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

Fall term 2019 is starting on September 30th

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

To download the Fall 2019 brochure click here.


Preparation class

Every Saturday, from October 5 to November 6
12:30 pm – 2:30 pm

Classes are intended for applicants to the official test, and to anyone else interested on taking the test B1, who has already reached a level B1 of general Italian proficiency.

Simulation classes

Every Saturday, from October 5 to November 6
2:45 pm – 3:45 pm

Set of 6 classes dedicated to the simulation of the actual test sections, as you are going to do during the official test.

SHORT TERM: 5 week courses

Italian for travelers

Every Thursday, from October 3 to October 31
4:30 pm – 6:30 pm

After the success of our signature Italian for travelers’ workshop, the IIS is pleased to introduce a cycle of 4 classes dedicated to travelers. Each class will give you practical and essential information on how to experience Italy at your best.
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Grammatica Avanzata

First session: Every Tuesday, from October 1 to October 29
2:00 pm – 4:00 pm
Second session: Every Thursday, from November 5 to December 3
2:00 pm – 4:00 pm

This class is dedicated to the lovers of Italian grammar.
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Revisione Grammatica

First session: Every Tuesday, from October 1 to October 29
4:15 pm – 6:15 pm
Second session: Every Thursday, from November 5 to December 3
4:15 pm – 6:15 pm

This class is dedicated to the lovers of Italian grammar at elementary and intermediate level.

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Workshops for Fall 2019:

Grammatica: Il Periodo ipotetico

Saturday, October 26th, 2:00 – 4:30 pm

Would you like to learn, once and for all, how to construct correctly the Italian ‘if clauses’?
This workshops will help you to understand whether your hypothetical phrase is likely, probable or impossible and to apply the prescribed sequence that the tenses must follow.

Presented in Italian.

Italian for Travelers

Saturday, November 2nd, 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.

Roma città aperta: the making of un unexpected masterpiece

Saturday, November 16th, 2:00 – 4:30 pm

In the Spring of 1944, during the last few months of the German occupation of Rome, Roberto Rossellini was able to shoot Roma Città Aperta in dire circumstances.
Why did this movie become a defining symbol of Neorealism, a new style that swept the old cinema away?
In this workshop, you’ll find the answers to this and to many other questions about the fascinating journey of the making of Roma Città Aperta.

Presented in Italian.