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Because 1 Semester is not Quite Long Enough….

Florence and Milan Program Add-ons

Florence & Milan students: start off your Spring 2018 semester with a bang by adding one of two academic (you get to earn extra credits) and fun (learn Italian or gallivant through Tuscany) program options to your term! Florence: Cultural Introduction to Italy (1 week / 3 credits)

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Meet our Fall 2017 Bloggers

Since our beginning, SAI has provided more than $2 million in financial assistance to students. We are pleased to offer scholarships to deserving students each academic year, generously funded by the International Education Foundation, host universities, and by SAI itself. Many SAI scholarships are paired with volunteering, interning, or professional experience, granting students more opportunities to become involved in the local or study abroad community.

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Spring 2017 Photo Contest

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 to win a wireless, waterproof speaker and will be sharing your photo with the SAI Facebook community. The process is quick and easy: Send your favorite photo from your time abroad with a short description to photos@saiprograms.com by April 3, 2017.

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Summer internships

Internships are the perfect way to supplement your academic course work, gain valuable experience in your area of study, and have fun! SAI offers summer internships for credit in most areas of study across a variety of cities. SAI alums say it best…. “Through my internship, I have had amazing opportunities that I will cherish and remember for the rest of my life.

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SAI Scholarship Awards & Bloggers

Spring 2017

Since our beginning, SAI has provided more than $2 million in financial assistance to students. We are pleased to offer scholarships to deserving students each academic year, generously funded by the International Education Foundation, host universities, and by SAI itself. Many SAI scholarships are paired with volunteering, interning, or professional experience, granting students more opportunities to become involved in the local or study abroad community.

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Fall 2016 Photo Contest Winner

Jennifer Gentile

“Colors of the World- The captivating light within the Sagrada Familia was not only the most beautiful sight of my time abroad but it symbolizes the beauty I’ve gotten to see throughout my time abroad and how lucky I am to have the opportunity to see this and the rest of the colors of the world.

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Fall 2016 Photo Contest

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 to win a $100 airbnb gift card that can be used in Europe and the US (who doesn’t love free nights in a hotel?!) and will be sharing your photo with the SAI Facebook community.

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Sneak Peek: Syracuse Academy

Syracuse, Sicily

We’re so excited… we just can’t hide it…. Coming in Summer 2017:  Study abroad with SAI in Syracuse, Sicily, Italy at Syracuse Academy, offering unique summer programs on the Mediterranean. Syracuse Academy provides specialized study abroad programs focused on Mediterranean culture, landscape and history, in a beautiful seaside setting. The school brings together a small community of students interested in a culturally immersive summer academic experience that uses the surrounding region as its classroom.

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The Business of Fashion Awards

Top Fashion Schools

SAI is very proud to offer programs at the top universities for fashion design in the world. Many of our partner universities were recently included in The Business of Fashion Global Fashion School Rankings 2016 top 50 schools. The BoF Global Fashion Schools Ranking is based on three major indicators of quality: Global Influence Learning Experience Long-term Value …AND THE AWARDS GO TO… Graduate Programs Central Saint Martins (London): #1 London College of Fashion (London): #5 Domus Academy (Milan)

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Summer 2016 Photo Contest Winner

Marina Gutierrez

Congratulations Marina Gutierrez from Western Michigan University for winning the summer 2016 SAI Photo Contest with this beautiful photo from Venice! Marina’s photo received the most “likes” and she has been awarded a $100 Airbnb gift card! To view all photos, visit our Facebook page.

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Meet our Fall 2016 Scholarship Recipients

Since our beginning SAI has provided more than $2 million in financial assistance to students. We are pleased to offer scholarships to deserving students each academic year, generously funded by the International Education Foundation, host universities, and by SAI itself. Many SAI scholarships are paired with volunteering, interning, or professional experience, granting students more opportunities to become involved in the local or study abroad community.

