Italian Courses in Tropea, Italy at Piccola Universita Italiana
Widely known as ‘the Pearl of the Tyrrhenian Sea’, Tropea is a charming and picturesque town of 7000 inhabitants in the region of Calabria, located on a rocky cliff above the sea. It boasts a well-preserved medieval town center, a lively market, romantic side streets, small shops and traditional artisan crafts, outdoor cafés and typical family-run Italian restaurants. Enjoy spectacular white sandy beaches, the crystal-clear turquoise water, tiny untouched bays, fabulous traditional cuisine and the charm of Tropea’s history, which can still be felt while walking past the imposing buildings of the town center.
Piccola Universita Italiana – Italian Courses in Tropea, Italy
Piccola Universita Italiana has been offering Italian courses in Tropea since 1993. Since 2004, it has been officially recognized by the Italian Ministry of Education, University and Research.
The Piccola Universita Italiana school in Tropea is in the heart of the old town center in a gorgeous 18th-century building. There are 11 air-conditioned, multimedia classrooms equipped with 32” flat-screen TVs and DVD players, internet point with two computers, Wi-Fi throughout the school, 4 terraces, a cinema room with a piano which is available for student use, a multimedia library and a reception area. On sunny days, the terraces can be used for private lessons.
All the staff and teachers at Piccola Universita Italiana are highly qualified and specialized in teaching Italian as a foreign language. The native Italian instructors are certified for teaching Italian to foreigners and teach the language through the communicative method, using Italian as the language of instruction. This method provides the greatest possible development of students’ linguistic abilities. The school library is constantly updated with new materials. Alongside modern and professional Italian language textbooks, integrated with audio CDs and CD-ROMs, they also use literary textbooks, films, songs, magazines and newspapers during lessons.
Piccola Universita Italiana is a member of IALC (International Association of Language Centers) which inspects it’s school members on a regular basis guaranteeing the quality of the programs offered.
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Italian Courses in Tropea
IMPORTANT: The school in Tropea is only open for group courses from 4 March to 12 November 2023.
Italian Course Options – Students may choose any of the course options listed below. Important Notes: Minimum enrollment: one week (except on special programs as indicated below, where minimum enrollment is 2 weeks). Minimum enrollment age is 18 (16+ upon request and when accompanied by an adult). Each lesson is 55 minutes long. All prices include: school registration fee, welcome information package (school bag, map, notebook and pen), all training material, initial level assessment test, certificate of completion, extra curricular activities taking place at the school (movie night, cultural seminars. etc.). The price also includes round trip transfer service from Lamezia Terme airport or train station.
Standard Italian Course – 20 Italian group lessons per week (each lesson=55 minutes), 3 to 6 students per class. 15 levels from Beginner to Advanced. Course consists of 4 lessons per day from Monday to Friday: 2 grammar lessons and 2 conversation lessons each day with two different teachers. Class schedule: from 9:00 am to 1:00 pm or from 4:00 pm to 8:00 pm. Class schedule preferences will be taken into consideration whenever possible but final placement is determined by the school based on the student’s language level. Important: If a group of at least 3 students at the same linguistic level cannot be formed, then the student will be assigned to semi-private of private classes (“2 to 1” or “1 to 1”) with the number of lessons reduced by half. In this case, the course would have 2 daily lessons: 1 grammar lesson and 1 conversation lessons with the same teacher.
