When will I know what school I’m going to?
By the end 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.
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 the name of the school?
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. Some schools will begin the internship in October, others later. We have tried to respond to the needs of the students and the schools in the best way possible.
2. In August, 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.” The steps to obtain this visa are as follows:
Attention: Even without a “progetto formativo, you can obtain a normal “visto di soggiorno” upon entering Italy without going to the Consulate. These are valid for 90 days. It is much better to have the “visto di formazione” however, for the necessary insurance coverage.
Italian law requires that you report to the local post office within one week of your arrival in Italy to apply for your permesso di soggiorno, or permit of stay. The post office will be able to provide you with the necessary application, as well as instructions about what other materials to include (passport photocopies, progetto formativo, etc.). Although some past assistants have forgone the permesso di soggiorno process, we recommend that you see it
What about health insurance?
1. Upon arrival in Italy, foreign students that do not already have health insurance must go to a post office
and provide the following payments:
(payments are renewable and not cumulative)
2.”L’assicurazione INA Assitalia offers insured students a “accident and urgent disease” insurance (certified by Emergency care medics.) This insurance is only valid if it is provided by Emergency Care medics, in emergency situations.
How long will my internship last?
From a minimum of 3 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 ITLuca Pacioli in Crema (Cremona province). To contact the coordinators write an email to firstname.lastname@example.org . Signora Laura Zanello (secretary).
The teachers who coordinate the project are:
Paola Severgnini email@example.com
Federica Blesi firstname.lastname@example.org
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?
2013-14 will be the ninth year.
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:
Eli Corso-Phinney email@example.com
Alexandra Matthews firstname.lastname@example.org
In the website, however, you’ll find all the names of the schools and the assistants for the current year