ALCE – Accademia Lingue e Culture Europee, Bologna

 Via Santo Stefano 164
40125 Bologna
Tel. +39 051 0560300
Fax. +39 051 7417294


The School

A.L.C.E. is a quality educational institution which provides a comprehensive range of Italian language and culture intensive courses (min. 23 hours / week) in small groups (max 8). Based in the charming city of Bologna, the school attracts a diverse mix of foreign students (over 35 nationalities, with a max of 10% from a single Country) seeking both a challenging and rewarding cultural experience. As a city, Bologna offers an exciting alternative for an authentic immersion in Italian language and culture. It is home to the oldest university in the western world and has been enthusiastically embracing foreign students for almost 1000 years. Whilst avoiding mass tourism and with an exciting cultural and social landscape, the city provides a great opportunity to meet Italians. As an institute, A.L.C.E. is a medium-sized, family run school which was founded in 2000. Located in the prestigious Santo Stefano inside the historic centre is centred in a beautiful XVII century buildings with a total of 14 bright classrooms, a computer room, free WI-FI, library, recording studio for dubbing, professional kitcken and wine tasting room.

Italian courses

Standard Group Courses

Duration: from  2 weeks to an academic year ( 48 weeks)

Lessons per week: GI23: 23  (60 min. each); GI20+5: 25  (60 min. each); GI30: 30  60 min. each)

Prices: n. weeks / price per wek
2 / € 195,00
3 / € 180,00
4 to 7 / € 164,00
8 to 11 / € 158,00
12 to 17 / € 153,00
18 to 26 / € 143,00
27 to 40 / € 138,00

Description: it consists of 20 morning classes (of 60 min) per week plus 2 afternoon  workshops per week. The length of the course ranges from 2 weeks to a full academic year.  This course offers:

  • 4 lessons per day from 9.00am to 1.15pm, Monday to Friday
  • 1 weekly afternoon Grammar Workshop
  • (on Mondays)
  • 1 weekly afternoon lesson (from 2.00 pm to 4.00 pm: conversation and phonetics rotational classes on Tuesday)
  • Daily homework and Weekly self-study
  • Regular test (written and spoken) every 2 weeks
  • Final certificate of attendance and knowledge
  • Final full academic personalized report.

Individual Courses

Duration: 10, 20, 30 + hours

Lessons per week: from  10 to 30

General: 10 hrs. € 280; 20 hrs. € 505; 30 hrs. € 730
Professional: 10 hrs. € 365; 20 hrs. € 630; 30 hrs. € 855

Description: this is the most customized option.  The programme is  completely based on your individual needs and adapts immediately to take account of the developments you have made. Experience has shown us that this type of course guarantees the very best results and progress. Both the  content and timing of this course (general or professional) can be adapted to suit the student’s requirements.  Suggested to those who wish to perfect their knowledge of the Italian language in a  brief period and with a full immersion. 2×1: If two people are interested in taking lessons together.

Culture Courses

Duration: from 2 weeks up to 3 months

Lessons per week: 6 to 13

Prices: ITALIAN PLUS CULTURE, 2 weeks. 1 student: € 330,00; 2 students: € 260,00; 3 students: € 200,00.


  • History
  • History of the art
  • Literature
  • Italian PLUS drama/theatre

Special Courses

  • Exam preparation (CILS, CELI, AIL)
  • Master Class: Italian for 45+
  • Italian for law
  • Business italian
  • Italian PLUS cooking
Featured courses
  • Cooking courses
  • Sommelier courses (run in partnership with AIS)
  • Teacher training courses  / DITALS

A.L.C.E. guarantees first rate accommodation, either in our directly managed state-of-the-art  student residences (located just 5 minutes walking from the school), self-contained apartments or home-stay  carefully selected and inspected options.

Furthermore there is an open door policy to address any student concerns. The school views its social and cultural program as a natural and essential complement to classroom tuition in accelerating language acquisition and enhancing cultural appreciation. As such it is encouraged and regularly updated by the school and presents a varied and motivating educational tool.

Other info

We are well recognised both within Italy and internationally as a first class language school.  A.L.C.E. is is proud to be a full member of IALC (International Association of Language Centres), the award winning association ensuring excellence in private language schools worldwide, and AIL (Accademia Italiana di Lingua). We are an officially endorsed CILS examination and DITALS teacher training preparation centre (accredited by Siena University for Foreigners) and CELI examination centre (accredited by Perugia University for Foreigners). We are recognised by numerous bodies throughout Europe including CSN in Sweden (student financial aid agency) and for Bildungsurlaub in Germany.