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 which you must present to your Embassy or Consolate. If you should not obtain the visa, we will of course refund the whole amount paid by you less 200 Euro for administration fee.

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


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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.


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 ATC (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 € 1,50 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 € 12,00) which you can also buy in any newsagent's, tobacconist's or ATC office.


Like to learn Italian in Italy?

In the heart of one of its loveliest towns, in a professional yet friendly environment?

Join us on board our "Ark"! You'll have a great welcome from the team and will soon feel at home. Arca are a well established group of expert native Italian teachers. They're highly qualified and you'll find them efficient, helpful and eager to show you what fun learning Italian can be. Arca was one of the first schools in Bologna to teach Italian to foreigners and is now well-established in its field. Our experience and successful communicative method make for an up-to-date approach aimed at quickly making you self-sufficient in learning and communicating in Italian.

Here are a number of different courses to choose from:

If none of these course are what you're looking for, don't worry! We also organize special and customized courses. Courses start every Monday and include cultural and social activities, finding and booking accommodation, didactic materials, attendance certificate and other facilities. The school is right in the centre, in a 16th century palazzo. You'll have free use of the computers and wireless Internet in our multi-media centre and there is also a library with books, videos and dvds you can take home on loan or view at school. If you'd like to know more about us and get extra information, contact us: we'll do our best to satisfy your curiosity and meet all your requirements!

Always wanted to learn Italian in Italy?
In the heart of one of Italy's loveliest towns?

In a friendly and professional environment?

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