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Summer programme

Summer programme

Did you know that alpha beta piccadilly also offers an extensive summer program for children aged between 3 and 16? Following our motto "Learning by doing", kids can learn English, German, Spanish and Italian in an authentic and engaging way.
Why choose alpha beta piccadilly?
  • a wide range of language camps and courses in GermanItalianSpanish or English throughout the summer
  • languages + fun activities in authentic learning situations = Learning by doing
  • qualified and experienced didactic teams with native-speaker language skills
  • age-specific small groups
  • all-day offers including lunch
You can find an quick overview of our summer programme here.
Detailed information can be found in the summer brochure.

Enrolments open!
Early bird discounts until 31st March (only Summercamps)

For a personal consultation you can reach us by phone or e-mail:

We look forward to seeing you!
New courses starting in April
New courses starting in April
​The spring session language courses start on 12th April 2023 with face-to-face and online classes In the programme you will see that apart from the standard courses for ItalianGermanFrenchSpanishRussian and English, we also have exam preparation courses for the following international certificates: Cambridge (English), CELI (Italian), TRKI (Russian) and telc (German).

Enrol now!

As usual, you need to do a level test to sign up for a course. This level test is free of charge and without obligation. Pleased contact our front office to receive the written component by email. The oral component will be done by phone.   

Our secretaries in Bolzano/Bozen e Meran/o would be happy to answer any questions you might have about enrolling for a course. 

Office hours
Mon, Tue, Thu: 10 - 12:30 + 15:30 - 18:30 
Wed: 8 - 15
Fri: 10 - 12:30 


We look forward to seeing you (again)!
Learn a language in Tandem
Learn a language in Tandem
Tandem brings together two speakers of different languages who wish to learn the language of the other. The Tandem advisers at alpha beta piccadilly will find you a suitable partner and support you in planning and setting up your learning partnership. Instead of attending a regular course, Tandem partners decide when and how often to meet and what topics to talk about.
Language learning in Tandem is the ideal solution for people who do not have the time to attend a regular language course or don’t feel comfortable speaking in large groups. Here they have the opportunity to practice the language with native speakers in real situations.

Office hours:
Mondays from 5 pm to 6 pm

Watch our short film here to see what else alpha beta piccadilly has to offer you for autonomous learning.

MacMillan English Campus
Self Study German Course (livello A1 e A2)
Self Access Center

23th September 2022: Happy Birthday alpha beta piccadilly!
23th September 2022: Happy Birthday alpha beta piccadilly!
Our offices in Merano/Meran and in Bolzano/Bozen are closed on 23th September 2022. The language courses will not take place.
International Literacy Day
International Literacy Day
Those who are unable to read and write are often excluded from society. This is especially true for refugees who, without literacy skills, find it extremely difficult to gain a foothold in our society. Maybe in their home countries they had little or no opportunity to attend school. Whatever the reason, what we see is that in the 20 to 30 literacy courses in German and Italian that we organise annually in South Tyrol, the majority of participants are refugees.

The lessons in these courses are not limited to teaching the basic skills of reading and writing. Our teachers also take the participants to the post office, to a clinic or to the registry office, to name but a few. Specially trained literacy teachers work together in teams to prepare teaching materials adapted to the needs of their individual groups, accompanying their students through the four stages of literacy that we have defined.

Our literacy courses are free of charge, with the next ones starting in the autumn. For further information on enrolments and a simple entrance test, see here.
Learning a language online
Learning a language online
How do online courses work at alpha beta piccadilly? What sort of activities can you do? What about the atmosphere in the group? Our video will give you a taster of what an online session may look like!
alpha beta piccadilly is ISO 9001:2015 certified
alpha beta piccadilly is ISO 9001:2015 certified
alpha beta piccadilly is once again ISO 9001:2015 certified, with our high standards of efficiency, service and quality confirmed.
The strengths of our cooperative are:
·         Significant commitment and presence of the management in all company processes
·         Competence and commitment of the RGQ and of the people interviewed
·         Attention focused on the customer to always provide a quality service
·         Training of teaching staff

A heartfelt thanks to all our staff who implement these high quality standards in their daily work without which there would be no quality certificate.
alpha beta does it again
alpha beta does it again
alpha beta piccadilly was inspected by Eaquals in November 2019 and met the high standards required for Eaquals accreditation. The teaching, the course programmes, as well as the course organisation, the learning resources, testing and evaluation were all judged to be of high quality. It was found that the institution takes great care to protect the welfare of its clients and staff, and all publicity materials produced by the institution are accurate and truthful.

The Inspectors identified points of excellence in the following categories:
  • Teaching
  • Learning Environment
  • Course Design and Supporting Systems
  • Academic Resscources
  • Client Services
  • Quality Assurance
  • Staff Profile and Development
  • Internal Communications
  • Management and Administration
Conversation course in French
Conversation course in French
Combine whatever you like doing with a language you want to learn – that’s the concept behind our ‘Learning by doing’ meetings. Add to that some nice people in your group and that makes learning all the more fun!

