We fully understand how important it is for our students to stay in comfortable and friendly accommodation. We want you to be happy where you are living, so you can study well and enjoy your stay. This is why, on request, ARCA offers a free-of-charge accommodation booking service for the duration of the language course.

When you book your course, please indicate the type of accommodation you prefer and we will be glad to arrange it for you. The options are: home-stay.

Read about our accommodation options

Visas and permits:

As Arca is recognized by the Ministry of Public Education, people from all over the world are able to obtain regular visas to study here.

If you come from a non-European country, according to Italian government regulations controlling the entry of foreign nationals into the country, you will need to enrol plenty of time before the course starts. You are also required to pay a deposit equal to 100% of the registration fee for the whole of the course itself.

As soon as you have done this, the school will send you a letter of admission and other documents which you must present to your Embassy or Consulate.

If you should not obtain the visa, we will refund the whole amount less 200 Euro and bank charges for the administration fee. Please note that we will refund the fee only if the student can send us a copy of the official visa refusal issued by the Italian Consulate.

In all other cases the fee will not be refunded .

For any other information you may need, please don’t hesitate to contact us: we’ll be delighted to help!


One of our staff will meet you at the airport or train-station and drive you to your accommodation, if you wish (price on request).

From the airport, you can of course also take a taxi or the shuttle (aerobus), which leaves every 15/30 minutes from the airport exit (between 6 am and 11.40 pm) for the town-centre and finally the train-station. Tickets can be purchased on board and cost € 6,00.

From the train station, you can either take a taxi or a bus. The bus-ticket costs € 1,50 and is valid for 75 minutes: it can be purchased at newsagents or tobacconists inside the station or at the ticket office of TPER (public transport) just outside the station on the right. A number of buses (but not all) have ticket-machines, however you will need the exact change, a € 2,00 piece or the equivalent in small change, as these machines give no change.

If you intend to use the bus to get to school, we advise you to buy a city-pass (10 rides for € 14,00) which you can also buy in any newsagent’s, tobacconist’s or TPER office.

At school:

Arca Italian Language School : Learning Italian in Bologna

At Arca you will find:

  • A friendly team always at your disposal for any information you might need about courses, accommodation, activities and cultural events in Bologna and surroundings

  • Classrooms equipped with audio and audiovisual aids

  • A multimedia space with wireless Internet connection, where you can use the computers and surf the net free of charge during school opening-hours

  • A collection of books and DVDs which can be borrowed or viewed at school.