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“La Serenissima”: 8 Ways to Visit Venice Like a Local

Clau, SAI University Relations Associate

We recently caught up with SAI University Relations Associate, Clau, who shares some insider tips on the famous town of Venice.  I absolutely love Venice. It is a unique city which, unfortunately, gets a bad reputation of ‘too crowded’ and ‘cruise line infested’. Known as “La Serenissima” (The Serene One), I always try to make my visits as relaxed and serene as possible and I love introducing people to this magnificent place.

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Study Abroad Packing Essentials

Nicole, SAI

Whether this is your first time abroad or you’re an expert globetrotter, it’s always helpful to have a list of items you may want to pack – you know, a comprehensive travel checklist! Save this post because you’ll want to refer back to it as your trip approaches. Step 1: What Luggage to Bring Whatever your destination, you’ll want luggage that is lightweight and big enough to hold all of your essentials.

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Meet our Summer Intern: Camille

Camille, SAI Intern

Hey there, I’m Camille. I’m the SAI summer intern at the headquarters in Northern California. I was born and raised in Philadelphia (cue Fresh Prince theme song) and recently graduated from Muhlenberg College, where I studied Acting and Fine Arts, and worked as a barista. So… if the rumors are true about interns just doing coffee runs, I’ve got it covered.

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The Good, the Bad, & the Ugly!

Christy, SAI Florence

We caught up with SAI Florence Housing Coordinator & Assistant Program Coordinator Christy, who is contributing to our blog this month. Christy retells some of the unique parts of living in Italy.   When I first landed in Italy from the US, I was in awe and also a little bit surprised. I was in awe of the beauty, the sound of the Italian language and the food was absolutely amazing!

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Tips for Advising on SAI programs

Sarah, SAI Programs

We recently caught up with SAI Senior University Relations Manager Sarah Langston.  Sarah shares some reasons to consider SAI Programs for your study abroad experience.   As a former study abroad advisor, I know that it can be challenging to help students differentiate between various programs.

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New Master’s Programs

Milan, Paris and Florence

SAI is thrilled to announce new academic partnerships with two of Europe’s leading design institutes. The addition of Master’s programs at Instituto Marangoni (Milan and Paris) and Polimoda (Florence) will give students the opportunity to pursue graduate-level coursework in a wide range of design-related fields, including Design Management, Fashion Design, Creative Direction, Fashion Buying, and many more. Istituto Marangoni, Milan and Paris Istituto Marangoni (IM)

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Meet Our Summer 2018 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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Spring 2018 Photo Contest Winner

Congratulations to Brigid Deegan for winning the SAI Spring 2018 Photo Contest! Brigid is studying abroad with SAI in Siena from Muhlenberg College, and she submitted this stunning photo taken in Verona, Italy! Brigid’s photo received the most votes and she has been awarded a $100 Amazon gift card.To view all the photos please see the Facebook album.

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Five Summer 2018 Programs Under $5,000

Chiara, SAI Staff

Are you looking to study abroad this summer without shelling out too much money? We have you covered! Check out 5 Summer 2018 programs that will cost you under $5,000, below. Barcelona: Universitat Autonoma de Barcelona (UAB) – Summer 4 weeks (3 credits) – $3,950 UAB offers an intensive 4 week Spanish language summer program through its renowned language school, UAB Idiomes.

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Spring 2018 Photo Contest

Before your time in your new home comes to an end, SAI wants to give you the opportunity to look back on all the amazing photos you have taken by holding a photo contest! By entering, you will be eligible to win a $100 Amazon gift card just by sharing your photo with the SAI Instagram community.

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How to Transport Your Medicine to Europe

Andrea, SAI Admissions

SAI Programs Admissions Counselor Andrea Moran provides an in-depth look at how to transport your medicine on your study abroad adventure.   “Nooooo…not another pre-departure detail!” you might be thinking.  I totally get it. You already have a ton on your mind as you prepare to study abroad. Luckily, preparing to take medicine abroad normally doesn’t require epic amounts of paperwork, but only good judgment and some preparation.

