Study Abroad in Florence Italy




Accademia Europea di Firenze (AEF) is an International Liberal and Performing Arts School, located in the heart of the city, walking distance from the Duomo and Michelangelo’s David, with students, faculty and staff from all over the world, that provides a unique inspiring environment.
At AEF, we cultivate the growth of Study Abroad students inside the classroom and beyond, with courses and activities devoted to cultural immersion and experiential learning. Our students live in Florence as Florentines.
Study Abroad is a true life-changing experience and is essential to a successful higher education: students continue to progress toward their degree at their home university, while enjoying the history and culture of Florence, the birthplace of the Renaissance. This unique city has inspired artists’ creativity for hundreds of years. This is your chance to study and learn in this extraordinary and inspirational environment: Florence will be your campus!


  • Experiential Learning:
    Florence is AEF’s campus: AEF faculty consider the city as a natural extension of the classroom space. Since our classes, trips, and events are connected with the context of Florentine culture and history, classes often take place in museums, historical buildings, cafés and piazzas, immersing students in the environment of their study. A semester abroad with AEF widens the perspective and the network of each student as they prepare to finish school and begin their career.
  • Course Offering:
    AEF Academic curriculum includes Performing Arts, Italian Language and Studies, Art, Design, Fashion, Food Studies and Social Sciences. Private lessons, internships, independent study and tailor-made courses are available upon request.
  • Faculty-Led Courses:
    We welcome faculty-led groups and support partner institutions’ faculty in developing their course in Florence. AEF can provide academic, logistic and technical expertise for visiting faculty to develop their Italian Study Abroad experience. For more information contact the Academic Director Antonio Vanni:
  • Facilities/Location:
    We are located at 37 via Cavour, in the heart of the historical center of the city between Piazza Duomo and Piazza San Marco. Our building dates back to the 16th century, when this area was the financial headquarters of the Medici family, and has recently been refurbished with state-of-the-art technologies.
  • Art and Music Studios: 
    AEF art and music studios are open for the students: they are accessible and inclusive environments where students can develop their own skills, drawing inspiration from Florence's rich history of artistic excellence.
  • Live in Florence as a Florentine: Our students are not tourists, but rather citizens of Florence and they are constantly involved in a variety of social and cultural events: whether it is, a concert, volunteer work, a fashion event, a cooking class, a fieldtrip, an art or design exhibition, we encourage our students to experience Firenze and Italy as much as possible.

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