Language and cultural studies are supported by extra curricular activities which provide a variety of opportunities to experience the distinct cultural traditions of the region and to interact with local residents. Each extra curricular activity includes 4 meetings, each of which is lasts approximately 3 hours. A minimum of 6 students is required to activate an extra curricular course. Students are able to choose among the following:
Italian Cooking Lessons: At each meeting you will prepare an authentic Italian meal using fresh, locally sourced ingredients.
Painting on ceramic: A skilled local expert will teach you how to paint on ceramic objects such as cups, bowls and plates.
Stone carving: The local stone is soft and can be easily carved and worked into a variety of shapes. Stone carving classes are conducted by a skilled local expert who will help you to create your unique sculpture.
Papier-mâché: Experience one of the most typical arts of the local tradition. A skilled local expert will teach you the basic know how to start and complete a papier mâché sculpture of your choice.
Folk dance (pizzica pizzica): To the rhythm of tambourines, you will learn the basic steps of the hypnotic traditional folk dance called pizzica pizzica.
The school organises day trips to Otranto, Gallipoli, Ostuni, Alberobello and other fascinating sites in Salento. For more information about our excursions, please contact us
with any questions you may have.
Housing assignments are based on a survey of housing preferences expressed through the application form. Housing directors meets arriving students at the train station or at the airport city terminal in Lecce and accompany them to their housing location.
Student apartments are the best option for those who wish to share this experience with other people. To facilitate the use of Italian as a lingua franca the apartments are usually integrated, with a mix of Italians and students from other countries. Located close to the language school, student apartments are comfortable and have shared bathroom and kitchen facilities.
Single and double occupancy is offered. Bedding and facilities are included in the cost. Occupancy starts from 12.00 noon of the Saturday before the courses start until 3:00 pm of the Saturday after the courses end.
Couples or individual students who prefer a more independent and private setting can opt for a studio apartment. Each studio apartment is well furnished and is generally located in the historical center.
Living with an Italian family is a greater opportunity to open a more intimate window into a new culture and experience the real Italian lifestyle. The student is generally integrated into the family life. Each homestay family is selected and monitored according to strict criteria and to qualities such as sincere interest in learning about other cultures and willingness to devote time to talking and doing things with the student thus encouraging total language and cultural immersion. Homestay families live near the school or in areas well connected by bus. Single or double rooms are offered. The home stay program fee includes breakfast and one meal (lunch or dinner).
|Single room in an apartment with use of the kitchen
|Twin room in an apartment with use of the kitchen – cost per person
|Studio apartment with use of the kitchen