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?

Annique Kiel

Annique Kiel

Executive Director of Global Engagement and International Programs
Drake University

Annique Kiel is the executive director of global engagement and international programs at Drake University. As the senior international officer, Kiel oversees the strategy for global engagement for the institution, and directs the international programs department. Over the course of her career in international education, she has presented at several regional, national, and international conferences on topics ranging from strategic international partnerships to study abroad program design, and regularly conducts workshops on intercultural competency. Kiel has developed a specialization in programming related to sub-Saharan Africa, and most recently successfully led efforts to bring the prestigious Mandela Washington Fellowship for Young African Leaders to Drake University and Des Moines in 2016, 2017, 2018, and 2019. She is actively engaged in the Drake campus community, serving on the Strategic Diversity Action Team and the Women in Leadership Committee, among others. She is also active in the field of international education outside of her role at Drake, serving on national and international boards, as well as on a local board of directors for CultureALL, a Des Moines-based non-profit organization providing cultural programming. Kiel received her B.A. in International Studies and French from Central College (IA) and her M.A. in French Studies from the University of Wisconsin-Madison, where she was named an Honorary Fellow in 2012.