The secondary school situation varies, since there are several types of schools differentiated by subjects and activities. The main division is between the Liceo, the Istituto Tecnico and the Istituto Professionale. Any kind of secondary school that lasts 5 years grants access to the final exam, called  Esame di Maturità. This exam takes place every year between June and July and grants access to University.

The LICEO refers to a class of secondary schools oriented towards the study of the arts and sciences. All of the Licei have many subjects in common, such as Italian Literature, or Mathematics, while other subjects are peculiar to a particular type of Liceo. Types of Liceo include:

Other Subprograms

Students participating in the AFSAI Upper Secondary School Programme will join a 3rd or 4th Year as a general rule. In general schools do not accept placement of exchange students in 5th year, regardless of age or ability. The School reserves the right to finally decide which year each participant should join and to make any changes depending on the progress the student makes during the course of the year.

The secondary school situation varies, since there are several types of schools differentiated by subjects and activities. The main division is between the Liceo, the Istituto Tecnico and the Istituto Professionale. Any kind of secondary school that lasts 5 years grants access to the final exam, called  Esame di Maturità. This exam takes place every year between June and July and grants access to University.

Conditions

INCLUDED IN THE PROGRAMME

  • An arrival orientation covering programme issues, cultural introduction to life in Italy, living in a host family, culture shock and rules of the programme. The orientation will be held within the first 2 or 3 weeks of arrival in the host community. Those students arriving outside official arrival weekends (September and December) may miss this orientation and have a one-on-one private orientation with AFSAI coordinator.
  • Full board and lodging with a host family for the duration of the official programme dates. All families will be interviewed and selected on the basis of their interest in educational exchange and their ability to provide a positive home environment. Host families in Italy are volunteers.
  • Enrollment in a local Upper Secondary School - not necessarily the one that the children, if any, from the host family attend.
  • Return transfers from recommended arrival airport to the host community.
  • Support and counseling services by the AFSAI representative and/or AFSAI staff member.
  • 24 hour emergency telephone support from the AFSAI office in Rome.
  • Students are given a handbook in their pre-departure packs.

 

NOT INCLUDED IN THE PROGRAMME

  • Transportation from the participant's home country to/from host family's home community.
  • Independent travel costs for any day trip away from the host family.
  • Any extra days or weeks after the official programme end date. All extensions must be confirmed and approved by AFSAI as they are not always possible.
  • Supplies for school (stationery, pens, school bag etc.) and text books. Students will be advised regarding their purchase on arrival.
  • Pocket money (approx. €200 per month recommended) for personal use on items such as clothing, cinema, cosmetics and all phone calls and internet use.
  • Costs for any school trips or excursions (approx. €200 per semester).
  • Cost of public transportation from host family to school if necessary.
  • Medical, accident and 3rd party liability insurance - mandatory for participation (Available by AFSAI upon request)..
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