Our team

Our team is made up of an administration manager, a course coordinator, a marketing manager and a permanent group of teachers. Our teachers are mother-tongue graduates, highly specialized in the teaching of Italian as a foreign language. All with many years of experience in the sector, they were selected on the basis of their communicative and professional skills.




Hi, my name’s Serena. I’ve been working at the school since 1992 and have been a partner since 1993. I have a diploma in Interpreting and Translation. I’m in charge of administration and deal with enrolments, payments, accommodation and other services including translations and study holidays. In my free time I enjoy reading, going to the cinema and concerts, walking in the mountains and of course travelling. You’ll find me in the reception area, behind my desk, ready to help you if you need me!


Serafina d'Agostino

Hi, my name’s Serafina. I graduated in German and Romance studies in Switzerland and at DAMS in Italy. I am qualified to teach Italian and German, I possess a DITALS certificate and I am a registered CELI examiner. I have been working in language teaching and training for over 30 years. My job at ARCA is to organize and coordinate the courses, assess the levels of the students and divide them into classes. Sometimes I’ll also be your teacher. Along with Serena I will be happy to deal with any questions or requests you might have.



Hello, my name is Massimo! I’ve been working at ARCA since 2011, and besides the language courses I also deal with Italian culture: literature, cinema, art. I’m also a music journalist, so we can listen to some pieces and songs together. In class I also like to discuss society, history and politics, as well as the many traditions and customs of our “Belpaese”. So I look forward to meeting you all, to share with you a taste of Italy!



Hi, I’m Ludovico, I’ve been teaching at ARCA for several years and during my lessons I love taking my students on a trip through space and time! My main topics of interest are current affairs and contemporary history, whereas music is my greatest passion . I’m very keen to help you make friends with the Italian language and the city of Bologna.


ChiaraHi! I’m Chiara, one of the Italian teachers, and I will be very pleased to meet you here at ARCA. I was born in Florence but now live in Bologna and I’ve always been keen on the history of art, in particular that of the Renaissance. This is why I deal with the organization of courses in the history of art. It will be a pleasure for me to spend some afternoons together discovering Bologna or other splendid Italian towns!


CorinnaHi, my name’s Corinna and I’ve been teaching at Arca since 2014. I graduated in Philosophy and then specialised in teaching Italian to foreigners with a Ditals certificate. I was born in Le Marche, but I’ve lived in Bologna since 2000, mainly because of its friendly and welcoming atmosphere. I hope that as well as the Italian course, our students can also appreciate and enjoy the beauty of this unique city.


Hello everyone, my name’s Sara and I’m glad to be part of the Italian teaching staff here at Arca. I graduated in Oriental Studies and Italian Language and Culture for Foreigners, holding a CEDILS certificate. I was born in Trento but I fell in love with Bologna and I’ve lived here since 2011. Besides the Italian language, I’m passionate about history, society and any aspect related to culture and interculture, including fun facts and, of course, food. I look forward to discussing all this with you in class and sharing together a taste of our wonderful city.


Hi, I’m Dora, I’ve been teaching Italian at Arca for several years now, but I started long ago during my travels around the world. In fact, while studying and living abroad I came to appreciate my distant language and culture even more. Ever since I returned to Italy, I have found a way of continuing this cultural exchange, of transmitting and learning always new things while teaching Italian to foreigners. A way to travel while staying still…
I graduated in Letters and Philosophy, and I’m interested in linguistics, history and popular cultures. I love singing, reading, going to the movies and museums. I’m an ecologist, I like nature, but also beautiful cities, like Bologna.


Hi, I’m Barbara and I’m one of the Italian teachers at Arca. I’m from Modena and I studied Foreign Literature and Languages at Bologna University. I then specialized in teaching Italian to foreigners with Master Itals. I started teaching in Ireland in 2014 and since then I have never stopped.

I’m a big fan of the city of Bologna and I would be happy to introduce you to all its unique attractions.


Hi, my name’s Raluca. I graduated in International Cooperation and Development, which has given me a solid grounding in economics, politics & linguistics. My role at ARCA/Modern English Study Centre is to assist staff with the administration and other services of the school. I love my job because it gives me the opportunity to meet different people from around the world; to develop professionally and personally; to put my skills into practice.
In my free time I enjoy reading, going for long walks, travelling and volunteering at various associations in Bologna. I will be more than happy to meet you, and – if I can – help you.



I’m Laura and I’m very pleased to meet you! I deal with marketing and promoting the school: I look after the contacts with clients, advertising, special packages, in other words everything concerning the commercial side of the courses.