What is "italian for a while" and how it works

March 4, 2024

Have you ever imagined a different version of your life if you were born in another country? What if you could temporarily live that alternate reality, not just through a holiday but by truly immersing yourself in a new culture and perspective? offers just that: a unique opportunity to live, learn, and grow in Italy through its comprehensive gap year programs.

What is Italianforawhile?

Italianforawhile (IFA to friends) is a startup headquartered in Milan, founded by Brian Viola. Inspired by his transformative gap year in Australia in 2014, Brian realized the profound impact such immersive experiences could have. He passionately encouraged his friends to embark on similar journeys, advocating for the value of gap years and eventually carving a career in the industry as a software developer.

He co-developed software aimed at better organizing cultural travels across Italy, unveiling a vibrant network of Italian language schools. Through this venture, he fostered strong relationships with these schools, assisting them in enhancing their digital presence. However, he felt something was still missing.

The pandemic led to the unfortunate closure of many schools, plunging the Italian language education system for foreigners into crisis. IFA SRL was conceived out of a necessity for a novel and refreshing approach to what the movement offers. More than just language courses, our network provides participants with the adventure of a lifetime, much like Brian's unforgettable experience in Australia.

The essence of ItalianForAWhile revolves around this core idea: a gap year experience has the power to transform lives.
Our mission is to facilitate this life-changing journey for as many people as possible while fostering a global community of like-minded individuals.
The whole concept of Italian for a while gravitates around this: a gap year experience is something that change people life and we aim to do that for as much people as we can, creating meanwhile a sense of community spread across the globe.
This is why ItalianForAWhile is more than just a program; it's a gateway to experiencing Italy like a local.
We specialize in creating immersive experiences that combine language learning with cultural exploration. Our programs are designed for those seeking to dive deep into Italy's rich heritage, picturesque landscapes, and vibrant lifestyle.

The heart of Italianforawhile: language and culture

At the core of Italianforawhile's offerings is a focus on language learning. As Nelson Mandela once said, "If you talk to a man in a language he understands, that goes to his head. If you talk to him in his language, that goes to his heart." This philosophy drives our commitment to including Italian language courses in all our programs. Whether it's making pizza in Naples, exploring the Uffizi Gallery in Florence, or sipping espresso in Milan, doing it in Italian enriches the experience exponentially.

How does Italianforawhile work?

Embarking on this journey might seem daunting at first, but Italianforawhile makes it accessible and enjoyable. Our programs cater to all levels, welcoming complete beginners to advanced learners. With destinations like Milan, Venice, Rome, Florence, and more, participants can select a city that resonates with their personal interests and goals.

Beyond the classroom

While our courses are designed to be engaging and educational, Italianforawhile understands the importance of free time and exploration. Each city and school offers unique regional experiences, from culinary workshops to historical tours, allowing you to dive deeper into Italian culture. Additionally, our vibrant community of international students provides a network of friends and like-minded individuals to share these experiences with.

Become Italian, just for a while

IFA invites you to take a leap into a transformative experience that combines education, adventure, and cultural immersion. Whether you're looking to take a gap year, a career break, or simply seeking an unforgettable adventure, Italianforawhile offers a journey that promises not just to teach you Italian but to change the way you see the world.

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