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Italian Language School

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Italian Language School

Join this fantastic opportunity and fly to Italy with Frontier! Improve your linguistic skills, learn a new fascinating language that will bring you closer to new people all around the world.

Prices from $745

Do you like good food, nice weather and friendly people around you? If you are nodding along while reading this, Frontier has the right project for you! Travel with us to Bologna, the seventh most populous city in Italy with the oldest university in the world, founded in 1088. Located in the Emilia-Romagna Region in Northern Italy, Bologna provides a rich cultural scene and historical heritage to the thousands of students who enrich the social and cultural life of the city every year.

Bologna is home to numerous prestigious cultural, economic and political institutions as well as one of the most impressive trade fair districts in Europe. European Capital of Culture in 2000, UNESCO Creative City of Music from 2006, it is one of the cities of art with the greatest amount of venues and initiatives in Italy. It has no end of museums, free of charge, as well as an important film library with a large film-collection.

Book today and learn one of the European’s most famous romance languages in one of the first schools of Italian as a foreign language in Bologna.


·         Experience the Italian lifestyle and language in the historical city of Bologna, where famous Italian poets as Boccaccio, Dante and Petrarca have lived and studied

·         Explore the second largest European historic centre with its unique medieval, renaissance and baroque artistic monuments

·         Lose yourself in a different culture and make it like your own

·         Gain language skills, make sensational memories and taste the real ‘Spaghetti Bolognese’


Location Bologna

Italian Classes
Explore the Po Valley and the Apennine Mountains
Guided tours around Bologna
Cultural events: cinema, theater, music festivals, concerts, art exhibitions

Transport Public transport available from the airport
Airport pick up available for an additional cost

 Home stay


Before you go Pre-departure support & documentation
Travel & medical advice & documentation
Equipment advice
Discounted medical kit
Free Frontier t-shirt
In-country Accommodation
Project orientation and training
In-country emergency support
24-hour international HQ backup


A variety of qualifications are available on many of our projects. For example, BTEC certificates and diplomas on our Group conservation projects and TEFL certificates and BTECs on most of our teaching projects. You may also be able to gain a CoPE to support your university application. For more information on these qualifications, please see the qualifications section of our website or ask your volunteer advisor.


This project will give you the opportunity to learn a new language while experiencing a different and exciting culture. Italian is the third most widely spoken first language in the European Union with 65 million native speakers and it is spoken as a second language by 14 million EU citizens. Including Italian speakers in non-EU European countries and on other continents, the total number of speakers is around 85 million. So if you are travelling around the world, it will be highly likely that you will have the chance to practice it!  However, why going so far when Italy is so close? The best way to learn a language is to live in the country, having the chance to practice it every day with native speakers therefore if this is your goal, this project is the best choice for you.


You will join classes from 9 am to 1 pm, with a mid-morning break during which you will bond with the other students while drinking tasty Italian coffee. This helps the school in creating a nice environment for everyone and it will give you the chance to speak Italian freely, which is a good way to consolidate what you have learnt during your classes. You’ll be given important information about contemporary social and cultural life in Italy, and at the same time, you will develop language and communication skills, without neglecting grammar, phonology, lexis.
It is important to remember that to be fully confident in a foreign language, you need to understand its background and culture therefore, during this project, you won’t be seating all day in a class but you will discover the city and the surroundings of the region. Cultural and social activities will be organized to guarantee you the best outcome from this experience: you won’t be a tourist as you will be living surrounded by people keen to share their lives and experiences and you will feel like home. Italian culture is known to be sociable and friendly so being home sick is well far away from what you will be experiencing. At the end of this project you would like to stay longer as Italy will leave a mark in your heart.
Daily trips can be organized, if requested, to give you the chance to explore the surroundings and to really discover what this region has to offer. Bologna is a well-known artistic and culture centre, it offers lots of opportunities for individuals of all ages. Feel free to do your own research in order not to miss amazing events in the area.


The best way to get to Bologna is by plane as the airport, Bologna Guglielmo Marconi, is just 20 minutes away from the city centre and from the school. If requested, at an extra a cost, a pick up can be organized, however public transport is user friendly and very cheap, so you should find your way to the location very easily. It is also possible to get to Bologna by bus or train from other Italian airport, such as Milan, Modena, Ferrara or Ravenna. 


The project cost includes accommodation in a home stay with a welcoming local family. Breakfast is included and you will have a fully equipped kitchen to cook typical dishes with your host family tricks and tips.
You will have your own bedroom which will be fully furnished. There will be a shared bathroom and a common area where you can socialise and share your experiences with fellow students and new friends.


A typical Italian breakfast is included in your accommodation option, although it is strongly suggested to go out and experience all of the culinary delights the city of Bologna has to offer. Italian cuisine is world famous and it has developed over the centuries, with cutting edge chefs leading the world’s Michelin star establishments. Local cuisine is rich and relies on a wealth of fabulous local ingredients.



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The school will organise at least three daily cultural events to bring you close to the Italian society. Also, during special holidays such as Christmas, you will have a special insight of the Italian culture while joining exclusive activities organised to replace classes. Bologna has to offer you many events to attend: music festivals, guided city tours, concerts, theatrical representation, movie nights and so on.


1 week $745

2 weeks $1,195

3 weeks $1,595

4 weeks $2,045

5 weeks $2,595

6 weeks $2,995

7 weeks $3,595

8 weeks $4,095


Courses start every Monday. Please aim to arrive on the Sunday to be ready to start your project the next day.
The project is not available during Christmas and one week in August.

The school will be closed from the 13th to the 19th of August.

Other national holidays to consider are as follows

6th of January

Easter Sunday and Easter Monday

25th of April

1st of May

2nd of June

4th of October

Patron of Bologna

1st of November

8th of December


From 1 to 48 weeks


Before you go

  • Pre-departure support & documentation
  • Travel & medical advice & documentation
  • Advice on visas & equipment
  • Discounted medical kit
  • Free Frontier t-shirt


  • Project orientation
  • Accommodation
  • breakfast
  • Project equipment
  • In-country emergency support
  • 24-hour international HQ back-up


Nearest airport(s): Bologna (BLQ)


  • Flights
  • Visas
  • Insurance

For detailed information on flights, visas and insurance, click here.


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