Accademia Europea di Firenze
The best way to learn Italian Language, Culture and the Arts in Florence

The Accademia Europea di Firenze is an International School of Italian Arts, Language and Culture. Founded in 2005 as an Italian language school for foreigners, over time our school has expanded and transformed to now offer students courses of Italian art and culture, music and dance. AEF also offers Certificate Programs in Voice & Opera, Drawing & Painting, Dance, and Italian Language & Culture, as well as Study Abroad Programs in collaboration with prestigious American Universities, intensive Summer and Winter Programs and Joint Academic Programs developed with universities from all over the world. Deeply rooted in Italian history and culture, but compliant with European academic standards, our school is enhanced by our experiential learning approach and the top quality of our faculty, which contribute to the creation of an international community in the city of Renaissance and universal beauty. Are you ready to be part of it?

ACADEMICS

Accademia Europea di Firenze (AEF), Scuola Internazionale delle Arti, della Lingua e della Cultura Italiana, is Florence’s International School of Italian Culture, Language Visual and Performing Arts. Located in the heart of the city, it hosts a community of students, artists, professionals, faculty and staff, promoting a unique inspiring environment. Our students share classes, performances and activities in an dynamic international environment of intercultural exchange, academic quality, cultural and social immersion and experiential learning.
AEF welcomes students from all over the world for Semester Programs (Fall and Spring, 15 weeks), Summer Programs (4 weeks in June), Winter Programs (3 weeks in January).
AEF Academic office creates and develops JOINT ACADEMIC and DUAL PROGRAMS with individual institutions according to their academic standards.

AEF represents the Elon University of North Carolina in Europe and it is a Formative Training Agency recognized by the Regione Toscana. All our programs are built according to the guidelines of the Bologna Process: each course meets this triple quality status and is valued in ECTS (European Credit Transfer System) through an equivalence proposed in US academic credits. The ECTS credits constitute the new European academic standard, established in 1999 with the Bologna Process in order to allow the mobility of students within the European borders through the Erasmus project. Today, the ECTS system allows for the best European formative institutes to dialogue with the whole world, defining course characteristics, contact hours, hours of study, clarity of information, guidelines for the evaluation of results and above all, guaranteeing the maximum transparency and quality of every aspect of the formative training offer.
AEF is also authorized by the University of Siena (Università per Stranieri di Siena – Ateneo internazionale) as an Exam Center for the CILS Certificate in Italy.

CREDIT TRANSFER

AEF offers programs built according to the guidelines of the Bologna Process, it represents the Elon University of North Carolina in Europe, and is a Formative Training Agency recognized by the Regione Toscana: each course meets this triple quality status and is valued in ECTS (European Credit Transfer and Accumulation System) through an equivalence valued in US academic credits.
The ECTS is a tool of the European Higher education Area and constitutes the new European academic standard, established in 1999 with the Bologna Process in order to allow the mobility of students within the European borders through the Erasmus project. It is designed to make it easier for students to move between countries and to have their academic qualifications and study periods abroad recognized. Today, the ECTS system allows for the best European formative institutes to dialogue with the whole world, defining course characteristics, contact hours, hours of study, clarity of information, guidelines for the evaluation of results and above all, guaranteeing the maximum transparency and quality of every aspect of the formative training offer.
All students will receive an AEF transcript, reflecting the triple quality status mentioned above.
Students attending AEF programs from partner institutions will receive a transcript from their home institution. They need to make sure that credits will transfer to their home institution.
AEF can also issue an Elon University transcript: since 2008, AEF has been partners with Elon University, North Carolina, USA and is currently one of the 4 Elon Centers Abroad. In accordance with the guidelines on the Forum on Education Abroad, Elon University is also the School of Record for AEF: credits obtained through AEF courses of Fine Arts, Performing Arts and Italian Culture can be recognized on official Elon University transcripts. Elon University is accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and the Schools Commission on Colleges and is a member of the Association of American College and University Programs in Italy (AACUPI).

ACCREDITATIONS

Elon University, AEF School of Record
Since 2008, AEF has been partners with Elon University, North Carolina, USA and is currently one of the 4 Elon Centers Abroad. In accordance with the guidelines on the Forum on Education Abroad, Elon University is also the School of Record for AEF: credits obtained through AEF courses of Fine Arts, Performing Arts and Italian Culture can be recognized on official Elon University transcripts. Founded in 1889, Elon University is a leading institution in university education, with a focus on global engagement and experiential learning, as well as a close relationship between students and the teaching staff. In the U.S. ranking News & World Report, Elon has ranked first among the Southern universities and has obtained the qualification of excellence for 8 academic programs, the best result at a national level. The 6,739 students attend Elon College, the College of Arts and Sciences; the Martha and Spencer Love School of Business and the departments of communication, education sciences, physiotherapy and law. Elon sends the highest number of students to study abroad than any other university in the nation; 74% of Elon graduates have had at least one international experience, often in combination with internships, research programs, and volunteering. In addition, Elon also offers opportunities in the United States and is among the universities producing the largest number of Fulbright Student Scholars, Peace Corps volunteers and Teach for America educators. Elon University is accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and the Schools Commission on Colleges. In addition, each department possesses the best accreditations at the national level and the University hosts a section of Phi Beta Kappa, the highest standard of excellence in liberal arts and sciences.

FLORENCE IS OUR CLASSROOM. THE AEF METHOD

We are proud and very fortunate to have the whole city as a single, great classroom available to us and to our students. An open-air museum, a three-dimensional encyclopedia of art, a miracle of beauty and harmony; in reality, Florence is much more: it is a living and breathing place, in which the word culture acquires a wider meaning, merging with the life style and with the very idea of humanism. For all these reasons, which are deeply rooted in our identity as Italians and educators, we have developed a method that combines classroom lessons and in-situ lessons, workshops, cultural and voluntary activities, as well as an intense program of performances and exhibitions in the most prestigious sights in the city. So that the Study Abroad experience may be a real moment of personal and intellectual growth for the young travelers of the contemporary Grand Tour.

ALTRE PAROLE IMPORTANTI: global citizenship, share, performance,

LOCATION

Dimensions are important: Florence is a medium-sized city, perfect for walking. The entire city center can easily be walked on foot and the location of our school is strategic: Palazzo Niccolini, home of AEF, is located in Via Cavour, 37, in the heart of the historic center, between Piazza del Duomo and Piazza San Marco. The Palace was built in the 16th century, when Via Cavour was still called Via Larga and had been chosen by the Medici family as an axis of economic and financial development of the city. In the 19th century, the palace became the home of Giovan Battista Niccolini, an important Florentine tragedian, to whom the Teatro located in Via Ricasoli is also named, and where he died in 1861. Recently restored and equipped with the most modern technologies, Palazzo Niccolini is today the ideal environment for students, artists and musicians from all over the world. A Palace of the Arts in the City of the Arts.