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For programs January and August programs, a three-night orientation in the Rome area. For semester and year programs, an online Italian language course.
For semester and year programs, a weekend trip to Florence and Pisa.
The school year starts in September and finishes in June. You will either attend a Lyceum (scientific, classical, linguistic, or artistic) or a Training school (pedagogical, technical or vocational). While most students attend schools from Monday to Friday (8:00 am to 1:00/2:00 pm), Saturday morning classes may apply. School is less casual in comparison with Australian schools. For example, students are expected to be respectful to teachers to such a point that behaviour is evaluated along with academic performance.
This melodious language has a strong influence on architecture, fashion, and food around the world. It is spoken only in Italy and a small part of Southern Switzerland.
How hard is it to learn Italian in Australia? MODERATE. 23-24 weeks OR 575-600 class hours are required to become proficient in Italian. Fast-track your language studies on exchange!
Italy is famous for its long, boot-like shape. The Northern parts of Italy become very cold during winter, whereas the South (below Rome) enjoy a more moderate climate. The South can also experience very warm nights in summer, with temperatures remaining between 28-33°C, but sometimes even 40°C.
Depending on daylight saving, Melbourne, Sydney and Brisbane are between eight to nine hours ahead of Italy.