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          “A language isn’t something you learn as much as something you join. –Arika Okrent

Spring courses begin the week of April 9th. 

Register online or call 312-245-0652.

Learn the language while bringing yourself closer to the many beautiful elements of Italy!!!

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ItalCultura is located at 500 N Michigan Ave, Suite 1405.

Profiency Levels

Test your current Italian proficiency level!

In effort to have students placed in the most appropriate level class, students with previous knowledge of Italian are asked to take both written and verbal placement exams. Download the written portion of the placement test by clicking here. Please print out the test, answer as many questions as you are able to (without using any aids), and email it back to us at . The verbal test will be given here at ItalCultura, by appointment. Please call 312-245-0652 or email to schedule your verbal exam.

The curriculum of ItalCultura is based on the Common European Framework of Reference (CEFR). The CEFR is a guideline used to describe what learners of foreign languages need to do in order to communicate effectively in each language. CEFR facilitates the recognition of proficiency gained in different learning contexts and provides assessment of progress at each stage, and throughout a lifetime.

The CEFR divides learners into three broad divisions and six levels.

A – Basic User

            A1 – Beginner

            A2 – Elementary

B – Independent User

            B1 – Intermediate

            B2 – Upper Intermediate

C – Proficient User

            C1 - Advanced

            C2 – Mastery

All language courses are taught in Italian and students start speaking Italian from the very first day!


1. Acceptable forms of payment are: by check or by credit/debit card (Visa or Mastercard).


2. Class size

Unless otherwise indicated, a course will have a maximum of 10 participants. Should a proposed course not be offered due to insufficient registration, we will offer the participant the option to switch to another course or to receive a full refund.


3. Cancellation and Refund Policy

ItalCultura is a Not for Profit Organization committed to offering courses as affordable as possible. In view of our not-for-profit status and our commitment to our instructors, we apply the following rules:

Upon withdrawal from a class before the term has begun, the course fee will be fully refunded. Upon withdrawal within the first two lessons, the course fee will be refunded minus the pro-rated cost of the class/es attended as well as the $ 50 administration fee. No refunds beyond the second week of a term.  No refunds or credit will be given for classes not attended. Make-up classes are available to the student during the same week only that the class is missed. Permission must be requested to the administrators. There will be no reimbursement for missed classes or missed private lessons.

Cancellation of Private Lessons:

If students are unable to attend their scheduled private lessons,

notification must be given 24 hours in advance to avoid being charged. 

Please call ItalCultura at (312) 245-0652 Monday through Friday before 5pm.


4. All requests to be transferred from one course to another must be approved by ItalCultura. Any additional tuition or fees resulting from transferring are payable immediately. NO CHANGES are accepted after the second class.


5. Textbooks

Textbooks, workbooks and CDs are available for purchase in our office. Once purchased, they are non-refundable.


6. Pictures

Students, members, and attendees of events and programs should be aware that ItalCultura and the Italian Cultural Institute of Chicago may, from time to time, have photographs taken for use in marketing materials.


7. Liability of ItalCultura

The liability of ItalCultura and its staff is limited to intent and gross negligence. ItalCultura also accepts no liability for the cancellation of its services due to force majeure (e.g. natural disasters, fire, floods, war, official orders and all other circumstances beyond the control of the contractual parties).


8. Open access: All classes and programs are open to everyone without discrimination on the basis of race, color, nationality and/or ethnic origin.



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We will never (and will not allow any third party to) use the statistical analytics tool to track or to collect any Personally Identifiable Information (PII) of visitors to our site. Neither we nor Google will link, or seek to link, an IP address with the identity of a computer user.



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The Official Language School
at the Italian Cultural Institute of Chicago
500 North Michigan Avenue, Suite 1405
Chicago, IL 60611-3767
ph 312-245-0652    fax 312-822-9622
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Calendar and Pricing


Winter 2018:  January 16th - March 26th

Spring 2018:  April 9th - June 18th

Summer 2018:  July 9th - September 17th

Fall 2018:  September 24th - December 8th


20-hour group courses: $385

Private lessons: $70/hour

Featured: Accelerated Courses

Immerse yourself in the Italian language! 20 hours of instruction in 5 weeks for $350.Accelerated A1303

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