Career Colleges and Vocational Schools in Italy

Accademia dell Lusso

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, management, fashion and communications, etc. It has also set an objective to constantly keep in contact with the business world, which guarantees its programs are up to date, perfectly meeting industry standards. Another factor that distinguishes the school is that it targets students and... See full description.

Accademia dell'Arte

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 strives to provide a holistic, comprehensive approach to the study of arts, encouraging each individual’s creativity and personal skills. The academy aims to enrich the students’ life both professionally and personally.

Accademia Europea di Firenze

Florence, 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 that the best way to acquire a language is to practice it in your area of interest, for which reason the Music Department and Art Department collaborate with the Language Department to design courses and organize events, where students can get fully immersed in the city’s culture. Furthermore, the... See full description.

Accademia Riaci

Florence, 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. Students within the academy are greatly encouraged to develop their own creativity, while also refining their techniques. Classes are small, which ensures success due to the personal attention given to each student. The courses offered are in Art and Design, Culinary Art, Language Courses, as well... See full description.

Alambrado Studio - Florence Summer Dance Workshop

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 Danza UISP and ProDanzaItalia/USA of New York. Alambrado organizes a summer dance workshop in Florence, Italy, which lasts three weeks and includes 5 classes of dancing per day. Students have the chance to enhance their dance technique, while also discovering the cultural beauties of Italy. The... See full description.
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Culinary Institute "Gianni Brera"

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 people. This kind of arrangement allows students to learn from experience. The school offers a yearlong basic course in Culinary Arts along with other summer cooking session in which students learn about foodstuff for e.g. meat, fish, cheese, sweets etc.
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Dace Summer School Italy

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.

Europa Networking

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) involving IT essentials, CCNA and CCNP courses. The Academy organizes, also in partnership with private and public organizations, educational and training projects to promote technology knowledge and facilitate the access to the job market in the networking and information technology areas. The... See full description.

ISAD - Superior Institute of Architecture and Design

Milan, Italy
Istituto Superiore di Architettura e Design (ISAD) is a design school in Milan, Italy that was established in 1980. We offer a range of master courses and basic courses (one or two years) in areas including interior design, garden design, lighting design, design textiles experiences, photography of architecture, color design, hotel & shop design, set design for television, interior yacht design, restoration of antique furniture among others. Workshops and ateliers in design are also available. We offer the following design courses in Milan:Master in Interior Design, Master in Garden... See full description.

Perseo, Scuola per l’Arte della Gioielleria

Florence, Italy
Scuola per l’Arte della Gioielleria is a professional jewellery school, established in 1998. He school takes special pride in its location in Florence – a city, which has always been associated with art. Scuola per l’Arte della Gioielleria offers training, specialization and refresher courses on themes and subjects relating to jewellery and goldsmithery. The school has been testing and improving its teaching method since the school’s foundation, for which reason it is fully confident in the high quality service it offers to students. Teachers are excellent professionals –... See full description.

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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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