Apicius International School of Hospitality
Italian Baking & Pastry 2017/18

AISH Career Programs are subject-intensive sessions offering pre-determined coursework for a full immersion and professional experience in a particular field. Career programs are open to traditional undergraduate students as well as nontraditional students interested in a new career. Students can enroll in the fall or spring quarter (beginner-level) or the spring quarter (intermediate-level) sessions, or complete a full academic year. The Career Program in Baking and Pastry provides an understanding of Italian culture and food and a solid foundation of ingredients and technical skills that are necessary for students to become professionals in the Baking and Pastry field.


SAI Services
SAI Signature Services & Select Services available

Application Requirements
Complete PDF application
Personal statement (300-500 words)
Passport scan (photo page)
USF student conduct form
Italian privacy consent form

Application Deadline
Academic Year: June 15 2017
Fall Quarter: June 15 2017
Spring Quarter: November 1 2017
Apps accepted after deadline as space permits

Program Dates*
Academic Year: August 29 2017 – April 14 2018
Fall Quarter: August 29 2017 – Nov 18 2017
Spring Quarter: Jan 23 2018– April 14 2018
*dates may differ as a result of add-ons


Eligibility Requirements

Age: 18

Subject Experience: Students enrolling at beginner level need not have prior experience. Students wishing to begin at intermediate / advanced levels must submit a CV and/or transcript to demonstrate prior experience.

English Language: Non-native English language speakers must submit TOEFL: 500+ (paper-based), IELTS: 5+, OOPT: 50+, or equivalent.

Academic Year: High school graduate or above.



Program Overview
Italy has always been synonymous with great food and wine. The simplicity of the cuisine, especially of the sweets, breads and desserts is truly unique and cannot be paralleled by cuisines of other cultures. Regional differences and quality ingredients make it unequaled, along with the centuries of refining and perfecting the recipes of master bakers and pastry chefs. From rustic breads to festival sweets, Italian life is dominated by local specialties that mark each tradition: chocolate Easter eggs, Quaresimali cookies, zeppole, biscotti and gelato. The Baking and Pastry program is structured to give students an understanding of Italian Culture as well as the technical means to become professionals in the Baking and Pastry field. Students in this program will take a pre-set block of courses.

Program Objectives
The goal of the program is to provide students with a comprehensive overview of Italian Culture while providing them with the techniques and skills to fully prepare them to become professional bakers and pastry chefs. Students develop skills in all areas including: breads, desserts, cake decoration, and buffet centerpieces. The program focuses on both production and individualized skills necessary to find gainful employment in bakeries, restaurants, and other catering settings. The program also offers Safety and Sanitation, Nutrition Science, and practical experience to support and develop students’ professional skills.

Duration and Certification
Career Program students can enroll in one session (quarter) or one year, with the option of extending for another year. Students receive undergraduate credits for each session. In addition students who complete one year of the program receive a Certificate.

Prerequisites
In order to start at the beginner level students must hold a high school diploma or equivalent and demonstrate fluency in English. Students wishing to begin in a more advanced session (either enter at the second term or in the second year) must qualify by demonstrating ability and knowledge in an entry exam, as well as submit a CV and portfolio.

Optional Internships (fee applies)
Career program students who complete a full academic year can supplement their program with either a non-credit 3 week internship or a 3-credit 6 week internship in their field of study. Contact SAI for more details

Optional Italian Language (fee applies)
Career program students can supplement their program with a 3-week 3 credit Italian Language course that takes place prior to the fall and spring sessions. Beginning, intermediate and advanced levels of intensive Italian language are offered.

Career Program students are offered the choice between SAI’s two services models: Signature Services, which includes our full services and housing; and Select Services, designed for more independent students and no housing. The program fee differs for the two service models (see Fees & Budgeting).

SAI Signature Services includes our full services!

  • Program tuition, with U.S. academic credit
  • Accommodation in carefully selected student housing
  • Airport pickup and transportation on arrival day
  • Student health insurance providing full coverage and medical emergency evacuation
  • Cell phone rental with free incoming calls and texts while in host country
  • SAI staff on-site dedicated to providing personal assistance
  • SAI orientation to the host city and school
  • SAI weekend excursion
  • Frequent SAI cultural activities and day trips
  • 24-hour on-site emergency support

Pre-departure and Re-entry services

  • Admissions counselor assigned to you, providing friendly assistance throughout your study abroad experience
  • Helpful pre-departure tools and resources
  • Online student groups to acquaint you with other SAI students
  • Assistance with student visa application
  • Assistance with financial aid and loan processing
  • Paid registration fees for national re-entry conferences
  • SAI Ambassador Program for SAI alumni, with paid internship opportunities
  • SAI alumni network

SAI Select Services includes the important on-site services!

