Apicius International School of Hospitality
Wine Studies & Enology 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 quarter (beginner-level) or the spring quarter (intermediate-level) sessions, or complete a full academic year. The Career Program in Wine Studies and Enology offers students the required skills to become qualified critics, business managers, and salespeople in the wine industry. The program uses excellent industry relationships to offer unique applied experience with internationally respected wine producers.


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, 2017 – 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
A wine expert is a qualified critic, salesman, and business manager. The professional sommelier possesses skills and knowledge on the subject of wine, and acknowledges the fundamental importance of wine to the culinary experience. The last decades have witnessed a substantial increase in career opportunities for professional wine experts: as sommeliers in the restaurant dining room, as chefs in the professional kitchen, as educators and writers, as winery representatives and winemakers, and as wine managers. The Apicius professional Wine Expertise curriculum is rigorous and offers students a wide range of future employment in the wine industry. AISH is proudly partnered with internationally respected wine producers such as the Frescobaldi, Antinori, Guicciardini Strozzi, Cantine Leonardo da Vinci, Berlucchi and Distillerie Nardini.

Program Objectives
This program provides the basic skills necessary for the individual aspiring to enter into the wine industry. It develops the students’ awareness and skill sets to their optimum potential and prepares them for a professional career in a continuously developing industry, which encompasses a wide range of exciting fields.

The career program is structured in two sessions: during the first, students will learn about the production of wine and spirits, how to taste wine and recognize typical characteristics and flaws, the principles of proper wine service and the art of pairing wine and food. During the second session, students will have intensive sessions putting theory into practice. Special attention will be given to the world’s major wine regions as well as proper wine service and salesmanship. Exams must be passed upon the completion of each level.

Duration and Certification
Career Program students can enroll in one session (quarter) or one 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 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 (Fall or Spring) should note that the Beginning level is offered in the Fall Quarter, and the Advanced level is offered in the Spring Quarter. For a full description of the program structure see Wine Studies and Enology Career Program.

Level I – Beginning (Fall Quarter)
Mission: The aim of the Beginning level is to provide students with a basic comprehension of wine appreciation. Students will be introduced to the Italian wine classification system and to basic wine making procedures. They will learn how to organize a cellar and to serve wine. The main Italian and international wine grapes will be analyzed, as well as a selection of Italian and French wines, with a focus on the Tuscan region. Special emphasis will be placed on extensive wine tasting, in order to develop the students’ ability to understand the characteristics and qualities of wine. One of the courses includes visits to six different wineries.

Core Courses

  • Mandatory Food Safety and Sanitation Seminar
  • Tuscany and Its Wines
  • Table and Wine Grapes of Italy: an Educational Wine Tour I
  • Wine Appreciation I
  • Wines of The World I
  • Wine Service and Beverage Management Experiential Learning
  • Optional Course: Italian Language (available prior to Fall program start)

Level II – Advanced (Spring Quarter)
Mission: The aim of the advanced level is to deepen students’ professional understanding of wine appreciation. An overview of Italian wines by region will be provided, as well as a study of wines from other areas of the world, in order to allow students to make critical comparisons. The program includes an introduction to wine communication and marketing and the analysis of the most common methods for food and wine pairing. One of the courses includes visits to six different wineries.

Core Courses

  • Pairing Food and Wine
  • Wine Communications and Marketing Experiential Learning
  • Wine Appreciation II
  • Viticulture and Enology: An Educational Wine Tour II
  • Wines of The World II

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 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.