Bildungsurlaub – Italian Courses in Florence

Bildungsurlaub = a paid education leave from work, to gain professional training encouraging ongoing life learning.

In almost every occupational sector new communication and language skills are required. Skills that each worker must acquire or improve to always be ‘up-to-date’ and ready for the competitive labor market.

What exactly is Bildungsurlaub?

In regards to the Bildungsurlaub, the state promotes workers’ initiative for lifelong learning. A whole week to learn, acquire, or expand new language skills – on leave from work and with salary maintenance.

So instead of having to use annual leave, the employer grants 5 or 10 days (depending on the federal state and the employment relationship).

To obtain approval for a language study stay, such as Bildungsurlaub, the language course must meet certain requirements. One requirement, which almost all federal states share, is that the language course must not be less than 360 minutes i.e. 6 hours per day.

An exception to this rule is the states of Hamburg and Berlin, which require at least 300 minutes i.e. 5 hours per day.

The ‘Super Intensive Italian’ and ‘Intensive Italian’ language courses meet these requirements exactly.

In the federal states

The Italian Super Intensive Course is recognized in:

  • Hesse (through Hamburg recognition)
  • Rhineland-Palatinate
  • Saarland
  • Schleswig-Holstein
  • Lower Saxony (course combination on request)
  • Saxony-Anhalt

Timetables and prices

Daily lessons, from morning until afternoon

From Monday to Friday.
Lessons from 9:00 until 12:40 and from 13:10 until 15:40.
35lessons per week
7lessons per day
50minutes each lesson
Week Price
1 460 €
2 880 €

In the federal states

The Super Intensive Italian Course is recognized in:

  • Berlin
  • Hamburg (5 days)
  • Hamburg (10 days)
  • North Rhine-Westphalia (through Hamburg recognition)

Timetable and prices

Daily lessons, from morning until afternoon

From Monday to Friday.
Lessons from 9:00 until 12:40 and from 13:10 until 14:50.
30lessons per week
6lessons per day
50minutes each lesson
Week Price
1 400 €
2 740 €

The Bildungsurlaub is usually approved for a period of 5 or 10 days. If you wish to extend your stay by using days off of your own, you are more than welcome to book additional course weeks.

To register for your Bildungsurlaub

  • Select the desired period and check the course availability at our institution. Also, provide information on the federal state in which you work.
  • Talk to your supervisor and communicate your wish to take advantage of the Bildungsurlaub.
  • Once you have obtained preliminary approval, book the course on the desired dates.
  • We will send you the following documents:
    • Booking confirmation
    • Acknowledgement of your federal status
    • Certificate of attendance and lesson plan (only required in some federal states)
  • Submit all documents to your personnel department.

If your employer rejects your Bildungsurlaub application for valid reasons, you can cancel your course booking free of charge.

Tip: Bildungsurlaub tax deduction. Expenses for a language course are almost always tax deductible under certain conditions. Upon request, we will be happy to provide you with an invoice for the course fees.


No registration fee
Courses available all year around
Courses available for all levels
Small classes: min. 2, max. 12 students
Free cancellation (with at least two weeks' notice)
Flexible course duration

Starting dates 2024

Non beginners

Every Monday

If you have any special requests, please get in touch by email for a quote.


Every two weeks
15/01, 29/01, 05/02/, 19/02, 04/03, 18/03, 01/04, 15/04, 29/04, 06/05, 20/05, 03/06, 19/06, 01/07, 15/07, 29/07, 05/08, 19/08, 02/09, 16/09, 30/09, 07/10, 21/10, 04/11, 18/11, 02/12, 16/12

If you have any special requests, please get in touch by email for a quote.

More information

Every course includes language level assessment, teaching materials, yoga twice a week at the school, certificate of attendance, general support during your stay, use of Wi-Fi, loan of DVDs and books.

Not included: accommodation, additional learning tours, and activities during the week and weekends.

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