The AEF headquarters in the center of Florence

About AEF: Florence’s international School of Arts, Italian Language and Culture

Located at no. 37 of via Cavour, inside Palazzo Niccolini, AEF is located in the heart of Florence, halfway between the Duomo and Piazza San Marco. Students attend classes in a Renaissance palace equipped with the most modern technologies, however, the city immediately becomes a single, large classroom, in which to immerse yourself in order to get to know the art and culture of Florence.

The AEF offers programs built according to the guidelines of the Bologna Process, it represents the Elon University of North Carolina in Europe: 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 authorized by the University of Siena (Università per Stranieri di Siena – Ateneo internazionale) as an Exam Center for the CILS Certificate in Italy.


To train artists and professionals in the city of the Renaissance and of widespread beauty, through a strong relationship between culture and the local community, able to interact and compete in the global world;
Offering a unique combination of academic excellence, cultural immersion, experiential learning; Provide students and aspiring artists and musicians with the skills required to create, learn, perform in public and grow professionally;
Create a learning path, with continuous verification of the abilities and skills of the students;
To stimulate the intellectual curiosity of students and their ambition to make the most of themselves both in their studies and in their careers.


AEF promotes, with a view of continuous renewal, the humanities and the arts in a city known worldwide for its history and its beauty, in order to train artists, scholars and performers able to:
address each discipline academically with the necessary tools to deeply understand the past and translate it into the contemporary world;
transform learning, knowledge and the experience of culture and insight into active tools to interpret the future;
contribute to city life with studies, research and creations, through ongoing exchange opportunities and collaborations with the institutions and actors of the cultural scene of Florence.


To pursue the aims that the Accademia Europea di Firenze has set for itself, the Management intends to:
adopt a management system compliant with the UNI EN ISO 9001: 2015, certified by a body accredited by ACCREDIA which aims to ensure in a formal and verifiable manner that the services / courses provided comply with the declared requirements;
pay the utmost attention to the needs of the students, providing for a satisfaction survey system;
work to ensure continuous improvement of its internal processes, services / courses provided and related activities;
sensitize and continuously train the personnel involved in the activities having influence on quality, in order to guarantee the maximum professionalism and competence;
define specific concrete and measurable quality objectives in compliance with company strategies and available resources;
set up specific stages of verification and review of the quality management system and of the present quality policy in order to guarantee its effectiveness and correct implementation;
to periodically review the quality policy, during the review process by Management, in order to guarantee continued appropriateness.

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