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After getting to know the nine others within my SAI group, we finally made it on a trip together sponsored by SAI. We went to Venice the weekend of March 13-15. As always the trip ..read more
Dominique was selected as an SAI scholarship recipient and blogger for the Summer 2015 term. She is a current student at Washington State University studying at Florence University of the Arts (FUA) in Florence, Italy during the Summer 2015 term.
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Morgan spent her Spring 2014 term in Sorrento, Italy. Upon her return home, she became an SAI Ambassador at her home school, the University of South Carolina. Below she gives us some helpful traveling tips.
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SAI Programs is pleased to be recognized as Abroad101.com’s “Top Providers” for 2014.
Since 1995, we have been dedicated to providing students with an exceptional cultural and educational experience abroad. We love what we do and are truly honored ..read more
I was one of the few to be lucky enough to attend not just one, but two Italian cooking classes with Chef Andrea. There, we were taught how to make amazing four course meals with ..read more
What a trip it has been so far! Half way through and I have been to around fifteen Italian cities in seven different regions. Among those cities I have visited my favorites (in no particular ..read more
SAI Excursion-Spanish Cooking Lesson
So we have been on so many excursions through SAI where we have traveled to other cities, but for this blog post, I’d like to include an activity we’ve taken part in ..read more
Olivia studied in Rome through SAI Programs during the Spring 2014 semester. Upon her return home, she was accepted as an SAI Ambassador on her home campus of Gustavus Adolphus College. Below she talks ..read more
There is such a thing as Italian time. I don’t know if it’s common knowledge, but the Italians’ timeframe and daily routine is completely different from that of Americans. This took a lot of ..read more
Nicholas was selected as an SAI scholarship recipient and blogger for the Spring 2015 term. Below he talked about his top 10 favorite spots in Rome.
Passeggiata del Gianicolo: Right before you reach the Vatican from Trastevere, you walk along ..read more
When you go to another country it is expected that there will be differences in culture. I had an idea of what I thought Italy was like. I have to say it was not ..read more
The scholarship competitions for the Fall Intake 2015 Master’s programs at Domus Academy have been announced!
The details of each competition can be found here: Domus Scholarship Competitions
Any questions about the requirements can be directed to ..read more
My first month in Italy has come to a close and it has been quite the experience so far. As a history major, Florence is the place of my dreams. Every building has historical significance ..read more
Before your time in your new home winds down, SAI wants to give you the opportunity to look back on all the amazing photos you have taken. Wait…it gets better. You will be entered ..read more
When you’re going to study abroad for your first time, what to pack and what to leave at home is the million dollar question. Everyone seemed to be telling me to pack light, and then ..read more
Siena is a wonderful town full of places both on and off the main center. The longer I’m here the more I discover, especially as more stores open after their winter holiday. Here’s a list ..read more
The couple days before I left for Rome I frantically started asking friends who had studied abroad what to expect. My dear friend Lexi gave me two tips of advice that have been extremely helpful. ..read more
As I near the end of my second month in Rome, it’s interesting to step back and examine the differences between American and Italian culture. The first difference I have noticed is the varied approaches ..read more
Coming to Milan, I had no idea how I was going to pack my life into 2 suitcases for almost 5 months. But after getting settled in here, there were a few things that I ..read more
Has it been a month here already?! I can’t believe how fast the time is flying by! There are so many things I love about this city. There are a few specific places that have ..read more
It’s really hard to interpret what my first impressions of this place truly are, because I still feel blinded by love and infatuation. My first few memories are the most clouded of all. The plane ..read more
Upon Arriving in the city of Florence, it surpassed my expectation. I was not expecting the city to be filled with so much history, and beautiful architecture. I truly feel like I am getting ..read more
Only one week in Florence and it has been quite an experience already! At first I was overwhelmed by the size of the city but, I am getting better at knowing how to get places. ..read more
The first impressions of being in Italy are still hitting me-I’m in awe of this beautiful city, but more in awe of the Italian culture. I have this insane amount of adrenaline wanting to see and ..read more
Arriving in Rome was an experience like no other. This is the first time that I have been to Europe, so everything from the new language to different food was a shock. I flew in ..read more
Getting on the plane to Italy I wasn’t struck with the weight of the situation. For weeks before I had been worried and excited. Worried that I would hate my host family and that being ..read more
In 2015 we are excited to be celebrating the twentieth anniversary of SAI study abroad programs. We have come a long way from the handful of students our first semester; SAI now works with 18 partner ..read more
As I quickly walk to my second day of classes at John Cabot I walked past one of many souvenir shops and I saw a shirt that said “Rome Was Not Built in a Day”. ..read more
My arrival and first moments in Italy were a bit bittersweet. I was extremely excited to be in Italy for the firs time, wanting to head to Sorrento, to meet the other people on ..read more
I am here…in my apartment…in Rome…in Italy…in Europe. Honestly, I haven’t even really been able to comprehend that statement yet. Even though I walk out onto cobblestone streets each morning and trek through the ..read more
Caroline Broston is an SAI Ambassador who studied at Florence University of the Arts (FUA) during Spring 2014. She now promotes SAI and studying abroad at her home university, Muhlenberg College.
