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Italian Club 50+ courses, Salerno
Our Italian Club 50+ courses in Salerno take place at our general language school, which is just a short walk from the seafront. This lovely coastal city has remained relatively untouched by mass tourism and has therefore stayed authentically Italian, with its beautiful historic centre and a promenade lining the shore that provides great views over the Gulf of Salerno. The language centre here has 14 classrooms and a selection of student computers available for schoolwork or personal use. It has its own on-site cafeteria and a resource centre with various multi-media learning materials, so you can get everything you need without even having to leave the building! Its courses are eligible for Lånekassen funding.
Once home to the first and most important medical school in Europe, this key centre of learning is now a popular seaside resort with lots to offer. Dotted with impressive palazzos and a selection of museums giving insight into the city’s history, you can spend hours simply wandering around Salerno, perhaps sampling the culinary delights offered in the eateries that fill the historical centre. The 11th-century cathedral, which is said to house the remains of both Pope Gregory VII and Matthew the Apostle, is just a few minutes from our language school and an important cultural hub for the local community. Also in this area is the Educational Museum of the Salernitan Medical School - which provides information on this ground-breaking education college - and Minerva’s Garden, a hillside botanical garden dating back to medieval times. The school is also close to the bustling port area; from here, you can catch a ferry to nearby islands like Sardinia, Corsica, or Sicily for an exciting weekend adventure!
The Salerno language school is a member of the International Association of Language Centres (IALC) and Eduitalia, two organisations committed to maintaining high standards of language tuition in all its member schools. As a registered CILS/CELI examination centre - key qualifications for second-language speakers of Italian - it is a well-regarded teaching facility. What’s more, the school’s location right on the seafront allows you to enjoy the delights of this coastal city throughout your language course.
Courses in Salerno
The Club 50+ package offered by this school consists of 20 Italian lessons each week (4 classes per weekday) in groups of no more than 10. Lessons take place between 09:00 and 12:30 and are followed by a selection of social/cultural activities designed with mature students in mind. Tuition is suitable for all levels, from complete beginner to advanced-level learner. Classes follow the same format as the standard Intensive programme, with the exception that students must be aged 50 or over to be eligible.
The Club 50+ course can be taken for 2 weeks at a time and has specific start dates throughout the year.
- 20 Italian lessons per week
- Small class sizes that benefit mature students
- Free course materials
- Daily activities (excludes Sundays)
Accommodation is not included in the Club 50+ programme as standard but can be added to your tuition package.
For maximum Italian immersion, we recommend that you select homestay lodging. Hosts are all native Italians, so you’ll be able to practice your language skills with them and carry on learning even outside the classroom. You’ll have a private single or twin* bedroom and 1 or 2 meals per day as part of the accommodation package (breakfast or breakfast and dinner). Special diets can be accommodated for an additional fee (includes vegan, halal, allergy-specific diets, etc; vegetarian diets do not incur a supplement). As standard, you’ll share the living and bathroom facilities with your host(s) and any other students living in the home; some hosts can offer rooms with private bathroom access (subject to availability). Most homes do not have air-conditioning, though we may be able to arrange lodging in a home with this facility if it is important to you (incurs an additional supplement). Hosts live up to 20 minutes’ travel from the school by public transport. Bed linens and towels are included and changed regularly. Laundry is not usually included but you may be able to arrange this with your host(s); if not, you can use a local laundrette. You will have your own key to come and go as you please, though you must respect house rules and schedules.
If you prefer to stay with other students of the school, you can select shared apartment plus lodging and have a private single or twin* bedroom with your own private bathroom. You’ll also have guaranteed air-conditioning, heating, and Wi-Fi access. You’ll share the living and cooking facilities with your fellow students and have the freedom to prepare your own food using the apartment’s fully equipped kitchen. Apartments are located up to 20 minutes from the school by public transport. Bed linens and towels are included and changed weekly. You are responsible for doing your own laundry and keeping your space tidy, though rooms are cleaned weekly by school staff.
If you prefer total privacy and independence, a studio apartment would be best. All apartments are suitable for one or two people* and have a fully equipped kitchenette and a private bathroom. Some apartments have Wi-Fi access and air-conditioning - please let us know if either of these amenities are a requirement for you. Apartments are located around 20 minutes’ travel from the school by public transport. Available apartments vary in size and cost; please contact us if you would like to explore this option.
*Twin rooms are only available to students travelling together.
Accommodation is available from the Sunday before the start of your course until the Saturday after your course finishes. Check-in and check-out times are usually very flexible.
The Club 50+ package includes a selection of social and cultural activities designed to complement your Italian tuition and give you the best possible experience in Salerno. Available activities may include:
- Walking tours of the city
- Visits to local artisans’ studios
- Seminars on Italian culture
- Pottery classes
- Food- and drink-tasting sessions
- Cookery workshops
- Half- and full-day excursions to local points of interest such as Amalfi, Sorrento, or Pompeii
You are also welcome to attend the sessions offered to all students on the general activity programme if you wish.
This programme is ideal for mature students wanting to study Italian with other international learners of a similar age. Salerno is a beautiful coastal location and therefore perfect for anyone wanting to combine their language course with a beach holiday. Tuition is suitable all levels, from complete beginner to advanced-level learner. You do not need to start your course on a specific date if you are a beginner; since this programme only runs at certain times of year, all available start dates are suitable for all students, regardless of their starting language level.
Please contact us if you are unsure if this programme would be suitable for you; we will be happy to advise you.
How to get there
The closest main airport to Salerno is Naples International Airport, which is around 1.5 hours from the city by car and which is easily accessible from many worldwide airports.
From here, you can either take public transport to your accommodation or we can add an airport transfer service to your booking for an additional charge. If you select this service, a driver will be waiting for you when you land and will take you directly to your lodging. If you select this service on departure as well, you will be collected from your accommodation on your last day and taken back to the airport in time for your departing flight.
You should arrange to arrive in Salerno on the Sunday before the course starts and depart on the Saturday after the course finishes. We may be able to arrange extra nights on arrival and/or departure for you if needed. Please note that a supplement will be applied to transfers booked between 22:00 and 06:00.
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