Learn Italian With Us!

The Istituto Italiano Scuola (IIS) is an outpost of Italian language and culture in San Francisco. IIS is conveniently located at 601 Van Ness, near the Opera House and the San Francisco Symphony.

As the only school affiliated with the San Francisco Italian Cultural Institute, our mission is to provide the highest quality Italian language instruction in the Bay Area.

We offer four terms per year. Each term lasts 10 weeks.Regular classes and Intensive classes are available.  With over 30 Italian language classes and workshops to choose from, we offer the broadest selection of courses in the Bay Area.

Our team of highly qualified instructors are all native Italian speakers who hold degrees from Italian universities.

Learn Italian in a fun, culturally rich, and stimulating environment.

Find the best class for you and Register now.

A presto,
The IIS Staff

Spring term 2019 is starting on April 1st

Book the class more suitable for you. We are looking forward to welcoming you!

To download the Spring 2019 brochure click here.

NEW:Preparation classes for Italian certification test CILS B1

Information and online schedule are coming soon.

Workshops for Spring 2019:

Italian for Travelers

Saturday, May 4th, 2:00 – 4:30 pm

Is it time to travel in Italy? Then it’s time to learn how to handle common situations that you are likely to encounter when visiting our country. Roleplaying these situations you will learn to use keywords and phrases, so as to get more from your vacation.

Presented in Italian and English.

Grammatica: Facciamo il Punto

Saturday, May 18th, 2:00 – 4:30 pm

If you are studying Italian for your first time, you have most likely been overwhelmed by our grammar.

This workshop gives you the opportunity to review the core elements of basic Italian rules, master the rules and help to increase and memorize your vocabulary.

Presented in Italian.

Is our dictionary a hotel for foreign words?


Saturday, May 18th, 2:00 – 4:30 pm

Italian has always welcomed the influence of other languages by including foreign words in its vocabulary: from Greek and Arabic in ancient times, from French and Spanish in the modern era, to the present day spread of English in our spoken language.

Presented in Italian.