Intensive Italian Course – 26 Italian lessons per week (each lesson=55 minutes), 3 to 6 students per class. 15 levels from Beginner to Advanced. Course consists of the Standard Italian course (20 group lessons per week) PLUS 6 private lessons each week (2 lessons each day 3 days a week). Group class schedule: from 9:00 am to 1:00 pm or from 4:00 pm to 8:00 pm. Group class schedule preferences will be taken into consideration whenever possible but final placement is determined by the school based on the student’s language level. Important: for the gorup portion of the training, if a group of at least 3 students at the same linguistic level cannot be formed, then the student will be assigned to semi-private of private classes (“2 to 1” or “1 to 1”) with the number of lessons reduced by half. In this case, the course would have 2 daily lessons: 1 grammar lesson and 1 conversation lessons with the same teacher
Conversation Italian Course – 10 Italian group lessons per week (each lesson=55 minutes), 3 to 6 students per class. Intermediate to Advanced levels only!. Course consists of 2 conversation lessons per day from Monday to Friday. Class schedule: Monday to Friday from 11:10 am – 1:00 pm or from 6:10 pm – 8:00 pm. Class schedule preferences will be taken into consideration whenever possible but final placement is determined by the school based on the student’s language level.
One-to-One Italian Courses – 10, 20 or 30 Italian private lessons per week (each lesson=55 minutes). All levels from Beginner to Advanced are offered year round (between November and February upon request). These courses are completely tailor-made and teachers work closely with students to fulfill their needs so that they can improve their language level quickly. One-to-One Italian courses may start any Monday.
Italian Courses in Tropea – Prices 2023:
(All programs: NO application fee. A non-refundable USD 100.00 deposit is required at the time of enrollment. Deposit will be subtracted from final program invoice. See Application Procedures.)
|Course||One week||Two weeks||Three weeks||Four weeks||Six weeks||Eight weeks||Twelve weeks||Extra weeks|
|Standard Italian Course - 20 lessons:||$412||$645||$866||$1,075||$1,482||$1,876||$2,641||$194|
|Intensive Italian Course - 20+6 lessons:||$669||$1,159||$1,637||$2,085||$2,957||$3,788||--||$430|
|Conversation Italian Course (10 less/wk.):||$341||$526||$693||$854||---||---||---||$150|
|One-to-One Italian Course:|
|10 Lessons per week||$585||$466|
|20 Lessons per week||$1,028||$908|
|30 Lessons per week||$1,446||$1,326|
Important note: all course prices listed already include the school enrollment fee!
IMPORTANT: The school in Tropea is only open for group courses from 4 March to 12 November 2023.
Italian Courses in Tropea Starting Dates 2023: Starting dates for ALL levels including Beginners: Every Monday from 4 March to 6 November 2023.
Holidays 2023: The school will be closed on: 10 April, 25 April, 1 May, 2 June, 15 August, and 1 November. Classes missed due to holidays are not made up but a credit on the weekly fee will apply.
Other Italian Courses available in Tropea:
60 Plus Italian Courses: This program is specially designed for mature people who want to experience Italian language and culture together with other students of a similar age. Minimum enrollment age: 60 years of age. Two week course which includes 20 Italian language lessons per week plus accommodations.
Prices include: school registration fee, welcome information package (school bag, map, notebook and pen), all training material, initial level assessment test, certificate of completion, extra curricular activities taking place at the school (movie night, cultural seminars. etc.). The price also includes round trip transfer service from Lamezia Terme airport or train station, and choice of accommodations in single room in a shared apartment or a studio apartment.
60 Plus Italian Courses Starting Dates 2023: 12 March, 22 October.
60 Plus Italian Courses Prices 2023:
With accommodations in a shared apartment (single room, no meals, use of shared kitchen): 2 weeks: USD 1,370.00
With accommodations in a Studio Apartment (single room, private bath, kitchenette, no meals: 2 weeks: USD 1,510.00
Italian Plus Courses:
Italian and Painting: Painting courses give by a local artist can be added to any of the Italian courses. Your choice of Oil Painting or Watercolors. The course consists of 10 hours a week (2 hours x 5 days) and the price includes materials, paints and canvas/paper. Starting dates: Any Monday. Price 2023: USD 304.00 per week.
Italian and Mediterranean Cooking: This Traditional Mediterranean Cuisine cooking course, perfect for learning how to cook Calabrian dishes and specialties may be added to any of the Italian courses offered. Course consist of 3 lessons per week (6:00 pm to 9:30 pm) for a total of 10 hrs. Minimum course length: 1 week (3 lessons). Maximum course length: 4 weeks (12 lessons). Price includes: Recipe book, apron and all ingredients necessary for the preparation of all dishes. Starting dates: Every Monday. Price 2023: USD 304.00 per week.
