Courses for Travelers

the best way to learn Italian language and culture for a fantastic journey 

1. Courses + Trips

Our school’s goal is to expose students to an authentic immersion into the Italian Culture. With our “Discovery Courses” here in Bethesda, our native instructors will lead you through a virtual tour of their region.

Then, we suggest a Trip, through our contacts in Italy, to offer you the possibility to experience the country as an insider. Participants will interact with selected local contacts, who will speak in Italian or in English and will lead the traveler through the discovery of history, archeology, art, traditions, gastronomy, and the natural beauty of their region, with a warm welcome.

Trips Suggestions include: Veneto, Liguria, Emilia Romagna, Toscana, Piemonte, Abruzzo, Lazio, Puglia, Sicilia(coming soon), Sardegna (coming soon)

Offers for 2022 will be updated soon. Contact us for details.


Discover Emilia Romagna with Annelise Brody
Friday 5:30-8:00 pm ET August 12,19, 26
Discover Sardegna with Laura Loddo Moticka
Tuesday 6:30-8:30 pm ET May 17, 24, 31 (online only)
Discover Liguria with Carlo Ellena
Saturday 12:30-2:30 pm ET May 21, 28, June 4 (online only)
Discover Veneto with Dario Penzo
Friday, 12:00–2:30 pm ET May 20, 27 June 3

2. Immersion Course

This 16-hour course will prepare you to find your way around Italy and enjoy interacting with its people. It focuses on real, practical situations in daily life, employing a variety of  learning materials and videos. Minimum of 8 students required, or course will meet for 13 hrs. instead of 16 hrs.

When:  Saturday & Sunday, from 9:00 am to 5:00 pm

Class activities include strong student participation, cultural presentations, simulations, songs, role playing and many other group activities.

Learn how to: introduce yourself, go through customs formalities, take public transportation (taxi, bus, train), ask for directions, make hotel reservations, order at a restaurant, rent a car, refill your tank, buy train tickets, postcards, stamps, inquire about prices for food, arts and crafts, souvenirs, clothing, and shoes!

Grammatical points: Articles: definite/indefinite, Nouns: gender/number, Adjectives: possessive/qualitative, Prepositions,Verbs: present/simple past/commands

Material & Methods: Role-playing, Handouts, Songs and Videos.

Schedule 2022:

March 26-27
June 25-26
August 20-21

Time: 9:00am-5:00pm (With a minimum of 8 students)

Price: $230

Location: In person & Online

3. Study Abroad

The Italian Language Program is pleased to recommend a few selected language schools in Italy, which we know and trust, where you can improve your language skills and enjoy your cultural experience. When contacting the schools below, please say that the ICS recommended them. You will be properly welcomed.

From North to South:

Reggio Emilia
Reggio Lingua
Italian me
Todi, Umbria
La lingua la vita