About Us

We are a non-profit organisation on a mission to challenge the canon and make classical study abroad opportunities more accessible.


We currently do this through interdisciplinary and cutting-edge courses in Florence & online embracing the fields of Classics, Latin, Italian, Art, History and the Renaissance.

Our philosophy 

Our philosophy is to question everything and challenge the canon of traditional curricula and scholarship, so that our students gain the tools to study the past with "fresh eyes". As an academy, we are intellectually curious and politically independent. When you enrol on a course with us, you are joining a community of independent thinkers!

Our pedagogy 

We teach students how to think, not what to think, and learner autonomy is at the heart of our teaching. Most of our tutors are qualified teachers as well as researchers, who combine engaging and learner-centred pedagogy with the academic rigour of postgraduate study. Our courses tend to draw links between past and present and place a strong emphasis on primary sources and understudied material. Find out more about Florence & the team here.

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We believe that to live and learn in Italy with like-minded individuals can be a life-changing experience and authentic cultural immersion is a fundamental part of this learning process. For this reason, our courses in Italy always include a combination of experiences in context, hands-on workshops, language drop-ins, site visits and a Cultural Programme of events to ensure a well-rounded experience. Since 2018, we have welcomed school-leavers, undergraduate and postgraduate students, teachers, lecturers, artists, writers, and independent learners on courses at Forte Academy (View our Gallery).

How can you get involved? If you'd like to study with us from anywhere in the world, check out our latest online courses. If you're a teacher on a similar mission, get in touch and we'd love to work with you! If you're a school department interested in funding a student's place on a course, let us know at info@forte-academy.co.uk.  Finally, stay in the loop by following us on Instagram (@forte_academy) and joining our monthly new MOON Letter.

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