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

The Accademia Europea di Firenze is a 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?

Senior Advisor for Strategy and Partnerships

woody pelton

Woody Pelton

Woody Pelton was the Dean of Global Education at Elon University in North Carolina from 2009 to 2021. In that capacity he directed the Isabella Cannon Global Education Center, which supervises the inbound International students, faculty & scholars, outbound education abroad, Study USA and international programming on campus. Prior to working at Elon Woody was the Director of the International Center at Winthrop University (2006-09) and Special Assistant to the President for International Programs at Saginaw Valley State University from 1992- 2006.
Before moving into Higher Education, Woody worked as an attorney in Washington, DC from 1984 – 1992, practicing in international trade, immigration, antitrust & litigation. With his wife, Chris, Woody worked as an education advisor for the UN High Commission for Refugees serving the Vietnamese Boat People in a refugee camp off the cost of Malaysia. Prior to that they had served as Peace Corps Volunteers (ESL instructors) in Morocco.

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