Ambassador Program

SAI Ambassadors are a group of carefully selected students, currently enrolled in a U.S. or Canadian university or college, who have recently participated in an SAI program. The SAI Ambassador program provides SAI alumni the opportunity to share their study abroad experiences with prospective students, while building their knowledge of international education.

General duties for SAI Ambassadors include, but are not limited to:

  • Facilitating group informational sessions about studying abroad—in general and with SAI—to classes, clubs, and/or organizations on campus, in collaboration with their home school study abroad office
  • Submitting articles for the SAI blog
  • Assistance at study abroad fairs
  • Distributing SAI posters on campus with permission from the study abroad office
  • Hosting an SAI information table in home school common area, in accordance with study abroad office protocol
  • Assisting potential SAI students by answering questions prior to their departure.

SAI Ambassadors will acquire knowledge of each unique program and location that SAI offers. In addition to sharing their experiences with interested students, they should be prepared to give presentations and answer basic questions about any SAI program.

SAI Ambassadors will receive the Ambassador training manual, SAI materials to be used for promotional activities, and support from the SAI Ambassador Coordinator. We also encourage Ambassadors to be creative in developing strategies that would be effective on their home campus. Ambassadors may use the Ambassador Facebook group to expand on their requirements and share innovative ideas to bring to their own campuses. As SAI Ambassadors, students may work in conjunction with the study abroad office on their home campus. This may allow students to make further connections in the international education field as approval may be needed for some requirements.

Why should you apply to become an SAI Ambassador?

  • You will gain valuable experience for your resume
  • You will broaden your education abroad network, working alongside study abroad professionals at your home school and at SAI
  • SAI provides references and letters of recommendation for active participants
  • You will be eligible for a paid summer internship at SAI’s main office in beautiful Sonoma County, California or eligible for an all-expense paid participation at the NAFSA: Association of International Educators conference in your region. What is a NAFSA conference? NAFSA is an association of individuals worldwide advancing international education and global workforce development. They set standards of good practice, provide training and professional development opportunities. NAFSA is split into 11 regions, and attending a conference will allow students to network with accomplished colleagues and stay current with international education trends.

How to Apply to Become an SAI Ambassador

  • Print and fill out the SAI Ambassador Application, taking note of the eligibility requirements.
  • Ask your study abroad advisor at your home school to sign the bottom of the application or to email ambassador@saiprograms.com approving your participation.
  • Pair the application with your essay responses and your current home school transcript, and submit it to SAI.
  • Note that while there is no official Ambassador Program application deadline, SAI suggests that you apply before August so that there is sufficient time to you prepared before the school year begins.
  • Look out for an email from the SAI Ambassador Coordinator about two weeks after submitting your application.

If you have questions about the program, please contact the SAI Ambassador Coordinator at ambassador@saiprograms.com.

Read about our current and recent SAI Ambassadors below.

Wesley Jefferies
Wesley Jefferies
University of South Carolina

Studying abroad in Florence, Italy in the fall of 2016 was one of the most rewarding experiences I have ever had. The decision to travel alone to a new place was intimidating but completely worthwhile. I learned as much outside of the classroom as I did within. Having this international experience has opened up my world. I made lifelong friendships, broadened my horizons, and experienced more personal growth than I anticipated.

Katie Corgiat
Katie Corgiat
Saint Mary’s College of California

My name is Katie Corgiat and I studied abroad through SAI in Rome during the fall of 2016. I studied at John Cabot University and my experience in international education felt like a blessing and is an experience I would encourage everyone to have. Not only did I learn in school, I learned how to be more independent and confident with traveling. SAI made the transition from schooling in the United States and schooling in Italy an easy transition. I will always cherish the memories I made abroad closely.

Mia Vitale
Mia Vitale
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”

Mary D' Amico
Mary D’Amico
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.”

Danielle Moffa
Danielle Moffa
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. ”

Evan Pagano
Evan Pagano
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.”

Felicia-Homan
Felicia Homan
Carroll University

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
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.

Bonnie Blackmon
Bonnie Blackmon
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
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.

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Martyna Anisiewicz
Suffolk University

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.

Halie Beard
Halie Beard
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!

Jordan Bock
Jordan Bock
Muhlenberg College

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!

Lauren Bisogno
Lauren Bisogno
Muhlenberg College

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!

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Miranda Craft
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.

Caroline Maggio
Caroline Maggio
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.

