Salem State College
“During my Spring semester of my junior year I made the decision to study abroad in London, England, and my time there was nothing short of life changing. My time abroad changed my life in more ways than one allowing me to be opened up to different cultures and different ways of living that I never would have experience without the help of SAI. I have memories and times I will never forget and know that my time abroad will always stick with me”
Indiana University of Pennsylvania
“While studying abroad in Florence, Italy, my experience was everything I hoped for and more. I learned and saw so much that I never thought I would get the chance too. Between the sights of Florence and all of the other sights that I was able to see while traveling. I am so happy I got the chance to experience everything that I did. Florence is not just a place where I lived for four months but it will be a place that I can call home. Florence will always have a piece of my heart.”
Indiana University of Pennsylvania
“My personal experience abroad was one that I will never forget. I learned more in those 4 months than I could have ever imagined. Everything was so amazing over there and I am so happy I was able to experience it. ”
Mizzou – University of Missouri – Columbia
I kept a journal during my time studying abroad at Florence University of the Arts this past summer. It was in my hand as I left the country for the first time and stayed there as I experienced one completely new. The trip was enchanting, perception-changing. Now back in America, I still keep the journal close to me—I made a promise to myself to never forget the aura of my stay. Sitting on a plane the departing from Italy, I wrote this: “I’ve just done something spectacular, that study abroad thing. I’ve just flown to Italy, lived and studied there for four weeks, and now I’m flying back. What a four weeks; what an Evan that’s returning … however the trip affected him, he is altogether different, because he’s now done that, and he hadn’t before.”
I spent 9 months, two semesters in Rome, Italy and made lasting friendships, traveled the continent (11countries) and upon coming home I couldn’t even stay away that long, I’m already planning a trip back to Rome in December and I’m doing everything in my power to go back for a more permanent duration. My experience in international education has influenced the direction I want to move forward in my life and that is an experience that everybody should be able to experience.
Madison Natasha Block
Indiana University of Pennsylvania
During my time abroad, I was able to attend the London College of Fashion and be taught by industry professionals that did everything they could to educate their students in their field of study. I was able to make connections and friendships with people from all over the world, getting to engage in various cultures I had not been previously exposed to. I also got to travel more than I ever thought possible, visiting around five countries and eleven cities in a matter of three and a half months. I have gotten to experience so many places, people, and cultures that I never would have been able to see had I not studied abroad. It was certainly the most incredible experience I have had to date.
University of Mississippi
My name is Bonnie Blackmon and I studied abroad with SAI during summer 2016 in Florence, Italy. I attended Florence University of the Arts where I studied Digital Photography as well as Wine and Culture in Italy. Traveling abroad had always been a dream of mine, and to say the least, this experience exceeded all my expectations. My time in Florence was the opportunity of a lifetime and one that allowed me to learn the ways of an entirely different culture. Whether eating my way through Italy or traveling Europe on the weekends, the adventures I embraced and the people I met made this the single most eye-opening and enriching experience I’ve ever had.
Juliette Janice Resendez
University of California at Irvine
Having the opportunity to study abroad completely changed my perspective on international education and travel. After studying in Rome, I gained a sense of independence which motivated me to visit 8 other countries. This trip inspired me and helped me gain a sense of cultural enrichment, personal development, and helped me make an abundance of friendships around the globe.
Ciao, I initially went to study abroad in Rome for the Spring 2016 semester, however during the school year I decided to extend my stay for another semester. This means that I am currently still studying abroad. Choosing to study abroad was one of the best decisions I have ever made, it allowed me to emerge myself into a totally different culture, meet incredible people from all paths of life, from around the world and truly live the independent life allowing myself to grow as a person and learn about the world. There is no other experience in your life that will make you feel so uncomfortable and autonomous at the same time. I feel very lucky to have been able to go on this adventure with a program like SAI that allowed me the room to not only extend my stay but also live in my own accommodation to further emerge myself in life in Italy. I recommend to anyone to study abroad as it is definitely one of the most unique opportunities that are available to you during your time at university.
