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Program & Admission Information - Siena, Italy  



From the first day of class forward only Italian will be spoken in the classroom. This “total immersion” in the language helps students of all levels to quickly learn the language. By continually promoting the use of verbal communication, it permits the student to learn Italian 'naturally'. It unites the theory and practice of learning the language and helps to quickly build the students confidence in using the language. Students practice their Italian in real-life situations, through role playing with your teacher, and other participants. In advanced courses the written language will also be a major part of the course curriculum.

On the first day of class there is a placement test (written and oral), which is used to place the student in the most appropriate level. Students are then evaluated throughout there studies and moved through the levels as their knowledge of the Italian language increases.

Standard Italian Group
20 hours per week. The Standard Course is held throughout the year on 6 (monthly) levels of ability. Duration is 2 to 24 weeks. The 4 lessons are held daily from Monday to Friday, usually beginning at 9:00. If there are many participants the Standard Course may also be held in the afternoon at 14:00. There is a maximum of 12 students in each class.

Intensive Italian Group Course
30 hours per week. The Intensive Course consists of 4 lessons Standard Group Course per day in the morning and 2 extra lessons of group language course in the afternoon. In the afternoon session students have the opportunity to increase their knowledge with practice in speaking and conversing. There is a maximum of 12 students in each class. Please note that this course is held only in Florence.

Group/Tutor Italian Course
25 or 30 hours per week - 20 Group + 5 or 10 Tutor. Continual language practice, maximum concentration through intensive work with a personal teacher five hours per week and active practicing of communication skills guarantee swift progress and success in the shortest possible time. All levels can be accommodated and those above beginner level can also include vocabulary oriented to certain professions during the Tutor hours. Additional hours can be accommodated upon request.

Group Intensive Italian
30 hours per week. The Group 6 course offers 4 small group lessons in the morning and 2 small group lessons in the afternoon. Class sizes range from 2 students to a maximum of 6.

Private Italian Course
20 hours per week. Consists of 4 private lessons 5 days per week, you create your own class schedule. Continual language practice, maximum concentration through intensive work with your personal instructor, and active usage of your communication skills equate to swift progress and increased language proficiency in the shortest possible time.

Professional Italian
30 hours per week - 20 Group + 10 Tutor. If you want to attend a course that suits your particular professional and personal requirements, the Professional Italian program may be of interest to you. Classes with a private Tutor focus on vocabulary from one of the following areas:

* Business Correspondance
* Business Italian
* Italian for Banking
* Italian for Law
* Italian for the Hotel Industry
* The Language of Wine and Food
* The Language of Tourism
* Italian for Flight Attendants
* Italian for Healthcare
* The Language of Fashion
* The Language of Architecture
* Italian Literature
* Italian Cinema
* The Language of Opera
* The History and Language of Theatre

An intermediate level of Italian is required to participate in the Professional Italian program.

Program for Teachers of Italian Language
The main objective of the course is to support Italian language instructors by bringing teaching methods and theoretical knowledge up to date. The course is designed to revitalize linguistic and didactic abilities, and refreshes the socio-economic and political-cultural knowledge of Italy for class participants. The course focuses on refining theoretical and practical bases for teaching Italian as a foreign language, offers lessons in diction, and provides greater insight on student teaching in general. This program meets the requirements for a LINGUA grant, which Italian-language teachers within the European Union can apply for.

“Pleasures and Traditions"
The course consists of daily 3 lessons of ‘soft’ language teaching in the morning and many activities, guided visits and excursions in the afternoon. Levels: beginner and elementary.

Three lessons of language course each day;

• Guided visit to Siena for an orientation of the city center
• Guided tour of Siena's “Palazzo Pubblico”, Siena's graceful Gothic town hall
• Wine Tasting: Tuscan reds, paired with regional Italian cheeses
• Culinary Walking Tour: guided tour through the historical center of Siena, to discover the city's best recipes, pastry shops, wine bars, etc.
• Guided visit of a “Contrada”(historical city district) and its museum
• An evening of hand-made pasta: in a large rustic kitchen, we will prepare fresh dishes such as hand-made “ravioli”and “tagliatelle”, along with authentic sauces
• Chianti Tour: guided visit to the Chianti wine country, with a stop at a wine-cellar for a wine tasting, sampling of local products and lunch.

Study & Internship Program
This Study & Internship program combines a minimum 4 week Standard Group Italian Study program, professional orientation of specialized classes, followed up with a minimum 8 week Internship Work Experience placement in the community.

All internship opportunities will work in partnership with local people in a variety of community-based projects.

This unique program offers exciting hands-on work opportunities, meaningful cultural immersion, and an enriching language program.