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The (Dreaded) Application Process

Vanessa, SAI Admissions

It’s really not that bad! “I’m in the middle of finals.” “I’m too busy with school and work to fill out the application.” “I don’t want to write another essay about myself!” As SAI’s Admissions Counselor I get my fair share of students wanting to forgo the application process and head straight for acceptance into one of SAI’s programs. And I can’t blame you. However, rest assured the SAI application process is not that bad!

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Get involved. Give back. Gain experience. Volunteering in Florence

Regan, SAI Florence

We caught up with SAI Florence Program Director Regan, who is contributing to our blog this month. Regan is including her on-the-ground insight on volunteering while studying abroad in Florence.   You arrive in a new country, new city, new culture, new school, new people … new everything! How do you get involved in your new community and enrich your already dense experience of studying abroad?

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Ultimate Frisbee in Italy

Marisa, SAI Florence

We caught up with SAI Florence Assistant Program Coordinator Marisa, who is contributing to our blog this month.  Marisa is providing her point of view on Ultimate Frisbee, a sport she loves playing in her spare time.   One of the most difficult aspects of my transition to life in Italian was my inability to access community sports teams.

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Outdoor Activities for the Summer

We’re in the midst of the coldest months and already dreaming about those warm summer days! Ready for the cold weather to fade and the sun to make an appearance so we can get outside and start exploring! Our on-site staff are sharing their favorite summer activities in each city, so start planning your summer adventures now! Syracuse: Flamingo watching at the Vendicari Marine Wildlife reserve.

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Study Abroad in 2 Italian Cities this Summer

Summer is a time to explore, see the world, step outside of your comforts, make memories, and make friends. And yes, get ahead in some schoolwork. Not much can beat studying abroad in the Summer. Europe’s energy is palpable as the days get longer, the nights warmer, and tourists flock to the historical streets. But where in Europe to study? Choosing the perfect location to study abroad can be difficult.

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Holiday Gift Guide 2017

Selecting the perfect gift can be difficult.. Not sure what to get for that person that is always on the go? Luckily, we’re here today with a Gift Guide filled with products your fellow traveler is guaranteed to love. Here are 13 gift ideas for the modern traveler!   Fujifilm Instax Mini 90 Neo Classic Instant Film Camera, $99 The ultimate travel essential!

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Meet Our Spring 2018 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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Fall 2017 Photo Contest Winner

Mallory Royer

Congratulations to Mallory Royer for winning the SAI Fall 2017 Photo Contest! Mallory is studying abroad with SAI in Florence from College of Charleston, and she submitted this stunning photo taken in Cinque Terre, Italy. “5-stars for this magical place!” Mallory’s photo received the most “likes” and she has been awarded a $100 Amazon gift card. To view all the photos please see the Facebook album.

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Global Fashion School Rankings 2017

The top global fashion schools of 2017 have been released by the Business of Fashion and many of the schools we work with are featured on the list at both the undergraduate and graduate levels. There are many excellent fashion programs throughout Europe and this list shows how they stack up against the best schools stateside. The rankings take into consideration global influence, learning experience, long-term value, and then they receive an overall score.

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The SAI Student Experience

What is it like to study abroad with SAI? Listen to our free 20-minute webinar that highlights the SAI student experience. It is led by Nicole Gagne, an SAI alumna who studied abroad in spring 2016. Nicole shares details of what makes the SAI student experience unique, and what you can expect as a student on an SAI program.

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2017 IIE Open Doors Report

To kick off International Education Week, the Institute of International Education (IIE) released the 2017 Open Doors Report on International Educational Exchange on Monday, November 13, 2017. With an emphasis on the importance of student mobility and global experience in forming prepared citizens, the IIE report offers helpful insight into the trends of incoming and outgoing study abroad students.

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Alumni Photo Contest

Leaving your home abroad can be hard, but why stop your travel journey now?   SAI wants to give you the chance to revisit and share the amazing photos you took while you were abroad! By entering the Alumni Photo Contest, you have a chance to win a $100 Amazon gift card, and have your photo featured on the SAI Instagram.

