We meet Rossella Bianchi, one of the managers of our TANDEM member school Centro Machiavelli in Florence

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How did 2014 go for you, and how did it compare to previous years?
It was very good! In term of numbers of students:  increasing not only for the language courses but for all programs offered. The numbers (for all our programs) are in net growth, about 15% more per month, compared to the last two years. Our students study Italian for general cultural reasons or because they have interest in acquiring some know-how in the fields of ‘Made in Italy’ in general.

What developments do you expect in 2015?
We expect the same growth trends as this year and to have more students from Russia and China.

Anything new this year?
Intensifying our programs of Italian courses and apprenticeships in the field of arts and crafts, food and fashion; for our students they offer important opportunities to practice their communication skills in Italian and acquire or improve their working skills.

Where do the majority of your students come from?
From Asia, Russia and Latin America.

What are your most popular student activities at your school?
Art and craft workshops, guided tours tocompanies in the field of crafts, agricultural production, food and beverage, and of  ‘Made in Italy’ in general.

What makes your destination special for your students?
The informal atmosphere, the attention to the expectations and dreams of each student, the excellent value for money, variety of programs proposed, not least the location, in the heart of Florence, in one of the most beautiful and most vibrant squares of the city.

Rossella Bianchi from Centro Machiavelli, Florence: www.centromachiavelli.it

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