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


Winter term 2020 is starting on January 6th

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

To download the Winter 2020 brochure click here.


Workshops for Winter 2020:

Carnevale in Italia

Saturday, February 22, 2:00 – 4:30 pm

Come, bring a friend, and enjoy an afternoon discovering Italy’s Carnevale traditions.
Bring your mask if you have one, or pick one at school, blow your streamers as Italians do, taste some delicious carnival treats, and enjoy the afternoon with us.

Presented in Italian and English.

Italian for Travelers

Saturday, March 14, 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.

La Filastrocca italiana: poetry compositions for all ages

Saturday, March 14, 2:00 – 4:30 pm

Filastrocche are there to entertain, distract, teach, scare, tease, lull, recount, affect, play, inform, curse, comfort, celebrate. And then, sometimes, they are just pure sound. Join us in a fun exploration of this extraordinary form of poetry, in both its classic and contemporary expressions, to better appreciate the Italian language and culture.

Presented in Italian.