State or private education?

State or private education?

Whether you moved to Italy and is searching school for your children or you are a student and want to receive Italian higher education you should know all the following information.

In Italy you have an option to choose between state and private education. Choosing the language of study is also the most important decision.

Teaching language

The only schools in Italy using English as the teaching language are a few private schools. In other schools all subjects are taught in Italian. In some areas of Italy (Val d’Aosta and Trentino-alto Adige), the languages most commonly spoken are French and German and Italian is a second language.

English is generally the second language taught in state schools in Italy, where it’s introduced as a compulsory subject in primary school and continued throughout secondary school. However, the level of instruction will be difficult to maintain your child’s ability to read and write in English. Italian students are rarely fluent by the time they leave school. Due to language and other barriers, enrolling child in an Italian state school is recommended only if you’re planning to stay for at least a year. If you are uncertain how long you will be staying in Italy, it’s best to assume a medium or long stay.

The choice between state and private school

The area where you choose to live may affect your choice of school. State schools may give the preference to children living locally and international schools tend to be situated in or near major cities.

If you are planning your secondary or further education in Italy you should make sure whether Italian examinations are recognized in your home country or the country where you plan to live after graduating.

It is a good idea to obtain the opinions and advice of others who have been faced with the same decisions and problems and collect as much information from as many different sources as possible before making final decision.

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