When does the next course start?
To find out when your course starts consult the calendar or contact the secretarial office.
What do I have to do on the first day of school?
We will welcome you at 9.00 am in the school’s secretarial office. Beginners will start at the first level. All the other students will carry out a written and oral test to see what level they are at.
How are the courses organized?
Normally, the Italian classes are held in the morning from 9 am until 12.30 pm (9-10.30 am grammar/11 am – 12.30 pm conversation). Sometimes, the classes may be held in the afternoon, after 1 pm. The optional activities are held after 4 pm. The detailed calendar of the classes will be finalized at the beginning of the course.
Which textbooks are used?
Our textbooks and exercise books have been created by our teachers and are used together with authentic teaching material such as articles from the newspapers, audiovisual materials, and DVDs.
Is the teaching material included in the price of the course?
The textbooks and teaching aids are all supplied by the school and included in the price, with the exception of dictionaries.
What method is used?
The method used by the AEF is based on the most innovative language learning concepts and puts the student’s needs in the centre of every teaching activity. Right from day one the students are placed in the condition of being able to communicate with others and understand the information they receive from the outside world, which stimulates their curiosity and the desire for increasingly more difficult challenges. The spoken language and grammatical correctness are harmoniously fostered in both formal and informal situations. There is also a wide range of materials, including audiovisual aids, available for students and teachers which are constantly updated in line with the teaching requirements.
How qualified are our teachers?
All our teachers are highly qualified with university degrees in linguistic-humanistic disciplines and specialized in teaching the Italian language and culture to foreigners.
What certificates do students receive?
The AEF issues the following certificates:
- At the end of each course: an attendance certificate indicating the level achieved by students who have sat for and successfully passed the test.
- At the end of each course: an attendance certificate for students who have regularly attended the course even if they have not sat for or passed the test.
- "Diploma of Knowledge of the Italian Language" for students who have passed the Advanced level test.
Will I be able to speak Italian after 12 weeks?
The AEF offers 7 different levels, from beginners to perfection classes. Each level usually consists of 20 weekly lessons held over a period of 4 weeks. In 12 weeks it is possible to finish the primary and intermediate levels and have a complete, although not in-depth overview of the structures of the Italian language and their functions. You will be able to talk about every topic proposed using correct structures and understanding even complex situations.
What activities does AEF organize?
AEF organizes regular cultural and recreational activities. For further information consult the calendar.
Accommodation in an independent apartment
Students deciding to rent an independent apartment will have total autonomy and can also have friends and family to stay.
Accommodation in an apartment with other students
It is also possible to share an apartment with other students from the school. The apartments have a kitchen and are fully furnished and fitted out. The utilities (electricity, gas, water, etc.) are not included in the rent. The apartments are cleaned before check-in, after which the students are responsible for keeping their own rooms and the shared spaces clean and tidy.
Accommodation with a family
- The families we have selected enjoy having foreign students to stay. The social mores have also changed in Italy and the term “family” can now also mean a single parent, a childless couple or one person. For use of the washing machine, iron and other electrical appliances an agreement must be reached with the hosting family. The families will provide 1) breakfast, or 2) breakfast and dinner, depending on your requirements. Use of the kitchen is therefore not foreseen.
Availability of accommodation
Accommodation is available from the day before the course starts until the day after it finishes.
Arrival: date and time
You must get in touch with the family or the owner of the apartment at least one week before your arrival in order to communicate the exact time you expect to arrive at the apartment.
Sheets and towels
The sheets are always provided, for the towels you must ask the owner.
There is not usually a washing machine in the apartments. We recommend you use one of the numerous self-service laundries in the city center.
WIFI is not guaranteed in all the apartments. For further information please contact the secretarial office.
The majority of our apartments are located in the center of the city. The school can easily be reached on foot (10 to 30 minutes) or by public transport.
If you decide to stay with an Italian family you can book the service with either just breakfast or breakfast and dinner. Please bear in mind that the Italian meals may differ from what you are used to: breakfast normally consists of a cup of coffee, milk coffee or tea, and bread and jam. Dinner is usually served at about 8 pm. Full Italian meals do not necessarily consist of dessert.
Paying for the accommodation
The AEF will only handle the booking of your accommodation which must be paid directly to the owner or the family upon receiving the keys at check-in.
Sharing a room with another student
At the time of booking we cannot guarantee the presence of another student. If the room is not rented out to two students, the renting student must pay the whole price of the single room.
The AEF can arrange transfers for you from the airport or station of Florence. You just need to let us know the date and time of your arrival and the flight number. You can send this information either with the enrollment form or separately but remember that we need a week’s notice to organize this service. Please contact the secretarial office for the price.
The average summer temperature ranges from 18°C to 30°C (64°F -86°F), and the average winter temperature from 4°C to 16°C (39°F- 61°F).
Free of charge at AEF.
Italy uses the 220 Volts/AC system. In addition, the power points and plugs may be different from those in your own country; therefore you are advised to purchase an adaptor prior to your departure.
Citizens of the European Union can make use of the European health Insurance Card http://ec.europa.eu/social/main.jsp?catId=559&langId=it. Students from countries outside the European Union must take out private health insurance and contact the Italian Embassy in their own country. Insurance coverage for theft is often included in personal insurance, however if not, we recommend that you take out insurance against theft during your stay in Italy.
The Italian currency is the Euro (plural: Euro, abbreviated: EUR, symbol: €). The Euro is the official currency in Italy and the other countries in the European Union.
Health, Physicians and Pharmacies
The emergency service of the hospital is free of charge for everyone. In case of need, the AEF can put students in touch with a physician. It is possible to find 24-hour pharmacies. Please remember to bring any necessary medical prescriptions with you.
The AEF will be closed on national, religious and local holidays. The classes missed on these occasions are not reimbursable.
You can hire a mobile phone for your entire stay in Florence. The AEF secretarial office will provide you with all details.
Travelling by car
It is not possible to drive into the centre of Florence with your car or park there.
European Union citizens can enter Italy with their ID Card or passport. Citizens from countries outside the European Union must contact the Italian Embassy or Consulate in their own country to obtain a visa. If you intend staying for more than 90 days you must apply for a study visa. Once you have registered and paid the deposit, the AEF will issue the registration certificate you need to apply for a visa.
World time zones
Italy is on Central-European Time (CET), e.g.: Rome = 0 / New York = -6 / Tokyo = +8. In summer (from the end of March to the end of October) daylight saving will be in force, Centro Central-European Summer Time (CEST = CET + 1h), e.g.: Rome = 0 / New York = -5 / Tokyo = +7.