ACADEMIC OFFERING: AEF offers Italian Language and Culture Courses, 3-year Certificate Programs, Joint Academic Programs developed in collaboration with institutions of higher education all over the world and Study Abroad Programs for the most prestigious American colleges and universities. Founded in 2005 as an Italian Language School, AEF has over time expanded its educational offer to the Italian Arts and Culture and to the Liberal and Performing Arts. Our goal is to transmit skills and passion, through a strongly experiential learning method. Each course includes classes, onsite lessons and extracurricular activities such as visits, trips and artistic performances, in a combination of academic excellence and cultural immersion. Florence, a place of inexhaustible inspiration for tourists and travelers, becomes the campus through which AEF students live, study and learn every day.
ITALIAN LANGUAGE COURSES: Language is the product of a complex cultural process. For this reason, our courses are a vehicle for understanding culture and lifestyle and they connect students to the context in which they live: Florence and its inhabitants. Our method is purely experiential and includes lessons in class and lessons and visits to monuments and museums, typical shops, artisans, sports, cultural and linguistic exchanges with Italian students, meetings with Florentine families and much more. Our offer includes courses for all levels (A1, A2, B1, B2, C1, C2), structured in 4-week sessions; on the first day of the course, students take an entrance test to check their level and are placed in classes of up to 12 people. On the last day of the course, a final exam is held to allow access to the next level.
SEMESTER CERTIFICATE PROGRAM IN ITALIAN LANGUAGE AND “CILS” EXAM: 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 (Certificate of Italian as a second language). AEF offers a specific Preparation Course for the CILS Exam that is held during the weeks prior to the CILS examination dates in June and December.
ACADEMIC STANDARDS: AEF courses comply with both European Higher Education guidelines (Bologna Process) and American College and University standards. Course workload is expressed in U.S. semester hours and their equivalent ECTS credits (European Credit Transfer System) in syllabi, academic transcripts and attendance certificates. Elon University is the AEF School of Record. AEF Fine Arts, Performing Arts and Italian Culture course credits are reported on official transcripts from Elon University. AEF is an accredited Training Agency of the Regione Toscana with accreditation number FI0720 ISO 9001:2008
INTERNATIONAL STUDENTS: Each year, AEF welcomes students from more than 41 different countries from North and South America, Asia, Europe, Africa, Oceania, who share classes and experiences in an international environment in the heart of the capital of the arts.
FACILITIES/LOCATION: Florence is perfect to walk around and our building is located in the heart of the historical center, in via Cavour 37, between Piazza del Duomo and Piazza San Marco. Palazzo Niccolini dates back to the 16th century and has recently been refurbished with state-of-the-art technologies, providing a comfortable and inspiring environment, enhanced by beautiful architecture and frescoes.
STUDENT SERVICES: Housing inquiry and transfer service upon request, free wifi, info/tickets for movies, exhibitions, shows, participation in sport events, practice rooms available.