Before enrolling please, read attentively the General Conditions of Partecipation
General Conditions of Participation
1. Conclusion of the contract: Please send the application form with the signed General Conditions of Participation by fax or by post to the school. Application must be received by the school at least 15/20 days before the starting dates of courses. The confirmation will be sent to you by post, fax or e-mail. 2. Payments and documents: The following is required for enrolment: - fill out the attached enrollment form, read attentively and sign the General Conditions of Participation; - enclose the receipt for the payment of the course + enrollment fee + 30% of the accomodation. Payment can be made through: - Bank transfer.We have to charge you for the whole bank costs. As soon as we receive the payment we will be able to send you a confirmation (by e-mail, fax or letter) for the course. 3. Services: The contractual services provided appear in the brochure on the web-site and in the price list. Collateral agreements must be confirmed in writing. 4. Cancellations: Cancellations must be sent to the school centre by registered letter, telegramme, fax or e-mail. If a cancellation is made about 30 days before the beginning of the course the 30% of the total amount will be retained. If a cancellation is made after the 30 days before the beginning of the course or after the course has been started (even the first day), the full course fees are forfeited, i.e. no refunds will be possible. It can be used for future enrollments within one year. Courses begin only on the published dates. There can be no refund for students who begin a course late or leave before completion of the course or miss lessons. The missed lessons cannot be recovered. 5. Lessons: Lessons are held from Monday to Friday and can take place either in the morning or in the afternoon. Lessons are not held (not refunded and not recovered) on national and local public holidays. One lesson is 50 minutes.
If there should be only one participants for a certain course/level, the tuition cost will be converted to 1,30 h of one-to-one tuition. In the event that there will be only 2 or 3 students for a particular level, the number of hours will be reduced by 1 hour per day. The number of course hours include the initial test that is obligatory. Should a student be unable to attend a course, he or she cannot transfer the payment both for the course and accomodation to another student. First day at school: We will be expecting you at school at ca. 8:30/9.00 am. If you are absolute beginner you will attend your first lesson. All other students take a written and oral test which enables us to find the appropriate level. After the test, some teachers will describe programs, the school organization and will give you some useful information about the area. After the test the class lists and timetables will be communicated. If you have any questions about the level assigned, you should contact our course director immediately. 6. Accommodation: Accommodation is available from the
Sunday evening before the beginning of the course to Saturday morning
after the course up to 9,00. In case of cancellation the sum paid for the reservation is not refundable. Different arrival or departure days must
be confirmed to the school. The school is only a linguistic intermediary between
students and landlords and cannot be directly responsible for the relations
between them. However, you will be assisted by a member of our staff
in case of problems. Please inform the school (by phone, fax or email),
at least four days before your arrival, of your estimated time of arrival.
If you arrive a day earlier, or if you want to stay a day longer, get
in touch with the school. Bed-linens are provided, but you need to bring
your own towels. The rest of the accomodation fee must be paid at your
arrival or at the first day of school. Students must pay the reserved
period by the enrollment form or by e-mail even if the arrive 1 or more
days after. The money paid for accomodation is not refundable in case
of cancellation or in case you leave the house before the reserved period.
Each student will be required to pay a forfeiture deposit of 100 euros
that will be refundable on the day of their departure. It must be understood
that this deposit will not be refunded to those students who cause problems or
ignore the Residential Rules posted in every apartment. Some specific
examples of problems are listed below: - damage to furniture,
fittings or objects within apartments. - extra cleaning, such as dirty
dishes or rubbish left in apartments. - late departures that delay the
scheduled cleaning of the rooms for subsequent guests. - when students
reserving a single room attempt to lodge additional persons in the room
without prior authorisation from the school. - when students attempt
physical alterations in the rooms without prior authorisation from the
school. Please note : the school is not obliged to inform students of
the impending arrival of other students in apartments that are designated
for shared accommodation. 7. Transfer: We also provide a personal transfer service from the airport of Brindisi and the train station of Lecce to your accommodation. If you would like the school to arrange a transfer, please send us your arrival information (date and time of arrival and flight or train number) with the enrolment form. Please, confirm your arrival almost one day before by calling the school or e-mailing. Contact the school in case of delays. Staff will be available to transport students from the school to their apartments from 6pm to 7.30pm. 8. Insurance: Participants are not insured against illness, accidents, theft or loss of personal possessions, either by the schools or by those offering the accommodation. Citizens from European Union countries are entitled to free medical care in Italy if they hold an E111 form which can be obtained from their local health authority in their home country before departing for Italy. 9. Visa: U.S.A and European citizens do not require a visa to enter Italy. Citizens of other countries should contact their nearest Italian Embassy or Consulate to check the details regarding entry permits. Our Certificate of enrolment fulfills one of the requirements to obtain a visa. This certificate can only be issued by our school centres after the whole course fee has been paid. 10. Personal data: The participant authorizes the Scuola Porta d'Oriente to include her/his personal data on a mailing list. The participant may also periodically receive informative, publicity or promotional material. 11. Changing in course programmes and prices: The schools reserve the right to modify their courses, programs and prices without notice. 12. Expulsion: the school Porta d'Oriente reserves the right to dismiss any student whose conduct is unsatisfactory at the discretion of the person in charge for the courses once asked the teachers. 13. Any disputes or disagreements about the interpretation and the application of this contract will be settled in Lecce's Tribunal Court according to the Italian laws. 14. Acceptance: By signing or by sending the registration form or any other written form of registration, the participant understands and accepts the "General Conditions of Participation". To have more useful information about your stay here and to avoid misunderstandings, we strongly recommend to our students to read the Vademecum http://www.porta-doriente.com/vademecum.pdf; http://www.porta-doriente.com/vademecum.rtf.
