We are well recognized both within Italy and internationally as a first class language school. Our established syllabus is compliant with the C.E.F.R. (Common European Framework of Reference for Languages) and we are an officially endorsed C.I.L.S. (Certificazione di Italiano come Lingua Straniera - Cerfificate of Italian as a Second Language) examination centre an accreditation conferred by UNISTRASI (Siena University for Foreigners) and officialy accredited by the University for Foreigners of Siena as an Authorized Exam Prepration Center for DITALS (The Certificate for Teachers of Italian as a foreign language).
A.L.C.E. is is proud to be a full member of IALC (International Association of Language Centres) and ASILS (. Furthermore we are recognised by numerous bodies throughout Europe including CSN in Sweden (student financial aid agency) and for Bildungsurlaub in Germany.
As a city, Bologna offers an exciting alternative destination for an authentic immersion in Italian language and culture. It is home to the oldest university in the western world and has been enthusiastically embracing foreign students for almost 1000 years. Whilst avoiding mass tourism and with an exciting cultural and social landscape, the city provides a great opportunity to meet Italians. Bologna is well connected by international and low-cost airports and additionally serves as the main rail junction in Italy. Whilst being a city of art in its own right it is conveniently situated near many other historical centres such as Florence, Venice, Milan, Verona, Mantua, Parma, Padua, Ravenna and Ferrara
As an institute, A.L.C.E. is a medium-sized, family run school which was founded in 1999. Located in the prestigious Santo Stefano district and less than 500metres from the historic centre it is serviced by some of the main bus routes. A.L.C.E. is centred in a recently refurbished nice building with a total of 11 classrooms (including 4 smaller studios (for individual classes) with a capacity of around 75 students. The two media centres house a total of 17 personal computers, providing free high-speed internet connection in addition to the free wi-fi access available. There is a wide selection of resources including up to date books, CDs and multimedia material.
The wide range of courses available at A.L.C.E. including intensive, business and examination courses are offered to students from the age of 17 years, cater to all levels and are run year-round. We take pride in our excellent teacher/student ratio with a maximum class size of eight students and an average of three to five students ensuring individual attention. A.L.C.E. also guarantees the number of class hours. The academic syllabus contains weekly student assessment and functions in such a way as to identify and efficiently deal with problems. Furthermore there is an open door policy to address any student concerns. The school views its social and cultural program as a natural and essential complement to classroom tuition in accelerating language acquisition and enhancing cultural appreciation. As such it is encouraged and regularly updated by the school and presents a varied and motivating educational tool.
A.L.C.E. guarantees first rate accommodation, either in our directly managed residence, self-contained apartments or home-stay options
- Host family accommodation
- Own apartment
- In hotel/guesthouse
- On campus
- Shared Apartment
- Art / Painting
- Art history
- Cultural tourism (theater, museum, etc.)
- Historical sightseeing
- Oenology / Enotourism
- University student social events
- Local cultural events (festivals, etc.)