Katrina Syrakos
Katrina Syrakos
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.

Aaron Kapral
Aaron Kapral
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.

Caroline Harris
Caroline Harris
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.

Carter Grove
Carter Grove
Stephens College

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.

Cooper Richardson
Cooper Richardson
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!

Heather Gogel
Heather Gogel
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.

Jake Seibel
Jake Seibel
Suffolk University

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.

Jim McNelis
Jim McNelis
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.

Megan Bell
Megan Bell
Auburn University

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!

Nicole Gagne
Nicole Gagne
Stephens College

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.

Jamie Sima
Jamie Sima
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.

Adam Tynan
Adam Tynan
Muhlenberg College

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.

Sarah Nourai
Sarah Nourai
Washington State University

I studied abroad last Spring in Florence, and it was the best decision I ever made! Having the opportunity to study fashion and complete by internship abroad at Florence University of the Arts was truly unforgettable. Over the fourth months I was able to travel to some of the most beautiful places, eat the most sinfully delicious food, and learn so much about the person I am, and who I want to become. I met some of the coolest people I know, and connected with other students all over the county (who now are some of my best friends!) Europe and Florence have a special place in my heart, and I absolutely cannot wait to go back!

Kelsey Lenoch
Kelsey Lenoch
Missouri State University

As a senior at Missouri State University in the Fashion Design Program I studied abroad with SAI in London at the London College of Fashion and had a life-changing experience. SAI gave me the opportunity to study at one of the top fashion schools in the world while also offering freedom and experiences to learn about another culture and, just as importantly, myself.

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Jessica Alcheh
Jessica Alcheh
Muhlenberg College

My time abroad can be best defined as surreal. For four months, I woke up each morning having to remind myself that I was actually in Florence and that it was not a dream. I felt liberated, where I was able to not only explore Florence and other countries, but I was also given a setting where I could reflect on who I was as a person and who I wanted to be. Florence is a place that I will always and forever be able to call home and not just a location where I had to live , but a place where I loved to live.

Sarah Kauzmann
Sarah Kauzmann
Muhlenberg College

During the spring semester of 2015, I had the amazing opportunity to study abroad in Florence, Italy at the Florence University of the Arts. Along with taking classes in the Italian language, the Italian Renaissance, art, and the history of chocolate, I was able to travel, meet new people, try many diverse cuisines, and encounter different cultures in many different regions throughout Europe. It was truly an experience I will never forget and it taught me so much about who I am and who I want to be. I can only hope my stories help other students have the very best time they possibly can while abroad.

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Darian Gilley
Darian Gilley
Baylor University

I spent my spring semester of 2015 in Rome, Italy. For five months I was able to travel to several different areas of Europe, including France, Germany, Spain and other areas of Italy such as Florence, Tuscany, Pompeii, Naples. etc. I’ve never truly felt like I belonged anywhere until I stepped into Rome and it became my sanctuary, a place where I was able to discover myself. Rome stole my heart, changed my perspective on love, gave me a newfound independent and free-living spirit, opened my eyes to a new culture, taught me a new language, and above all, showed me how to live in the moment and to never look back. I was able to immerse myself in new cultures and broaden my perspective on the world through a unique experience I will never forget. This journey will forever be a huge part of who I am and I remain anxious for my return, I can only hope that it will be a permanent one.

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Mariah Minichello
Mariah Minichello
University of South Carolina

I spent the spring semester of my junior year in Rome, Italy studying at John Cabot University. While there, I spent my days wandering the streets of Rome, eating the most delicious food, and experiencing the history that surrounded me. I traveled to eight different countries but that was only the beginning of a lifelong adventure around the world. My study abroad experience was made extra special by the on-site SAI staff who helped me every step of the way, from booking train trips to taking me to the doctor. I am forever thankful that I had the opportunity to study abroad and to live in Rome for four months of my life.

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Sabina Muccigrosso
Sabina Muccigrosso
Muhlenberg College

I studied abroad in Siena Italy for the Spring of 2015. My experience was wonderful and I couldn’t have been happier with my choice. I am very excited to start sharing my experiences with everyone!

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Ashley Timon
Ashley Timon
Indiana University of Pennsylvania

Last semester I studied International Business and Spanish at Universitat Autonoma de Barcelona in the amazing city of Barcelona, Spain. During my semester abroad, I was able to visit 8 different countries and many different cities all over Spain. Studying abroad in Barcelona was an amazing experience and definitely one of the best decisions I have ever made. I look forward to sharing my experiences with other students and inspiring them to take a risk and study abroad.

