General information



Among Italian language schools for foreigners, the Galilei Institute is unique in its exclusive specializing in one-to-one, personalized, full immersion courses specifically designed for professionals and students. Established in 1985, the Galilei Institute attained the highest prestige among language schools in Italy by providing its services to the leading companies of the world. Please take a moment to review our list of clients.

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general information


At the end of each course, the Galilei Institutes gives, upon request of the student, the tapes of the recorded lessons and a certificate of completion or a report on her/his progress with recommendations for follow-up. In order to receive the “Diploma Finale” an exam on the whole program must be passed.

Upon request, it is possible to take an exam for CILS or PLIDA certificates. Registration for these exams must be done in advance, 40 days before the exam date. See the dates on the following pages:

CILS Exam:


Additionally, the Galilei Institute is an official center for passing the BRIGHT certification exam, a certificate recognized by many international companies.

CREDITS (only for one-to-one courses)

If your university recognizes academic mobility – receiving educational services outside the faculty and campus where you are currently studying, you can receive credits from your university for a course taken at our Institute.

We can assist you in obtaining approval from your professor/dean by providing a detailed description of the course (a general description is available at this link, along with an evaluation letter from the course teacher at our institute. Typically, three semester credits correspond to 20 hours of an individual course. Additionally, we will be able to meet your university’s request for overseas studies.

SATURDAYS, SUNDAYS AND HOLIDAY (only for one-to-one courses)

Upon request, courses can be scheduled on these days so that our students can take full advantage their entire period of time here.


After the end of the course, the lessons with our teachers can be continued by telephone, email and chat.


The school can organize, upon request, a pick-up service from the airport or from the train station. The prices one way are the following:

from Florence train station Euro 30
from Florence airport Euro 75
from Pisa airport Euro 180


To enroll, please send the completed application form. The secretary’s office will then give confirmation of the chosen course by letter, fax or email and advise you about the procedure to complete the registration. 


The course fee must be paid before or on the first day of lessons. Cancellations must be made by email or fax. Full refund is made for cancellations more than 15 days before the start of the course. For cancellations within the 15 days preceding the beginning of the course, 30% of the course fee will be kept. Once the course has started no reimbursement will be made.

The certificate of enrollment which is required to apply for a Visa will be issued after receipt of the whole course fee. In case the Visa is not granted, 30% of the fee will be kept.

All amounts not reimbursed can be used for the same course or other courses within a year.

All disputes shall be judged by the Florence Court of Justice.

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