Bologna is a city full of surprises. A majestic square framed by historical buildings, some dating back to the 1400s; a monumental statue of Neptune, set in a fountain surrounded by four voluptuous sea nymphs; two stately towers, one of which you can climb for a breath-taking view of the city’s russet-coloured rooftops; almost 40 kilometres of porticos, offering shade from the summer heat and shelter from the winter rain; a window where you can look onto a magical, hidden canal; and a vast array of restaurants, bars and cafés where you can enjoy a meal, a snack or just a glass of wine ‘al fresco’ at any time of day. A city you won’t easily forget and the perfect place to study Italian!
The school is excellent. The teachers are fantastic; they are patient, kind and fun. They are very willing to answer any questions, listen to the students and adapt the lessons if necessary. Socially, I have met people from many different countries and friendships were easily made. Some were also visiting Bologna per the visit time and travelling alone, by myself. My host and accommodation was very good. I have been happy with my week at ARCA.
Tracey DonaldU. K.
Ero nervosa prima di venire a Bologna per fare questo corso ma mi è piaciuto moltissimo! Tutti professori sono persone gentili e insegnanti incredibili. Consiglierei questa scuola a chiunque voglia migliorare il proprio italiano e avere un estate fantastica!
Olivia GregoryU. K.
The teachers were always helpful when it came to assessing each students needs and personalizing the course. I really enjoyed how small the classes were and how that prompted the class to feel more like a conversation. I appreciated all of the opportunities to talk.
Mi è piaciuto moltissimo il mio tempo ad Arca! I miei insegnanti erano fantastici e il corso è stato ben adatto ai nostri bisogni. Tutto lo staff è molto amichevole e potevo fare amicizie e praticare molto il mio italiano durante le attività culturali. Grazie mille e correi ritornare molto presto!
Orla McQuillan BridsonU. K.
This was my second time at Arca and I wish I could stay longer than my one week. The teachers are fantastic, energetic, patient, skilled and enthusiastic. The classes are varied in terms of activities and therefore engaging. They create an antmosphere that is both fun and confortable so it feels safe to make mistakes and try. The school is well organized and welcoming. Would highly recommend Arca to anyone wanting to study Italian. Grazie mille!!
Godevo davvero il tempo a scuola Arca. Tutti gli insegnianti sono molto gentili, dynamici e sympatici. Ho imparato molto per le due settimane. La scuola è accogliente e le classi sono piccole abbastanza per fare le lezioni. Mille grazie a voi!
Arca was one of the first schools of Italian as a foreign language in Bologna. Set up in 1998 with the aim of encouraging the meeting of different cultures and to spread the knowledge of Italian language and culture…
Our method , which is regularly updated, is based on “doing” and “saying”, or “communicative acts”. Important international research has in fact shown that much more is learnt by doing than by simply studying…