Learn Italian in Italy

International House Catania, Sicily





Welcome to IH!, your Italian language school in Catania, Sicily where to learning Italian is a lot of fun!

Our Italian language department offers Italian language courses for foreigners in Catania, Sicily since 1997 and is a point of reference in language training in Sicily, including teaching Italian for foreigners. The Courses, the Certifications and the Teacher Training Department are the three pillars on which IH – Catania has built more than twenty years of activity in language learning. In our school you will certainly find the best Italian courses for your needs.


At IH-Catania, we are proud to offer a range of Italian language courses to suit your various schedules and needs to study Italian: from private and group courses, to intensive courses and exam preparation courses. And, in addition to our Italian language training, we run an exciting cultural activity program, so that you can enjoy your stay in Sicily at its best! 







“Why should I choose your Italian language school and not another?”

Here some good reasons why!

• Top-quality Italian language school since 1997

IH-Catania has been a leading provider among Italian language schools in Italy since 1997. In fact, we are one of the oldest privately-run Italian language institute in the South of Italy. We operate a completely transparent quality assurance scheme and are inspected on a regular basis by National and International accreditation agencies. Our commitment to our students’ success, as well as our excellent staff members, have helped us establish a worldwide reputation for providing first-class training.

• School setting

IH-Catania is located within walking distance of the historic center of Catania.

The location, with spacious classrooms and a large terrace, is equipped with state-of-the-art technological tools that allow the application of the most modern teaching methodologies.

Since 2014 affiliated International House World Organization, an international organization founded in 1953, which brings together more than 150 schools around the world, renowned for the high standards of quality and seriousness required of its member language schools.

• Destination

The “radiant Catania,” as sung by its cantantessa Carmen Consoli, is a city vibrant with energy, with a very strong Mediterranean soul and an ancient history rooted in the foundation of Katane, the original Greek city built on the hill of Monte Vergine in 729 B.C.

Catania is a city between the volcano Etna and the sea, a UNESCO World Heritage Site for its historic center rebuilt by the Spanish viceroys on the canons of Sicilian Baroque after the 1669 earthquake.

In Catania, you will find an authentic environment, different from the best-known tourist destinations in Sicily, an immersion in real life far from the crowds of tourists. A city rich in cultural life with its many cinemas, its theaters, its Opera House, its University, its Academies, and the pulsating nightlife among the liveliest in Italy with its bars, café-concerts, restaurants, and clubs that make Catania’s historic center a unique environment in Italy.

On top of the nice and mild climate of the South of Italy throughout the whole year, the people in Catania are known for their hospitality, humor and joy of life and will always welcome you with a warm and fun hospitality

• A variety of Italian language and cultural programs

We think that the Italian language should not only be practiced inside classrooms but also learned through real-life experiences.

If you do not want simply to sit in your class but have also the chance to enjoy some unforgettable social and cultural activities during which immerse yourself in the Italian language and culture, you have landed in the right school!

We offer a weekly social and cultural program, with several free activities for all students at school. This program is already included in the course price. But, if you want to add some specific extra courses to your Italian language course, you can choose your best option among cooking classes, Sicilian wine tasting, scuba-diving, trekking on Etna, Sicilian ceramics, and so forth and so on.

• Teaching quality

At IH-Catania you can count on warm and personal care and on solid academic experience in teaching Italian as a second language.
Our reputation for providing top-quality Italian courses is a result of our dedication to focusing the learning process on communication. In our school, you will not simply learn a meaningless series of grammar rules, with us you will learn how to really communicate and interact with Italian native speakers!

• Student nationality mix

Our students come from all over the world, mainly from Europe (Germany, UK, Netherlands, Switzerland, France, Spain, Sweden, Austria, etc,), North America (U.S. and Canada), South America (Argentina and Brazil), Japan, Russia, and Australia. The nationality mix favors the interaction in Italian among our students as their common language.

Not only, our school is multi-cultural, but it is also multi-age. Our students are aged from 18 to 70+ years old. The different ages in our classes enrich the cultural exchanges. You will walk away from our school with many more friends than when you arrive and certainly with a richer personal and cultural experience!

“Are you the best Italian language school in Italy?”

We do not know whether we are the best Italian language school in Italy. It would be arrogant for us to say. What we know is that certainly, we are among the most accredited Italian language schools with National and International accreditations and recognitions.

Keep in mind that being an accredited Italian language school means being submitted to external inspections run by third independent bodies, a guarantee of quality for you! And quality costs… Please, keep it in mind when you choose your school!

“How is the Italian language in Sicily?”

From time to time, we are asked the following question: “Will people be speaking in Italian or will they be speaking in Sicilian?” or “What will be the language spoken?”

It is essential to realize that every region (almost every town) has its own different “local language” in Italy. For linguists, there are no linguistic differences between language and dialect, but a language is recognized by all speakers in a given country and has an official character, which is denied to dialect, which is restricted to a specific geographical area.

Therefore there is a “local language” in the Veneto region, and another in the Lombard region, and another in the Liguria region, or in Sardinia, or in Apulia, or in Campania, in Calabria and even in Tuscany, worldwide known as the cradle of the Italian language. And there is one in Sicily too. Each “local language” (dialect) is almost completely not understandable by people living in other Italian regions.

Standard Italian is somehow a “young language” if you consider the number of people who have grown with it as their native language. The birth of standard Italian as a commonly broad spoken language throughout all of Italy can be dated after the I world war and particularly after the spread of media such as the radio and TV.

Standard Italian was already being taught and learned in our national education system, in our elementary schools, since Italy’s unification in 1861, but unfortunately, only a tiny minority of kids could attend the schools: the sons of the aristocracy. All the others continued to grow in poverty and… in dialects.

And this is another important question to have to be taken into consideration: the use of dialects very much depends on the social conditions and the social environment, whether we consider cities or rural areas, and it also depends (nowadays) on the age of the speakers. All these factors influence the use of the dialect.

Therefore the truth is another: in Italy, we all are born, grow and live in a sort of bilingualism. On one side, we all study and commonly use standard Italian. On the other, we learn our different dialects “on the road” while living.

And here is a second absolute truth: local languages (dialects) are spoken only among the same local people! No one would address someone from another Italian region or a foreigner in the local language!

So do not be afraid when you choose an Italian language school in Italy! In all schools, you will be taught in a very good standard Italian, and everywhere Italian people will address you in a very good standard Italian. It may just happen that, living on the road, you may pick up some Sicilian words in Sicily, some Venetian words in Veneto, and some Roman words in Rome. Dialects express the local culture at its best and are mostly used to make jokes nowadays. Have fun then!


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