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

 To download the Winter 2019 brochure click here.

Workshops for Winter 2019:


Workshop di grammatica: IL CONGIUNTIVO

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

Why all this love of the subjunctive? Because this verb is the crowning glory of the Italian language, an unmistakable sign of linguistic elegance.

This workshop will show you how to conjugate the four tenses and how to use them correctly.

Presented in Italian.


Italian for Travelers

Saturday, March 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. Role playing these situations you will learn to use key words and phrases, so as to get more from your vacation.

Presented in Italian and English


Il Giallo Italiano

Saturday, March 2nd, 2:00 – 4:30 pm

“Romanzi gialli”, or Italian detective stories, are a genre with a specific Italian flavor.

From the literary thrillers of great writers such as Gadda and Sciascia to contemporary authors such as Manzini, Lucarelli, Di Giovanni, and De Cataldo, we’ll take a look at the most popular literary genre in Italy today.

Presented in Italian.