Policies, terms and conditions.

The standard course 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.

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.

We also have courses of 15 or 10 hours, as well as 5-hour workshops.

Latin courses are normally 15 hours (10 classes).

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

ICS members get discounts on courses that vary by price. 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.

Small group tutoring is offered at a discount. 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 3 days before the first class will receive full refund of tuition.

Students withdrawing up to 1 to 2 days before the first class, or after just one meeting will be charged the value of two lessons.

Students may withdraw from a course after just two meetings at a refund of 50% of tuition (for a 5 or 10 classes course).

Students withdrawing from a course after the third 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 five (5) days prior to the class.

Tutorials are non-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.


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: On days in question, please call 301-215-7885, or visit our web site at http://archive.italianculturalsociety.org for up-to-date information. We follow Montgomery County Public Schools and DC government decisions as a guideline. For classes 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.