Faculty-Led & Custom

SAI offers assistance in the design and delivery of culturally relevant academic and professional development programs throughout Italy and in Barcelona, London, and Paris. We work closely with faculty leaders to create high impact learning experiences. SAI has over 20 years experience in working with faculty, professionals, alumni and students. Our knowledgeable on-site staff members collaborate directly with course leaders and provide direct access to local resources that result in culturally rich curricula. Our aim is to provide participants with safe, academically rigorous and culturally enriching international experiences.

SAI Faculty-Led and Custom Programs can be designed at the high school, undergraduate, graduate and professional levels. Programs can run anywhere from 10 days to 15 weeks, full semesters, January terms, spring breaks, and summer.

Our work begins at the pre-planning stage with consultations on how best to structure a program that is logistically manageable and affordable. Our dedicated local cultural experts are skilled in researching trends and current issues to better inform course leaders. We provide faculty support before, during and after the program.

How SAI works with faculty and custom program leaders:

  • We consult on program goals and make recommendations on culturally responsive and authentic learning activities.
  • We make available our expert and flexible on-site staff to support participants.
  • We maintain a cadre of dedicated and experienced professionals who offer lectures, tours and presentations, as needed, to customize coursework or supplement a course plan.
  • We offer ongoing assistance with on-site logistics including transportation, locating suitable and affordable housing, and arranging unique cultural events, meals, and excursions.
  • We provide visa advising, health insurance and cell phones, as requested.
  • We inform our groups and orient them to host cities, local cultures and guidelines for safety.
  • We foster relationships with local organizations and businesses to arrange enriching learning components.
  • We have access to classrooms, art and design studios, meeting facilities equipped with internet, projection capabilities and sound equipment.
  • We have a comprehensive and up to date safety and security protocol that addresses crisis procedures and prevention.

Design & Implement a Faculty-Led / Custom Program with SAI

  • Explore the possibilities: fill out our Faculty-led and Custom Program Interest Form or contact SAI at 800.655.8965 for a pre-planning session to discuss locations, time periods, duration, cultural activities and learning objectives.
  • Identify the program concept, goals and budget.
  • Learn about resources and support networks available through SAI.
  • Collaborate with SAI on the planning details, timeline, budgeting and recruitment.
  • Confirm final details for pre-departure and arrival.
  • Encourage open dialogue and reflection with participants and SAI staff.
  • Provide feedback to SAI through evaluations and discussions.

Participants have access to local experts and gain in-depth knowledge through company visits, behind-the-scenes tours, lectures, interviews, hands-on demonstrations and guided discussions. SAI arranges programs in a variety of academic and professional development areas. See below for some example SAI faculty-led programs, which include excursions, housing, meals, transportation, classroom space, and cell phones.

To register for an active Faculty-led or Custom Program see Faculty-led & Custom Program Registration

Day
Activities
Day 1
Arrival at Florence airport and private coach to accommodation in city center. Welcome dinner in the evening.
Day 2
Program orientation. Guided walking tour of Florence Accademia Museum, including a visit to Michelangelo’s David.
Day 3
Class begins. Survival Italian (3 hours). Guest lecture: “Art History of Florence”.
Day 4
Half-day visit to Uffizi Museum with guide. Free afternoon.
Day 5
Visit to Montessori School in Florence, accompanied by English-speaking SAI staff member. Palazzo Vecchio (city hall) tour with guide.
Day 6
School Visit and Excursion, accompanied by English-speaking SAI staff member.
Day 7
Morning visit to an Italian Catholic private school, Santa Maria di Attias, with option to guest teach an English lesson. Afternoon visit to the Medici Chapel.
Day 8
All-day excursion to Reggio Emilia region to visit school and the Loris Malaguzzi International Center.
Day 9
Morning visit to an Italian public school: The Istituto Comprensivo Statale Pieracchini. Afternoon guest lecture by Italian faculty on the Italian educational system.
Day 10
All day cultural excursion with guide to Siena and San Gimignano with meal and tour at Dievole Vineyards.
Day 11
Artisan tour with guide of “Traditional Florence”. Walk to San Miniato and Piazzale Michelangelo.
Day 12
Free day. Farewell dinner.
Day 13
Housing check-out, airport transfer and departure.
Day
Activities
Day 1
Arrival in Paris at Gare du Nord train station. Private coach to accommodation check-in. Welcome lunch and orientation. Afternoon visit to the Eiffel Tower.
Day 2
Morning Montmartre area walking tour. Visit Sacré Cœur and Place du Tertre. Group dinner.
Day 3
Morning class at SAI office. Afternoon Seine boat tour and walk through Tuileries gardens.
Day 4
Day Trip with private coach to Giverny to see Monet's gardens and visit Impressionist museum. Group lunch.
Day 5
Morning class at SAI Office. Afternoon guided visit of the Louvre.
Day 6
Day trip to Château de Versailles.
Day 7
Morning class at SAI Office. Group wine and cheese picnic at Parc des Buttes Chaumont. Afternoon guided visit of Musée d'Orsay.
Day 8
Morning visit of Musée des Arts Décoratifs. Afternoon visit of Musée Galliera.
Day 9
Morning guided tour of the Pierre Bergé-Yves Saint Laurent Foundation. Walk along Champs Elysées et go up Arc de Triomphe.
Day 10
Paris l'OpenTour hop on/hop off bus tour. Group farewell dinner.
Day 11
Morning transfer by private coach to airport for departure.
Day
Activities
Day 1
Arrivals in Rome Fiumicino airport and private coach to accommodation check-in. Welcome lunch. Program / city orientation and guided tour.
Day 2
Business tours in Rome (guide for full day): Guest Lecture: Monetary Policy in Italy, Guest Lecture: The Impact of the Financial Crisis on Export Credit in Italy.
Day 3
Business tours in Rome (guide for full day): Guest Lecture: Italian Banking Systems and Measures to Counter the Liquidity Crisis and Anti-Money Laundering and Bank Regulatory Measures with the Dir. of Research BNL – BNP Paribas, Guest Lecture: Government Agencies and Tax Evasion with the Guardia di Finanza
Day 4
Morning guest lecture and business visit. Afternoon Vatican Museum visit. Evening group dinner.
Day 5
Half day of class in SAI Rome meeting room. Afternoon transfer to Florence. Florence accommodation check in. Guest Lecture: GAAP – IFRS Conversion with Price Waterhouse Coopers
Day 6
Business tours in Florence (guide for full day): Guest Lecture: Visit to Salvatore Ferragamo with the CFO of Salvatore Ferragamo, Visit to Salvatore Ferragamo Fashion Museum. Group lunch.
Day 7
Free day in Florence.
Day 8
Morning transfer to Torino. Torino accommodation check in. Group lunch and program / city orientation.
Day 9
Business tours in Torino (private coach and guide for a full day): Business visit, Guest Lecture: Cultural Differences Between the North and South in Italy
Day 10
Business tours in Torino (private coach and guide for a full day): Vineyard and Estate tour and tasting, Visit to Slow Food, International Study Center, Group lunch, Farewell aperitivo.
Day 11
Morning transfer by private coach to airport for departure.

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.