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Canadian College Italy

Grades Gr. 9 TO Gr. 12 — Lanciano, Italy (MAP)

Canadian College Italy:

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  • Grades
    Gr. 9 — Gr. 12
  • Gender
  • Class Size
    10 — 12 students
  • Tuition
    EUR €43,900/year
  • Language of instruction
  • Associations
  • Enrolment
    100 boarding students
  • Curriculum
  • Next open house
  • Application Deadline

School address

  • Via Cavour 13, Lanciano, Chieti, 66034, Italy (MAP)
  • Canadian Office, 595 16th Ave Suite 301, Richmond Hill, Ontario, L4B 3N9 (MAP)

Our Perspective

How we see Canadian College Italy

At Canadian College Italy (CCI) students are given an incredible and life-changing opportunity to attend an Ontario-accredited high school in the ancient town of Lanciano in Central Italy’s Abruzzo region, just three hours from Rome. The school is in a four-story Medieval house and student meals take place in a 500-year-old former inn. With a reputation for academic rigour and excellence, Canadian College Italy’s students go on to excel at the world’s top universities and colleges. While classes are taught in English, students are immersed in rich Italian culture and history, visit numerous art meccas in the country, and are offered European trips to expand their horizons. Students come from the world over to study at Canadian College Italy, forming lifelong bonds and friendships that enrich their lives and help contribute to an unforgettable high school experience that offers exceptional educational outcomes.

School's Perspective

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How Canadian College Italy sees itself

The school administration answered our questions

Who are you, as a school?

"Canadian College Italy is one of Canada's top private boarding high schools abroad. Parents trust us for our reputation for academic excellence, small class sizes and personalized education. Students choose us for our life-changing cultural immersion and our beautiful and historic campus. For nearly 30 years, we have been empowering students with the confidence, character and skills they need to succeed at the world’s top universities and colleges. CCI is the only Ontario-accredited school in Italy."

  • Our campus is the historic centre of a beautiful and ancient town near the Adriatic Coast.
  • Our graduates earn the OSSD, recognized by universities in 165 countries, including Canada & U.S.
  • CCI attracts bright students from around world making for a stimulating multicultural community.
  • Our traditional university preparatory program values critical thinking and independence.
  • Students develop worldliness and maturity living in town and taking educational trips around Italy.
  • Students create their own customized extracurriculars, which include sports, skills and service.
  • All instruction is in English from certified Ontario teachers, except for Italian language class.
  • All students are assigned a tutor to assist with time management and accountability.
  • We are a co-educational high school for students in grades 9-12.
  • Students receive 24-hour supervision with an emphasis on well-being and mental health.

What do you do differently and uniquely well?

"As the only Ontario-accredited high school in Italy, CCI is able to offer students a rigorous English-language academic program in a beautiful and culturally rich setting. As a traditional university preparatory boarding school, our program fosters time management skills, responsibility and independence through a balance of academics and enriching extra-curricular activities."

To your knowledge, why do families choose your school over others?

"Parents and students choose CCI because we are a small, family-run boarding school where each student receives the personal attention that cultivates success. We value building personal relationships with CCI families, which creates a sense of community and belonging that larger institutions may not be able to offer."

What aspect of your school is underappreciated?

"CCI was founded in 1995 by a Canadian teacher who noticed how her own children benefited from travelling and living in Europe."

What might families find surprising about your school?

"It's not surprising that studying abroad can enrich one's outlook, broadening one's sense of worldliness and compassion. However, CCI students will tell you that they left CCI with a surprising sense of independence and confidence, arming them a unique maturity going off to university."

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Insider Perspectives

How people from the school’s community see Canadian College Italy

Video reviews of Canadian College Italy

Parent, Adam Fingret

Watch our parent interview with Adam Fingret to get the inside scoop on what it’s like to have a child attend Canadian College Italy.

Written reviews of Canadian College Italy


Parent, Parviz Yazdani (2023)

Gr. 12 — Our daughter really wanted to study in Europe as a part of her high school experience. The only opti...


Alumnus, Gill German (2023)

Gr. 11 — My experience at Canadian College Italy shaped who I am today. The opportunities I was afforded duri...


Student, Isabelle Trudeau (2023)

Gr. 12 (current) — CCI is an amazing place to step out of your comfort zone and start discovering who you are. You are ...
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School leadership

Top-down influence on the school’s direction and tone

Message from school leadership

Marisa DiCarlo D'Alessandro, Director
B.P.H.E., B.Ed., M.B.A.

Dear Reader,  

Canadian College Italy is Canada’s first high school in Italy. CCI is a co-educational boarding school that offers an academically rigorous curriculum in a semester format and all courses are taught in English. Founded in 1995, we have provided a unique high quality educational experience that prepares students for success in their university studies.  We offer grades  9 - 12, and our courses conform to the Ministry of Education accreditation guidelines for the Province of Ontario.  Our professional teaching staff dedicates itself to ensure extensive individual attention is available for every student.  CCI prides itself on its excellent student achievement and graduates have accepted offers and received scholarships from a variety of universities throughout Canada, the U.S.A., the U.K., Australia and Europe.

The essence of CCI is that challenging learning takes place in the country of the Renaissance where archaeological, historical and art treasures are visited as a formally instructed integral part of the CCI educational experience.  All students visit the major art cities within Italy and optional trips are also organized throughout Europe.

The Town of Lanciano, where CCI is located, is an ancient-yet-modern, safe, and well serviced small city of 45,000 in the eastern Abruzzo Region. It is a 15 minute drive from the sand and stone beaches of the Adriatic Sea and less than three hours by bus from Rome. An important part of the student experience is to live in an Italian town and be immersed in its culture, and Lanciano has warmly embraced CCI and our students.

Students attend CCI from – Canada, Europe, the United States, the United Kingdom, Mexico, South America and Italy to name a few. This assemblage of students and concentration of experience promotes strong friendships with classmates from all over the world.

CCI's main building is a four-story medieval house centered around a bright covered atrium that rises a full four stories. Surrounding the atrium are classrooms, the library and administrative offices.  The Allegria, is a charming 500 year-old inn where our students have their meals. CCI students enjoy excellent Mediterranean food, where all fruits and vegetables are locally grown. The Allegria is the oldest Inn in Lanciano; it also houses the boys’ residence on the second floor. The girl’s residence, Santa Maria is a larger building about a five minute walk from the school.  We encourage each residence to develop into a mini-family so that it operates as much as possible as a home away from home. Each residence has excellent WiFi service.  It is invariably residence life, with its friendships, necessary accommodations, agreements and understandings, that students have reported they remember and will forever treasure as an important bonding and enriching part of their CCI lives.

Canadian College Italy’s mission:  To provide a unique environment in which students

                                                  experience a renaissance academically, socially and


   We hope to see you in Italy.

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