As one who has absolutely no aptitude for languages I find that I am at last making progress with Italian thanks to Duolingo.
I am also studying the language in class and hope to sign up for a 2-4 week immersion course at an Italian university this autumn. I wonder if the creators of this genuis programme had considered
devising such a course based on Duolingo?
We're focused on creating the best language learning experience online. Not currently in the plans to do a course like you describe, but we think with all that you learn in Duolingo you'll be pretty ready to take on speaking with others wherever you are.