For all those who want to have a chat in French about all topics under the sun – you are cordially invited to the ‘Bistrot français’. Every fortnight you have the opportunity to brush up your spoken French and to finish off another busy week over an aperitif.

Au bistrot français
Dates: 23 February – 20 April 2018, 5 evenings
Time: 6.30 – 8.00pm
Venue:  Bistrot 12, Sparkassenstraße/via Cassa di Risparmio, Bolzano/Bozen.
Cost:  €41,00

Contact us for further information on or call 0471 978600.
Practise your French and Italian
Practise your French and Italian
Have fun and take part in lively discussions, improving your oral competence in French or Italian? If this sounds like something you fancy, then join us for "Au bistrot français" or "Buongiorno"! We offer these conversation courses to activate, above all, your speaking skills.
Au bistrot français
All those of you who like the idea of exchanging your opinions in French about various stimulating topics are invited to take part in our “Bistrot français”. Here you have the opportunity to improve your spoken French and wind down on a Friday evening with an aperitif.
Dates: 5 evenings as from 11th Oct 2019
Times: 6.30-8.00pm, always on Fridays, every fortnight.
Where: Bistrot 12, Sparkassenstraße/via Cassa di Risparmio, Bolzano-Bozen
Cost: €41,00

Buongiorno! (only Meran/o)
All those of you who like the idea of exchanging your opinions in French about various stimulating topics are invited to take part in our “Bistrot français”. Here you have the opportunity to improve your spoken French and wind down on a Friday evening with an aperitif.
Dates: 15 mornings as from 4th Oct 2019
Times: 8.30 - 10.30am
Cost: €145,00

Contact our secretaries’ office in Bolzano/Bozen (0471-978600) or Meran/o (0473-210 650)or write an email to
Honouring someone who really deserves it!
Honouring someone who really deserves it!

Over the last 30 years Aldo Mazza has made a name for himself encouraging the two South Tyrolean language groups to live together rather than just to coexist and for this he has been decorated by the Province of Tyrol. 100 years after the region was divided following the First World War, the award of the decoration to Aldo Mazza, a native of southern Italy, has a special significance. He came to South Tyrol some 50 years ago and with the founding of the Alpha & Beta Cooperative created an organisation that has always aimed at promoting intercultural communication and multilingualism. Today the cooperative runs both a language school and a publishing house. Really living together is an art, with language skills being only the first step along this path. Aldo Mazza's decades-long endeavours to achieve this have received official recognition with this decoration of the Province of Tyrol.


Italian in the office
Italian in the office

Prepare yourself for office life in Italian! Whether it's emails, phone calls or meetings, this course uses practical learning activities such as  interactive roleplays to improve all your Italian language skills: speaking, listening and writing. You will also significantly increase your  knowledge of office related vocabulary. The next course starts on 21st February 2018 in Merano.

English & Cooking
English & Cooking
Do you want to practise your English in a relaxed atmosphere? Do you like cooking? Then join our English and Cooking evenings, where you’ll improve your language level by discovering, preparing and tasting English and International dishes under the direction of one of our English teachers (who’s also a great cook!). You’ll then taste the prepared meals together in a pleasant atmosphere. Minimum level A2.
3 evenings: 8th, 15th and 22nd November
Always on Monday from 6 pm to 9:30 pm.
Learn a language while doing something you love!

English & Cooking
Dates: Wednesdays 8th, 15th and 22nd November - 3 evenings
Time: 6.00 - 9.30 pm
Where:  Kolpinghaus Bozen/Bolzano
Cost: € 58,00 (ingredients inclusive)
A different French course
A different French course
So the idea here is to combine something you like doing anyway with a new language. That’s the idea behind our “Learning by doing” courses. Learning together with other nice people makes it even more fun!
During the course “Cuisiner en français” you will dip into the world of French cuisine in three evenings: you chop, cook, bake and at the end, taste the dishes all together. And, of course, all in French – bon appétit!  Minimum language level: A2
There are many ways to learn a language …….. why not try an unusual, effective and fun way?
More information in the secretaries’ office in Bozen/Bolzano 0471 978600 or and
Cuisiner en français
Dates:  Mondays  2 October,  16 October,  23 October  2017 - 3 evenings
Time: 6.00-9.30 pm
Where:  Kolpinghaus Bozen/Bolzano
Cost: € 58,00
New Academic Year
New Academic Year
"Living Multilingualism - between normality and challenge" was the introductory paper at this year's conference to inaugurate the new academic year for the alpha beta piccadilly team last Friday.

In addition to listening to Georg Stoumbos' presentation,  it was a good opportunity for us to celebrate the end summer and toast the new academic year, while interacting with colleagues from across South Tyrol in a relaxed atmosphere.
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