Courses for Travelers

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


SECRET TUSCANY at Villa Bonizella

August 24th-31st, 2024

An immersion in the beauty of nature, culture & Italian language with Francesca Casazza & the owners of the villa. Tour designed for ICS Members. For information read the flyer; for registration and FAQs, please fill in this form



September 8th-17th, 2024

Do not miss the opportunity to visit the Belpaese with one of the ICS instructors.
As our next destination we chose the beautiful Piedmont.
For information read the flyerfor availability and registration contact
Bethesda Travel Center:
(301) 656-1670

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. These introductory courses will give you the tools to learn more about the most visited regions in Italy and appreciate its beauty…and flavour. 

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, Sardegna (coming soon)

Offers for 2024: Coming up soon, with Spring Schedule!



Discover Puglia with Claudio Pedone
Tuesday, 6:00 pm–8:00 pm, (Online) March 14th, 21st, 28th – in English/Italian (FAll dates TBD)
Discover Sardegna with Laura Loddo
Saturday 11:45 am–1:45 pm, (Online) March 18, 25 April 1st – in English (Fall dates TBD)
Discover Liguria with Carlo Ellena
Thursday 6:00 – 8:00 pm, (Online) August 31, Sept. 7, 14 – in English and Italian
Una gita a … Venezia with Laura Loddo
Tuesday 6:30-8:30 pm August 15,22,29 (Online) – in English

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 2024:

March 23-24 (THIS COURSE IS FULL) 
June 22-23
August 17-18

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