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Guidance on how to study in Florence. Top 14 schools and universities in Florence, study fees, rankings

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The university ranks the position 17th as one of the Top 25 Best Fashion Universities
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IED Florence European Institute of Design
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English, Italian
from 8100.00 € / semester
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Istituto Marangoni Florence
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from 10200.00 € / year
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Summer School Florence University of Arts Florence Arts
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boarding house, residence
from 6595.00 $ / 3 weeks
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International School of Siena
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co-educational schools
from 10380.00 € / year
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Accademia Riaci Italy
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apartment, host family, residence
English, Italian
from 780.00 € / 4 weeks
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European University Institute (EUI)
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University of Florence
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from 1600.00 € / year
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the oldest language school in Italy
Sprachcaffe Florence Language School
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from 68.00 € / week
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Polimoda International Institute of Fashion Design and Marketing
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English, Italian
from 18000.00 € / year
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Canadian Island - summer camp in Tuscany
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English, Italian
from 1300.00 € / week
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Education information

Study in Florence in 14 best educational institutions for children, pupils, students: you will find program descriptions, prices and reviews for every course. Our consultans will help you choose the right program of studies. Free admission services without intermediaries to our partner schools, colleges and universities in Florence. Official representatives. Discounts on the official prices are available for international students, places are limited.

Education in Florence for international students - facts and perspectives

What prospects await foreign students in Florence? What are the features of local educational institutions and what programs are worth studying? 

1. Best of the best

The city is included in various tops and rankings: it is in the TOP-50 of the most visited cities in the world, in the TOP-100 of the best places in terms of quality of life. It occupies the 31st place in the ranking of fashionable capitals of the world. In addition, it is an important financial, industrial, tourist center of the country. This is the oldest city, which received the name "Second Rome" and has been praised by poets for centuries.

2. The quality of education

The level of educational services at the height due to the wide experience in organizing studies and leisure for foreign students, an opportunity to study in both English and Italian.

3. A wide range

Despite the fact that the visiting card of the city is the cultural and art sphere, you will find a wide range of areas here: short-term and long-term, of varying intensity and “filling”.

4. Traditional approach / pursuit of innovation

It was in this country that the oldest universities were opened (Bologna University is the first university in the world). For centuries, educational principles have been developed here, techniques have been honed, a philosophy of education and development has been created (Maria Montessori is the founder of the world-famous teaching direction and one of the most influential teachers of the 20th century according to UNESCO). At the same time, the country strives to keep up with the best ideas that arise in the countries of Europe: as in other TOP countries, they adhere to individual approach, a communicative approach and the principles of personal integrity.

5. Conditions for students

The name of the city translates as “blooming”: it is comfortable here at any time of the year thanks to the Mediterranean climate and developed infrastructure.

6. High level of culture

This place is perfect for art lovers - it is a real center of culture, which houses the greatest works of art, architecture and sculpture.

Course name


Cost (Euros, per week)

Vacation courses: rest + study for children

Older than 7 years, with any level of language proficiency


English or Italian: standard courses

From 16 years old, with any level of language proficiency, for different purposes


Middle and senior grades in private boarding schools

Over 11 years old, no lower than Intermediate level 

15000 (1 semester)

Preparation before entering and studying in foreign universities

CILS B1, 17+

700-1000 (1 semester)

Higher Education: Bachelor's degree 

CILS B2, 19+

4000 (1 year)

Master's degree 

7000 (1 year)

International Business Schools, MBA


Doctoral studies

CILS C1, 20+

1000 (1 year)

Higher education in Italy - leading universities in Florence

Consider the main features of studying at local universities for foreign students:

Admission features for foreign students 

It is impossible to enter universities immediately after graduating from a domestic school due to differences in educational systems. The options are as follows: study in a school abroad or finish several semesters at a domestic university.

Ease of admission

A simplified admission procedure is one of the trump cards of universities: many universities in Italy do not require entrance examinations and even a language certificate.


The cost is slightly lower than other European countries.


Foreigners can receive financial assistance, apply for a grant or scholarship.


Bachelor's degree lasts now three years, master's - two.

Language of instruction

Italian / English - over the past decade, the number of English-language options has only increased and continues to increase every year.

Academic plan

The curriculum includes a large amount of theoretical material. A distinctive feature of the local universities is the lack of compulsory disciplines: the entire plan is compiled individually by each student, depending on his preferences.


It is allowed to earn extra money, but only 20 hours a week.

Prospects after graduation

Those who graduated from the faculties of design and urban planning have good chances to get a well-paid job in Europe.

Secondary education for foreign students - private boarding schools in Florence

The most suitable option for children from abroad would be to study in private boarding schools (they are also boarding schools in Italy). This type of educational institution is well developed abroad and belongs to the elite - it implies studying and placement on the territory of schools. This is a complete package of educational services: parents will not need to worry about a child's placement, free time activities.

1. Academic load

The educational load in private schools is a high-performance / intensive course. Over the twentieth century, leading methods have emerged in Europe by which outstanding, successful people, businessmen, diplomats, artists, and politicians have studied. British models for children 14-16 and 16-18 years old have gained a special reputation: GCSE / A-Level, as well as IB.

The leading private schools in Italy have undergone special accreditation: they offer a unique opportunity to study balanced areas in which equal attention is paid to the development of intellectual abilities and the upbringing of a harmonious personality.

2. Leisure activities

Children have at their disposal a developed school infrastructure: gyms, swimming pools, sports fields and much more. A wide range of optional classes of a creative and sporting nature will allow you to spend your free time to good use. Children are waiting for various trips, competitions, contests, discos.

3. Safe environment

Children are always under the supervision of school staff, spend time, live in a safe and environmentally friendly environment. Children study in small classes, so teachers give them a lot of attention and support.

4. Prestige / privileges

The certificates of private schools are very prestigious: they guarantee deep knowledge and good upbringing, thanks to which children have privileges when entering the best universities in Europe.

Language courses in Florence: directions and prices

Foreign students will find a wide range of destinations, which you can find below. The curriculum is built on best practices with proven effectiveness. Standard courses are aimed at removing the language barrier and constant practice, and advanced, motivated students will be able to choose target options.


Course name

Hours per week

Required Language Proficiency

Cost, Euros 

Classic courses


With any level (Beginner)





Super intense






Special courses




Professional courses



Business areas



Language +50




Individual classes 

Make a reservation individually

40 euro per lesson

Home Language International

With any level



General statistics on education in Florence

General information about Florence

Country Italy
Region Tuscany 
Region 2 Province of Florence 
Region 3 Florence 
Population 349,296
Visitors 4,915,000/year
Time Zone Europe/Rome

Cost of living in Florence

Expenses - USD/Month. Min. Med.
Accommodation 283 379
Food 323 549
Transportation 30 210
Communications and utilities 98 141
Clothing 37 137
Sports and leisure 39 130
Total 810 1,546

Accommodation in Florence

Shared room outside of centre 286
Shared room in city centre 383
1 bedroom apartment outside of centre 441
1 bedroom apartment in city centre 573

Coordinates of Florence

Time Zone Europe/Rome
GMT +1
DST +2
Latitude 43.779250000
Longitude 11.246260000
Elevation 50 m.
Elevation (STRM3) 51 m.


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Egor Eremeev
Current material has been prepared by Egor Eremeev
Education: Westminster University (Business & Management), London.
Egor studied and lived in the UK for 8 years and graduated from the university of Westminster. He is currently the co-founder and the director of business development at Smapse Education and personally visits foreign schools and universities, interviews students studying in those institutions.
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