Italian School Student Pre-Arrival Information


We have created this page to provide some reminders and updates as you prepare for your arrival at the Italian School in June 2019. As usual, please email if you have any questions or concerns regarding the information on this page. We look forward to meeting you on campus in June.

(1) GENERAL INFORMATION: If you have not already done so, please complete all on-boarding steps and thoroughly review all six Mills campus sections of the Language Schools Student Pre-Arrival Website. Remember to check the pre-arrival site for updates prior to your arrival on campus. Urgent information pertaining to all Language Schools will be posted here.

The Language Schools administration has again asked us to remind you of the Acknowledgement of Risk in Co-Curricular Programs

The co-curricular programs of each school are an integral part of the Language Schools’ immersive learning experience, designed to help you build new vocabulary while developing cultural fluency. These activities include, but are not limited to, lectures, films, music, cooking clubs, yoga, theater and choir clubs, soccer, volleyball, tennis, bocce, dance, hiking and bicycling outings, and field trips. Risk of personal injury is inherent in some of these activities. While students are expected to participate in the co-curricular programs of their school, participation in any specific activity is voluntary.  By participating, each student affirms that they are solely responsible for assessing the skills and abilities to participate safely in any activity. They also affirm that they have adequate health insurance to pay for any medical costs incurred as a result of their voluntary participation. 

You should also familiarize yourself with the Italian School Guide and complete the Italian School Pre-Check Form 2019A as soon as possible and before arrival on campus.

(2) ARRIVAL INFORMATION: Dormitories open the morning of the day of arrival as indicated below. Since dormitories are occupied by other groups shortly before the opening of the summer session, early arrivals are not possible, nor are we able to accept luggage sent in advance for storage. Students are also reminded to be particularly security-conscious during the opening and closing days of the session.

  • 7-week & 3-week – Friday, June 21 from 11:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m. (check-in Orchard Meadow Hall Main Entrance)
  • Graduate 6-week session – Friday, June 28 from 11:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m. (check-in Orchard Meadow Hall Main Entrance)
  • 1-week Refresher Course – Please make arrangements with the Coordinator prior to arrival.

Any student that arrives outside official arrival hours, must speak with the Public Safety officer at the main entrance and he/she will provide further instructions on where to pick up room keys and ID cards. Late arrivals must also report to the Italian School Office in Orchard Meadow Hall during the next business day to complete additional paperwork. Permission to arrive late must be requested in writing and can only be granted by the Director of the Italian School.

In case you are not already aware, you will need to bring your own pillow, blanket, and sheets to Mills this summer.  More information can be found on the Language Schools Student Pre-Arrival website, on the “Plan Your Summer” page under the “What to Bring to Campus” tab. Opening schedules will be posted on our Italian language summer website. You are strongly encouraged to bookmark the summer website prior to your arrival on campus.

(3) AREA INFORMATION: While remaining in the full-immersion Italian environment whenever possible will add to your language learning, when you do leave campus, we want you to reach your destination safely. The neighborhood around Mills is residential, urban, and not very walk-able. We do not recommend that you walk to a shopping district from campus alone or after dark. To reach a shopping or restaurant district, we suggest that you use our free weekend shuttle service. It runs between the Mills campus and the Rockridge section of Oakland, a walk-able neighborhood with shops, restaurants, supermarkets, and a BART (subway) station.

(4) CLIMATE & CLOTHING: Summer mornings and evenings at Mills College and in the Bay Area can be quite cool. The weather usually warms up toward the middle of the day. You should not need a heavy coat, but light layers are a good idea: jackets, sweaters, sweat shirts, etc. The summer is the dry season. Attire tends to be casual, but you may wish to be prepared for a small number of special events requiring nicer clothing.


  •  3-week Everyday Italian for Beginners – Classes end on Friday, July 12. All 3-week students must vacate dorm by noon on Saturday, July 13.
  •  1-week Refresher Course – Classes end on Friday, July 26. All 1-week students must vacate dorm by noon on Sunday, July 28.
  •  7-week & 6-week sessions – Students may depart on Friday, August 9. All students must vacate dorm by 12 noon on Saturday, August 10.
All students are encouraged to the attend the Italian School Final Banquet on the evening of Thursday, August 8A student who leaves earlier than the schedule above without the express permission of the Director will receive a grade of WD/F.

(6) PRE-IMMERSION VOCBULARY & EXERCISES: Level 1 and 1.5 students interested in learning some basic phrases and vocabulary prior to arrival on campus may find this section of website to be useful.