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

Summer term 2019 is starting on July 8th

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

To download the Summer 2019 brochure click here.


Evening Elementare 1 intensive class

Tuesday and Thursday, 6:30 – 8:30 pm

A faster pace to learn Italian now available during the evenings. Class meets twice a week for 5 weeks.
It is followed by Elementare 2 starting on August 13th.
This class also serves as preparation on general Italian for the language test B1-cittadinanza at the end of the year.

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Morning Elementare 1 regular class

Monday, 11:00 am – 1:00 pm

Our regular 10 week course is now available during the morning. Class meets once a week.
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NEW SHORT TERM: 4 week courses

Italian for travelers

Every Thursday, from July 25 to August 15
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 July 9 to July 30
2:00 pm – 4:00 pm
Second session: Every Tuesday, from August 6 to August 27
2:00 pm – 4:00 pm

This class is dedicated to the lovers of Italian grammar.

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Workshops for Summer 2019:

Grammatica: Facciamo il Punto: i Verbi

Saturday, August 3rd, 2:00 – 4:30 pm

Verbs are the most important part in any sentence. they express how we are, how we feel, the actions we take.
This workshops will help you to master how to conjugate the present and imperative tenses of all our regular verbs and the most common irregular ones.

Presented in Italian.

Italian for Travelers

Saturday, August 24th, 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.

Evolution of a welcoming language

Saturday, August 24th, 2:00 – 4:30 pm

The Italian language is undergoing radical changes which seem to please many speakers and worry lovers of the Bella Lingua.
You might be surprised, intrigued and even amused to discover how Italian is evolving in something “new”.

Presented in Italian.