All IIS classes will be taking place remotely until further notice.
All classes will be held on schedule.

Detail on the platform, books, and materials are here


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 2020 is starting on March 30

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

To download the Spring 2020 brochure click here.


Workshops for Spring 2020:

Italian for Travelers

Saturday, May 2, 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.

Arte: Caravaggio

Saturday, May 16, 2:00 – 4:30 pm

Michelangelo Merisi, known as Caravaggio, was an Italian artist active in Rome, Naples, Malta and Sicily between 1553 and 1610. His peculiar style and approach to his art and his rebellious life made him famous as the ”Pittore Maledetto”. His artwork combined a realistic observation of the human being with a dramatic use of light and tension within the bodies. His art has influenced the Baroque style and generations of artists after him.
Drawing on both history and legend we will explore Caravaggio life and work through his masterpieces.

Presented in Italian.

Conversazione: Facciamo Quattro chiacchiere

Saturday, May 30, 2:00 – 4:30 pm

Are you looking for an informal setting to practice your Italian? What about spending an afternoon with us, chatting and mingling with other Italian language and culture enthusiasts? This Italian conversation workshop will help you consolidate and further develop your speaking skills. Students from any level are welcome, from beginner to advanced. Conversations will be coordinated and moderated by our instructors, who will provide stimulating topics, group activities, printed material and idiomatic expressions which will expand your vocabulary and conversational skills.
Caffè e pasticcini will be served for everyone attending.

Presented in Italian.