  • Program tuition, with U.S. academic credit
  • Student health insurance providing full coverage and medical emergency evacuation
  • SAI orientation to the host city and school
  • SAI staff on-site providing assistance as needed and 24-hour emergency support

Pre-departure and Re-entry services

  • Admissions counselor assigned to you, providing friendly assistance throughout your study abroad experience
  • Helpful pre-departure tools and resources
  • Assistance with student visa application
  • Paid registration fees for national re-entry conferences
  • SAI alumni network

Students completing one quarter should note that beginner level is offered in the Fall and Spring Quarters, while intermediate level is offered In the Spring Quarter. For a full description of the program structure see Italian Baking and Pastry Career Program.

Level I – Beginning (Fall and Spring Quarters)
Mission: The aim of the beginning level is to provide students with a basic comprehension of Italian pastry. Students will be introduced to the characteristics and functions of baking ingredients and will be able to prepare simple cakes and pastries. Italian regional breads and cakes will be studied, in order to give students a comprehension of local gastronomic traditions and use of ingredients.

Core Courses

  • Mandatory Food Safety and Sanitation Seminar
  • Italian Classical Cakes and Tarts
  • Baking Techniques
  • Breads of Italy and Specialty Breads
  • Pastry Shop Experiential Learning
  • Cookies and Petit Fours
  • Optional Course: Italian Language (available prior to Fall program start)

Level II – Intermediate (Spring Quarter)
Mission: The aim of the intermediate level is to deepen students’ knowledge of Italian pastry, both regarding baking techniques, study of ingredients and the evolution and interpretation of traditional recipes in contemporary cuisine. Students will learn how to develop new ideas and products through market analysis and the use of both classical recipes and original combinations of ingredients, through the application of new production techniques. They will be able to interpret ingredients and create their own style. Special emphasis will be placed on dessert decoration techniques, sugar works, chocolate and confectionery. The program includes the study of station organization for the production dessert in restaurants and of professional skills for the presentation of dishes.

Core Courses

  • Italian Confectionery Art
  • Chocolate Artistry
  • Baking Techniques II: Italian Pastry Techniques
  • Dessert Styling
  • Restaurant and Production Desserts Experiential Learning

Pre-Departure Calendar
June 15 2017
Application Deadline
Applications accepted after deadline as space permits.
Within 1 week of acceptance
SAI Deposits Due
$500 Confirmation Deposit (per term, applied toward program fee)
$300 Security Deposit (refundable)
May 1 2017
50% of Total Program Fee Due
Students who are accepted and submit SAI deposits after this date will have an amended pay schedule. Either 50% or 100% of Program Fee will be due within 5 business days, based on the date of acceptance.
June 15 2017
SAI Scholarship Application Deadline
Students wishing to apply for an SAI scholarship must have all application items submitted by 11:59pm Pacific Time on this date.
July 1 2017
Balance of Total Program Fee Due

On-Site Calendar
August 29 2017
Arrival & Program Start
Signature Services students arrive into Aeroporto di Firenze-Peretola (FLR) between 9:00am and 6:00pm for SAI airport pickup and transfer to SAI housing.
August 30 2017
SAI Orientation (Signature Services)
Mandatory SAI orientation introduces students to their city while covering safety, policies, housing, and culture.
August 31 – September 1 2017
FUA Academic Orientation
FUA orientation includes academic policies and information, as well as opportunities to meet other students and professors.
September 4 2017
Classes Begin
September 25 – 29 2017
Intersession Week
Students are required to attend their projects/ shifts during intersession weeks.
October 23 27 2017
Intersession Week
Students are required to attend their projects/ shifts during intersession weeks.
November 16 2017
Classes End
November 17 2017
Program Graduation
November 18 2017
Program End
Signature Services students must move out of SAI housing by 10:00am to return home or pursue independent travel.

