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Here are some ways you can meet locals and learn about customs, culture and language in Prato.
Parliamo! is a short, non-credit program run year-round. It's open to students and staff staying in Prato for at least three weeks.
The program content is tailored to your study discipline and experience, so it may vary from group to group.
Contact our Academic Programs and Internships Coordinator
Want to know more about Prato and how the locals live? Want to discover the best pizza place or where to go on weekends?
Make new friends at Conversation Exchange: learn the basics of Italian, practise your conversation skills, learn more about the culture, and pick up tips to pass as a local!
Participating is easy and free but places are limited. Conversations currently take place virtually, with participants in Prato and Melbourne connecting in real time. We'll send you a link to join the conversation and a calendar reminder when you sign up. For further information and details on how to register, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org
Do you know the perfect way to cook pasta al pomodoro? Enjoy an authentic experience by sharing a meal with an Italian family! Our Buon Appetito! initiative involves Monash students and local host families in Prato and aims to promote greater linguistic and cultural exchange. Learn about customs and traditions by cooking together and chatting over a meal.
Please book at email@example.com or pop into the Student Services office for more information.
Our homestay program provides you with not only food and accommodation but also an authentic intercultural experience. You'll experience family life in Italy by becoming ‘part of’ a family. You'll also have the opportunity to develop your Italian language and communication skills.
Find out more about the selection process on our Homestay page.
Want to know where the locals go for dinner or join them for an Italian breakfast with cornetto and cappuccino? Our Monash Prato Card gives you discounts in select restaurants, pastry shops and other businesses while you enjoy quality products and service. Visit the Monash Prato Card page for the full list of participating businesses in Prato, chosen for you. Live and eat the Italian way!