Piccola Universita Italiana – Accommodations
The school organizes accommodation and offers different kinds of lodging that will satisfy the needs of every student. In order to offer the highest possible services, the school personally manages all flats, their weekly cleaning and linen changes. All flats have televisions and most have balconies, washing machines and radios. Some of them enjoy sea view.
Apartment Shares: The typical shared flat has two or three bedrooms, a large kitchen and one or two bathrooms. The kitchen and bathrooms are shared.
Studio Apartments: A typical studio flat has a large room with kitchenette and bathroom. Some studio flats also have a separate living room and kitchen.
Accommodation prices include: sleeping facilities, required meals, bed linen and blankets, water, gas and electricity use.
Piccola Universita Italiana – Accommodation Prices 2023:
|Housing Description||One week||Two weeks||Three weeks||Four weeks||Extra weeks|
|Shared Apartment: Single Room, no meals, use of kitchen||$191||$370||$538||$693||$175|
|Shared Apartment: Double Room, no meals, use of kitchen. Per person.||$149||$275||$394||$502||$134|
|Studio Apartment: Single occupancy, no meals||$275||$526||$717||$860||$185|
|Studio Apartment: Double occupancy, no meals. Per person.||$215||$394||$556||$669||$140|
IMPORTANT: High season surcharges apply to all types of accommodations during the following periods:
From 29 April to 1 July and from 9 September to 7 October 2023 add: USD 74 per week (USD 37 per person for double rooms)
From 1 July to 9 September 2023 add: USD 135 per week (USD 68 per person double rooms).
From 29 April to 1 July and from 9 September to 7 October 2023 add: USD 180 per week (USD 96 per person for double rooms)
From 1 July to 9 September 2023 add: USD 360 per week (USD 180 per person double rooms).
Note: Double room rates in apartments are available only for two students traveling together. Please contact us for pricing.
Hotels: Prices vary depending on hotel category, room type and season. Prices available upon request.
Piccola Universita Italiana Tropea – Activities:
The school staff and teachers organize social activities every week. Most cultural and recreational activities taking place at school are included in the cost of the language course. Students only pay for the entrance fess to museums, cinemas or theatres, for public transport, guides and for evening meals in restaurants. On the first day of the course, students receive full information about the city, the activities and the facilities at the school. A welcome walk through the historic area is included on the first Monday of the course.
Excursions: Every week, the school offers the opportunity to immerse yourself in the friendly and fascinating world of Southern Italy. Tropea is the perfect point of departure for exploring the archaeological sites of Magna Graecia and many places of great natural beauty, from the splendid coasts, to the unspoiled forests of Aspromonte. The excursions organized by the school make it possible to visit the Sicilian town of Taormina and its Ancient Greek theatre, the unique volcanic island of Stromboli and its awe-inspiring eruptions, and the city of Reggio Calabria and its important archaeological museum, which features two magnificent bronze statues ‘Bronzi di Riace’ in its collection. Some of the excursions offered include:
- Vibo – Pizzo
- Reggio Calabria
- Serra San Bruno
- Locri, Gerace and the Magna Graecia
- Crotone, Le Castella and Santa Severina
- Sibari, Corigliano and the Licorice Museum
- The Romito Grotto, Morano Calabro and Castrovillari
- Sicily: Messina, Taormina and the Ancient Greek Theatre
- Campania: Pompeii and the Amalfi Coast
- Mini-cruise to the Aeolian Islands
- Stromboli by night
- Food and wine tours
Airport Pick-up: School arranged transfers from the Lamezia Terme airport or train station are included in the price of the courses. Students not requiring transfers receive 2 half day excursions at no charge instead.
IMPORTANT NOTE: Prices are subject to change due to fluctuating foreign currency rates.