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Fall 2017 Photo Contest

Before your time in your new home comes to an end, SAI wants to give you the opportunity to look back on all the amazing photos you have taken by holding a photo contest! By entering, you will be eligible to win a $100 amazon gift card just by sharing your photo with the SAI Facebook community.

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Play Big Abroad

Rod, SAI Director of Strategic Initiatives

For years now I have had the good fortune of providing last minute guidance to those about to embark on a study abroad experience (aka, pre departure orientations). In all of those years one might suspect the message has changed or developed, much like our world has. Funny though, some things remain the same – as relevant today as they were 20 years ago.

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All About Abroad: A Quick Guide to Navigating Your Journey

Lauren, SAI Intern

A year ago, I began my journey with SAI, studying in Florence, Italy at Florence University of the Arts, and a year later, I can say it was one of the best experiences of my life. Before going, I could not imagine how life changing of an experience it would be, and what was in store for me in the beautiful land of Tuscany.

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How to Choose: Summer or Semester?

Jamie, SAI Admissions Counselor

You’ve officially made the decision that you want to study abroad. You’ve looked at locations and picked a school. Now how do you decide on a term? There are a few things to consider when choosing between a summer term abroad and a semester… 1. Class Options First thing to look at when considering a summer or semester is the available classes for the different terms you are thinking of attending.

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SAI Alumni Spotlight: Devin Parr

SAI recently caught up with SAI/ Apicius International School of Hospitality alumna Devin Parr. Devin was recently named one of the Top 40 Under 40 Tastemakers by Wine Enthusiast and is currently the Wine Country Marketing Director for Visit Temecula Valley. What have you done since studying abroad (career-wise)?  It would probably be easier to ask me what I haven’t done (in wine) since studying abroad!

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All You Need to Know About Cell Phones Abroad

Sharon, SAI Student Resources Coordinator

I’ve been working with SAI students and their cell phone options abroad for almost 14 years now, and I can officially say it hasn’t gotten any easier over the years! With Europe finally getting rid of some roaming issues, things are getting better; however, there still is the difficulty with connectivity and the different band frequencies that are used in the U.S. versus abroad.

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Spring 2018 App Deadlines

SAI Spring 2018 semester & quarter application deadlines are fast approaching – don’t miss out! Italy Florence / FUA: November 1, 2017 (registration is already open – for the best course choice apply ASAP!)

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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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New Scholarship Application Deadlines

Mark your calendars, we have new scholarship application deadlines! Fall sessions: June 1 Spring sessions: October 15 Summer sessions: March 15 Scholarship FAQs When will I know if my scholarship application is complete? You will receive an email when we have a complete application on record. If you have not received an email entitled “Your application is complete” make sure you email us at scholarships@saiprograms.

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Computer Science & Engineering Courses

SAI Course Highlights

Are you studying Engineering or Computer Science and wondering if you can study abroad? With SAI, the answer is yes! Computer Science, Programming, and Engineering are all fields at the forefront of cutting-edge technology, design, and innovation. As a student in these fields, you learn to be adaptable to different contexts and advancements, and to apply your skills across various platforms.

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Student Visas: Top Three Application Pitfalls

Rose, SAI Visa Director

I have been the Visa Director at SAI for 12 years and have seen and heard about a million stories from students that have made me laugh and cry. Like the time when a student camped out overnight in front of the San Francisco Italian Consulate in order to get in the following morning to bring in their visa application. This, of course, was before the amazing invention of the “appointment” system.

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Summer 2017 Photo Contest Winner

We Have a Winner!

SAI is excited to announce that voting for the summer 2017 photo contest has ended and we have a winner!  SAI Florence student Leah Crawford from the University of Kentucky, submitted the photo below and received 217 “likes” to win a wireless, waterproof speaker and a printed copy of her photo. It was a tight race; we had eight participants from five different SAI cities and over half of the photos had 87+ votes.

