Apicius International School of Hospitality
Master in Italian Cuisine 2018/19

Apicius offers a full-time Master in Italian Cuisine program for professional chefs or hospitality graduates who wish to enhance specific skills in culinary arts. The program is one year long (fall and spring semester) and is aimed at celebrating the outstanding mastery of cuisine that has evolved in Italy over the centuries as well as providing students with a sound understanding of the gastronomic culture of Italy. Students gain knowledge of quality products and the historical background of dishes, and the ability to interpret recipes and pair ingredients to create a balanced dish. After successful completion of the program, students receive a Master Certificate in Italian Cuisine.

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 – May 10, 2019

Eligibility Requirements

Age: 18+

Subject Experience: Students should have a bachelor’s degree in culinary arts and/or hospitality, or 3+ years work experience in field.

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 Objectives
The program provides students with a sound understanding of the gastronomic culture in Italy. It polishes each student’s skills and techniques enabling them to move forward in his or her professional career. To attain the specified objectives, the curriculum includes:

  • 13 courses for a total of over 400 hours including instruction and lab hours.
  • Practical experiential learning (approx. 600 hours) putting theory into practice within a professional environment. This component takes place at the Apicius CEMI – Ganzo School Restaurant, where students directly operate the restaurant from production to customer service as a part of their academic coursework.

Students must submit a detailed CV demonstrating a Bachelor’s degree in culinary arts and/or hospitality with evaluation reports or transcripts or at least 3 years of professional experience. Students must demonstrate knowledge of: boning chicken, filleting fish, various cooking methodologies (poaching, roasting, braising, stewing, sautéing, broiling, frying, etc.), knife skills for various vegetable cuts, basic dressings, marinades, and sauces. Students complete a written exam and a practical test at the start of the term to confirm the required experience. Apicius Culinary Arts Advanced students needing the aforementioned technical skills may apply for summer sessions before applying for the Master Program.

Students enrolling in the Master in Italian Cuisine program complete two semesters in a fall/spring sequence. For a full description of the program structure see Master in Italian Cuisine Program.

Fall Semester

  • Menu Development
  • Advanced Italian Restaurant Cooking I Experiential Learning
  • Intro to Italian Gastronomy
  • Italian Pasta Workshop Experiential Learning
  • Food Safety and Sanitation
  • Italian Food and Culture

Spring Semester

  • Dietetics and Nutrition in the Mediterranean
  • Advanced Italian Restaurant Cooking II Experiential Learning
  • Italian Product Knowledge
  • Mediterranean Cuisine and Ingredients Experiential Learning
  • Interpersonal Communication

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 29 – 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
Fall Classes Begin
December 12 2018
Fall Classes End
January 4 2019
Spring Orientation
January 7 2019
Spring Classes Start
May 8 2019
Spring Classes End
May 9 2019
Program Graduation
May 10 2019
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.