University of South Carolina at Columbia
I had the privilege of studying abroad this past Spring in Florence, Italy through SAI. During my four months in Florence, I made amazing friends, experienced a unique and beautiful culture very different from my own, ate a little too much pizza (oops) but more importantly I gained a new sense of self confidence and independence that I didn’t have before. Having never traveled outside the United States before, I was obviously nervous about living in a foreign country but it was one of the best decisions I could have made and I am so excited to share that passion with other prospective SAI students! Even though I traveled extensively throughout Italy, the immense beauty and rich history of Florence will forever hold a special place in my heart and I’m already planning my next trip back!
Ciao! I studied abroad in Florence, Italy spring of 2016. The experience that I had overseas was remarkable, and life changing for so many reasons. Being abroad allowed me to travel to different places, eat incredible food, all while taking interesting classes and learning about the culture of Italy. However, none of these possibilities could have happened with the help of the SAI program. It truly is a well-organized and fun program that will allow you to explore and travel feeling safe. I am so grateful to have been a part of the SAI program and have the opportunity to go on an unforgettable adventure of a lifetime!
I studied abroad in Florence, Italy during the Spring semester of 2016 and it was one of the bravest yet best decisions I have ever made. You’ve never experienced true relaxation until you are walking to class along the Arno River with your morning cappuccino from your favorite local bar. Being taken completely out of my comfort zone was not easy but it opened my eyes up to an amazing new culture that I was bound to fall in love with. In my 4 months abroad I not only got to experience new parts of the world but I was able to learn a lot about myself and my own world back home. I am so grateful for my time spent with SAI in Florence and I am excited to be able to go back there one day and reminisce on my adventures throughout the city. In such a short amount of time Florence truly became my second home!
University of Mississippi
I studied abroad this past summer in Florence for the Summer II session at Florence University of the Arts. This program opened my mind to everything this world has to offer, and my experience was one that I will never forget. I extended my trip to travel around Europe, and I made many new connections and life-long friends and travel buddies. This program taught me more than I would have thought both in and out of the classroom. From learning how to live like a local, order in Italian at the café down the street, or just traveling on my own to new and exciting cities, SAI has encouraged me to step outside of my comfort zone and I have found it very rewarding.
University of Mary Washington
Studying abroad in Siena, Italy, to say the least, was a life changing experience for me. Every day was a new adventure that was completely different from my life at home. During my time there, I studied the Italian Language and Art History, while getting the chance to explore the ancient, medieval city that surrounded me. My international experience gave me so many unique opportunities to serve and learn in an environment that I felt comfortable in. Upon my return, I felt I could face my fears and could be more intentional in my everyday life. I want to share my experiences because I feel that going abroad taught me so much more than I could have ever learned in a typical classroom setting. I want to express to others that, by taking a leap of faith, their lives could be completely changed.
Fitchburg State College
During this past Spring semester of my sophomore year, I spent my time living, learning, and interning in Sorrento, Italy. SAI presented me with the opportunity to intern before I was even aware that it was an option for me. Everything that SAI was involved in made my transition to living in a foreign country more manageable and enjoyable. Even the roommate pairings were perfect!
The courses that are offered at Sant’Anna Institute immediately stuck out to me during my search. I am a criminal justice major and was both thrilled and surprised to discover a course centered on international crime.
Because of my semester abroad, I have formed countless relationships with students from all over the United States, as well as with many local Italians, and other Europeans through my extensive travels. I now have the confidence and skills to interact with all kinds of people in all kinds of places. Studying abroad is an irreplaceable experience and I look forward to helping other college students get the most out of their semester(s) abroad.
Washington State University
During my fourth year of college in Spring 2016 I had the opportunity to study abroad in London, England at London College of Fashion. SAI Programs gave me the confidence and reassurance to go abroad despite my fears and hesitations. This journey allowed me to physically explore what was only read in textbooks, seen on Google images or from that one scene in Harry Potter. I discovered new friends, LGBT-friendly organizations, fantastic food, and tools that I could apply to my major, Digital Technologies & Cultures, and my future endeavors in social responsibility and the creative fields.
