Our centre is located in Bergamo (Lombardy, Italy).
Bergamo and the Centre
Bergamo is located at the foot of the Alps in Northern Italy, and has a population of about 120,000. It is situated in a picturesque setting, partly on a plain (Città Bassa) and partly in the hills (Città Alta).The city dates back to the ancient Roman period of history.
In the 6th century the Lombards ruled the town; in the 14th century it fell under the rule of the duchy of Milan. The city flourished in the late 15th century under Venetian government. The old quarter is perfectly preserved from medieval times.In 2018 the "Centro Internazionale Studi Montessoriani" moved to a new address.
The Centre is now located in via Clara Maffei, which is just a few minutes walk from the centre of the lower town, and from the Bergamo railway station.
Studying in Bergamo
Ten months in Italy offers students an experience of historic, artistic and educational interest, as well as experience in the human dimension of Italian culture. Likewise, students of different nationalities have the opportunity of cultural and professional exchange which can provide a valuable stimulus for their work. This kind of exposure to other cultures fits perfectly with the Montessori principle of creating "citizens of the world", a concept as valid for elementary teachers as for elementary children.
The Bergamo Course provides the students with an excellent and intensive preparation for undertaking a "new education" for children aged six to twelve, with emphasis on the understanding of the entire cycle of the elementary school.
Living in Bergamo
The Centre has neither dormitory nor restaurant facilities to offer students. The following prices are approximations to help students in making their budget:
a) Religious institutions: monthly about 250 - 400 euro
b) Single furnished rooms in family homes: monthly about 500 euro
c) Furnished apartments: monthly about 450 - 1.100 euro
Furnished apartments can be shared. The heating may or may not be included in the monthly rent.
The Centre does not accept any responsibility for student accommodation.
There are licensed rental agents in Bergamo who work quite independently of the Centre and who can be contacted for accommodation.
Relevant information will be sent to the student together with the letter of acceptance.
In choosing appropriate clothing, it will help prospective students to know that the winter climate of Northern Italy is cold, rainy and foggy, and that the standard of European heating may vary greatly. Furthermore there are occasions for which formal dress is required.
Please ensure that all personal electrical appliances are compatible with Italian voltage (220 volts).
Students should note that the course involves expenses connected with transport for observations and with school supplies.