Knowledge of the language is essential to understand the culture of a place and its inhabitants and thus to integrate into its society. For this reason it is certainly easier to live, establish relationships and work in Ticino if you know Italian and are not limited by language barriers.

Below is a list of organizations, associations, foundations and language schools that organize Italian courses in Lugano according to a teaching method, promoted by the State Secretariat for Migration (SEM), which is based on the real communication needs of migrants in everyday situations: fide - Italian in Switzerland - learn, teach, appraise.

The Amélie Association, based in Pregassona, mainly offers two courses - the Italian A1/ A2 basic level course and the A0 level literacy course - both aimed at adult migrants. All courses take place annually from September to June, once or twice a week, depending on the needs of the enrolled participants. The courses are open to all foreigners and people from other cantons. A class attendance of 80% is required for a certificate of attendance to be issued.

The following courses are also organised upon request:

  • Italian course B1, intermediate level for students and/or apprentices at vocational schools
  • Celi 1,2,3 skills certification preparation course.
  • Case Management for Migrant Students
  • Fide course geared towards everyday skills

Associazione Amélie
Via Ceresio 43
6963 Pregassona
t. +41 76 538 11 05
[email protected]

The purpose of the courses offered by Associazione Il Centro is to enable the participant to achieve better integration into social life through learning the Italian language.

The Association offers Italian L2 courses, according to the Fide method, for a total of 60 lesson hours divided into 2 sessions of 2 hours per week. Participants are divided into small groups (max. 12 people) based on level, from A1 to B1.2. Lessons are held in the morning (9.00-11.00 a.m.) or if necessary in the early afternoon.


Associazione Il Centro
via G. Brentani 5
6900 Lugano
t. +41 91 970 31 26
[email protected]

A centre for socializing, training and support for families and children, Il Tragitto is designed as a home for projects aimed at meeting and mutual understanding, a "container" in which to develop "content". The Italian course is structured so as to allow migrant mothers, poorly literate or with basic language skills, to access training accompanied by their children of pre-school age. the meetings, lasting 150 minutes, take place during five mornings a week, for a total of 160 meetings, equal to 400 hours.


Associazione Il Tragitto
Via Giuseppe Stabile 12
6900 Lugano
[email protected]

The association relies on the skills developed by its members in the educational, social and humanitarian fields at national and international level. In particular, it aims to extend the training activities for integration through a special focus on micro-entrepreneurship.


Associazione MC MC
c/o Fondazione no Woman no Life
C.P. 1029
6933 Muzzano
t. +41 79 620 27 03
[email protected]

The Centro di formazione professionale OCST-Organizzazione Cristiano Sociale Ticinese is a non-profit association that has been organizing training, refresher and retraining courses in various professional sectors since 1995 The individual and group language courses are offered at various levels according to the scale of the European Language Portfolio. There are exam preparation courses and intensive Italian language courses for foreigners aimed at those who come from outside the Canton or who have been living in Ticino for a short time.


Via Serafino Balestra 19
6901 Lugano
t. +41 91 921 26 00
[email protected]

The courses for adults, organized by the Department of Education, Culture and Sport of Canton Ticino are annual (September-June) or per semester, with registration in August or January. Classes are suspended during school holidays. The enrolment fee varies depending on the type and duration of the course. It is advisable to enrol as soon as possible as places are limited. At the end of a course, upon request, the teacher shall issue a certificate of participation.


Corsi per adulti del Cantone Ticino
Residenza governativa
6500 Bellinzona
t. +41 91 814 34 50

The Course Sector, the training body of the Ticino Red Cross, is active in the field of health promotion, prevention and well-being; it also offers courses, in Italian language, throughout Ticino and Italian-speaking Grisons, as well as at the offices of the Ticino Red Cross in Bellinzona, Chiasso, Faido, Locarno and Lugano.


Croce Rossa Svizzera
Settore Corsi
Corso San Gottardo 70
6830 Chiasso
t. + 41 91 682 31 31
[email protected]

ECAP Ticino Unia is a non-profit organization that, with its activities, works in the field of training of migrants and workers, including unskilled workers. To this effect, Italian courses are also offered in various Ticino municipalities.


ECAP Ticino Unia
Via Industria 3
6814 Lamone
t. +41 91 604 20 30
[email protected]

The Scuola Club Migros is the largest institution for adult education in Switzerland, supported by the Migros Culture Percentage. The Italian courses are aimed at beginners, as well as those who have greater command of the language. Courses are also offered for specific contexts (business, grammar), lessons for children and young people, private lessons and diploma preparation courses.


Scuola Club Migros Lugano
Via Pretorio 15
6900 Lugano
t. +41 91 821 71 50

The ILI School of Lugano offers courses of Italian language and culture to students and professionals of all nationalities and backgrounds. It offers a wide range of courses for all levels of language proficiency, from A1 to C2, as well as workshops and courses that allow one to immerse themselves in Italian culture in an active way, dealing with teachers, with your peers and with experts in film, literature, music and art.


School ILI
Via Basilea 22
Gradinata Mimosa
6900 Lugano
t. +41 91 950 86 86
[email protected]