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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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Top 10 Tips: SAI Enrollment & Beyond

Micaela, Director of Enrollment Services

1 – Call us or we will call you! *insert creepy laugh* Just kidding (sort of). Not only do we love to talk about the programs, we like to get to know you! I get really excited when I get to share my knowledge and excitement about your upcoming term abroad with you. I like to hear what led to your decision to study abroad, what you did last weekend, your cat’s name, etc.

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Weekend Trip from London or Paris: The ORIGINAL Jersey Shore!

Kate, SAI

Did you know that one hour from both England and France there are a series of small, English-speaking islands mixing both cultures and boasting gorgeous beaches, scenic views, cliffside walking trails, castles, museums, a wildlife trust and remnants of German occupation during WWII? Welcome to the Channel Islands!

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Align your Career Goals with your Study Abroad Experience

Kelsie, SAI Staff

A critical part of the study abroad experience is aligning your career goals with the program you select, and taking action before and during the experience to stay involved in your field of interest. After you return, it is important to translate the experience into marketable skills that employers seek.

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Summer 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. By entering the SAI photo contest, you will be entered to win a wireless, waterproof speaker and will be sharing your photo with the SAI Facebook community.

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Fall Remote Communications Internship with SAI

Apply now!

Did you love studying abroad with SAI? Do you have a passion for international education, travel, social media and adventure? Would you like to explore an international education career? SAI is seeking a remote fall semester intern to support ongoing marketing, social media, design, and research projects. The SAI remote semester intern will be a recent SAI alumnus/a, currently enrolled in university, with a flexible schedule.

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Meet our Summer Intern: Nicole

Nicole, SAI Intern

Nicole is a SAI Ambassador who was selected to intern at SAI’s headquarters in Sonoma County, California for the summer. What’s your name? Nicole Gagne What school do you attend? I attended Stephens College in Columbia, Missouri and graduated this past May! Which program did you attend through SAI? I attended London College of Fashion in the spring of 2016! What do you hope to accomplish in this summer internship?

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My SAI “Moment”

Felicia, SAI Intern

Felicia is a SAI Ambassador who was selected to intern at SAI’s headquarters in Sonoma County, California for the summer. Below she talks about her “SAI Moment”. The “aha” moment of study abroad is different for everyone, but we all experience it. It’s different for everyone, and comes at a unique time for everyone too. I remember mine vividly.

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Meet our Summer Intern: Felicia

SAI Ambassadors have the opportunity to apply for a summer internship in our US office in Northern California. We are pleased to welcome Felicia to our team for the next few weeks!   What’s your name? Felicia Homan What school do you attend? I attended Carroll University in Waukesha, WI and graduated in May! Which program did you attend through SAI? I attended John Cabot University in bella Roma in Fall of 2015 and Spring of 2016!!

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Take Time to Reflect on Your Study Abroad Experiences

Dr. Edna Wilson, SAI VP of Academic Affairs

Studying abroad offers many benefits. You can discover another culture, make friends, expand professional networks, travel, take required and elective courses, learn a language, and uncover information about yourself. Your study abroad experience can expand your horizons, provide you with interesting stories to share with others and make you more marketable to prospective employers. I have such incredible experiences in my life.

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New First Generation College Student Scholarship

As a first generation college student, attending college isn’t just a big milestone for the student, but a huge step for the entire family. This can also be said for the road to studying abroad. First generation college students who study abroad are demonstrating an important commitment to becoming global citizens, and expanding their future opportunities.

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Meet our Summer 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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On Working Abroad

Nicole, SAI Ambassador

Hello! My name is Nicole Gagne and I studied abroad the spring of 2016 in London. I am very interested in working abroad after graduation, so I interviewed two on-site SAI staff members about their experience working for a U.S. company abroad. Hear their answers in the video below! _____ Nicole Gagne Stephens College My study abroad adventure was nothing short of amazing.

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Go abroad through SAI, it got me a job in Italy

Adam, SAI Ambassador

When I first came back from being abroad in Florence I applied to be an alumni ambassador for SAI at my home campus of Muhlenberg College. As an Ambassador, I have given multiple talks and presentations on why SAI is the right decision. In addition, I was featured in a video for SAI Florence giving future study abroad students advice before heading to Europe.

