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Our long term gap year Italian course is created for Italian language students who wish to spend several months in Italy in order to learn the language, dive into Italian culture and enjoy Italy. It consists of the complete group course, which is a classical Italian language course so students can start every Monday.

Students can decide to spend up to 4 weeks at the school in Tropea and follow the course there in our school in Southern Italy!

It is ideal for students who would like to take a gap year or a sabbatical and also do some travelling in Italy or in Europe!


Size of groups

The LONG TERM course participants follow the complete course, which is carried out in small groups of 3 to 8 students.

max. 8 students
Course start

Every Monday

Age group

All classical language courses are open to students from 16 years.
However, unaccompanied students who have not yet completed 18 years at the moment of the start of the course, are minors and need to present an authorization form signed by their parents or legal guardian.

Course levels

Perfect for all language levels, including total beginners

Number of lessons

4 lessons daily (each 55 minutes), 5 days a week (according to the regulation of group courses)

The lessons are divided into 2 units of 2 lessons each, with a 20-minutes break in between. Each unit is executed by a different teacher. The first part is dedicated to grammar and the second part to conversation. Both parts are performed in a communicative approach. Please read more about teaching method and didactics by clicking on the link.

  • Monday to Friday
  • 1st part from 09:00 am – 10:50 pm or from 2:00 pm – 3:50 pm
  • 2nd part from 11:10 am – 1:00 pm or from 4:10 pm – 6:00 pm
Campus Trieste
  • Monday to Friday
  • 1st part from 09:00 am – 10:50 pm or from 4:00 pm – 5:50 pm
  • 2nd part from 11:10 am – 1:00 pm or from 6:10 pm – 8:00 pm
Campus Tropea

The focus of the content is on the structure and rules of grammar, practical exercises such as forming sentences, games, quizzes and written texts, expanding vocabulary, idioms, reading texts on the various topics of Italian culture such as cooking, wine, music, cinema, roleplays, acted out everyday situations, conversation and the use of different methods of communication, direct listening, analysis of the different faces and facets of Italy.
For intermediate and advanced participants active newspaper readings are used. Discussions about topics from the world of art, culture, current affairs, politics and society. As a rule, the 4 hours daily are divided into 2 hours of grammar and 2 hours of conversation, so the language student gets to know and immerses himself in the 4 pillars of language optimally: speaking, understanding, reading, writing!

  • Study Italian
  • Develop an advanced level of Italian
  • Experience of a lifetime
  • Enjoy Italy and Italian culture at their finest
  • Fall in love with Italy
  • Travel around in Europe

On the last day of the course, students receive a certificate confirming the participation in the course.
Read more details about the participation certificate, by clicking on the link.

Course duration

24 weeks
36 weeks
48 weeks
(extension is possible)

Great rates!
Programme includes:

– Group course B (20 lessons / week)
– Opportunity to spend up to 4 weeks in our school in Tropea
– Documentation for Visa
– Discounts on school managed accommodation options


24 week 36 weeks 48 weeks
€ 3360 € 4680 € 5760


  • Pauline from France

    Très belle expérience à la Piccola Università Italiana ! Les cours sont en petits groupes et les enseignants sont souriantes patients ! Je n’ai qu’une envie : revenir et y rester plus longtemps ! Merci.

  • Beatrice from Austria

    The two weeks I stayed in Tropea at Piccola Università were great. Everything was perfectly organized and the staff was really helpful. The trips were great and I enjoyed the apartment I stayed in. The small groups at school made it possible to take in a lot of information and most of the teachers tried really hard to make your stay a memorable one.

Get more information!

Ready for a Gap Year or your Sabbatical? Request more details about our LONG TERM Italian language courses!