Florence University of the Arts
Fall Quarter Elective 2018
9 - 15 credits

The FUA Quarter program allows students attending quarter-session schools to easily study abroad. The Quarter program is 11 weeks duration in the Fall and 12 weeks in the Spring. Students select 3 to 5 elective courses from the offering for a total of 9 - 15 credits. Quarter students have opportunities to pair academic coursework with internships as well as unique experiential learning courses.

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

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


  • Complete internships for credit
  • Enroll in unique Experiential Learning courses
  • Spend 11 weeks in Florence

Program Dates
August 28, 2018 – November 17, 2018

Eligibility Requirements

Age: 18+

Academic Year: High school graduate or above.

* contact SAI if you don’t meet requirements

Cumulative GPA:* 2.75 (on a 4.0 scale)

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

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Quarter students can apply for a part time 3 credit internship to be completed as part of the elective program. Students are placed in internships that complement their major or minor, and are supported by an internship supervisor. While Italian language proficiency is not required, it is helpful for expanding the placement options. At the completion of the internship students produce an analytical report that synthesizes what they have learned. For more information on internships see FUA Internships.

Courses & Schedule
Quarter session students complete 3 periods of back-to-back 3 week courses, with a brief break between each. The 3 week courses run Monday through Friday (5 days/week), with finals at the end of each 3 week period. Students select 1 or 2 courses for each 3 week session, for a total of 3 to 5 courses.

Course Registration
SAI students complete their course registration directly with FUA through the FUA student portal. Upon confirming enrollment in the SAI program at FUA, students receive information for creating their FUA student portal and selecting their classes. FUA courses are competitive, and students should complete their course requests as early as possible as the registration period begins months ahead of the application deadline.

Course Changes
Students wishing to make changes to their class schedule prior to departure can do so directly by logging into their FUA student account. Students receive an email confirmation from SAI once the change is accepted. Students are permitted to make as many adjustments to their schedule prior to departure as needed. The last day to submit a schedule change from home is 6 weeks prior to each session start. After that, no changes can be made until the Add/Drop day for each session in Florence. There is a very strict Add/Drop policy that all students must adhere to; neither FUA nor SAI can make exceptions.

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 (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
SAI Financial Aid Verification Deadline
Students wishing to defer payment until financial aid disbursement must submit the financial aid verification forms to SAI by this date.
July 1 2018
Balance of Total Program Fee Due
August 1 2018
SAI Pre-Departure Form Due

On-Site Calendar
August 28 2018
Arrival & Housing Check-in
Students arrive into Aeroporto di Firenze-Peretola (FLR). SAI airport pickup is provided between 9:00am and 6:00pm, and students are transferred to SAI housing.
August 29 2018
SAI Orientation
Mandatory SAI orientation introduces students to their city while covering safety, policies, housing, and culture.
August 30 – 31 2018
FUA Academic Orientation
FUA orientation includes academic policies and information, as well as opportunities to take city tours, join clubs, and meet professors.
September 3 2018
FUA Add/Drop Deadline: Session I
Course changes are not allowed after 12:00 noon local time.
September 4 2018
FUA Classes Begin: Session I
September 20 2018
FUA Classes End: Session I
September 24 – 28 2018
Intersession Break (no class)
October 1 2018
FUA Add/Drop Deadline: Session II
Course changes are not allowed after 12:00 noon local time.
October 2 2018
FUA Classes Begin: Session II
October 18 2018
FUA Classes End: Session II
October 22 – 26 2018
Intersession Break (no class)
October 29 2018
FUA Add/Drop Deadline: Session III
Course changes are not allowed after 12:00 noon local time.
October 30 2018
FUA Classes Begin: Session III
November 1 2018
Holiday (no class)
November 15 2018
FUA Classes End: Session III
November 17 2018
Program End & Housing Check-out
Students must move out of SAI housing by 10:00am to return home or pursue independent travel.
SAI Program Fees* USD
Application Fee $100
Security Deposit
Refundable at the end of the term.
Program Fee: 9 credits
Includes tuition, standard housing and SAI Signature Services (see What’s Included).
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Program Fee: 12 credits
Includes tuition, standard housing and SAI Signature Services (see What’s Included).
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Program Fee: 15 credits
Includes tuition, standard housing and SAI Signature Services (see What’s Included).
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Optional / Additional Fees:
Optional Private Room Housing Supplement
Private room in a shared apartment, with a shared bathroom.
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Optional Premium Services Supplement
Provides cleaning services in SAI housing.
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Optional Homestay Housing Supplement – Shared
Homestay housing in shared occupancy room. Includes daily breakfast and weekday dinner.
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Optional Homestay Housing Supplement – Private
Homestay housing in private occupancy room. Includes daily breakfast and weekday dinner.
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Add-on Course Credits
Fee for enrollment over 15 credits.
$550 / credit
Add-on Non-Credit Course
Fee for enrolling in one non-credit course.
Meal Plan Units
Students can purchase meal plan units upon arrival directly from FUA.
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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

Note: certain SAI-affiliated US universities require specific payment arrangements. These may require that some fees are paid by the student directly to SAI, and other fees are paid to SAI by the affiliated university on behalf of the student. If you attend an SAI-affiliated university please contact your study abroad office or speak with your SAI Admissions Counselor for details.