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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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Get a Job in International Education

Sarah, SAI Staff

Did you love your study abroad experience? Want to continue spreading the word about education abroad while making a difference in the lives of students? Consider a career in the field of international education. It’s not always easy to break into, but here are a few ways you can get started: Network: Reach out to your study abroad advisor, program admissions counselor, and other international education professionals.

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Know Before you Go

Research your Host City & Country

Who is the current prime minister of Italy? What is traditional Spanish cuisine? What exactly does Brexit mean? If you are going abroad soon and don’t know the answers to these questions, you will want to do some research while you’re packing. Researching your destination helps you feel more comfortable in your surroundings. Demonstrating knowledge of your host culture also shows respect and interest- qualities that will serve you well when making new friends abroad.

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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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Study a Language this Summer

In 1 month or less

Summer is the perfect time to finally focus on learning that language that you keep hoping you’ll pick up but turns out to be quite hard to learn. Or better yet, Summer is an even better time to really dig into that language that you have a strong foundation in but would love to get over the hump to conversational.

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Explore two cities this Summer

Summer is a time to explore. To see the world. To step outside of your comforts. To make memories. To make friends. And yes, to get ahead in some schoolwork. Not much can beat studying abroad in the Summer. Europe’s energy is palpable as the days get longer, the nights warmer, and tourists flock into the historical streets. But where in Europe to study? Choosing the perfect location to study abroad can be difficult.

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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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2016 IIE Open Doors Report

To kick off International Education Week, the Institute of International Education (IIE) released the 2016 Open Doors Report on International Educational Exchange on Monday, November 14, 2016. The report offers helpful insight into the trends of incoming and outgoing study abroad students, which this year continued to demonstrate the ever-growing popularity and importance of studying abroad. The headline finding this year is that in the 2015/16 academic year, U.S.

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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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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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Tips on Staying Healthy While Studying Abroad

Claudia, SAI Milan

Staying fit and healthy while in another country – especially one known for its gelato or chocolate with churros – can be extremely difficult. And you may wonder, how locals manage to look fit and healthy when there are pastas, pizzas, gelati and sweets everywhere. Well here are a few tips on how to boost your mood, stay healthy all while exploring your new home.

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How to Vote While Abroad (2016 US Presidential)

Gabrielle Longo, SAI Rome Assistant Coordinator

So you’ve unpacked your bags, shaken off those last remnants of jetlag, and are ready to dive into a carefree semester of breathtaking sights, drool-worthy food, and new friends. There’s nothing quite like saying goodbye to the responsibilities, expectations, and to-do lists of daily life in the United States for a semester, right? Not so fast!

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Study Abroad Reflections

Jessica, SAI Summer Intern

What are the three most important lessons you brought home from abroad? It may be scary but leave your comfort zone every once in a while, you will be better for it The world is full of beauty, from architecture to languages, from food to people: step back and appreciate the beauty that surrounds you. Things will not always go as planned and that is okay!

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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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Welcome to the new SAI

We are very excited to share our brand new site! It was time for a full website refresh to better respond to the needs of our students, and to reflect the changes in how our users are navigating it. We have changed quite a few things, and we cannot wait for you to see it all yourself. Below is a primer to get you acquainted with some of our biggest changes.

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Response to NY Times Article: Study Abroad’s 7 Deadly Sins 

Jessica, SAI Summer Intern

The NY Times posted an article recently entitled “Study Abroad’s Seven Deadly Sins“.  In it, the author speaks about “some of the threats that, in part by diverting students from pursuing more fruitful educational/travel experiences, can derail a study-abroad experience.” The article raised some good questions and important talking points, so we asked our SAI Summer Intern (California Office) to write her reaction to it.

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Introducing our Summer Intern: Jessica

What’s your name? Jessica Poillucci   What school do you attend? I attended Suffolk University in Boston MA.. I graduated in May!   Which program did you attend through SAI? I attended John Cabot in bella Roma in Fall of 2014 :)    What do you hope to accomplish in this summer internship? I am really excited to learn more about how a study abroad provider works from a behind the scenes perspective.

