English language courses

We offer English language courses at all levels, as well as business English and preparation courses for the Cambridge English Language Assessment exams. We also offer intensive summer courses.

The British Institute of Florence has been teaching English to the people of Tuscany continuously since its foundation in 1917, apart from when it was closed during the Second World War from 1940 - 1945. We are proud of our reputation for excellence and the fact that generations of families have learned their English at Il British, not only the citizens of Florence but also those that have made their way from neighbouring cities including Lucca, Pisa, Siena and Arezzo. While providing the highest standards of teaching at every level, we also offer a range of other services to our students, including opportunities for contact with English speaking students, study awards, a well-equipped study and computer centre and information about studying in the UK.


We use a communicative methodology, embracing all four language skills (Speaking, Listening, Reading and Writing) in a highly interactive small group context (maximum 12 students per group). Our fully qualified professional English mother tongue staff use up-to-date coursebooks and other audio-visual and IT materials.

English for young learners 
We believe that while it is never too late to learn, the earlier you start to study a foreign language the better. For this reason we offer a comprehensive programme of English for Young Learners. Our courses are organised to meet the changing needs of students, and our teachers are trained to be sensitive to their requirements using a teaching style which is aimed at stimulating their interest and curiosity in the language.

Organisation of courses
Following an assessment test, students are placed in classes according to age and knowledge of the language. Lessons usually take place twice a week from October to June, from Monday to Friday between the hours of 1400 - 1900, and vary in length from one and half hours to two hours. Learn and Play classes for the 5 - 6 age group are held once a week for an hour.

Working with schools in and around Florence

We have well-established relationships with many of the schools in and around Florence.

Scuole Medie e Superiori:

Cambridge Assessment English: Exam preparation from A1 to C2 level.
Tailor-made courses for specific requirements

Scuola Elementare:

English courses which supplement language areas on the school curriculum, from 3a to 5a.


All students have automatic membership of our Harold Acton Library on Lungarno Guicciardini.

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