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Andrea Fournier
Andrea Fournier
Kansas State University

Studying abroad was hands down the best decision I have ever made. I was able to experience a completely different world of living, different foods, people and culture traveling around Europe. I was able to use my internship for professional growth, and satisfy credit classes towards my degrees with the classes I took abroad, while getting to visits historical sites such as The Eiffel Tower, The Cliffs of Moher and The Swiss Alps just to name a few! I never realized how much of the world there is out there to see, and ultimately, to learn from. You will come back home and not be scared to take spontaneous trips because you’ve grown into a more well-versed person from studying abroad.

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Brianna Kakareka
Brianna Kakareka
La Salle University

SAI has been the gateway to some of the best opportunities and unforgettable adventures I have ever been apart of. The people I’ve met abroad are some of my closest and admirable friends with whom I now share some of my favorite and most cherished memories. Whether they may be my professors, friends, or local Italians, the program has introduced me to these amazing people. Everyone that helped me through the process and throughout the semester was extremely helpful and always encouraging. I will now forever feel the urge to continue my international studies and travels. SAI offered me the world in just one semester and the journey was beautiful.

I have learned more about myself and gained confidence in situations I never knew I would encounter. The uncertainty, curiosity, and excitement of the brand new situations I experienced each day were some of the moments that pushed me way out of my comfort zone and I am happy that they did.

These life lessons and memories could have never been thought to me any other way. I am forever grateful for the chance to study abroad with a program like SAI.

Catherine Moore
Catherine Moore
Oklahoma State University

My favorite part of studying abroad was the amazing people I met. My dream is to work for a magazine as a creative director. One of my professors used to be a model for Vogue Italy back in the 1960s. As I was getting ready to head back home she told me if I ever needed anything like a letter of recommendation to email her. Having that connection in my field is crucial and I am so excited about it!

Nicole M.Giovannoni
Nicole M. Giovannoni
Gustavus Adolphus College

Studying abroad in Florence, Italy was an experience that will never be forgotten. While abroad, I took a few courses that introduced me to Italian history and culture. I learned about wine and food by walking through the Florence streets and markets, sampling the foods and drinks while listening about the history behind them all. Best yet, studying abroad through SAI gave me a great excuse and opportunity to finally meet my Italian family, living only a few hours away from the city of Florence. My international experience allowed me to connect and learn about my Italian roots, and to gain knowledge about the Italian and European cultures overall.

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Brooke Horton
Brooke Horton
University of South Carolina

My name is Brooke Horton and I studied abroad in Sorrento, Italy in the Spring Semester of 2015. The time I spent abroad was the most influential time in my life thus far and sparked my thirst to travel. I loved the opportunity to experience many different cultures around the world and to really be able to get to know my hometown located Southern Italy. Sorrento truly sparked my interest for all things Italian: the language, the pizza, and of course the wine.

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Makenna Walls
Makenna Walls
Saint Mary’s College of California

I am a Senior studying International Business at Saint Mary’s College of California. I studied abroad in Florence, Italy and absolutely loved it. I am very thankful to have had such an amazing experiences. While abroad I traveled to 11 different countries and plan to go back as soon as I can. I took art, religion, special event management and wine tasting classes while abroad.

Andrew Cooney
Andrew Cooney
James Madison University

My time studying in Paris was the most transformative experience of my life. The learning I did in the classroom at the American University of Paris was expanded upon and improved by my experiences living in Paris and traveling all over Europe. Although I walked past the Eiffel Tower on the way to class each day, I was always awed by the shear enormity of it and it made me thankful to have such a great opportunity. SAI’s assistance, guidance, and helpfulness really made my study abroad experience the best it could have been. I look forward to helping other students at JMU realize their study abroad goals and can’t wait to return to Europe soon!

Kaela Kinnare
Kaela Kinnare
St. Mary’s College of California

I studied abroad through SAI at Florence University of the Arts taking 5 classes in the subjects art and Christianity. I found that studying art in Italy surrounded by the real historical artifacts gave me a new perspective and I felt that it really contributed to my ability to absorb the significance of the art and culture of the city. In my Introduction to Art History Class, I learned about different architectural styles and when traveling to different countries I was able to put that knowledge to use; something I could never have done before. In my History of Christianity class we learned about various religions and it opened my eyes to the different cultures I found myself encountering in my travels. My experience in international education contributed to my growth and maturity as a person.