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Life Lessons From Studying Abroad

Bailey, SAI Ambassador

So yes, I am going to take a break for a second from design stuff and talk a little about my study abroad experience. Looking back at it now, I really wish that I would have blogged more often during the time I was over there but I guess now is as good enough of a time than ever to do it.

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So You Studied Abroad, Now What?

Andrea, SAI Ambassador

Many of us return from studying abroad with reverse culture shock, sound familiar? I know that it happened to me. I found myself wanting to go back and study abroad almost more than I did the first time, it felt different; I felt different coming back home. Why does this happen? When you study abroad you become familiar with travelling around new places and countries (sometimes alone)

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How to Bring Your Travels Home with You

Jessica, SAI Ambassador

So you’ve said ciao to your study abroad friends, au revior to your home away from home, and have landed in your home country… now what? Odds are you are ready to reminisce and wishing you could go back and live the study abroad fairytale again. If you are like me (and most of the friends I made studying abroad)

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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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The ‘Abroad Bible’

Mariah, SAI Ambassador

Sometimes it seems as though everyone that studies abroad has a blog. It seems as though the Internet is full of stories from students experiencing an amazing time abroad. In preparation for our departure, we were all told to write down our experiences while studying abroad, right?  I was even given a journal (actually three!), to fill with my thoughts.

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Advice From an SAI Ambassador

Caitlin, SAI Ambassador

It’s January and your entire abroad experience is laying right there in front of you. You have an open schedule, and you feel like anything is possible. Trust me, I was in this exact same spot exactly one year ago. I was packing and planning and trying to figure everything out for the most incredible experience of my life. If I could go back I would, but alas, I cannot.

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Reverse College Shock

Sabina, SAI Ambassador

When you go abroad, everyone always tells you about reverse culture shock. I always thought that was going to be the worst part of coming back, it wouldn’t be the culture shock going to Italy, it will be the sadness when I got back from Italy. So, when I got back to Jersey in July I was surprised when I slipped right back to my home routine.

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Tips for New Study Abroad Students

Andrea, SAI Ambassador

You never realize how much you have changed until you put yourself in an experience you’re not familiar with. Whether you believe people change or not, we all have experiences that shape us into who we really are, or who we are becoming. Thanks to studying abroad with SAI Programs, I became someone who has more resilience.

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Benefits of Studying Abroad for Your Career

Mariah, SAI Ambassador

Studying abroad is a life changing experience. It impacts your life in so many different ways, from academically to personally. Living abroad removes you from your comfort zone and makes you more independent, adaptable, confident and open-minded. These newly acquired traits not only help your personal development, but can also advance your career possibilities. Here are a few ways studying abroad can help you.

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What to Expect After Studying Abroad

Nicole, SAI Ambassador

Coming home from being abroad can consist of a whirlwind of emotions. After spending three and a half months in Florence, I knew I was ready to come back to Minnesota. I missed my family, friends, and boyfriend, and especially the simplicity, comfort, and familiarity of home. Yet, I remember wishing that my last week in Florence would last forever.

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When You Get Back

Brooke, SAI Ambassador

When it comes to picking a study abroad program, many people have different wants and needs. Food, language, landscape, and nightlife all can be factors when making a choice. The most important factors for me was that I was in a smaller, more intimate city, that I was able to learn a new language and I could meet and interact with the locals.

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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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Guide To A Better Experience Abroad

Caleb, SAI Ambassador

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 University in Springfield, MO. So you’re about to study abroad, huh? Awesome! I’m also guessing that this will be your first time leaving the country, at least for a long period of time.

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Tips For Traveling While Abroad

Morgan, SAI Ambassador

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. So you’ve arrived in your new home exhilarated, exhausted, jetlagged, and probably a bit homesick.  You’re exploring your new town, eating lots of great food, and meeting the people who will be your family for the next four months.

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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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Reverse Culture Shock

Olivia, SAI Ambassador

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 about ways to cope with reverse culture shock. It is that time of year again – time to begin contemplating the end of your SAI program.

