F.A.Q. (Frequently Asked Questions)

The School

Where is ITALIANO IN RIVIERA?

The school is in Alghero, one of the most famous tourist destinations in Sardegna. The headquarters is in via Gallura, a 5-minute walk from the beach and the historic center. The classrooms are air-conditioned and have free wi-fi.

When is it open?

The school is open in summer, from June 1 to October 31, every week, from Monday to Friday. The school is closed on 15 August (the holiday of Ferragosto in Italy).

Since when is it active?

ITALIANO IN RIVIERA has been offering Italian courses for foreigners since 2006.

What accreditations do you have?

We are partners of the association Italian in Italy, of Confcommercio and we are also accredited school for the recognition of the German study leave Bildungsurlaub.

What's your staff?

The school’s director is Marco Cossu. The staff also includes mother-tongue teachers who have a university degree and are qualified to teach Italian to foreigners.

What is the number of students per class?

No more than 6-8 students per class to facilitate learning and socialization of each student.

How do you manage your lessons if you only have one or two students per class?

In this case (rather rare), with only one student, you are entitled to 2 individual lessons per day instead of 4 group lessons; with two students, 3 lessons per day instead of 4.

Courses

What Italian courses do you offer?

The choice is varied: we propose, in fact, 11 types of courses, from the General Course to the most complete and themed ones. Each student can easily find the course and the formula that best suits their time and interests.

What are the lesson times?

The General Course takes place from Tuesday to Friday, from 9:15 to 12:55, and on Monday from 15:45 to 19:25. Every morning there are 4 lessons, of 50 minutes each. The additional lessons (individual or group, depending on the course) scheduled for the other courses are held in the afternoon or evening and are agreed directly between teacher and student.

How does the placement test work?

The placement test is used to decide which class to assign each student to, starting from his/her initial level of knowledge of the language (elementary, pre-intermediate, intermediate, advanced). After enrolment in the course and before arrival, the student completes and sends us back the test via email for correction. In exceptional cases, the student can take the entrance test directly at the school on Monday morning..

Accommodations

Can I book my accommodation in Alghero through the school?

Sure. Italiano in Riviera can help you find the accommodation that best suits your needs. Thanks to advantageous agreements activated by our school with selected accommodation facilities here in town, you choose the type of accommodation, we check if it is available and we take care of booking it, acting as a link with the owner of the accommodation (apartment, family, B & B, hotel or holiday farm).

Do I have to pay an extra deposit to book accommodation?

No. If you book your stay through Italiano in Riviera, we will use the booking deposit of € 150 to confirm the accommodation.

What are the conditions of stay?

Few and very simple: you can find them here.

Transfer

What is the transfer service?

It is a transfer service by taxi or shuttle bus from/to your airport of arrival or departure, throughout Sardinia (airports of Alghero, Olbia, Cagliari). It is an extra service on payment, bookable with direct request to Italiano in Riviera. See the transfer prices

Extra Activities

Are there any extra activities in addition to the lessons?

Sure. The more opportunities you have to speak Italian, the better it gets. For this reason, we have a rich leisure program with lots of extra afternoon and evening activities for our students, many of which are free.

What are the free extra activities?

In addition to lessons at school, we offer many opportunities to socialize and spend pleasant time together in the beautiful Alghero. These are the free activities already included: orientation tour A walk through Alghero, screening of films at school, presentation of Italian books, an evening in the company of the staff, a group excursion near Alghero (for students who book at least two weeks of courses), final party of awarding diplomas. Learn more about the free extra activities.

What are the extra excursions scheduled?

If you want to deepen your Italian and discover the wonders of Sardinia, you can participate in group excursions in the afternoon proposed by our school. Excursions are subject to a fee and you can book them directly at the secretariat of Italiano in Riviera. Discover all our extra excursions.

Registration and Payments

What do I have to do to enrol in a course?

Write us an email at info@italianoinriviera.com or contact the secretarial office of Italiano in Riviera in via Gallura, 14, Alghero.

How do I pay my course balance?

You have three choices:
– You can pay for the whole course right away by making a single wire transfer.
– You can pay the remaining fee by another bank transfer before arrival.
– You can pay the remaining amount in cash on the day of the beginning of the lessons.

How can I book extra excursions for a fee?

You can arrange, book and pay for paid excursions in the afternoon directly at the secretarial office of our school.