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A new Renaissance is about to start

AEF is ready to welcome students from September 21, 2020!

Palazzo Niccolini, AEF beautiful building, opens its doors to students and friends after the pandemic. at AEF, we believe that this worldwide crisis is also an opportunity to cultivate awareness, critical thinking and we are committed to design a meaningful experience for our students, faculty and staff. Classes will resume on September 21, when AEF will safely and responsibly welcome students in Florence, the city of Humanism and Renaissance.

Before arrival

Students will be offered an online orientation, including a virtual tour of the school, and will be able to reach the AEF Staff via email and telephone for any questions or doubts. AEF Team is fully committed and prepared to support students in their pre-departure process. All orientation sessions will include Italian Government and Regione Toscana guidelines on shared spaces and good hygiene practices. As the situation is constantly evolving, AEF will communicate any changes regarding rules and requirements.

Once in Florence

Welcome in town! Your learning experience in the city of Renaissance has just started: you will take your classes at Palazzo Niccolini, a 16th century building located a few steps away from the Duomo and all the main sights. Florence, a fully walkable city, will be your classroom during your immersion into the Italian culture. At AEF, we believe in a student-centered learning approach, and the whole team – teachers and staff – is committed to offer full support and guidance to students and help them grow intellectually, socially and emotionally.

Health and Safety

In collaboration with the agencies of the Italian Government, local authorities, the Association of American College and University Programs in Italy (AACUPI), and all our partner institutions, AEF developed specific health and safety measures concerning classes, activities, and students' life in Florence.

Classes

AEF follows the Italian government and the Regione Toscana guidelines in terms of hygiene and health:

  • Hand sanitizers will be available within the building;
  • Social distancing of at least 1 meter;
  • Wearing a mask is required while walking within the building;
  • On-site classes: AEF will refer to the Italian Ministero della Salute and Ministero della Cultura guidelines for activities, visits to museums and sites of interest.

The AEF Team is fully committed to give students the most meaningful experience in this unprecedented context: please feel free to contact us, we will be happy to answer any questions or doubt you may have and provide all information you may need. Do not hesitate to ask: we are looking forward to welcoming you in Florence for an experience of learning, social responsibility and world citizenship. We grow together in the new Renaissance!

 

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.

Academic Credit Transfer

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.

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, AEF courses' credits are validated by Elon University, AEF School of Record. For any Study Abroad Program, students can choose between AEF and Elon transcripts to be sent to their home campus for credit transfer. 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).

aef students abroad housing in florence

HOUSING

Welcome to Florence! AEF offers shared-apartment housing (double/triple rooms) in the city center for all of our students. Each apartment will have heat, a washing machine, an equipped kitchen, a dining area, a living room area, bedrooms, and at least one bathroom per 4 students. We believe apartment living is the most effective way to make the most of your experience abroad, by living and fully immersing yourselves in the Italian lifestyle. You will be living amongst the locals, shopping and preparing local dishes in your kitchen and becoming part of the community.

MEAL PLAN

AEF students can also require a Meal Plan in Vouchers of €100 Value, for 15 weeks, divided into twenty €5 units, distributed weekly. Vouchers will be able to be used within a circuit of restaurants, cafés, and grocery shops. They do not have to be used all in one week; they are valid until departure from Florence, so that students can budget their expenses and use them at a later time, if needed.

Living and Learning in Florence

The Experience: Living and Learning in Florence as a Florentine

Study, live, experience. Build your life-changing experience in the birthplace of the Renaissance. This unique city has always inspired the thoughts and creations of artists and travelers: Galileo, Leonardo, Machiavelli, Brunelleschi, Dante, Donatello are just some of the geniuses that have walked the streets that our students stroll through today, surrounded by the widespread beauty that becomes daily nourishment for their learning path. It is in this way that every single formative opportunity becomes part of a global cultural experience, from the lessons in Art History to those of cooking. Everything connects and acquires meaning. Florence is therefore the place where experiential learning becomes real and where students are truly immersed in the cultural and social context.
While having at their disposal the most extraordinary of the classroom, AEF students also learn at Palazzo Niccolini, a historical building that dates back to the 15th century and that was home to a famous Italian Thespian. The learning experience is therefore a combination of lectures in the beautiful frescoed rooms of the school, onsite-classes around the city and in Tuscany, endless activities and authentic cultural immersion. Florence becomes their home; AEF students live in typical apartments within a walking distance from the school, so that they can experience Florentine everyday-life just as real Italians. Our students are not tourists, but citizens of Florence, even if only temporarily.

