Your door to Italy

The school is located in an elegant nineteenth century building and offers its students spacious, sunny, air-conditioned classrooms, a pleasant relaxation and refreshment area with coffee, soft drinks and snacks, newspapers and magazines, an Internet point and WiFI connection, a well-stocked library and a reception always available to provide tourist and cultural information.

We organize Italian courses for foreigners at all levels (A1 - C2) in an ideal melting pot of different languages and cultures.
The communicative method makes the lessons stimulating and pleasant in perfect combination with listening, games, verbal and written exercises, activities to develop accuracy and countless opportunities to speak.
The teaching material is constantly updated and customized, according to the needs of the students.

The teaching department comprises graduates and experts certified to teach the Italian language to foreigners; they work in synergy to ensure high quality courses according to the "long-life learning" and continuous updating concept.
To complete the study program, A door to Italy offers numerous free time activities to learn about the area, the local culture, the cuisine

Services for students

A Door to Italy takes care of you from the moment of your first request by email until the completion of your studies and your return home, offering you a range of services and practical tips to organize, implement and enjoy your stay in Genoa.

  • ACCOMMODATIONS according to different categories and prices
  • TRANSFER from and to the booked accommodation
  • STUDENT CHARTER to access special discounts at local stores
  • A rich program of LEISURE ACTIVITIES

Student's Charter and Enrollment Fee

All students enrolled in the school are subject to the payment of an annual enrollment fee of €50.00.
It includes the Student Charter, valid for 12 months, which allows students to access all our teaching and assistance services and to have interesting discounts in shops, bars, libraries, gyms and wellness centers.
Educational services: entrance test, educational material and basic textbook, free of charge educational assistance and assistance on request, borrowed books and DVDs, certificate of attendance at the end of the course.
Welcome and assistance service: assistance in finding and booking accommodation, equipped recreation area, INTERNET point and WiFi, welcome kit (manual on Genoa, city map, etc.), newspapers and magazines available.
Discounts : 5% on other courses held in the year of validity (the discount is not valid for the continuation of the same course, already subject to list price discounts), special discounts with our partners.
If you have a business and wish to become one of our partners, please write us an email at

Visa and Residence Permit

A Door to Italy provides students with all the documentation they need to obtain a Study Visa (VS) and, after their entry into Italy, provides them with a Residence Permit (PS).
To apply for a study visa it is necessary to attend a course of at least 20 lessons per week (Standard Intensive Group Course).

What are the required documents?

  • Certificate of enrollment at the course (provided by the school)
  • Invoice related to the payment of the course and accommodation (provided by the school)
  • confirmation of accommodation booking (provided by the school) or confirmation
    of a hotel, residence or letter of invitation from a person hosting you at home (filled out by hand)
  • A health policy covering the entire period of your stay
  • A guarantee of the availability of sufficient financial means for your support for the entire duration of the course/stay in Italy (for more information please click here)
  • Proof that you purchased your round-trip air ticket

Where do you apply for a visa? At the Italian embassy in your country of residence (here is the list of embassies and consulates )
REMEMBER! Each embassy has its own procedures. Therefore, we recommend that you always ask the consular office of your area for the exact list of documents to be submitted. We will provide you with all the necessary assistance.


A Door to Italy works with a network of affiliated partners, which offer different solutions:

  • SHARED APARTMENT with other students
  • HOTEL at special rates

The accommodations are located in the city center, well connected to the school.

We offer ADVICE in finding accommodation by getting in touch with our collaborators. You can make arrangements for your stay and pay directly to the host, in the ways and times agreed with him.

Our tips :
For those who want to live a true Italian experience, we suggest choosing the FAMILY solution, with the possibility of half board to chat at dinner.
THE SHARED APARTMENT with other students is an excellent solution to find new friends from all over the world. It is well suited to long stays, even for the affordable price.
For those who prefer to be INDEPENDENT , it is possible to rent studios or two-room apartments or stay in HOTEL, at special rates .

Leisure time

The school A Door to Italy organizes a rich and varied program of activities to be enjoyed during the students' free time. There are many opportunities to practice the Italian language, even outside your classroom, and always in a pleasant and relaxed atmosphere!
Experiencing Genoa with A Door to Italy means making new friends in front of wine glasses, visiting a museum with your teachers, watching a film at school, and discovering the surroundings of the city.
In short, it means to improve your Italian in friendly and informal situations!

Genoa is a beautiful city that offers a wide variety of attractions, which meet the preferences of students of all ages.