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Informativa ai sensi dell'art. 13 D.lgs.
196/2003 (legge sulla privacy)
Cynthia from CaliforniaDear Barbara: I am back in California and I enjoyed seeing the beautiful images on the CD you gave me. Thank you! The memories of those special places are etched onto my soul. Thanks again to you and Angelo for being so gracious and hospitable. I truly mean it when I say that we are friends…read more >>
Anna from SwedenI have had a wonderful summer, I got to know a lot of new people and got a lot of new friends.
I was staying two more weeks in Italy before I went home to Sweden, I went to St Benedetto del Tronto, Verona and Venezia, but I must say that I liked Otranto and Salento much much better. Thank you Barbara for everything. It has been the best summer in my life!read more >>
Carla, David and family from Boston...the experience unforgettable for people of all ages. Attending the Scuola Porta d'Oriente is the opportunity of a lifetime and the school has my highest recommendation on all counts. If you travel the world, you will not find a more enchanting place or…read more >>
Madeleine from SwissMi é piaciuto molto il mio soggiorno a Otranto, il tipo di scuola mi conviene perfettamente. Per quanto riguarda la qualità dell'insegnamento, l'ho trovata excellente. E importante per me, ringraziare le mie professoresse. Le loro competenze pedagogiche, la loro pazienza e il loro entusiasmo mi hanno permesso d'imparare velocemente…read more >>
Sylke from Germany...ora e esattamente un anno fa, che io ho fatto un corso d'Italiano nella Scuola Porta d'Oriente. Nella questa settimana ho imperato molto di nuovo sulla regione e in Italiano. E per le conversazione nelle lezioni ho potuto pratticare la conoscenza nuova. Nella nostra regione si deve cercare a lungo per queste lezioni…read more >>
Tina and Lionel fron LondonLionel and I loved the school because:
- They have a nice, professional, dynamic team and they are very flexible, they can adapt their lessons to your needs.
- They are located in Otranto, it's a beautiful, very interesting and incredibly rich in history part of Italy…read more >>
Maryse et Sylvianne from BelgiumChère Barbara,
Nous voici bien rentrées de vacances, un peu mélancoliques d'avoir dû abandonner l'Italie.
Nous avons été enchantées des cours que tu nous a donnés et entretenons notre italien en lisant dans la langue: nous ne voulons pas perdre les bénéfices obtenus…read more >>
Annie from France ...Nostro gruppo ha avuto un'insegnante particolarmente competente che ha tenuto un corso tanto interessanto e vivo. Con la tua contribuzione entusiastica e grazie alle visite, ho possuto discoprire una regione tanto bella e particolare che non conoscevo, e la cultura affascinante della Grecia Salentina…read more >>
Lorenza from Austria...É stato molto bello da voi; colma di ricordi, che adesso vanno raccontati e saranno ben conservati.
Il vostro entusiasmo per la vostra terra, la possibilità di avvicinarsi e aprirsi di più a questa grazie alle vostre spiegazioni e gite, la cordialità della gente, la luce e il caldo - tutte esperienze bellissime…read more >>
Kitty from Singapore...Vorrei ringraziarvi per tutto. Mi sono divertita ad Otranto.
Veramente, é un paese bellissimo. Non dimentico mai come ospitale la gente locale lì... Anche mi sono piaciute tantissimo l'escursione organizzate da voi.
Eravate così appassionati e le spiegazioni erano chiare e interessanti. Adesso, so un po' di piú dell'italia…read more >>