Apicius International School of Hospitality
Italian Baking & Pastry 2018/19
Career Certificate

AISH Career Certificate programs are subject-intensive sessions offering pre-determined coursework for a full immersion and professional experience in a particular field. Career Certificate 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 to earn a certificate. The Career Certificate 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, 2018
Fall Quarter: June 15, 2018
Spring Quarter: November 1, 2018
Apps accepted after deadline as space permits

Program Dates*
Academic Year: August 28, 2018 – April 13, 2019
Fall Quarter: August 28, 2018 – Nov 17, 2018
Spring Quarter: Jan 22, 2018– April 13, 2019
*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 Certificate 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 Certificate 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 Certificate 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 Certificate 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 2018
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 2018
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 deposit payment date.
June 1 2018
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 2018
Balance of Total Program Fee Due

On-Site Calendar
August 28 2018
Arrival & Program Start (Signature Services only)
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 29 2018
SAI Orientation
SAI orientation introduces students to their city while covering safety, policies, housing, and culture.
August 30 – Sept 3 2018
FUA Academic Orientation
FUA orientation includes academic policies and information, as well as opportunities to meet other students and professors.
September 4 2018
Classes Begin
September 24 – 28 2018
Intersession Week
Students are required to attend their projects/ shifts during intersession weeks.
October 22 – 26 2018
Intersession Week
Students are required to attend their projects/ shifts during intersession weeks.
November 15 2018
Classes End
November 16 2018
Program Graduation
November 17 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


Pre-Departure Calendar
November 1 2018
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 2018
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 deposit payment date.
October 15 2018
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 2018
Balance of Total Program Fee Due

On-Site Calendar
January 22 2019
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 23 2019
SAI Orientation
SAI orientation introduces students to their city while covering safety, policies, housing, and culture.
January 24 – 28 2019
FUA Academic Orientation
FUA orientation includes academic policies and information, as well as opportunities to meet other students and professors.
January 29 2019
Classes Begin
February 18 – 22 2019
Intersession Week
Students are required to attend their projects/ shifts during intersession weeks.
March 18 – 22 2019
Intersession Week
Students are required to attend their projects/ shifts during intersession weeks.
April 11 2019
Classes End
April 12 2019
Program Graduation
April 13 2019
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: Fall Quarter
Includes tuition, standard housing and SAI Signature Services (see What’s Included).
$13,240
Program Fee: Spring Quarter
Includes tuition, standard housing and SAI Signature Services (see What’s Included).
$13,900
Program Fee: Academic Year (2 Quarters)
Includes tuition, standard housing and SAI Signature Services (see What’s Included).
$16,420
Optional / Additional Fees:  
Course Lab Fee
Paid directly to FUA upon arrival.
Euro 600
Optional 3 week Italian Language Course – Fall
Before regular term, includes housing (shared room).
$2,685
Optional 3 week Italian Language Course – Spring
Before regular term, includes housing (shared room).
$2,855
Optional Non-Credit Internship (3 weeks) – Fall
After regular term, includes housing (shared room).
$1,775
Optional Non-Credit Internship (3 weeks) – Spring
After regular term, includes housing (shared room).
$1,900
Optional 3 Credit Internship (6 weeks) – Fall
After regular term, includes housing (shared room).
$3,430
Optional 3 Credit Internship (6 weeks) – Spring
After regular term, includes housing (shared room).
$3,720
Optional Private Room Housing Supplement – Fall
Private room in a shared apartment, with a shared bathroom.
$1,000
Optional Private Room Housing Supplement – Spring
Private room in a shared apartment, with a shared bathroom.
$1,050
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: Fall Quarter
Includes tuition and SAI Select Services, no housing (see What’s Included).
$10,335
Program Fee: Spring Quarter
Includes tuition and SAI Select Services, no housing (see What’s Included).
$10,650
Program Fee: Academic Year (2 Quarters)
Includes tuition and SAI Select Services, no housing (see What’s Included).
$10,370
Optional / Additional Fees:  
Course Lab Fee
Paid directly to FUA upon arrival.
Euro 600
Optional 3 week Italian Language Course – Fall
Before regular term, no housing included.
$1,960
Optional 3 week Italian Language Course – Spring
Before regular term, no housing included.
$2,006
Optional Non-Credit Internship (3 weeks) – Fall
After regular term, no housing included.
$1,045
Optional Non-Credit Internship (3 weeks) – Spring
After regular term, no housing included.
$1,058
Optional 3 Credit Internship (6 weeks) – Fall
After regular term, no housing included.
$2,095
Optional 3 Credit Internship (6 weeks) – Spring
After regular term, no housing included.
$2,141
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.