Accademia Europea di Firenze (AEF) is Florence’s International School of Liberal, Performing Arts and Italian Culture. Located in the heart of the city, it hosts a community of students, professionals, faculty and staff, promoting a unique inspiring environment. International and American Study Abroad students share classes and activities combining academic excellence, cultural immersion and experiential learning for their true life-changing experience.
STUDY ABROAD PROGRAMS IN FINE, PERFORMING ARTS AND
The school welcomes students from all over the world for SHORT (3,4,6,8 weeks), MID (15 weeks) and LONG TERM ( from 15 to one year) PROGRAMS in all the seasons of the year: Spring, Summer, Fall and Winter.
HIGHER EDUCATION PROGRAMS DEVELOPMENT
AEF Academic office creates and develops AD HOC PROGRAMS with individual institutions according to their academic standards.
AEF courses comply with both European Higher Education guidelines (Bologna Process) and American Universities standards. Courses workload is expressed in U.S. semester hours and their equivalent ECTS credits (European Credit Transfer System) in syllabi, academic transcripts and attendance certificates. ECTS credits are the European academic standard, established in 1999 for the purpose of enabling the mobility of students within the borders of Europe. Today, the ECTS makes it possible for the best European higher education institutes to communicate with the whole world. The system defines the characteristics of the courses, the contact hours, study hours, clarity of the information, guidelines for assessing the results, and more importantly, it guarantees the maximum transparency and quality of every aspect of the educational offer.
Every student is responsible for checking with their home institution for the recognition of the courses and the relative credits towards their degree: the acceptance of transfer credits is always governed by the receiving school.
INTERNATIONAL STUDENTS' POPULATION
In Academic Year 2016/2017 undergraduate students from 16 different countries from Northern and Southern America, Asia, Europe, Africa, Oceania shared classes and have been engaged in joint productions, exhibitions and performances.
WHY AEF, WHY FLORENCE
What better place to find inspiration than the birthplace of the Renaissance? This unique city has always inspired creativity: Galileo, Leonardo, Machiavelli, Brunelleschi, Dante and Donatello are just some of the artists’ and visionaries who stepped on the same streets where our students walk every day. In this city, even a cooking class is part of a cultural experience. In one word, Florence is the place where experiential learning becomes true: students are immersed in the environment of their study and experience the city not as tourists but as locals.
FLORENCE IS OUR CLASSROOM: AEF TEACHING STYLE
We are proud to call Florence our Classroom: over the years AEF has developed a signature style of teaching that cultivates the growth of Study Abroad students inside the classroom and beyond, combining lectures, labs, onsite classes, activities, volunteer work and a very active exhibition/performance schedule in venues throughout the city.
Dimensions are important: Florence is a mid-size city, perfect to walk around and our building is situated in the heart of the historical center, in via Cavour 37, between Piazza del Duomo and Piazza San Marco. Our building dates back to the 16th century, when this area was the financial headquarters of the Medici family and has recently been refurbished with state-of-the-art technologies, providing a comfortable and inspiring environment, enhanced by beautiful architecture and frescoes.