SAI Scholarships

SAI is pleased to offer scholarships to deserving students each academic year, open to all SAI participants who meet the eligibility requirements.

To be considered, applicants must:

  • Have already submitted a complete SAI program application, including the application fee, official transcript, personal statement and any other supplemental materials.
  • Be enrolled in a full Semester or Summer Program (including SAI Housing) and remain a full time student while abroad (12 credits semester).
  • Adhere to the SAI Code of Conduct; SAI reserves the right to revoke a scholarship if the recipient fails to adhere to the SAI Code of Conduct.
  • Currently attend a US university or college (except for the “Non-U.S. Student Scholarship”).

 To apply, submit the following materials:

  • Online SAI Scholarship Application
  • Original Essay (separate from program application, can be used to address any financial issues or needs)
  • Two Letters of Academic/Professional Recommendation
  • Copies of all applicable 1040 Income Tax Forms (or equivalent for international students)

SAI scholarships are awarded based on financial need and academic merit. Applicants are considered for all scholarships that apply to their enrollment and therefore do not have to specify a particular scholarship. An independent selection committee reviews applications that meet all criteria and requirements. SAI assumes no responsibility for procuring information. Incomplete or late applications will not be processed. Only complete applications that meet the deadlines will be eligible for consideration.

Awards are announced 15 days after each application deadline. All scholarship funds are applied toward the final payment.

Scholarship application deadlines

Fall Semester programs: June 15
Spring Semester programs: November 1
Summer Session programs: March 15

Emailed application materials must be received by 11:59pm PST on the application deadline.

email: scholarships@saiprograms.com

Mailed application materials must be postmarked by the application deadline and mailed to:

SAI Programs
7160 Keating Avenue
Sebastopol, CA 95472
800-655-8965

Semester scholarships are available for both Fall and Spring terms unless otherwise noted.


Read about scholarship recipient experiences abroad through their blog posts here.


SAI Scholarships listed below are offered to students attending ANY SAI program

Chiara Scholarships
Recipients submit monthly blog posts.
  • $2,500 Semester Scholarship
  • $1,500 Semester Scholarship
  • $1,000 Semester Scholarships (2)
Summer Session Scholarships
Recipients submit monthly blog posts.
  • $500 Summer Scholarships (2)
Non-US Student Scholarship
Applicant must be a non U.S. student residing outside the U.S. Scholarship recipients submit monthly blog posts.
  • $1,500 Semester Scholarship
Service Learning Scholarship (Spring Semester only)
Recipients participate in service learning and submit monthly blog posts.
  • $500 Semester Scholarship

For students attending the following SAI programs:

Florence University of the Arts (FUA)

  • $5,000 Semester Fellowship
    Recipients participate in 5 hours per week of internship in the SAI office on site and submit at least one blog post.

  • $2,500 Semester Scholarships (2)
    Recipients submit monthly blog posts.

John Cabot University (JCU)

  • $5,500 Semester Fellowship
    Recipients participate in 5 hours per week of internship in the SAI office on site and submit at least one blog post.

  • $2,500 Semester Scholarships (2)
    Recipients submit monthly blog posts.

Italiaidea

  • $1,000 Semester Fellini Award
    Recipients participate in 15 hours of service learning or community involvement. Awarded to all eligible applicants.

  • $500 Summer Fellini Award
    Recipients must be enrolled in 8 credits of language and participate in 8 hours of service learning or community involvement. Awarded to all eligible applicants.

Apicius and Florence University of the Arts Career Certificate Programs

  • $1,000 Semester Scholarships (2)
    Recipients submit monthly blog posts.

Nuova Accademia di Belle Arti (NABA)

  • $3,350 Semester Scholarships (2)
    Recipients submit monthly blog posts.

  • Master's Program Scholarship Competition. More Info....

Domus Academy (DA)

Sant’Anna Institute (SA)
Recipients submit monthly blog posts.
  • $2,000 Graphic Design Semester Fellowship
    For Graphic Design majors in Junior or Senior standing; submit one printed page with sample of work. Includes 5 hours of design work for the school, per week for the semester.

  • $1,000 Semester Scholarship
  • $500 Summer Scholarship
Siena Italian Studies (SIS)
Recipients submit monthly blog posts.
  • $1,000 Semester Scholarship
  • $500 Semester Scholarship
  • $500 Summer Scholarship
Paris Programs
Recipients participate in 3 hours per week of internship in the SAI Paris office and submit one blog post.
  • $500 Work-Study Semester
Barcelona Programs
Recipients participate in 3 hours per week of internship in the SAI Barcelona office and submit one blog post.
  • $500 Work-Study Semester