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Caitlin Fell
Caitlin Fell
Muhlenberg College

A love of travel was instilled in me from a very early age when I travelled to Italy, France, and England with my family. Knowing I wanted to return to Italy in my lifetime, Florence became the perfect place to call home for the best four months of my life. Living in another culture, a city filled with rich history and tradition, taught me so much, and I am forever grateful for the opportunity I was given to explore Florence, my second home, and all of the other unique places I was able to visit throughout my semester abroad.

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Bailey LaPoint
Bailey LaPoint
St. Cloud State University

Participating in international education is an essential key to unlock one’s door to discovering one’s journey. It teaches you important aspects of life and facets of yourself that you wouldn’t find staying in one place. Studying abroad awakens the mind in ways that you have never thought before and only the lucky ones who experience it will get to know that incredible feeling. My experience overseas has done just this to me. Never, in such a short period of time, have I learned more about myself, about culture and about the world outside of the Midwest. I will always cherish the friendships I’ve made and the experiences I’ve had during that life changing time of my life.

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Kevin Heil
Kevin Heil
Colorado State University

It’s all about location. From the moment I chose to study abroad I knew for me it would be Barcelona. The city was amazing and so was the beautiful country of España. I am so lucky to have been able to explore such a beautiful area of the world. I experienced so much more than imagined while studying business and Spanish at UAB. I even got the chance to volunteer at a local primary school helping kids learn a little bit of English. From the amazing people to the unsuspecting culture, I was surprised with every turn of the corner. I think that once people figure out exactly what experience they desire they can find that place somewhere in the world. Education abroad was eye opening, wonderfully challenging and absolutely unbelievable. I cannot wait to share my experiences and help people accomplish their dreams to study abroad!

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Jessica Poillucci
Jessica Poillucci
Suffolk University

My semester abroad in bella Roma, Italia was the most transformative time of my life. Rome’s central location allowed me to travel not only throughout Italy to drink limoncello in the Amalfi Coast, wine taste in the tuscan hills, and eat pizza in Naples, but also explore 5 beautiful countries and experience new cultures firsthand. I only hope that my stories will inspire others to find their own “Rome Away from Home” like I did.

Olivia Del Viscio
Olivia Del Viscio
Gustavus Adolphus College

Since studying in Rome for Spring 2014, Italy has become my home away from home. I spent my semester abroad exploring the ancient streets of the Eternal City and enjoying the prospect that people had walked those same paths hundreds of years before me. My time abroad awarded me the opportunity to immerse myself into Italian culture and has since changed my entire outlook on life. Looking back on this life-changing experience, I cannot help but feel incredibly humbled and blessed to have had such incredible opportunities.

Caleb Crum
Caleb Crum
Missouri State University

Life changing. That is the only way I could explain my experience studying abroad with SAI. I have to say, I would not trade the time I spent abroad for the world! I studied Hospitality Management courses at FUA in Florence during the Spring 2014 semester and it was the best experience I’ve ever had. From the people I met to the places I visited, every aspect of my time abroad will stay with me for the rest of my life. The best part was how easy SAI made the process for me to be able to go abroad. Now that I have returned, I want to do everything I can to help others have their own life changing experiences abroad. It has become my passion to inspire others to study abroad, especially with SAI!

Carrie Bronston
Carrie Bronston
Muhlenberg College

Thanks to cyberspace, the world is a much smaller place than it was twenty-five years ago. We connect with each other via text and screen, and when we enter the workplace our offices will hold “virtual” meetings across the globe, we will have clients in cities time zones apart…most certainly our lives will continue to be filled with interactions once-removed by technology. Traveling abroad as a student, you ensure adventures where you will be connecting directly with new people, in new cultures, learning new things about their world and yourself. During my time as a student at Muhlenberg College, in addition to my SAI semester in Florence, I was fortunate enough to travel to Costa Rica for a community art project, and to Turkey for a history project. International education is so important, because it allows you to see the world and yourself in new ways.

