FAQs

FAQ sections

  • Questions on the course
  • Questions on accommodation
  • Questions on arrival
  • Questions on cultural activities
  • Questions on Rome

A few questions and answers on our school, services and Italian courses.

Questions on the course

HOW CAN I ENROLL?

The easiest way to enroll is to fill in the online application on our website here: Enroll

HOW MUCH DO I HAVE TO PAY UPON ENROLLMENT?

Once you have filled in the enrollment form, you will receive confirmation and be asked to leave a 70 Euro deposit or pay the price of the course in full with a credit card, bank transfer or PayPal. If you choose to leave a deposit, you can pay the remaining amount at the school upon arrival with credit and debit card or cash.

WHAT HAPPENS ON THE FIRST DAY OF SCHOOL?

We will welcome you at 8.30 for the placement test (written and oral). After we have marked the tests and divided up the classes, you will be told to which level you have been assigned and what time your group meets (either morning or afternoon). The lessons will mostly take place in the morning, but can also be held in the afternoon, as is the case in high season. On the first day, you will take part in the remaining lessons that take place after you have been assigned a class, in the morning or the afternoon. From the second day, lessons will proceed as normal.

Intensive classes will meet as follows:

Morning: 9:00 to 12:30 with a break from 11:15 to 11:45
Afternoon: 14:00 to 17:30 with a break from 16:15 to 16:45
I partecipanti iscritti ad un corso Superintensivo o corso Intensivo Plus frequenteranno in aggiunta al corso intensivo, delle lezioni extra che si svolgeranno subito prima o subito dopo il corso di gruppo.

HOW DO I KNOW MY LEVEL?

All students have to take a written and oral placement test in order to verify their level.

I am enrolled in a non-standard course, what is my timetable?

Students taking a Super-Intensive or Intensive-Plus course will attend extra lessons that will take place immediately before or immediately after group intensive courses.

I am enrolled in a ‘Espresso’ course, what is my timetable?

The ‘Espresso’ Intensive course comprises 3 group lessons.
These will take place from 9.00 to 11.15 or from 14 to 16.15.
I partecipanti al Corso Intensivo “Espresso” ed i partecipanti al Corso Intensivo Standard hanno lezione insieme fino alla pausa.
Dopo la pausa i partecipanti al Corso Intensivo Standard frequentano un’ altra lezione giornaliera di 45 minuti.
You can ask to transition from your ‘Espresso’ course to a Standard Intensive course with 4 lessons a day at any time.

HOW MANY STUDENTS ARE THERE IN EACH CLASS?

Classes are of maximum 12 students with an average number of 7/8

WHERE DO STUDENTS COME FROM?

Since the school was founded, around 50,000 foreign students have attended our courses. Many come from European countries, but we also have many participants from America, Asia, Africa and Oceania.

What’s the average age?

Our students cover all age brackets; most fall between the ages of 18 and 30, but we also welcome many more mature students. Our students also cover a broad range of professions, although most are university students.

Are classes held in the morning or the afternoon?

Lessons take place in the morning from 9:00 to 12:30 with a break from 11:15 to 11:45 and in the afternoon from 14:00 to 17:30 with a break from 16:15 to 16:45.

Are all teachers mother tongue?

All Italian language courses are taught by highly trained mother tongue teachers specialized in the teaching of Italian as a foreign language.

What teaching method is used?

The teaching methods used at our Italian language school are based on communication. Students actively apply the four fundamental functions of the language: listening, speaking, reading and writing. Particular attention, however, is dedicated to conversation, allowing the student to develop an increasing ability to express himself/herself and communicate in Italian from the very beginning of the course. Naturally, this method also includes the study of Italian syntax and grammar rules, which, though essential, are not enough to achieve a true command of the Italian language.

How can I pay the school?

The course fee can be payed online by credit card, bank transfer or PayPal. The remainder of the fee can be payed to the school directly at the start of the course by credit and debit card or in cash.

Do I need a visa?

Students from outside the EU generally only need a tourist visa if they stay in the country for under 3 months.
Oltre i tre mesi di permanenza è comunque necessario un visto di studio. In questo caso i documenti necessari sono i seguenti:

  • A valid passport
  •  A certificate of enrollment from Torre di Babele.
  • dichiarazione di disponibilità finanziaria relativa al periodo previsto di soggiorno-studio in Italia
  • An international valid health insurance policy.
For a stay of up to one year, you must request a type D study visa. If you wish to stay for over a year, you can renew the type D visa in Italy.
Each country has different agreements with the Italian government, so we suggest you request information straight from the Italian consulate or embassy in your country.
Bear in mind that:
  • The Italian Embassy does not issue visas for courses involving fewer than 20 hours of lessons a week
  •  The application requires proof of payment (in full or in part) prior to the start of the course
  •  The process always takes a few weeks

I would like to get a certificate. Which?

Every student will receive a certificate of attendance at the end of the course.

Certificato C.I.L.S. dell’Università per Stranieri di Siena

La nostra scuola è sede ufficiale di esame ed organizza corsi di preparazione all’esame C.I.L.S. (Certificazione di Italiano come Lingua Straniera). L’esame si svolge due volte l’anno (giugno e dicembre) presso la nostra scuola e presso gli Istituti di Cultura Italiana nel mondo.

PLIDA Certificate

The PLIDA Certificate is an officially recognized qualification that measures your level of linguistic-communicative ability in Italian as a foreign language. Our Italian school is an authorized center for preparing the società Dante’s PLIDA exams. The PLIDA Certificate is recognized by the Italian Foreign and Education Ministries. It is therefore recognized when it comes to the admission of foreign students to the Italian higher education system. Positive completion of the PLIDA Due – B2 exempts foreign students from sitting the Italian language test for admission to universities.

On request, students who have completed the fourth or seventh level will be able to sit the exam for the “Torre di Babele Diploma”, which certifies an intermediate or advanced level of mastery of Italian as a second language.

Why choose our school?

Because our school has more than 30 years of experience, during which time we have taught Italian to over 50.000 students from around the world.
Because we are people who like to manage classes where differences in cultural and linguistic background, age and gender create a lively and stimulating atmosphere that is an integral part of our approach to language teaching
At Torre di Babele, students come first, and our top priority is to meet their requirements.
Riserviamo ad ogni singolo partecipante un'attenzione individuale e personalizzata. Ci siamo sempre preoccupati di offrire un’alta qualità di insegnamento che è attestata, infatti, dai riconoscimenti del Ministero della Pubblica Istruzione e da varie

All of our instructors are highly trained in the teaching of Italian as a foreign language and hold DITALS certification from the Università per Stranieri di Siena.
Office and administrative staff welcome feedback and are there to help students before, during and after their stay.
The school is housed in a charming villa with bright and spacious classrooms, all Internet connected.
The expansive garden surrounding the school is a delightful setting for students to relax and mingle in their free time.
All language courses are accompanied by a rich selection of cultural activities, as well as the opportunity for conversation exchange with native Italian speakers.
We check the quality, clenliness and availability of accommodation constantly and thoroughly.
We are ISO 9001:2008 certified for quality in the management of education and training.


FAQ sections

  • Questions on the course
  • Questions on accommodation
  • Questions on arrival
  • Questions on cultural activities
  • Questions on Rome