#10 LAUNDRY IN FLORENCE One of the many ..read more
When I arrived in Florence the first thing I noticed were the unique buildings and architecture. Everything was so beautiful! The people were very friendly and helpful. My arrival was quite interesting, after leaving ..read more
Having been to New York City quite a few times in my life, that’s the kind of feel I was expecting from London. Big cities. Financially sound (and expensive for that matter.) Very cultural. But ..read more
Tameka was selected as an SAI scholarship recipient and blogger for the Spring 2015 term. She is a current student at Western Michigan University studying at Florence University of the Arts (FUA) in Florence, Italy during the Spring 2015 ..read more
Ciao from Milan! I left from the states on Saturday, January 10 and arrived early morning in Milano on Sunday, January 11. I flew from Kansas City to Chicago then Chicago to New York. As ..read more
SAI is delighted to announce two new academic partnerships!
These latest additions to our portfolio of study abroad programs are offered in collaboration with:Parsons Paris, The New School (Paris, France) Università Cattolica del Sacro Cuore (Milan, Italy)
With the addition ..read more
When I initially came to the UK last May I had every intention of returning to the US to finish my degree at the end of the Fall term. However, over the last 8 months ..read more
It is hard to believe December has finally come and I will be leaving in just over a week. Finishing my study abroad semester is definitely a bittersweet feeling. Although I am sad to ..read more
WOW. I have only been here a week now and I already have had so many new experiences. There is so much I have already done and I can’t wait to be here for another ..read more
Allison Harpole is an SAI Ambassador who studied at Florence University of the Arts (FUA) during Summer 2013. She now promotes SAI and studying abroad at her home university, Belmont University.
I love to talk about my travels ..read more
I remember when I was first applying for Siena Italian Studies, I was asked what I was most afraid of concerning living in Italy. Without hesitation, I responded that I was most afraid of never ..read more
Caleb Crum is an SAI Ambassador who studied at Florence University of the Arts (FUA) during the Spring 2014 semester. He now promotes SAI and studying abroad at his home university, Missouri State ..read more
What a semester that I never imagined! How can you begin to put the study abroad experience into words? I have been wondering what I will say to my friends and family when they ask ..read more
Sarah was selected as an SAI scholarship recipient and blogger for the Spring 2015 term. She is a current student at Western Michigan University studying at Florence University of the Arts (FUA) in Florence, Italy during the Spring ..read more
This experience has been the craziest, most independent times of my life. I’ve been so challenged, yet have grown so tremendously in my confidence and in my faith. It’s truly amazing to be taken away ..read more
My time is coming to an end in Florence and I am thinking ahead to my travels around Europe. I am hard pressed to pick my ten favorite spots around Firenze, oh beautiful Firenze.
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Olivia spent her Spring 2012 term at John Cabot University (JCU) in Rome, Italy. Upon her return home, she became an SAI Ambassador at her home school, Suffolk University. Below she gives us some helpful tips for traveling ..read more
My time in London has unfortunately come to an end. I am sad to say goodbye to the place that has changed my life forever, but I am excited to see my family and friends ..read more
After experiencing some of the most fabulous places in London, I found it very difficult to narrow down my ten favorite spots. My most cherished places in London include restaurants, music venues, museums, and many ..read more
I am down to the final weeks of studying abroad in Rome, and I have mixed feelings. I am so excited to go back home and share my experiences with my family and friends, but ..read more
Since I have been to London countless times throughout my life to visit friends and family, picking just 10 favorites in this city is difficult. This list is a mix of old favorites and new ..read more
Bailey was selected as an SAI scholarship recipient and blogger for the Spring 2015 term. She is a current student at St. Cloud State University studying at Universitat Autonoma de Barcelona (UAB) in Barcelona, Spain during the Spring 2015 term.