University of Tampa
I studied abroad in Paris with SAI during the Fall semester of 2015. Being thrown into a
completely different culture was a little shocking at first, but it was nice knowing that everyone in SAI was on the same page as me. We immersed ourselves into the French culture by pretending we knew how to navigate the metro, speaking a large amount of Franglish and indulging in an excessive amount of croissants. What truly made my experience worthwhile was the strangers that I met on the first day becoming my lifelong friends. During my time abroad, I traveled to many beautiful countries in Europe. Exploring new cities brought a revival of my love of the world and other cultures. I gained a new perspective on the world and learned how to appreciate and take advantage of every moment. Exploring Paris would not have been the same without my Program Advisor, Jenn. She was there to answer everyone question and would go out of her way to help every single person within my program. Jenn was like our second, European Mom. Jenn and SAI taught me that I will always have a home to come back to in Paris.
In the Spring semester of 2016 I studied abroad in Barcelona, Spain and it was the greatest decision I’ve ever made. In those 4 months abroad I was able to gain new friendships, study new cultures, and learn a lot about myself. I am so lucky to have the opportunity to study abroad and I want to share my experiences and knowledge with students at my school and encourage them to take a risk that some might be afraid to take.
University of South Carolina
Studying abroad in Paris, France, with SAI for the spring of 2016 was probably the best decision I have ever made! Living in another country and experiencing different cultures was such a life changing experience. I got to travel to incredible cities across Europe, make amazing, unforgettable friends from across the country and the world, and learn so much about myself and what I am capable of in the process. Paris is an amazing city and I am ready to go back in an instant!
University of Kentucky
Studying abroad in Florence, Italy opened my eyes up to a different way of life. I was able to take part of the Italian culture back to the states with me and integrate it in my normal life. SAI helped me experience learning in a different environment that helped me grow as a person. Making memories with life-long friends from all across the United States is just one of the many aspects of studying abroad that I will carry with me forever.
Studied in Rome Italy in the spring of 2016. Developed the ability to become more susceptible to new cultures and learned how to create relationships with people from different backgrounds.
University of Tampa
I studied in Rome, Italy at John Cabot University for the spring semester of 2016. While abroad, I made life long friendships with people from all parts of the world. My interactions with people from different cultures gave me the ability to approach situations and problems from another perspective. Because of my overall great experience with SAI, I am excited to promote the program to future study abroad students.
I studied abroad with SAI in Rome, Italy in the fall. I traveled there by myself not knowing anyone, and it was the best decision I ever made. I made some of my best friends, traveled to the most beautiful places, and got to live in my favorite city in the world. Overall, it was the absolute best experience of my life!
My study abroad adventure was nothing short of amazing. I met some incredible people and formed some of the most meaningful relationships. It’s truly the people along the way who made the experience what it was.. We laughed until we cried, walked until we couldn’t walk anymore, and ate until we nearly popped. Those are the moments that I will never forget. I learned so much about the world and other cultures, but mostly, I learned about myself. Studying abroad was the best thing I have ever done; it changed my life and gave me a whole new outlook on the world.
University of Dayton
My experience with international education stems from my semester abroad in Barcelona during the Fall of 2015. I am extremely grateful for the opportunities I was given abroad, like a language exchange with locals and volunteering at an elementary school. I was also lucky enough to work with my program coordinator every week on organizing newsletters events for our program.
As a Junior at Muhlenberg College I studied Abroad in Florence, Italy where I attended Florence University of the Arts. It was the true definition of a once in a lifetime experience. I traveled across Europe for four months meeting great people and seeing the continent. I made memories and had experiences that will last a lifetime. I participated in the SAI Global Leadership program where I was able to volunteer in the florentine community weekly. This helped me gain a different perspective on my experience. I learned a lot about myself and what I want for my future during the four months I was in Florence. I would recommend studying abroad through SAI to anyone and everyone.