Vacation Courses

Vacation Courses

Abroad group stays with group leader, in College or Host Family, for girls and boys aged 9 to 21. Certified language courses.

What are Vacation Courses?

What are Vacation Courses?

Learning a foreign language has become a must nowadays. Vacation courses are a mix of classes and a rich programme to have fun, socialize and discover new destinations. This combination will make your experience unique.

Students can choose the most suitable formula for their needs, as well as their stay duration according to their availability and preference.

Different key figures are necessary to organise and make vacation courses successful.

The Group Leader is a fundamental point of reference for students, from their departure until they come back to Italy, always at their disposal for any need. In most cases, these expert and trained Group Leaders are language teachers, chosen for their inclination to live this experience with kids eagerly.

Constantly in touch with Master Studies Worldwide offices and with families, Group Leaders monitor and assist the groups during the whole stay.

But they’re not alone in carrying out this challenging task. They are flanked by valid collaborators on site:

Centre Manager

Coordinator of all the college figures. The Centre Manager is to solve possible problems in the centre during the stay.

Director of Studies

Coordinator of language courses and any kind of didactic activity. The Director of Studies guarantees the college teachers’ professionalism and the correct implementation of didactic programmes.

Teachers

Qualified language teachers for foreign students.

Activity Manager

Director of the Leisure Programme and responsible for activity leaders’ coordination.

Activity Leader

Manager of social activities and sports out of class time. Activity leaders interact with students to make them keep learning the language even during leisure activities. They also lead students during excursions and local visits, but they are not tourist guides.

A team of experts at your disposal for successful Vacation Courses!

Assistance in Italy and abroad

Assistance in Italy and abroad

The ones who choose Master Studies Worldwide Vacation Courses can count on a staff of experts, always at your disposal and able to effectively and promptly assist you in every step of your stay.

  • Students and Group Leaders are assisted in Italian airports for all boarding procedures and for any need.
  • The group is welcomed in the host country airport by the foreign school staff who accompanies them to the chosen location.
  • During the entire period of vacation courses, the college staff and Group Leaders – always at the students’ disposal – monitor and supervise every activity for them to stay highly safe.

All passengers are provided with healthcare abroad and insured against accidents.

Accommodation

Accommodation

In College

Vacation courses with accommodation in college is the ideal solution for the ones who want to share this experience with Italian and foreign students in an international atmosphere. Different kinds of facilities are available: city campus, conveniently located in the city, colleges surrounded by nature and in some destinations hotels too.

Our students stay in single or multiple rooms. They can either have en-suite rooms or share bathrooms and showers on the corridors. According to age and gender, rooms can be divided on different floors or corridors, or even in different buildings, but always near the other group members’ rooms.

Students are offered full board and meals (breakfast, lunch and dinner) are consumed in the self-service – unless otherwise specified – college canteen.

Lunch is packed lunch at weekends and during excursions.

In Host Family

Vacation courses in host family represent an ideal opportunity to live first-hand all the habits and culture of the host country, as well as a proof of the student’s independence and maturity. Host families are carefully selected by the foreign partner and they do not necessarily correspond to the “traditional” family model made up of a couple with children. It happens to be hosted by a single person, by an adult with a child, by a couple without children or by retired people who love hosting students.

During the day, didactic and leisure activities are carried out together with the rest of the group the student belongs to – under the Group Leader and the college staff’s supervision and responsibility – while evening activities depend on the family and on the chosen centre. Usually, the family does not accompany the student to school, so it will be nearly always necessary to take public means of transport.

Accommodation is in double or triple rooms, shared with other Italian or foreign same-gender students, according to availability. While booking, you can indicate your pairing preference but it cannot be guaranteed by the foreign partner. Students are offered full board: breakfast and dinner are usually consumed in host family, while lunch can be either hot lunch in college canteen or packed lunch, as better specified on the web page of the chosen centre. Students are asked to be polite, kind and respectful of the host family’s rules.

