I started  to organise my first courses in Italian language and culture way back in 1986 with the original and exclusive formula “small courses in a small city”. The idea, courageous and innovative, proved to be a winner.

I chose a small town rich in history, arts and culture like Urbania as the location for my school of Italian language for international students, a place on “human scale”, an ideal place for Italian language courses in Italy, where students can participate in the local life of a pleasant community. 

Carlo A. Pasotto, Director and Founder of the Centro Studi Italiani.



Our fundamental criterion when teaching is to put the student – each individual student, with his own particular personality and potentials –  at the center of our attention.

Our teaching methods are carefully selected (communicative, logical-functional, rational study of the language, etc.) adapting them, case by case, to our needs and teaching objectives. Our teaching strategy is therefore experimental, flexible, adaptable, “creative” and thus inimitable.

Since the beginning, we have had 8 different teaching levels (Starter, Beginner, Pre-intermediate I and II, Intermediate I and II, Advanced I and II) and students are prepared according to the 6 levels of the European Common Framework (AI, A2, BI, B2, CI, C2).

Our school also organises  superior courses for teachers of Italian abroad.

Classes are formed after an initial placement test to assess the student’s knowledge of the Italian language.

All courses – at all levels – have the same aim: to make the student able to understand, speak, read and write the living language fluently.

To reach this aim, each student is given individual attention throughout the course and there are two hours per week for review of specific subject matter.

Classes  include  language, conversation and culture: art history, Italian literature, history of Italy, etc.  and vary according to each level.  All courses have 25 hours of lessons per week.