Career Colleges and Vocational Schools in Italy


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About Career Colleges and Vocational Schools in Italy


The system of training for various careers and vocations in Italy is unique and multi-faceted.  Unlike many other countries, vocational training in Italy is not strictly a post-secondary pursuit.  In fact, many students will begin this training as early as age 15 and continue until age 18 or more, depending on the type of career they choose.  Below we will take a closer look at the Italian system of vocational training, including some of the opportunities and requirements at both the secondary and university level.

Career and Vocational Training:  Secondary School

Italy has a very diverse system of secondary education, one that gives all students an opportunity to succeed based on their various aptitudes.  Upon leaving Scuola Media Inferiore, the U.S. equivalent of junior high school or middle school, Italian students, who at this time are approximately 15 years of age, have a couple of options they can pursue.  Those with above-average academic marks, whose desire is to pursue a university education upon graduation, will normally attend the upper secondary school—the Liceo Classico.  The remainder of students, which account for the majority in the Italian secondary educational system, will follow the vocational stream.

Less than 15 years ago, Italian students could elect to conclude their education altogether after the first year of high school.  This is no longer the case.  Today, students not wishing to attend the university are now compelled to receive some type of vocational training.  In January of 1999 the Italian government decided to make vocational education compulsory until age 18 for those students not attending upper secondary school.  This requirement can be fulfilled by attending one of the country’s technical institutes (institutos tecnico), specialized secondary institutes (institutos magistrale) or through an approved apprenticeship program.  Each of these programs are funded by the state and governed by the various regions and provinces in which the schools are located.  Students who successfully complete one of these programs are awarded a state diploma (maturita) and are thereby qualified to pursue employment in the career field they’ve chosen.

Career and Vocational Training:  Universities

Vocational training is also a significant component in a student’s university education.  This type of training is for careers that require a more advanced education and very specialized training.  Once students complete the first cycle of their education, or bachelor program, they are eligible to apply for admittance into the 1st level vocational master (Master Universitario di Prima Livello).  Here, in addition to courses in theory, students will receive hands-on training in a number of different career fields, including business, engineering, and education.

For careers that require additional vocational training beyond the Masters or 2nd level, students can move to the third cycle and apply to one of Italy’s Specialisation Schools (Scuolas di Specializzazione).  These schools provide students with advanced knowledge and skills in specific professional fields.  The total duration of these courses vary depending on the career field and the academic structure, and they are open only to those students who have obtained their second level degree.  Students with a second level degree can also at any time elect to attend the “Advanced Course” (Corso di Perfezionamento), a type of refresher course where they can brush up on their past education and advance their skills and expertise.  No degree, however, is awarded for completion of this program.


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Contact: Toscana Colori

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Eremo di San Galgano, Chiusdino SI, Toscana, Italy
Contact: Accademia dell Lusso

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Via Montenapoleone, 5, Milan, Italy
Accademia del Lusso is an Italian School of Fashion and Design, established in 2005. It strives to offer advanced training in an innovative and creative manner, being founded with the specific purpose of offering professional training for the key professions in the sector – design, marketing,... See full description.
Contact: Accademia dell'Arte

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Villa Godiola, Loc. San Fabiano 9, Arezzo, Italy
Accademia dell'Arte is a school based in Italy, dedicated to providing excellent education in the arts. Students go there with the purpose of pursuing an intensive Italian language program, combined with academic studies of high level theatre, music and dance performance training. The academy... See full description.
Contact: Accademia Europea di Firenze

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via Roma 4, Florence, FI, Italy
The Accademia Europea di Firenze is an Italian Language, Music, Arts and Culture school, based in Florence. The school is located in the center of the historical city, following the objective to offer an outstanding study abroad experience to foreign students. Founders of the school believe... See full description.
Contact: Accademia Riaci

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Via de' Conti, 4, Florence, Toscana, Italy
Accademia Riaci is a unique school in Florence, Italy, which is based around the idea of helping students sense and develop their own artistic personality. The academy's faculty consists of renowned artists of various fields, following the mission to assist and inspire next generation artists.... See full description.
Contact: Alambrado Studio - Florence Summer Dance Workshop

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Via Datini, 27, Florence, Italy
Alambrado is a non-profit organization established in 1997. Its aim is to promote dance in all its forms by holding seminars, courses, performances, meetings and cultural exchanges. Alambrado cooperates with cultural and youth organizations such as Commission of the City of Florence, the Lega... See full description.
Contact: Culinary Institute "Gianni Brera"

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Via Carloni 8, Como, Italy
Gianni Brera, situated in Como, Italy is an institute which offers expertise in teaching Culinary Arts to its students. The school comprises of two kitchens: one is used for training purposes and the other is a professional serving kitchen open to the general public, accommodating more than 100... See full description.
Contact: Dace Summer School Italy

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via Masi 7, Livorno
We are a dance village by the sea with a swimming pool. You can attend one or more weeks, one or more classes per day, you must organize on your own accomodation.
Contact: Europa Networking

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Via Zelasco 1, Bergamo , Bergamo, Italy
Europa Networking is a highly specialized training centre for Networking Technology. Since 2002 it offers courses of the Networking Academy Program (such as CCNA, CCNP, CCNA Security and IT essentials), in addition to training programs to instructors (CCAI - Cisco Certified Academy Instructor)... See full description.
Contact: Florence University of The Arts

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Via Antonio Magliabechi, 1-red, Florence, Italy
FUA’s academic calendar follows a semester system of 15 weeks (Fall and Spring) as well as month-long summer sessions, and a 3-week January Intersession. FUA also offers long-term study abroad programs in the areas of applied arts, design and communication . FUA has a highly qualified and... See full description.
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