Apicius International School of Hospitality
Master in Baking & Pastry 2018
Fall Semester

Apicius offers a full-time master level program in International Baking and Pastry for professional pastry chefs or hospitality graduates who wish to enhance specific skills in pastry arts in an international environment. The Fall semester program is designed to celebrate the outstanding mastery of Baking and Pastry that has evolved in Italy over centuries. Students gain in-depth knowledge of worldwide desserts, wedding and celebration cakes, Italian gelato, artistic chocolate, and much more, while mastering product knowledge, interpretation and innovation, historical context, and dish balance. After successful completion of the program, students receive a Master Certificate in Italian Baking and Pastry.

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

Application Deadline
June 15, 2018
Apps accepted after deadline as space permits

Program Dates
August 28, 2018 – December 14, 2018

Eligibility Requirements

Age: 18+

Subject Experience: Students must demonstrate intermediate level knowledge of baking and pastry.

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 Details
The program provides students with a sound understanding of the contemporary methods and styles in Italy and Europe. It polishes each student’s skills and techniques enabling them to move forward in his or her professional career. To attain the specified objectives, students complete the following 5 courses for a total of almost 250 hours including instruction and lab hours:

  • Master Italian Pastry Arts Experiential Learning
  • Professional Ice Cream Production Experiential Learning
  • Wedding Cakes: Tiered and Themed Decorated Cakes
  • International Cakes Experiential Learning
  • Advanced Chocolate Artistry Experiential Learning

Practicum experience (approx. 250 hours), putting theory to practice in a professional environment. The practicum takes place at FEDORA, the Apicius non-profit cultural association and Pastry-club where students actually operate the pastry shop from production to customer service.

After successful completion of the program, students receive a Master Certificate in Italian Baking and Pastry.

Students must submit a detailed CV demonstrating a Bachelor’s degree in pastry arts and/or hospitality with evaluation reports or transcripts or at least 3 years of professional experience. Students must demonstrate intermediate level knowledge of: chocolate preparations (ganache, pralines), breads and yeasts, plating skills, dessert styling basic skills, all the main baking dough and methods (choux, puff pastry, short pastry etc.). Students complete a written exam and a practical test at the start of the term to confirm the required experience.

Pre-Departure Calendar
June 15 2018
Application Deadline
Applications accepted after deadline as space permits.
Within 1 week of acceptance
SAI Deposit Due
$500 Confirmation Deposit (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.
July 1 2018
Balance of Total Program Fee Due

On-Site Calendar
August 28 2018
Program Start
Students should plan to be in Florence, and moved into their independent housing by this date
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
December 12 2018
Classes End
December 13 2018
Program Graduation
December 14 2018
Program End
SAI Program Fees* USD
Application Fee $100
Security Deposit:
Refundable at the end of the term.
Program Fee
Includes tuition and SAI Select Services, no housing (see What’s Included).
Optional / Additional Fees:  
International Mailing Supplement
Students residing outside the U.S. are charged an international mailing supplement to ensure visa paperwork arrives in a timely manner.

*prices are subject to change

This professional program includes SAI Select Services, designed for more independent students.

  • Program tuition, with US 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

Housing is not included in SAI Select Services programs. However, your SAI Admissions Counselor will be happy to provide you with information and recommendations for housing agencies, dormitories, and rentals in Florence. Students who do not have prior housing arrangements should begin speaking with their Admissions Counselor as soon as possible.

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.