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$1300 Grant for Siena Fall 2016 Enrolled Students

Do you have a passion for Italian language and culture and are considering studying abroad this Fall semester? Are you seeking to engage in the local Italian community through meaningful volunteering while you study abroad? Thanks to a newly available grant spending a semester abroad in Siena, Italy just got more affordable. SAI, in partnership with Siena Italian Studies (SIS)

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Università Cattolica del Sacro Cuore (Milan)

Top 200 Universities in the World

The highly prestigious QS World University Rankings by Subject 2016 have been released. Università Cattolica del Sacro Cuore is listed as one of the top 200 universities in the world in 10 discipline areas. This result reflects the continuing determination and the growing importance of Università Cattolica in the areas of academic performance, research citations and employment outcomes.

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Spring 2016 Photo Contest

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 to win a $100 airbnb gift card that can be used in Europe and the US (who doesn’t love free nights in a hotel?!) and will be sharing your photo with the SAI Facebook community.

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Study Abroad in Sicily

Q & A with Admissions Counselor & SAI President

We sat down with Jamie Ronsheimer, SAI Admissions Counselor, and Michael Cruciano, SAI President, to talk about SAI’s newest program in Sicily, Italy. Why did SAI choose to offer this program? Michael Cruciano, SAI President: The history of Sicily is astounding. We think Syracuse is a special place in Sicily, due to its past artists, philosophers, and writers. Historically Syracuse has been the main source of Sicilian contributions to society.

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Military Service Recognition Discount

Effective Summer 2016

SAI is proud to offer a NEW $300 semester discount and a $100 summer discount for veterans who wish to study abroad. The discount applies to all SAI programs including the master’s level and career certificates. To qualify for the discount veterans must submit a copy of their DD214 or their military I.D. card.

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Fall 2015 Photo Contest

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 to win a $100 airbnb gift card that can be used in Europe and the US (who doesn’t love free nights in a hotel?!) and will be sharing your photo with the SAI Facebook community.

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Summer 2015 Photo Contest

Dear SAI Summer 2015 Students, You have all been lucky enough to spend part of your summer in some of the most gorgeous cities in the world. While some of you are already back home and some of you are still in Europe, we want to give all SAI summer students the opportunity to look back on all the amazing photos you have taken. Wait…it gets better.

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Meet Our 2015/16 SAI Student Ambassadors

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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Introducing our Summer Intern: Caleb

What’s your name? Caleb Crum What school do you attend? Missouri State University (graduating in May) Which program did you attend through SAI and when? I attended Florence University of the Arts in Florence, Italy during the Spring 2014 semester. What do you hope to accomplish during this summer internship? I hope to learn more about international education and study abroad.

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University of the Arts London

Top 10 Universities for Art & Design

UAL amongst three British universities leading global rankings for Art & Design University of Arts London (UAL) has been ranked as one of the top ten universities in the world for art and design. The QS world university rankings – based on academic reputation, employer reputation and research impact – placed UAL eighth worldwide.

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Abroad101 Top Ten 2014

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 to have such outstanding alumni whose lives were positively impacted through study abroad. Thank you! http://www.studyabroad101.com/rankings/2014#top_providers  “SAI has a great team of staff that are always available to help and answer questions.

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Domus Academy Scholarship Competitions

Fall Intake 2015

The scholarship competitions for the Fall Intake 2015 Master’s programs at Domus Academy have been announced! Any questions about the requirements can be directed to the Domus admissions counselor,  Jamie Ronsheimer at: jamie@saiprograms.com.

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Spring 2015 Photo Contest

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 to win a $100 Hotels.com gift card that can be used in Europe AND America (who doesn’t love free nights in a hotel?!) and will be sharing your photo with the SAI Facebook community. The process is quick and easy!

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SAI’s 20th Anniversary

A Message from the SAI President

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 schools in 10 European cities, and has helped over 20,000 students achieve their dream of studying abroad. At SAI we believe strongly in the power of international education, and are proud to be contributing to generations of globally-minded individuals.

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Leveraging Your Study Abroad Experience

Kelsie Stanley, SAI

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 Associate. Below are some of her tips for how to transfer your study abroad experience into a resume, cover letter and interview. I hope this article will be useful and can inspire students to use their study abroad experience to the fullest.

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Advice to New Study Abroad Students

SAI Staff

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. It takes time to find your comfort – don’t think it’ll happen immediately (Jetlag is no joke). (2) Go out to a new place every single day for your first few weeks.