Vacation courses with Master Studies Worldwide, in host family or college, is a unique experience, wherever you go!

Courses, schools and teachers

Courses, schools and teachers

Language courses are a fundamental part of the vacation course: programmes and classes are planned for our students with great care in order to improve language learning and achieve excellent language results. Teachers also use didactic materials and modern teaching strategies.

Courses are divided into different levels and the students’ level is assessed through an initial test to form homogeneous classes. Lessons are in the morning or in the afternoon and, at the end of the stay, students are provided with a certificate of attendance. Courses are managed by the most famous language schools. Most of these schools are accredited by the main local certifying agencies (for instance British Council, Eaquals, Quality English, ACELS, Feltom, Fle, Accet) to guarantee the quality of the offered services.

All teachers are qualified to teach their language to foreign students and they are selected also according to their communication skills and their ability to interact with kids. We believe these characteristics are crucial for the good outcome of the courses.

Method

Method

Challenging and compelling lessons keep students focused even after an entire school year. Teachers actively captivate students by making them speak and listen to the new language in realistic everyday situations. The process consists in a gradual acquisition of grammatical structure and vocabulary thanks to carefully chosen didactic instruments (for example audio-visual and multimedia instruments and the use of social media) while never loosing track of one of the main goals of vacation courses: successfully going through all didactic activities, boosting the students’ confidence in their ability to communicate in a different language and improving their language skills.

An important exam to certify your English

An important exam to certify your English

In almost all the British and Irish centres, our students will have the chance to obtain the “Trinity College London” certificate.

The exam consists in an oral exam with a Board, aimed at assessing the students’ English communication skills on a topic of their choice. The exam is divided into 12 levels, from the Elementary to the Advanced one.

The Trinity exam costs € 130 except for centres with the Master Programme mark, where the Trinity exam is already included in the package price. Whether free or for a fee, if you choose this service, you must indicate it while booking online your vacation course.

The exam can be taken only if the minimum number of enrolled students required by the school is reached. You can take this exam on any day during your vacation course, according to the Board’s availability. The potential confirmation and date of the exam will be communicated on site, subject to exceptions. If it’s not possible to take the Trinity exam for causes which do not depend on your will, Master Studies Worldwide will refund the already paid fee. You can book this service only by March 31st, 2024. Always no later than March 31st, 2024, it is possible to cancel a previously booked service. If you ask for variations after this date, no refund is provided.

Sports and leisure activities

Sports and leisure activities

Sports and leisure activities During Master Studies Worldwide stays, leisure and fun cannot miss!

Since it’s a Vacation Course, you’ll have both language classes and an intense programme of leisure and sports activities constituting an integral part of the experience and contributing to its success. Most facilities are provided with excellent sports equipment which allows our students to play different sports (like football, basketball, swimming, volleyball, etc.) subject to programme and availability of facilities, and always under the staff’s supervision.

Leisure activities are carried out under the Activity Leaders’ guidance and supervision and they can include: barbecue, outdoor games, disco, karaoke, plays, competitions, debates, visits to museums, city walks, watching foreign movies in the original language and much more.

Your stay will also involve full-day and half-day excursions with assistance by the Italian staff and the native language staff: you’ll use private coaches and/or public transport. Destinations for excursions are always cultural, historic and tourist sites which change depending on catalogue destinations, as specified in the free time description. Some centres organise optional extra activities, not included in the package price.

Travel

Travel

Our programmes include scheduled flights and package prices include departures from Milan and Rome airports (depending on the destination) – as better specified on the info page of each centre – and airport assistance in Italy. For departures from other Italian airports, a flight surcharge – not included in the package price – will be added.

It’s also possible to travel from Italy to the chosen destination by train or by bus: in this case, it’s necessary to ask our sales offices for an ad-hoc quote which can change according to the number of group passengers and the chosen destination. Private coaches are used for transfers from the airport or the railway station to the foreign country and they are included in the package price.

Our passengers are asked to strictly comply with schedules, which will be sent to them a few days before departure