Looking back on my semester in Sorrento, and having just celebrated Thanksgiving here with all of my awesome new friends (American and Italian), I feel the need to say that I am incredibly thankful for ..read more
Hello all! The end of the semester is coming to an end! I cannot believe how fast this semester has gone! I can’t believe Christmas is just around the corner! Walking around Florence seems even ..read more
Buongiorno! Things have been great here in Florence and I learn new places to enjoy every day. However, there are a few places that I personally enjoy.
Probably my favorite thing to do in Florence is to ..read more
Leaving London is definitely bittersweet, the time went by way too fast. I think for me coming and studying in London was one of the best decisions I could have made. I have learned so ..read more
I honestly cannot believe that the semester is already coming to an end. Time flies by so quickly when you’re constantly emerged in a culture where you’re learning something new everyday. It still leaves me ..read more
This is a list of some of my favorite spots in Sorrento and near Sorrento on the peninsula.
Piazza della Vittoria - Since my first day in Sorrento this has been one of my favorite spots. This ..read more
Siena, a lesser-known Italian city among Americans, is the hidden gem of Italy. Siena does get a lot of foot traffic, but tourists are often stopping by on their way to a more popular city ..read more
Mikaila chose to be an SAI blogger for the Spring 2015 term. She is a current student at Belmont University studying at Sant’Anna Institute (SA) in Sorrento, Italy during the Spring 2015 term.Tell us why you ..read more
Morgan spent her Spring 2014 term in Sorrento, Italy. Upon her return home, she became an SAI Ambassador at her home school, the University of South Carolina. Below she gives us some helpful vocabulary to help you ..read more
Andrew was selected as an SAI scholarship recipient and blogger for the Spring 2015 term. He is a current student at the University of Alabama studying at John Cabot University (JCU) in Rome, Italy during the Spring 2015 ..read more
Kenneth was selected as an SAI scholarship recipient and blogger for the Spring 2015 term. He is a current student at the University of Missouri studying at John Cabot University (JCU) in Rome, Italy during the ..read more
Kelsie studied abroad with SAI Programs in Florence (Spring 2012) and Sorrento (Summer 2013). Upon graduating from the University of South Carolina she began working with SAI as the University Relations Assistant. Below are some of her ..read more
Charles was selected as an SAI scholarship recipient and blogger for the Spring 2015 term. He is a current student at the University of Missouri studying at Florence University of the Arts (FUA) in Florence, Italy during ..read more
Bailey was selected as an SAI scholarship recipient and blogger for the Spring 2015 term. She is a current student at University of South Carolina studying at London South Bank University (LSBU) in London during the Sprig 2015 term...read more
Chelsey Keenan is an SAI Ambassador who spent her Fall 2013 term in Florence studying at Florence University of the Arts (FUA).
When studying abroad, you expect to come back with a couple of lessons including, ..read more
Elena was selected as an SAI scholarship recipient and blogger for the Spring 2015 term. She is a current student at University of Missouri studying at Nuova Accademia di Belle Arti (NABA) in Milan, Italy during the ..read more
Brooke was selected as an SAI scholarship recipient and blogger for the Spring 2015 term. She is a current student at University of South Carolina studying at Sant’Anna Institute (SA) in Sorrento, Italy during the Sprig 2015 ..read more
Jasmyn was selected as an SAI scholarship recipient and blogger for the Spring 2015 term. She is a current student at St. Norbert College studying at John Cabot University (JCU) in Rome, Italy during the Sprig ..read more
Andrea was selected as an SAI scholarship recipient and blogger for the Spring 2015 term. She is a current student at Kansas State University studying at Florence University of the Arts (FUA) in Florence, Italy during ..read more
Sabina was selected as an SAI scholarship recipient and blogger for the Spring 2015 term. She is a current student at Muhlenberg College studying at Siena Italian Studies (SIS) in Siena, Italy during the Spring 2015 ..read more
Nicholas was selected as an SAI scholarship recipient and blogger for the Spring 2015 term. He is a current student at Pace University studying at John cabot University (JCU) in Rome, Italy during the Sprig 2015 term.