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Introducing our Summer Intern: Reed

We are excited to welcome Reed as our summer intern! What’s your name? Reed McCalib What school do/did you attend here in the US? Gustavus Adolphus College, Saint Peter, MN Which program did you attend through SAI? John Cabot University, Fall 2012 & Spring 2013 What do you hope to accomplish in this summer internship?

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New Programs in Barcelona and Paris

SAI is thrilled to announce the launch of new programs in two destination cities: Barcelona, Spain and Paris, France! In keeping with SAI’s tradition of excellence, our new partner schools have been selected for their creativity, academic excellence and innovative approaches to instruction.

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Faculty Blog

Prof. McGarry

Professor Mary Ann McGarry from Plymouth State University was selected as the 2012/13 SAI Faculty Fellow in Rome.  The Faculty Fellows Program recognizes faculty from SAI’s U.S. affiliate colleges and universities who are engaged in scholarship activities that promote global awareness, and deepen the understanding of the arts and sciences.  In the following post, Professor McGarry reflects on her time exploring the history, culture, and volcanoes of the Italian peninsula. To learn more about this program, click here.

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Faculty Blog

A. Viscardi

Professor Anthony Viscardi was selected as the 2013/14 SAI Faculty Fellow in Florence.  The Faculty Fellows Program recognizes faculty from SAI’s U.S. affiliate colleges and universities who are engaged in scholarship activities that promote global awareness, and deepen the understanding of the arts and sciences.  In the following blog entry, Professor Viscardi shares some of his experiences living and working in Florence. To learn more about this program, click here.

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Staff Spotlight

Ben Strevens

At SAI we are proud of our highly qualified, well trained staff, many of whom have been with SAI for 10+ years! We think this sets SAI apart and makes it a very unique company. Our staff truly make SAI.  We are, therefore, excited to announce our new “Staff Spotlight” feature. Each month we will be highlighting one of the members of our staff so that you can get to know us a little bit better.

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Introducing our Summer Intern: Nicole

We are excited to welcome Nicole as our summer intern! What’s your name? Nicole Eason What school do you attend? Saint Mary’s College of California Which program did you attend through SAI? John Cabot University in Rome, Italy What do you hope to accomplish in this summer internship? Establish relations with members of the SAI team as well as gain insight to the work that goes into sending students abroad.

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Staff Spotlight

Jamie Ronsheimer

At SAI we are proud of our highly qualified, well trained staff, most of whom have been with SAI for 10+ years! We think this sets SAI apart and makes it a very unique company. Our staff truly make SAI.  We are, therefore, excited to announce our new “Staff Spotlight” feature.

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NY Times: “Design School Unites the Old and the New”

Central Saint Martins College of Arts and Design

At Central Saint Martins College of Arts and Design’s new home, a glass-covered walkway known as the Street offers a cafe and a shop that sells student supplies. LONDON — Hard hats and fluorescent jackets seem, at first sight, to be the only fashion uniform.

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New SAI Program: Siena Italian Studies

Study Abroad Italy is pleased to announce a new program in Italian Studies, offered in partnership with the International Center for Intercultural Exchange in Siena.  This collaboration offers motivated students at all levels of Italian Language proficiency the opportunity to experience a “gentle full-immersion” program.  Classroom work helps students to develop a greater confidence with the Italian language, while projects outside the classroom foster a deeper familiarity with Italian culture.

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Dr. Edna Wilson Joins SAI

SAI is pleased to announce that Dr. Edna Farace Wilson has been appointed to the new position of Vice President, Academic Affairs.  Dr. Wilson joins SAI after serving as Dean of University College and Associate Vice President of Global Relations and Community Engagement for Fairfield University where she provided a vision and leadership for all aspects of global education. An accomplished academic leader, Dr.

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High Profile Alumni From the SAI/ Apicius Hospitality Program

Since 1996, the Apicius International School of Hospitality in Florence has been helping students master the culinary arts.  Not surprisingly, over the years Apicius has produced a number of very talented alums who have gone on to achieve high profile positions back in the United States.  One of the most recent examples is former Apicius student, Chef Leonard Goodloe who was featured on Bravo’s first season of Chef Academy.

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About SAI

SAI 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.