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Learn Italian and history of art in Florence


Choose Florence as your classroom. Immerse yourself in the language and art of Italy with courses at the British Institute of Florence. Read on for the special offer for all users of GraduateGuide.co.uk.

Founded in 1917 and now with two sites in the heart of the historic centre of Florence, the British Institute is the best choice for the study of Italian and History of Art in Italy.

Here’s what former students say about us:

"I have had an incredible month and would just like to say thank you so much. I leave with nothing but good things to say."

"My experience here has exceeded all my expectations. The teaching is highly entertaining and individual needs are appreciated.”





Group courses are available from complete beginner through to advanced level, from one week to three months, including exam preparation courses (e.g. Pre-Uni, A-Level, GCSE). Alternatively we offer tailor-made courses for individuals or groups giving you all the flexibility you need.

Our teaching method combines classroom lessons with:

·         Conversation exchanges with Italian students

·         Contextual lessons held at local food markets

·         Discussion of contemporary Italian life and Italian culture

·         Italian film studies

·         The art of Italian gestures!

All lessons are taught by qualified native Italian speakers with many years of teaching experience and there is the option to customise your programme with history of art lessons and/or drawing classes.

For more information on Italian courses please visit the department webpage.


History of Art


Our History of Art courses are accessible to those coming to the subject with no previous background, but at the same time are pitched at a level that will engage those who are already familiar with the subject. Courses are comprised of a combination of interactive, illustrated lectures, as well as visits to key sites.

There is flexibility to take anything from an afternoon’s session to a fully comprehensive three-month course, with the option to combine month-long courses with Italian lessons and/or drawing classes.

For more information on History of Art courses please visit the department webpage.


Student benefits


Membership of the Institute’s Harold Acton Library; the largest English-language lending library in continental Europe with over 52,000 books and DVDs in English and Italian.

Free access to a weekly programme of lectures, concerts, films and other events.

Social events and activities.

Discounts in various restaurants, bars, cafes, shops, museums and other attractions across Florence.

Free WiFi access across both sites.




With options ranging from homestays to student flats to private apartments to hotels, our accommodation office will be sure to find you the perfect place to stay. For more information click here.

Special offer!

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