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Study in Italy

Study in Italy is a boutique language school catering to lovers of La Dolce Vita. Our focus is Italian Culture.

Our mission is to provide students with an authentic and fully enjoyable learning experience in Italian language and culture. When learning is fun, students learn better! Our focus in on culture: lessons are complemented by excursions, walking tours and cultural opportunities. Using a communicative mehod, Study in Italy focuses on idiomatic, natural expression in Italian, according to the approach adopted by the founder, Professor Suzanne Branciforte (author of the best-selling multimedia program Parliamo italiano!, VHL, 5th edition.)

Quality instruction is guaranteed: all Study in Italy instructors are specially trained in the teaching of Italian to foreigners and possess specific degrees and qualifications in that field.

Study in Italy aims to offer an enjoyable and enriching educational experience.

Our clients over the years include

  • Harvard University
  • Colby College
  • Wake Forest University
  • University of Maryland
  • University of Pittsburgh
  • Eastern Illinois University
  • Texas Christian University
  • Dickinson College

Our courses have been granted credit by

  • MIT
  • Georgetown
  • Washington & Lee
  • Princeton
  • Rice
  • Notre Dame
  • University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill
  • University of Delaware


In Memoriam: Suzanne Branciforte

Author of the best-selling multimedia program Parliamo italiano! (Vista Higher Learning, 5th edition) as well as introductory Italian text Sì, lo so! (Juvenilia Editore), Professor Branciforte held a BA from Harvard and an MA and PhD from UCLA.

With more than 20 years’ experience teaching Italian to foreigners, she taught in the Masters degree program in Teaching Italian as a Foreign/Second Language at the University of Genoa, and collaborated with the Italian Section of the University of Lausanne (Switzerland) for innovation in pedagogy, as well as held lessons at Milan’s Università Cattolica.

She was professor of English translation and cultural mediation at the University for Foreigners in Siena and of English at the Faculty of Law at the University of Genoa.

Professor Branciforte was also a Sommelier and a Food&Wine blogger. Her blog is italiangrapevine.com.

Her YouTube vlog Living like an Italian offered a glimpse onto the authentic Dolce Vita lifestyle.

Students comments

I loved studying here this summer. The best part of the class was the staff because neither my academic nor my cultural experience would have been as wonderful or as deeply special if it hadn't been for the constant company, support, kindness, accessibility, and frienship of the teachers. This has been a life-changing experience for me.

My favorite part was everything. The professors were outstanding and very helpful. I am very thankful for everyone’s help and time with teaching me the language and the culture. The trips were so much fun as well. It is nice to learn culture outside the classroom.

Amazing professors. Great, relax environment that really helped my speaking ability improve. Study in Italy was fantastic. I loved all of the staff members; they were so fun, intelligent, and helpful. I loved that we got to have classes and go on excursions with the other students because we made such great friends. Thanks for everything!

All was a beautiful crescendo even unto the last day. I could not have sanely asked for a more beautiful, valuable, and cherishable two months.

I very much enjoyed this program. I think Genoa is also just a brilliant place to have it… I don’t wish for this experience to end yet. I’m so glad I got to meet people from different schools and speak the language I’ve been learning for years every day. I’m very thankful for their institution and for the instructors who are very well qualified and great. Thank you so much for the wonderful opportunities and experiences!

I learned so much more than I thought I would in so little time! Thank you for all of your hard work and patience.

It was a great class. I learned a lot, and I didn’t think I would learn Italian so quickly and easily!

I’ve had an absolutely unforgettable experience here – one that will stay with me forever. The course and people well exceeded my expectations. The teachers are amazing people – they’re warm and caring; from the very first week here I felt welcomed and at home. I also don’t think I’ve ever enjoyed going to class so much before taking this course! I loved every minute of it… I will definitely miss Study in Italy and its staff. I really hope that I can return at some point in the future - either as part of a new course or just to visit everyone again.

Language-wise, this course has given me everything I’d hoped it would. Culturally, it has surpassed any expectations I had ever remotely formed. Staff was indescribably wonderful!

I was very pleased with my teachers. They were all very patient and were willing to continue explaining something until I understood. I felt very lucky to get private instruction! Staff was extremely helpful and welcoming. I felt like a guest, rather than a client! "All this time that I lived in Genoa, I fell in love with the city more and more. I loved the landscape, the port area, the piazzas… Genoa's natural beauty and city charm were priceless and I'm glad I got to experience it first-hand… I learned about mugugno, "bellin," and the Genoese sigh… Thank you to everyone in this city that has made my experience so wonderful that I do not want to leave.

A great European experience. Close to all of Europe and a great location in Italy… A genuine Italian experience.

A great city to really experience Italian culture without being too touristy.

I really like being in a city where there were very few Americans… It was easier to integrate into the culture and meet Italians.

The instructors showed great interest in each and every student, going above and beyond what I personally expected. So much was fantastic. The immersive nature of the school helped very much in learning.