANTS

    Swedish students can apply for study grants for our schools, since they are recognized from CSN Lund - Sweden (Swedish National Student Assistance Board) for study grants.

    Learn more about our Special Offer for Swedish Students.

 

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