Terms and Conditions

Italian, History of Art and Fine Art courses



A deposit of 50% of the course fee is payable at the time of enrolment together with the €40 fee for arranging accommodation if applicable. The balance is payable three weeks before the start date. If you are paying in a currency other than euro, payment should be made using the rate of exchange current at the date of payment. Unless instructed otherwise we will debit the balance from the card details provided 3 weeks before the start of the course. 


• by debit/credit card: we accept Visa or MasterCard with a charge of €4 for each card transaction.
• in sterling by bank transfer into our Barclays account in the UK – please let us know if you wish to do this and we will provide you with our bank details.
• in euro by bank transfer – please let us know if you wish to pay in Euro into our euro account in Italy.
If you are paying into our Barclays sterling account, please state the name of the student when making the payment and email, post or fax a copy of the payment confirmation to us. We recommend that you only use the Barclays account if you are paying in sterling. If you pay into our Barclays account in a currency other than sterling there may be bank charges for which you, the sender, are liable. If the amount received into our Barclays account is less than the sum due you will be required to pay the difference on your arrival in Florence. You are liable for bank charges. 


All cancellations must be made in writing by email to info@britishinstitute.it / hoa@britishinstitute.it or by fax (+39 055 26778222 - +39 055 26778252).
Please contact us if you have not received an acknowledgement of your cancellation within 2 days. 
• Cancellations received up to 6 weeks before the start date of course: 80% of deposit will be refunded less the cost of any transfer
• Cancellations received between 3 and 6 weeks before the start date of course: No refund of deposit but balance of any course fees paid in advance will be refunded less the cost of any transfer
• Cancellations less than 3 weeks before the start date of course: No refund of deposit or balance of course fees.
The accommodation administration fee will not be refunded in the event of cancellation. You may wish to consider taking out insurance in the event that you are unable to attend the course due to illness or other unforeseen circumstances.


The Institute reserves the right to cancel a course if the minimum number of students is not reached by six weeks before the beginning of the course or if the course is cancelled for reasons beyond the Institute’s control. In the unlikely event of a course being cancelled, course fees paid in advance will be refunded in full but the Institute will have no responsibility for any other costs you may incur as a result of the cancellation. You are advised to take out appropriate insurance. 


Students pay directly to the landlord/hotel/pensione concerned, enclosing a deposit if requested. Once confirmed, all bookings are binding and any cancellation will be subject to a cancellation fee, payable to the landlord/hotel/pensione concerned, equivalent to 15 days at the daily rate.
Students are required to settle all accommodation charges for bookings of one month or less upon arrival. For students who booked for more than one month, payment must be made for the first month upon arrival and monthly in advance thereafter.
While all reasonable efforts will be made to ensure that accommodation is of a reasonable standard and is in accordance with the requirements of the student, the Institute accepts no liability in respect to the accommodation provided. In the unlikely event that students encounter a serious problem they should contact their landlords and our Accommodation Adviser immediately Monday – Thursday 9:00 – 17:00 and Friday 11:00 – 19:00 (local time) on: +39 055 2677 81 or email: accommodation@britishinstitute.it 
We charge a € 40 administration fee for arranging accommodation, payable at the time of enrolment. This fee is not refundable in the event of cancellation.


Please note that when the length of lessons is stated in hours, academic hours are implied: one academic hour = 50 minutes.


The Institute is closed on public holidays and there is no refund for classes which would otherwise take place on those days.


All prices are correct at the time of publishing. The Institute reserves the right to modify course programmes and prices. The Institute accepts no liability for the loss or damage to the personal possessions of students, and students are liable for any damage they inflict to the Institute’s property or premises. The Institute accepts no responsibility for the actions or activities of students. The admission of individual students under the age of 18 is at the discretion of the Director.


by email: for Italian and/or Combined programmes - info@britishinstitute.it
for History of Art and/or Life and Cast Drawing programmes – hoa@britishinstitute.it
by fax:    +39 055 2677 8222/ +39 055 26778252
by post:  The British Institute of Florence, Piazza Strozzi 2, 50123 Firenze, Italia