Applicants to the Year and Semester High School Programs in Italy are expected to enroll in an online Rosetta Stone language course and study independently prior to departure on program. The mandatory online course will be organized and monitored by Intercultura (AFS Italy) who will email registration and login instructions to each student.
Intercultura requires that each student completes at least one LEVEL of the course (not to be confused with one UNIT), before their arrival in Italy for the program. If this requirement is not fulfilled, then the student must reimburse Intercultura €50 (approx. $55) upon arrival.
Intercultura also organizes language lessons on a local level two or three times a week according to each student’s language preparation. The number of hours varies from 40 to 60 and these courses should be completed by the end of December.
Between February and April the local chapters organize an exchange week in which the students (generally, in Italy on the Year Program) can choose to visit another part of Italy, in order to get in touch with a different reality within the country itself. The local chapters are responsible for finding the students a host family for this week and the students are responsible for paying all travel expenses. This activity is not mandatory and can be denied to a student by the local chapter or national office.
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