Istituto Europeo


ISTITUTO EUROPEO specializes in teaching the Italian language, art, music, and culture to students from all over the world. Located in the heart of Florence, the institute runs many programs, but its most successful program is its Internship Program. The internship program gives students the opportunity to achieve practical work experience in their field of study by interning at a Florence-based business: studios, offices, university research labs, architecture, and other fields. Our philosophy is to make learning fun. This allows students to study both the Italian language and culture in detail in a friendly and enjoyable environment. IE is officially recognized by the Region of Tuscany, delegated by the Italian Ministry of Education and is accredited as a Centre for Professional Training. IE is also certified to meet UNI ENI ISO 9001:2015 cert. No 17.0111-SGQ the internationally recognized standard of quality management systems.


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Yes, I recommend this program

It was kind of dream come true to study Italian in Florence

I was on the course in November for four weeks. Although there was only one student besides me on the course, the teaching was of good quality and the lessons held on schedule. The teachers and teaching materials were of high quality and the staff friendly. The location in the old town center allowed for inspiring coffee breaks. I highly recommend Instituto Europe for studying Italian. All in all, it was a great experience. Indeed, it was a kind of dream come true to study Italian in Florence for me!

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i had a great time !

i had 2 teachers, both of which helped me a lot in apprehending and practicing the language! All in all, I had a great time! Classes were at the same time interesting, fun, and instructive. I felt they really tried hard to make it easy and excellent to know italian. The best thing of all is that it was very small group of students so it felt like very very intensive and private lessons. Which is something very rare nowadays. The stuff at Istituto Europeo does care about its students, for real! And you can tell!

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Translated by Go Overseas:

I was able to learn vocal music in the culture (environment) where the opera was born.
Life at homestay was particularly cultural.
The landlord prepared a homemade meal every day, and I enjoyed my meal time every day.
In vocal lessons, I was grateful to be able to practice at school.
In addition, the lessons are rich in vocalization, diction, and colleti lessons, and if you wish, you can learn mainly about what you want to know in detail.

I also learned the Italian language needed for the song.
The course was divided into several.
In the class, I felt that I had to not only wait for the teacher to be nominated, but also to use Italian while being aware of even a few new words.
In addition, I learned all about the sound of Italian in a stone-sounding environment unique to Italy, the Italian language often used by Italians, and the Italian gestures.

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Research Internship in Sports Management

Setting up the internship was pretty easy. The process is fast and the cost is cheap! I chose to live with a family. This allowed me to save some money as dinner was provided. In addition, I got to practice Italian. I do think socially though it would have been better to live with other students. The internship itself was more of a research project. I learned a lot but I do wish it was more hands on with the people I worked with. It was still a great experience though. Plus, I got to live in Florence for two months.

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Marvelous experience

Translation: For me it was a wonderful experience that lasted 3 months, in which I took daily Italian morning class, as well as art history and Tuscan cuisine. I invite you to live the experience of Florence and its culture accompanied by the European Institute. It is a very good program. And I will never forget this experience. I am sure that the memory of this course will accompany me for a long time in my life! I can't wait to go back! Trust me on this! You really can't improve. Rinaldo and all his staff are really the best! A family!


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Staff Interviews

These are in-depth Q&A sessions with program leaders.

Silvia Balestri

Job Title
Italian language teacher and Intern Program Coordinator
Silvia is an Italian language teacher. She obtained her DITALS Certification in 2014 and after that, she started to work as a freelance Italian teacher. She loves her work and likes to work in a genuine context.

What is your favorite travel memory?

It’s been certainly in Ljubljana, Slovenia’s biggest city and capital. No doubt about it. I love it so much because it’s one of the greenest capital in Europe and as well it is not too big. You can find a lot of traditions, small markets, nice people and feel like at home. It gives you a sensation of intimacy, you know?

How have you changed/grown since working for your current company?

Since I started working here, Istituto Europeo allowed me to grow and know better the world’s rich traditions, because you can know students arriving from all over the world. Really, we have students from all around the globe! It is as well a great experience for my teaching skills. You can always better yourself!

What is the best story you've heard from a return student?

Oh boy, I heard so many stories that it is difficult to pick up one, probably to see my students be back to live in Italy, because they fell in love with it when they got here at our Institute! We have the incredible capacity, at Istituto Europeo, to make people fell in love with this place and culture!

If you could go on any program that your company offers, which one would you choose and why?

If I could give an advice, a disinterested advice, to any study, I'd certainly I think the best programme it'd be to study Italian language and combine with it another course, for exemple music or art. That is really the perfect combination, as far as my experience goes! You get the most out of the entire experience.

What makes your company unique? When were you especially proud of your team?

I think that Istituto Europeo, differently from other educational istitutitons in Florence, is able to strike something like a perfect value balanc: it is welcoming, communicative, flexible and nice at all-time and, at the same time, it's absolutely also professional and rigorous. There's no better combination than that!

What do you believe to be the biggest factor in being a successful company?

The main factor in being a successful company nowadays is surely to understand customers' various needs, but as well to be capable of innovating and really update constantly your curriculym and educational supply, especially in the world of language education. That is fundamental! No company should miss that!