Please note: Arrival and Departure dates differ if Italian Language and / or Internship courses are added


Pre-Departure Calendar
November 1 2017
Application Deadline
Applications accepted after deadline as space permits.
Within 1 week of acceptance
SAI Deposits Due
$500 Confirmation Deposit (per term, applied toward program fee)
$300 Security Deposit (refundable)
October 1 2017
50% of Total Program Fee Due
Students who are accepted and submit SAI deposits after this date will have an amended pay schedule. Either 50% or 100% of Program Fee will be due within 5 business days, based on the date of acceptance.
November 1 2017
SAI Scholarship Application Deadline
Students wishing to apply for an SAI scholarship must have all application items submitted by 11:59pm Pacific Time on this date.
December 1 2017
Balance of Total Program Fee Due

On-Site Calendar
January 23 2018
Arrival & Program Start
Signature Services students arrive into Aeroporto di Firenze-Peretola (FLR) between 9:00am and 6:00pm for SAI airport pickup and transfer to SAI housing.
January 24 2018
SAI Orientation (Signature Services)
Mandatory SAI orientation introduces students to their city while covering safety, policies, housing, and culture.
January 25- 26, 29 2018
FUA Academic Orientation
FUA orientation includes academic policies and information, as well as opportunities to meet other students and professors.
January 30 2018
Classes Begin
February 19 – 23 2018
Intersession Week
Students are required to attend their projects/ shifts during intersession weeks.
March 19 – 23 2018
Intersession Week
Students are required to attend their projects/ shifts during intersession weeks.
April 12 2018
Classes End
April 13 2018
Program Graduation
April 14 2018
Program End
Signature Services students must move out of SAI housing by 10:00am to return home or pursue independent travel.

Please note: Arrival and Departure dates differ if Italian Language and / or Internship courses are added

SAI Program Fees* USD
Application Fee $100
Security Deposit
Refundable at the end of the term.
$300
Program Fee: 1 Quarter
Includes tuition, standard housing and SAI Signature Services (see What’s Included).
$13,000
Program Fee: Academic Year (2 Quarters)
Includes tuition, standard housing and SAI Signature Services (see What’s Included).
$15,900
Optional / Additional Fees:
Optional 3 week Italian Language Course
Before regular term, includes housing (shared room).
$2,625
Optional Non-Credit Internship (3 weeks)
After regular term, includes housing (shared room).
$2,460
Optional 3 Credit Internship (6 weeks)
After regular term, includes housing (shared room).
$3,250
Optional Private Room Housing Supplement
Private room in a shared apartment, with a shared bathroom. Cost is per quarter.
$1,000
Optional Homestay Housing Supplement
Price varies by single/double occupancy and meals.
contact SAI
International Mailing Supplement
Students residing outside the U.S. are charged an international mailing supplement to ensure visa paperwork arrives in a timely manner.
$85

*prices are subject to change

SAI Program Fees* USD
Application Fee $100
Security Deposit
Refundable at the end of the term.
$300
Program Fee: 1 Quarter
Includes tuition and SAI Select Services, no housing (see What’s Included).
$9,900
Program Fee: Academic Year (2 Quarters)
Includes tuition and SAI Select Services, no housing (see What’s Included).
$10,000
Optional / Additional Fees:
Optional 3 week Italian Language Course
Before regular term, no housing included.
$1,915
Optional Non-Credit Internship (3 weeks)
After regular term, no housing included.
$1,750
Optional 3 Credit Internship (6 weeks)
After regular term, no housing included.
$2,040
International Mailing Supplement
Students residing outside the U.S. are charged an international mailing supplement to ensure visa paperwork arrives in a timely manner.
$85

*prices are subject to change

Housing is only included in SAI Signature Services programs. Students selecting SAI Select Services are responsible for securing their housing independently.

Standard Housing: Student apartment
SAI student apartments are convenient, clean, and well equipped, with shared occupancy bedrooms (upgrade to private bedroom available). Typical residences house 2 – 8 students and contain a combination of private and shared bedrooms, kitchen, bathroom and living areas. Furnishings, a washing machine, basic kitchen supplies, bed linens and towels are provided. All apartments are equipped with wireless internet. SAI on-site staff is available to respond to any maintenance needs that may arise.

Optional Housing: Family homestay (additional fee applies)
SAI homestay families are thoroughly screened and are accustomed to welcoming visiting students into their homes. Homestays provide a shared or single bedroom in the family home with basic furnishings. Breakfast and/or dinner daily are included. Please note that some homestays may be outside of the city center and require a commute to reach school.

Passports
Passports should be valid for 3 months after planned departure from Italy.

Student Visas
In accordance with Italian law students studying in Italy for 90 days or more are required to obtain a student visa. Those with Italian/EU citizenship are exempted. Non-US nationals should consult their local Consulate for details on student visa requirements.

Students must appear in person at the Italian Consulate to present their student visa application. Our Student Visa Office is available to assist students in getting ready for the appointment; SAI provides student visa consulting for all our students at no cost.

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.