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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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Top 10 Travel Tips

Caroline Bronston, SAI Ambassador

Caroline Broston is an SAI Ambassador who studied at Florence University of the Arts (FUA) in Spring 2014. She now promotes SAI and studying abroad at her home university, Muhlenberg College. #10 LAUNDRY IN FLORENCE One of the many things that makes Florence unique. Get ready to authentically dry your clothes the Italian way!

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Why You Should Document Your Travels

Allison, SAI Ambassador

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 with my friends who have also been across the world. We compare our experiences, laugh about our tales, and exchange travel advice.

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Top 10 Lifestyle Changes

Caleb, SAI Ambassador

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 University in Springfield, MO. When you decide to stay in a country other than your own, you can expect to run into some lifestyle changes that you will have to get accustomed to.

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Budget Travel Advice

Olivia, SAI Ambassador

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 on a budget. Europe is an incredible continent in which to study abroad. SAI chose cities with great care to be sure that students would have an immersive experience into a thriving study away culture.

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Helpful Italian Vocab

Morgan, SAI Ambassador

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 better fit in while in Italy. When I arrived in Sorrento in January 2014, the extent of my Italian language skills was “ciao,” “pasta,” and “pizza.

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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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Unexpected Takeaways From Study Abroad

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, but not exclusively, how much better the food is in Europe, how to find the cheapest flights and train rides, and especially how to ask what the wifi password is.

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Study Abroad Packing Tips

Chiara has traveled extensively around the world (see below) and even spent 9 years living in Italy as a child. To say that she is a master traveler would be an understatement. Below she has rounded up her best packing tips from her years of experience. But first…just for fun, let’s check out all the places Chiara has visited: Canada, Mexico, Costa Rica, Dominican Republic, Peru, Brazil, Bolivia, Argentina, Chile, St.

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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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Social Media Tips

Nicole, SAI Ambassador

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 University of the Arts during the Fall 2013 term. Below are her tips for using social media successfully while abroad. _______________________________________________________________________________ At SAI programs, we want to make sure your experience abroad is a great one.

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Top 10 Things I Wish I Had Known

Devin, SAI Ambassador

Maps work wonders – When in an unfamiliar city, it is always a good idea to have a map handy. I can’t tell you how much I underestimated maps before going abroad- I mean Google maps is pretty much my best friend. Yet when you’re in an international country with no Wifi, going old school with maps is your best bet to getting to your destination.

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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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SAI Staff Spotlight: Chiara Cruciano

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.

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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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SAI’s Summer Intern’s Update

Nicole

Nicole was selected as our SAI Summer Intern. Below she talks about her last 2 weeks at SAI’s main office in Sebastopol, California. Four weeks into my internship and I find myself feeling very comfortable at SAI. While I started my time here on the wrong foot with my neck injury, my days have begun to feel routine. Each day I arrive at the office around 9:15.

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SAI Summer Intern’s First 2 Weeks

Nicole was selected as our SAI Summer Intern. Below she talks about her first 2 weeks at SAI’s main office in Sebastopol, California. I nervously began my journey up to the quaint town of Sebastopol, CA during the recent West coast heat wave—100 degrees at 6 pm.

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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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2011 SAI Faculty Fellow

Dr. Jeffrey Lieber

SAI is pleased to announce that Dr. Jeffrey Lieber, Assistant Professor of Art History and Visual Culture at The New School in New York,  is SAI’s first Faculty Fellow selected from 47 applicants from 28 U.S. colleges and universities. SAI established the Faculty Fellows Program for SAI affiliate schools to recognize faculty from U.S.colleges and universities who are engaged in scholarship activities that promote global awareness and deepen the understanding of the arts and humanities.

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SAI’s New Program – Sorrento

Beginning in Summer 2011, SAI will offer a variety of program options throughout the academic year in the beautiful coastal city of Sorrento.  We are pleased to announce the launch of a new partnership with the Sant’Anna Institute—Sorrento Lingue. After more than two years of planning and assessment, SAI selected the Sant’Anna Institute-Sorrento Lingue from among several possible sites because of the Institute’s many advantages for students and faculty.

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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.