Budget Low Est. High Est.
Airfare to/from Florence
$950 $1,300
Books $50 / course $100 / course
Course Fees & Supplies $50 / course $300 / course
Includes groceries and eating out.
$650 / month $800 / month
Personal Expenses $300 / month $400 / month
Transportation within Florence
Public transportation with some taxi rides.
$100 / month $175 / month
Weekend Travel
Cost varies greatly by student.
$300 / month $1,000 / month

This is an SAI Signature Services Program; it includes our full services!

  • Program tuition and 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 offers activities, at no extra cost, for students to get to know their community, city and country. Following is a sample of the activities included in this program. Please note that actual activities may differ.

Welcome Dinner
SAI welcomes students to Florence with a buffet of traditional Italian delights to mingle and get to know participants.

Florence Walking Tour
Students join SAI on-site staff for a practical walking tour of their new home to discover Florence’s historic city center.

Survival Italian Language
Students are offered a 3-hour survival Italian lesson during orientation week. It is a practical and hands on approach to learning the Italian language. The intense lesson covers basic Italian conversation taught in the classroom and out and about in the city.

Hike to Piazzale Michelangelo
Located just outside the old city walls, Piazzale Michelangelo offers a bird’s eye view of the city of Florence. Students hike to the top, stopping along the way for gelato. As the sun sets over the city, the group can experience the centuries-old Vespers ceremonial chanting by Cistercian monks in the crypt of the Basilica of San Miniato al Monte.

Italian Cooking Lessons
SAI offers Italian cooking lessons throughout the semester taught by a local expert Chef. Each lesson teaches students how to make typical Tuscan dishes and includes an appetizer, first course, and dessert. At the end of the lesson students feast on their own homemade Italian meal!

Traditional Bookmaking Workshop
Students are able to participate in the long history of bookmaking in Florence by creating a unique hand-sewn book using colored canvas and hand-marbled paper.

Weekend Excursion to Milan & Como: Italy’s Design and Fashion Capital
This weekend trip begins in Milan, the second-largest city in Italy, and the main financial, fashion and design capital. Students visit cultural jewels like Castello Sforzesco, the Duomo, La Scala Opera House and Leonardo’s masterpiece The Last Supper. The group then travels to nearby Lake Como, which has been a popular retreat for the wealthy since Roman times, and takes in the beautiful scenery on a boat ride backdropped by the snow-capped Alps.

SAI Cinema
Birthplace of the cinematic legacy of Federico Fellini, Italy has long produced some of the world’s most celebrated films. SAI Florence offers an array of Italian film viewings on Tuesday nights.

Hike the Tuscan Hills
Students take an easy hike that begins in the town of Fiesole, perched on a hill overlooking Florence, which still holds ruins from its Etruscan settlement. A guided tasting of a selection of bruschette and local specialties follows the hike.

Tuscany By Bike
For students looking to get some exercise and fresh air, SAI offers a bike tour in the heart of Tuscany and the Chianti area. Students cycle through Tuscany’s breathtaking hills, vineyards, villas and olive groves. During the tour, students visit a charming medieval castle, enjoy a typical Tuscan lunch, and visit a classic winery.

Day Trip to Lucca and Carrara
Students tour the famous quarries of Carrara, where marble has been extracted since the Roman times, including the blocks used by Michelangelo himself. From the breathtaking views of the Mediterranean visible from the Carrara Mountains, students descend to the town of Lucca. Famous for its 16th century perfectly preserved walls, Lucca is a wonderful place to take a leisurely afternoon stroll or bike ride.

Day Trip to Bologna
Located in the region of Emilia-Romagna, Bologna is known for culinary delights like tortellini, lasagna, Bolognese sauce, prosciutto and Parmigiano Reggiano cheese. Students spend the day exploring the city’s covered walkways, large squares and historic towers and churches. Home of the oldest university in Europe, the city exudes a young spirit and alternative culture that can be seen in the unique shops, street markets and typical eateries.

Fiorentina Soccer Game
See why soccer is the most popular sport in the world! Students experience the thrill of Italian soccer amongst the throngs of dedicated fans who sing, yell and cheer on their team.

Opera Night
Students get dressed up for a night out at one of Florence’s historical theatres for a performance of Giuseppe Verdi’s classical masterpiece La Traviata.

Farewell Evening
Students celebrate the end of a successful term abroad and say their goodbyes over a delicious Italian meal.

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.

Students living in apartments may opt to add Premium Services for a cost, which includes weekly cleaning and laundry services, and bi-weekly linen change.

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 (with another study abroad student) or private bedroom in the family home with basic furnishings. Daily breakfast and weekday dinner are included (no dinner on weekends). Please note that some homestays may be outside of the city center and require a commute to reach school.

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

Student Visas
In accordance with Italian law US citizens studying in Italy for less than 90 days are not required to obtain a student visa. Non-US nationals should consult their local Consulate for details on student visa requirements.

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.