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When will I know what school I’m going to?
By the beginning of May, it will be communicated to you the name of school, the address, the telephone numbers and the email address of the school, as well as the name and email address of your advisor at school.  We will do our best to follow your preferences.  Naturally it will not be possible for everybody but we will try to do our best. From April 20 check your email regularly. You'll be given few days to confirm your acceptance of the internship

Where are the schools?
In Lombardy.  Some  are in Milan, others (the majority) at Brescia, Crema, Salò, Mantua, Bergamo, and other small cities in the provinces of Milan, Brescia, Varese, Cremona.  Please look in the website for the list  of schools. They are high schools (students from 14 to 19 years old).  In very few cases, there will be students as young as 12.

What should I do once I have accepted the internship?
1. You must immediately contact your advisor at the school.  Agree on an exact start date of the internship, which must be organized between you and the school.  Almost all schools begin the internship on October 1, others later.
2. In August (some years in the second half of July), you will receive the “progetto formativo” approved by the Region of Lombardy. The “progetto formativo” will be sent to the mailing address that you indicated on your application (please make sure to update your info),.  The “progetto formativo”  will help you when you ask for a visa “di formazione” from the Italian consulate.

What travel documents will I need to participate in the program?
The internship program requires a visa “per studio-formazione.” it is a special type of STUDY visa. The steps to obtain this visa are as follows:
  • The Institute Luca Pacioli of Crema (the school which coordinates the project) prepares the “progetto formativo” for every intern and sends it to the Region of Lombardy.
  • The Region approves the project
  • IIS Luca Pacioli sends the approved “progetto” to every intern by mail.
  • Every intern must present the “progetto formativo” to an Italian consulate (you have to fix an appointment for this). For other documents and costs necessary to the visa process, it is necessary to consult the website of the Italian Consulate or that of the Italian Embassy in Washington, D.C. For specific information, please contact a Consulate or the Embassy.  

Attention: If you stay in Italy no longer than 90 days, you do not need to apply for a visa through an Italian consulate

How long will my internship last?
From a minimum of 4 months to a maximum of 8 months.  We have tried to satisfy both the needs of the schools and the desires of the interns.  We will tell you both the length of your internship and the name of the school. We’ll try to meet everybody’s needs but it  is not always possible

What work will I do in the school?
You will be an English language assistant, always in the classroom with an Italian teacher of English.  Also, some schools will ask you to teach with the CLIL methodology (teaching subjects such as history, geography, mathematics, or science in English for a designated period of hours).  Your tutor (advisor)  at the school and the teachers will help you.  Also please read our website for further practical information

Who coordinates the project in Lombardy?
The IIS Luca Pacioli in Crema (Cremona province).  To contact the coordinators write an email to assistenti@pacioli.net . S
The teachers who coordinate the project are:
Paola   Severgnini
Federica Blesi
You may write to them in English, they’re English  teachers

Who will help me find lodging?
The advisor  of the school where you are going for your internship will assist you in finding a place to stay. You’ll have to use part of your stipend  for your lodging  (you’ll have to pay lodging and meals out of the stipend)

Can I live with a family?
Yes, you can ask the advisor if it is possible to find a family to host you.  It can be a wonderful (and cheap!) way to perfect your language skills and learn about Italian daily life and culture from insiders’ perspectives.

How much will I be paid?
700 euros net monthly.  You will be paid directly by the school where you do your internship, usually at the end of each month.

May I find other work during my time in Italy?
Ask this type of information to the proper authorities at the Consular office, who will tell you all the details regarding the law on this question.  Many students who have participated in this program have given private English lessons

How long has this program existed?
Since 2005-2006

If you wish to contact assistants that have done this program in preceding years, we can give you the name of students available to respond:

Thiago Branco
Gia Vaccarezza
Taylor Whitson

In the website, however, you’ll find all the names of the schools and the assistants for the current year