Stephanie Liu
Stephanie Liu
University of Florida

In the summer of 2014, I attended the SAI program at Paris American Academy, a small art college in Paris, France. I took classes in fashion design, communication, and merchandising. The experience was incredible and it is a summer I will always remember and treasure. I took classes led by professionals in the fashion industry and visited many exhibits/museums around Paris. I even attended fashion shows during Haute Couture Fashion Week and worked backstage to dress models! The SAI coordinator in Paris, Sheila, was a great mentor and friend to me and helped me to feel welcome and not scared in the foreign city. I hope to improve my French skills and return to Paris soon to explore the beautiful city even more.

Giovanna C. Rienzi
Giovanna C. Rienzi
University of Tampa

My time spent studying abroad in Florence, Italy last fall was hands down the best experience of my life. From new friends, incredible food and culture; it truly was an unforgettable four months that will stay with me forever. SAI eased my transition into a new country and made me feel right at home. The opportunity to immerse myself into a new culture was so inexplicably eye opening. I fell in love with Italy and everything it had to offer but also got the chance to travel all over Europe. My advice to any underclassman is to consider studying abroad; I cannot explain how life changing it is to experience it first hand. By the end of my time there, I not only got acquainted with a new city and home, but also learned a lot about myself. There is not a day that goes by that I don’t think about my trip and the many memories made. I cannot wait to return one day soon to experience Firenze all over again.

Morgan McCaskill
Morgan McCaskill
University of South Carolina

I spent the spring semester of 2014 studying in Sorrento, Italy where I fell in love with Italian culture and ate way too much pasta. I then interned in the International Education department of Amsterdam’s Anne Frank House. Here I assisted in planning the International Youth Conference where over 50 young people from 28 countries shared experiences and developed discrimination-fighting action plans to implement in their home countries. I look forward to continuing working in the field of international education and hope to one day develop a nonprofit that allows children from low-income communities to travel abroad.

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Nick Price
Baylor University

My experience promoting international education is relatively slim. However, I have traveled extensively in Europe and South Africa, as well as in the States. I lived abroad in South Africa for a combined 12 months, studied and lived in Rome, Italy for 4 months, and lived and traveled in Germany for 1 month. During my time studying abroad in Rome I got the opportunity to fully experience what international education is all about. Being fully immersed in my host school in Rome by joining two athletic teams and getting to know other students from around the globe, helped me understand many different styles of education, in addition to what it means to different cultures.

Matthew Duhaime
Matthew Duhaime
Plymouth State University

Each day I cannot stop myself from reminiscing about my experience with SAI during the Fall semester of 2013. SAI offers such a unique opportunity to continue gaining credits towards my major while living in one of the most beautiful countries in the world. I was able to complete a full time course load of twelve credits while constantly branching out of my comfort zone, allowing me to form dozens of lifelong friendships. Studying abroad in Florence, Italy turned a dream into a reality and I recommend the SAI program to any college student looking for a once in a lifetime experience in a foreign land.

Devin Reuben
Devin Reuben
Muhlenberg College

Studying abroad in Florence is one of the best decisions I have made. It was such an incredible experience and I felt so at home in this city right away. SAI made the process of studying in a foreign country easier and the staff was extremely helpful in making sure that all of the students were comfortable. During my time in Italy, I took advantage of almost every travel opportunity within Europe and met so many interesting people that I may not have met before if I did not decide to study abroad. This experience was life changing and my advice to anyone considering to study abroad in Europe- do it and I guarantee you won’t regret it.

Chelsey Keenan
Chelsey Keenan
University of Tampa

I had the unbelievable opportunity to study in Florence this past Fall semester through SAI. Words cannot explain or do justice to the experiences I had and the lessons that I learned while studying abroad, exploring the world, and expanding my horizons. I found a new home in Florence and only hope that one day I am fortunate enough to go back and fall in love all over again.

Sarah Allison Harpole
Sarah Allison Harpole
Belmont University

I studied abroad in Florence, Italy where I enrolled in an Introduction to Renaissance Art class. I learned more in the three weeks studying about Renaissance art than I have in any of my other my academic classes. In my class, I not only learned about the art pieces but studied them up close and in person. This allowed me to not only learn, but engage! My whole duration in Italy taught me so much through my class, the Italian culture, and how to adapt to a culture different from my own. Studying abroad with SAI was one of the best choices I have made in my college education.

About SAI

SAI Programs is dedicated to providing academic and cultural learning experiences abroad that enhance global awareness, professional development and social responsibility. We concentrate our programs in Europe, with a focus on in-depth learning of individual European countries and their unique global role in the geopolitical economy, humanities, and in the arts.