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!
Arca è una scuola splendida. Mi hanno aiutato a trovare un ottimo alloggio vicino alla scuola. Gli insegnanti sono tutti eccellenti e mi piace molto che si interessano degli studenti. Le attività sociali dopo la scuola sono state ideali per incontrare studenti e insegnanti, così come per conoscere la città e la cultura di Bologna.
The teachers and staff at Arca have made my time here, one to never forget. Their enthusiasm warmth and kindness made me feel at home in an unknown city. On top of the lessons, Arca organizes many activities in the afternoon: excursions, dinners, cooking class and more. These were especially nice in the first weeks to get to know fellow students. I recommend Arca and Bologna to anyone who wants to study Italian in Italy!
The school was fantastico – grazie mille!! The focus on communication built upon what I had already learnt. The teachers made the exercises fun, varied, interesting. They ensured all students had equal/fair time to speak. The activities were really fun & good way build friendships with other students. Thank you
Sanchia TemplarU. K.
Great school with professional and friendly staff. Arca is in the heart of old Bologna with all it’s attractions. My 2 teachers were very friendly and helful, professional and knowledgeable. Instruction was in italian which I expected with trepidation but it certainly helped with my listening and speaking skills. Class was small and friendly with no pressure. Accomodation was basic but comfortable and my hostess was friendly and helful but unobtrusive. 5 minutes walk from school.
Alan BridgeU. K.
I had realy amazing time. I got to meet new people each and every week from different countries. Great staff, very welcoming and listening. I would definitely recommend it to everyone who might like to study italian. And of course come back again in the near future.
Nosihle Happiness MsimangoSud Africa
Il mio primo giorno era molto nervoso e ansioso ma il personale e lo staff erano così gentile e accogliente che mi ha fatto sentire meglio, il corso è ben adattato al tuo livello personale e lezioni sono molti interessanti con un buon mix di leggere italiano, comprensione, ascolto, conversazione, visione di film, grammatica e conoscenza dell’Italia. C’è anche una buona varietà di attività sociali e culturali che cambiano ogni settimana. Mi è particolare piaciuto il corso di cucinare. Ho fatto molti amici da tutto il mondo.
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…