After the minimum 4 week study program, and professional orientation, there is a 8 week minimum internship placement in a business or organization in one of the following fields:
-Web Design
-Web Marketing
-Other fields available upon request

For more information about this program, contact us!

Language Plus Courses
The Language Plus Courses are organized on a one or two-week basis and can be extended to four weeks. They are held in the afternoon or evening. All courses are conducted in Italian and must be taken in addition to a language program.

* Italian Cooking Course for Amateurs, 1 week, 1 evening meeting of approximately 3 hours
o During each lesson the students prepare and cook a different complete menu which consists of typical dishes of Italian cuisine in the tradition of genuine simplicity.

At the beginning of each lesson the teacher explains the menu of the day and distributes the work.

During the preparation and the cooking of the food, the teacher demonstrates, explains and gives valuable hints and tips. The students prepare the table and dine together.

Each student or pair of students presents and serves to the others the dish they have prepared.

*Italian Culinary Course, 1 week, Private or Small Group Culinary Tutorial lessons for 5 afternoons
o This is a course for professionals as well as for
gourmet food lovers. The course consists of four morning lessons in a Standard language class, each day and topics of Gastronomy, each afternoon.

* Italian Wine Course, 2 weeks, 2 evenings
o Our wine course gives you an introduction to the art of grape cultivation, processing and storing of the most well-known Italian wines. The practical part consists of wine tasting which will allow you to get to know the wines from the different regions of Italy. When possible we will organize a visit to a renowned wine-cellar.

* History of Italian Art, 2 weeks, 12 lessons
o Students will approach most classical art and artists of the Italian culture and in particular fine examples they can find in Tuscany and that are still nowadays part of the local background. In every class students will be able to watch images of works of art and will be informed about biographies of the artists.

Day - At - A - Glance

Standard Course - Siena

9:00- 10:45 Classes
10:45 - 11:15 30-minute break
11:15 - 13:00 Classes

NRCSA program will held an Orientation session locally. The orientation designed to provide students with important information about immigration, law of the countries, and the services offered by the school. The orientation program also helps you to acquaint to the educational and cultural atmosphere and provide an opportunity to meet other students.

First Day:
With regards to the program, all levels of the language are accepted, from complete beginner to advanced, and your exact level is determined by a placement test to make sure we put you in the right class. One of the unique things about the NRSCA program is the ability to combine the language classes with an extensive choice of culture classes. In addition to the language classes, we also include our culture and social events program in the afternoons for students to interact with other student and learn about the culture.

Teachers use our own course book, developed by a team of our teachers, for about half of the class, while the other half of the class is devoted to special class needs and supplements, such as selected audios, videos, and current readings.

All of our teachers are native speakers with university educations and are very experienced teaching to foreigners. Most have learned a second language themselves and understand the student's perspective. They are devoted to helping students best reach their goals and to keeping the classes enjoyable and entertaining.


Admissions & Academic Credit

The school welcomes students age 18 years and older regardless of educational background, occupation or nationality. No previous knowledge of Italian is required except where otherwise indicated.

Students desiring credit for their language studies should contact their home school or request the NRCSA Credit Fact Sheet. Generally, U.S. universities consider 15 hours of study to be equal to 1 semester credit.

For general information on academic credit, please click here.


Certificates & Exams

The following certificates may be earned:
1. Certificato di frequenza. At the end of every course students receive a certificate of attendance.

2. Certificato di conoscenza della lingua italiana. At the end of the 3rd course a written examination can be taken. Successful candidates obtain the certificate of knowledge of the Italian language.

3. Diploma di Lingua Italiana. At the end of the 5th level diploma course students have the opportunity to take an examination which tests every part of the course. Successful candidates will be given the diploma of Italian Language and Culture.

4. Academia Italiana di Lingua (AIL)- At every base it is possible to procure one of the internationally recognized language Diplomas "Firenze" of the Academia Italiana di Lingua (AIL), DELI at elementary, DILI at intermediate, DALI at advanced levels and DALC the separate commercial diploma.

The examination dates are four times a year:
  •   DELI - basic level: at the end of the first ability level
  •   DILI - intermediate level: at the end of the third ability level

Twice a year for:
  •   DALI - advanced level: at the end of the sixth ability level
  •   DALC - Diploma of Business language, advanced level: at the end of the sixth ability level.

Program Overview (PDF)

Standard Group Course
Intensive Group Course
Group/Tutor Course
Group 6
Tutor Course
Professional Italian
Program for Teachers of Italian Language
"Pleasures and Traditions"
Optional History and Humanities Courses

Admissions & Academic Credit
Certificates & Exams

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