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Although I grew up in California both of my parents are from London. Since I’m from an English family I haven’t really experienced ‘culture shock’ in the same way my peers have. If anything I ..read more
Rome is full of bustling cafes, hole-in-the-wall restaurants, and beautiful churches. I’ve been very thankful to have the resources of John Cabot University (my school) and SAI (the program with whom I’m studying) to show ..read more
After having spent 3 weeks in Florence I left to participate in FUA Tuttotoscana program for a week in New York. I have not had much time to explore the city through all of ..read more
It’s amazing how time flies by when you’re having fun in Rome! I have to admit it has been stressful with midterms these past two weeks, but once the weekend comes, I am always looking ..read more
As part time locals, we have developed our favorite places in Florence for all sorts of life activities. From good eats to great shopping, we know exactly where to go to satisfy a need or ..read more
After living in London for about two months, I have been able to discover many amazing sights to see.
An absolute favorite area of mine is a street called Brick Lane. It is located in an ..read more
After traveling around Italy, as well as several other countries, I can easily say I am happy with my choice to study in Florence. Florence is such an accessible city you can walk almost anywhere. ..read more
As it is evident to most, Paris is a complete tourist magnet. It’s vital to experience all of the tourist spots, such as the Eiffel Tower, Champs-Élysées, and the Louvre, however, after spending over two ..read more
Chiara Cruciano is an Admissions Couselor for SAI Programs. She has traveled extensively around the world (see below) and even spent 9 years living in Italy as a child. To say that she is ..read more
Chiara Cruciano, Admissions Counselor
In all my global travels, I have stuck to a few key goals that have proved useful: (1) Don’t make any judgements before you have been somewhere at least two full weeks. ..read more
Jessica Lagomarsino is the SAI Rome Assistant Program Coordinator.
Below are her top ten things to do in Rome.Attend a Papal Mass Explore Trastevere Neighborhood Have a picnic at Villa Pamphili Go ..read more
Nicole is a student at Saint Mary’s College of California. She was selected as the SAI Summer 2013 intern. Nicole completed her Spring 2012 term at John Cabot University in Rome and will attended Florence ..read more
One of the first reactions from my friends and family when I told them that I was going to Italy was to be careful. They warned me that the culture is vastly different, some questioned ..read more
I’m originally from Chicago, and grew up in the Mid-West all my life. I go to college in Texas, which I love, but it’s a different world all in its own. And now I’m in ..read more
London has proved itself to be one of the most incredible cities in the world. I have had the best experience so far and I can’t wait to see what else is in store for ..read more
During my second week in Sorrento I came across an Italian saying that I soon realized was central to the way of life in southern Italy: “il dolce far niente”. A rough translation of this ..read more
Since being in London, I have not experienced any culture shock so far. I was very surprised that it has not completely hit me that I am in a different country. I am originally from ..read more
After being here in Florence for a month, I have depicted a few major cultural differences. The Italians are proud people who truly appreciate tradition, art, family, food, and wine. Food in Italy is an ..read more
Hard to believe I’ve been living in Rome for a month! It’s been an incredible experience already, and I cannot wait to see what the remaining of the semester has to offer! Being here has ..read more
I feel as though I am at a cultural advantage over some of my American counterparts. Having been raised in a rather large Mexican family, many cultural stereotypes tend to overlap with those said about ..read more
Hello again! Living in Florence continues to be one of the greatest experiences that I will ever have! There is something new to love about it every single day! I have been able to do ..read more
I have now officially lived in Paris for one whole month! Throughout the time I’ve lived here thus far, I have gradually adapted to the Parisian lifestyle. For starters, the apartments and living spaces are ..read more
My first impression of Italy when getting off the plane was ‘holy crap I am never driving here’! They all drive like maniacs.
First of all, on my trip, they lost my luggage. I thought ..read more
As I have been living in London since May my arrival was quite different than that of my housemates. I simply jumped on the tube with my suitcase and in under an hour I was ..read more
I had been extremely excited to leave for my study abroad trip since the day I received my acceptance. So excited, in fact, that I had forgotten to be nervous. The nervousness hit full throttle ..read more
After twelve hours of travel, a few hours of sleep in a not-so-comfortable airplane seat, and the same pair of clothes since the previous morning, I was beyond happy to finally be in Rome. ..read more