Situated in Italy’s northern Lombardy region, Milan is best known as one of the world’s fashion and design capitals. But it is also awash with historical gems, many of which recall the city’s rich heritage in the fields of art and culture, such as the Gothic Duomo di Milano cathedral and the Santa Maria delle Grazie convent, home to Leonardo da Vinci’s mural “The Last Supper,”
Needless to say, a foreign student living in Milan won’t be short of things to see and do. But if you want to focus on your studies, it is also a city that allows a degree of anonymity, with plenty of peaceful neighbourhoods outside the centre. If you’re thinking of taking the next step and coming to Milan to learn Italian, you may find our selection of three of the city’s best language schools to be useful.
Il Centro – A Tandem School
Founded in 1986, Il Centro is part of the Tandem network of global language schools. The school offers a wide range of courses, including full immersion individual and group lessons, evening and weekend courses, as well as online courses. Lessons are taught using a humanistic-affective approach, with an emphasis on communication supported by the use of audio and video. Teachers are encouraged to focus on the human component of learning, increasing the value of every student’s individual identity and the relation between teacher and class. The didactic material used in lessons is regularly updated and renewed to always guarantee a modern and effective approach. In addition to in-class lessons, from time to time the school also organises free activities including workshops on written and oral language, guided visits to local attractions, and classes on Italian culture.
Established in 1996, Passepartout is a boutique school that is officially recognised by the Italian Ministry of Education. A wide variety of courses are available, ranging from intensive long term and short term courses, evening courses, one-to-one courses, Skype courses and courses for companies. Class sizes are kept to a maximum of eight students, ensuring that each student gets individual attention in every lesson. All of the schools teachers are highly qualified and have undergone rigorous training in their custom-made methodology, which combines a communicative approach with strong attention to the structures of the language. The school also offers a free-of-charge accommodation information service which can be accessed after enrolling on your course.
Società Dante Alighieri
Located in the city centre, the Milan School of the Dante Alighieri Society has been teaching Italian for more than a century through a wide range of courses. Among those available today are intensive courses, ordinary courses, business courses, conversation courses and cultural courses, all of which can be learnt either individually or as part of a group. Students who successfully complete a course will receive a Certificate of Competence in Italian Language for Foreigners, recognised by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs. In terms of extra-curricular activities, there’s a regular programme of conferences and artistic and musical events, most of which are free to attend for students. For those needing accommodation during their studies, the school can also help connect you with agencies that will arrange your housing needs.