Policies, terms and conditions


Courses on Zoom: For copyrights reasons, students can only request 2 recordings out of 10 lessons, or 1 recording out of 5 lessons, when absent. If more classes are requested, an additional fee of $15 per class needs to be paid (please call the office).

Hybrid courses: Students can come in person, or connect via Zoom to the same lesson. The teacher is in class.



The standard course (adult courses) meets for a 2-hour session once a week for 10 weeks or twice a week for 5 weeks for a total of 20 hours of instruction. We also offer courses that meet for 1.5 and one hour.

Teens & Kids courses are annual and meet for 30 weeks, for 1.5 hour classes, or 1 hour (for the 2-3 years old).

Courses have a minimum of 5 students (and a maximum of 12 students) 

 If less than the minimum register, the course may be offered with a surcharge, or the hours of the course may be adjusted.

Courses that don’t use textbooks, add $5 or $10 for material provided by the Instructor.

ICS members get discounts on courses. Siblings also get a discounted rate. Senior Citizens (65 and over) receive a small discount. Note: Discounts are not cumulative, and do not apply to Tutoring or Immersion courses.


Tutoring is taught on an hourly basis, paid up front in a package of 5 or 10 hours. Packages are not refundable. Students will not be reimbursed for missing a scheduled session, but it is possible for tutorial students and a teacher to mutually negotiate a change of meeting time before the scheduled appointment, with at least 24 hours’ notice.

Small group tutoring is offered at a discounted rate. At-home tutoring may be available, and depends on location.

Immersion course for those traveling to Italy, 16 hours over two days on a weekend (minimum 8 students), course materials included. With less than 8 students, this course will meet for 13 hours instead. With less than 4 students, the course is postponed to the following scheduled date.

Drop-ins for most classes are also available.


Students may switch courses, assuming a place is available, during the first two weeks of classes.

Withdrawal policies:

Students withdrawing up to 7 days before the first class will receive full refund of tuition, minus a $15 refund transaction fee.

Students withdrawing up to 6 days before the first class, or after just one meeting will be charged the value of three drop-in classes.

Students withdrawing from a course after the second meeting will not be refunded, but a partial credit towards the next registration will be issued, if the withdrawal is due to extenuating circumstances (e.g., health).

For the Immersion courses, a written cancellation can be accepted with full refund up to seven (7) days prior to the class.

Make-up policy: If you must miss a class for reasons of health or family, please notify the office. You may request to attend a similar class (possibly with a different teacher) during the same session. No make-ups extending into the next session. This policy holds for both conversation classes and regular classes.

Weather related closings or delays: in the event of inclement weather, please call 301-215-7885, or visit our website at www.italianculturalsociety.org for up-to-date information. We follow Montgomery County Public Schools and DC government decisions as a guideline. Classes will likely be online, in case of bad weather. Should a class be canceled by the Italian Language Program, a make-up date will be scheduled.

RETURNED CHECKS:  There will be a $30 fee for any checks returned by the bank.