Exchange Program Italy
This covers eight years, divided into three years' lower secondary,
followed by five years' upper secondary education. The upper secondary
courses consist of classical, scientific, artistic, technical, vocational
and teacher training options. Classical secondary school/Liceo Classico
is a five-year course, with emphasis on the Humanities, but with
scientific subjects in the second cycle. Scientific secondary school/Liceo
Scientifico, also a five-year course, provides more specialized
preparation for those wishing to study at university. The technical
upper secondary course is offered by the Istituti Tecnici and lasts
for five years. Vocational secondary education is provided by the
Istituto Professionale, Liceo Artistico, Istituto di Arte and Liceo
Linguistico. All these courses lead to different types of Diploma
di Maturità (Maturità Classica, Scientifica, Artistica, Magistrale,
Tecnica, etc). Since 1998-1999 the school leaving qualification
is called Diploma di Esame di Stato. The options are the same as
those listed for the Maturità.
Italian high schools
offer core subjects such as Italian language and literature, math,
science, a foreign language (most commonly English, French or German),
physical education, and catholic religion (the latter is not a mandatory
subject). Moreover, each school places an emphasis on certain subject
areas. For example, students may study in a school that places an
emphasis on liberal arts, or sciences.
Classes are held from
8:00 am to 1:00 pm Monday through Saturday. Lunch is usually eaten
at home. Some students return for afternoon classes.
Once American students
have been placed in a class (10th grade, 11th grade, etc.), they
will be required to attend all of the subjects with their classmates.
On occasion, exchange students may be asked to help with discussion
exercises during English lessons.
In addition to academic
preparation, students will find a wide availability of after school
and non-academic activities. Please note, however, these are not
expressly part of the program and that students must have the approval
of their host family to participate. Any costs incurred for extra-curricular
activities (i.e. attending a local fitness center, playing soccer,
music lessons, etc) must be covered by the participants.
Student Exchange Program Italy
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