FLORENCE AS A CLASSROOM

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 on-site 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.

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.

STUDENT LIFE

Our students are not tourists. They are citizens of Florence, even if only temporarily. That’s why they don’t live in hostels, but in typical Florentine apartments, all of them within a walking distance from the school. And as the whole historic center is easily walkable, they will leave their Study abroad experience continuously and fully immersed into the Italian culture. They buy their own grocery, they cook, they stop by in an Italian bar for a cappuccino, they solve everyday problems like any other inhabitant of the city.
AEF staff is at complete disposal for any need and information, from the very beginning of the journey:

Travel to Florence

Florence is located in the middle of the country: an ideal position to reach any other Italian city (Rome 1h 35’, Milan 1h 45’) and all European capitals. You can arrive by plane to Vespucci Airport or by train to Firenze Santa Maria Novella station. AEF will organize a pick-up service, when requested.

Once arrived

AEF will provide an in-country orientation for the students after their arrival, to include the following:

• Orientation to the apartments, including instructions on heating, appliances, trash, security, mail, emergency and maintenance procedures.
• Tour of the area immediately around the apartments including shopping, ATM machines, pharmacy, transportation options, etc.
• A guided walking tour of the city
• Orientation regarding security issues specific to Florence (emergency phone numbers, expectations in the community)
• Introduction to the AEF staff and their roles
• Assistance in securing the Permesso di Soggiorno (Permit to Stay) and any other necessary documentation. (This service is outsourced at an extra cost for all the students)

Emergency Services

AEF will ensure the availability of a dedicated AEF staff member (24 hours a day) who is the point person for problems and concerns of the students and/or Faculty in Residence. It will be explained to the students during orientation that the AEF staff member should be called only in an emergency. Otherwise, concerns can be discussed with AEF during regular office hours.

Personal Insurance

Please be advised that students’ personal belongings are not insured under AEF’s company policy, and therefore AEF can assume no responsibility for any claims for personal belongings. All students are responsible for obtaining their own personal health insurance and travel insurance.

AEF Students Abroad Life in Florence and Services

Student Life

Our students are not tourists. They are citizens of Florence, even if only for a short time. That’s why as an AEF student you won't live in hostels, but in a typical Florentine apartment, within walking distance from the school. And as the whole city center is easily walkable, you will live your Study abroad experience continuously and fully immersed into the Italian culture.
You will buy your own grocery, cook your meals, stop by in an Italian bar for a cappuccino, solve everyday problems like any other resident of the city.
AEF staff can always be reached for any need and information, from the very beginning of the journey.

Health and Safety

AEF cares about its student community, and offers a 24/7 emergency phone service. AEF’s Student Life Representative and Directors are trained, experienced and always available to help and support their students.
We know that Study Abroad is only possible in a healthy and safe environment: that is why AEF adheres to high Quality & International Risk Management standards, implementing Emergency Protocol Procedures compliant with Italian laws and those of AEF United States partners, and with students’ safety and wellbeing at heart.

Travel to Florence

Florence is located in the center of Italy: an ideal position to reach any other Italian city (Rome 1h 35’, Milan 1h 45’ by train) and all major European capitals. You can arrive by plane to Vespucci Airport or by train to Firenze Santa Maria Novella station. AEF will organize a pick-up service, when requested.

Upon arrival

AEF will provide an in-country orientation for the students after their arrival, to include the following:

• Orientation to the apartments, including instructions on heating, appliances, trash, security, mail, emergency and maintenance procedures.
• Tour of the area immediately around the apartments including shopping, ATM machines, pharmacy, transportation options, etc.
• A guided walking tour of the city.
• Orientation regarding security issues specific to Florence (emergency phone numbers, expectations in the community).
• Introduction to the AEF staff and their roles.
• Assistance in securing the Permesso di Soggiorno (Permit to Stay) and any other necessary documentation (this service is outsourced at an extra cost for all the students).

