Academic School Year - Gap Year - Studying Italian in Italy

Company : Scuola Leonardo da Vinci
Duration: 6 months to 1 year
Approx Costs: 3000+ to 3000+ € Euro

Spend your Gap Year studying abroad in Italy.


The “Academic School Year” is a 32-week language and culture course for students who wish to experience living and studying in Italy. Not only the course combines language courses with Italian culture classes, but it also offers a preparation for two Italian Language Diploma examinations (Diploma «Firenze» AIL exams).

The “Gap Year” is composed of a linguistic element (Intensive language course + exam preparation) and an academic element (Italian Civilisation and History, Art History, Business Italian, History of Italian Fashion and Design). At the end of the course, students have to write an essay on a topic of their choice, with the help of a personal tutor who will assist them for 10 lessons. The “Gap Year” is available in Florence, Rome and Milan.

The lessons are in Italian right from the start: our teaching focuses on communication, allowing you to learn Italian in a natural way, through a study programme that combines development of communication skills with in-depth study of the morphosynthatic structures of the language.



  • Duration: 32 weeks
  • Lessons: 650 of Italian language, Italian culture and exam preparation
  • Level: Beginners A1 and Elementary A2
  • Participants: min. 5 - max. 14 per class
  • Extra: reduced rates for accommodation



  • from 04 May to 11 December 2020
  • from 14 September 2020 to 07 May 2021


Gap Year: Detailed Programme

1. Linguistic component

480 lessons of the intensive Italian language course (4 lessons a day, 20 a week, from Monday to Friday) + 80 lessons to prepare the AIL diploma.

2. Culture component

  • History of Art (24 lessons)
  • Business Italian (12 lessons)
  • Italian Fashion (12 lessons)
  • History and Civilisation (32 lessons)


Recommended for: anyone who wants to have a unique and formative experience that combines studying the language with thorough and varied cultural training.


Start Dates

04 May 2020
14 September 2020

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