Emergency Services

AEF will ensure the availability of a dedicated AEF staff member (24 hours a day) who is the point person for problems and concerns of the students and/or Faculty in Residence. During orientation, it will be explained what can be considered an emergency and what is not, as the AEF staff member should only be called in a case of a real emergency. Other concerns can be discussed with AEF during regular office hours.

Personal Insurance

Please be advised that students’ personal belongings are not insured under AEF company policy, and therefore AEF can assume no responsibility for any claims for personal belongings. All students are responsible for obtaining their own personal health insurance and travel insurance.

Study in Florence with AEF

Living and Learning in Florence as a Florentine


Study, live, experience.
Build your life-changing experience in the birthplace of the Renaissance.
This unique city has always inspired the thoughts and creations of artists and travelers: Galileo, Leonardo, Machiavelli, Brunelleschi, Dante, Donatello are just some of the great minds that have walked the same streets that our students stroll through today, surrounded by beauty everywhere they go - a daily nourishment for their learning path. This is how every single formative opportunity becomes part of a global cultural experience, from Art History lessons to cooking classes. Everything connects and acquires meaning. Florence is the place where experiential learning becomes real and where students are truly immersed in the cultural and social context.
AEF students will not only have Florence as the most extraordinary of classrooms, but will also learn inside the rooms of Palazzo Niccolini, a historical building dating back to the 16th century and home to a famous Italian dramatist, Giovan Battista Niccolini. As a student at AEF, your learning experience is therefore a combination of lectures in the beautiful frescoed rooms of the school, onsite-classes around the city and in Tuscany, engaging activities and authentic cultural immersion. Florence becomes your home; you will live in typical apartments within a walking distance from the school, so that you can experience Florentine everyday-life like a real Italian. You will not be a tourist, but a citizen of Florence, even if only for a short time.

Florence as a classroom

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

Location

Florence is a medium-sized city, perfect for walking , and everything is at hand. All the main sights can easily reached by foot - including our school: Palazzo Niccolini, home of AEF, is located in Via Cavour, heart of the city 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 the main aerea of economic and financial development of the city. In the 19th century, Giovan Battista Niccolini, an important Florentine tragedian, after whom the Teatro located in Via Ricasoli is also named, made it his home until his death in 1861. Recently restored and equipped with the most modern technologies, Palazzo Niccolini is now the ideal educational environment for students, artists and musicians from all over the world. A Palace of the Arts in the City of the Arts.

 

MUS 2230 - AURAL COMPREHENSION III

Course Type: Workshop
Instruction Language: English
Examination Method: Test
Contact Hours: 24,5 h
Independent Study: 35 h
Presentation: 0 h
Total Work: 59,5 h
*79 AEF Academic Hours [ 1AEF Academic Hour = 45 minutes ]
Time:
Once a week – 1h 45 minutes
Location:
AEF building, via Cavour 37 – Firenze

COURSE DESCRIPTION

The course aims to develop musicianship skills and aural comprehension of music through class exercises involving individual and group participation, with emphasis on sight-singing and dictation.
Course activities are correlated with the materials for the corresponding level of Music Theory.

MUS 2240 - AURAL COMPREHENSION IV

Course Type: Workshop
Instruction Language: English
Examination Method: Test
Contact Hours: 24,5 h
Independent Study: 35 h
Presentation: 0 h
Total Work: 59,5 H
*79 AEF Academic Hours [ 1AEF Academic Hour = 45 minutes ]
Time:
Once a week – 1h 45 minutes
Location:
AEF building, via Cavour 37 – Firenze

COURSE DESCRIPTION

The course aims to develop musicianship skills and aural comprehension of music through class exercises involving individual and group participation, with emphasis on sight-singing and dictation. Course activities are correlated with the materials for the corresponding level of Music Theory.