Florence University of the Arts
Fall Semester Elective 2018
12 - 15 credits

Visiting semester students at FUA select 4 or 5 elective courses from the wide range of offerings for a total of 12 - 15 credits. In addition to typical liberal arts courses, FUA includes such courses as Travel Writing, Pairing Food and Wine, Fashion Design, and Science of Happiness. Semester students have opportunities to pair academic coursework with internships, the SAI Global Leadership Certificate, and 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

Highlights

  • Global Leadership Certificate available
  • Gain hands-on experience in experiential learning classes
  • Complete internships for credit

Program Dates
August 28, 2018 – December 13, 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.



Business and Economics
Coming soon
Digital Imaging and Visual Arts
Entrepreneurship Resources
Fashion, Accessories and Tech
Fine Arts

Business and Economics

3.0 Credits
Accounting & Finance | Course #: BU AF AB 450 | Open
Pre-requisite: C2 level of Italian language. Cover letter, CV, and material pertinent to the chosen area, interview.
Through this internship course, the student will be exposed to a commercial business environment or accounting office. The type of business will depend on seasonality and resume evaluation. The student will be able to follow the daily operations of the business establishment and participate in the organization's activities according to his or her skills and competencies. The type of tasks may concern communication with international clients and project project development. This internship course aims to prepare students for the professional world and features an unsalaried internship scheduled individually for a minimum of ten hours per week. Students generally serve as part-time interns from Monday through Friday, although some internships may require weekend hours. The internship enhances students knowledge through field experience held in a professional environment overseen by a supervisor, who regularly monitors the internship progress and the guides the students preparation of a final analytical report and portfolio. Placements will vary depending on the students language and professional skills.
Contact Hours: 120
3.0 Credits
Economics | Course #: BU EC GE 350 | Open
Pre-requisite: Microeconomics and Macroeconomics, or equivalent.
This course is divided into two sections. Section 1 will give an overview of the global economy evolution throughout the past five centuries. This section will discuss the emergence of the New World Economy and examine the integration of product, labor and capital markets. Section 2, using micro and macroeconomic analysis tools, will look at the catalysts for and obstructers of market integration, and the impact of globalization on the economy and welfare of nations. topics discussed will include: the role of international institutions such as the IMF and WTO, the impact of changing economic environments on competitive strategy, the emerging trade blocs (European Union, NAFTA), the fluctuation of exchange rates, and the emergence of new markets.

* Global Leaders Certificate Program approved course *
Contact Hours: 45
3.0 Credits
Entrepreneurship Resources | Course #: BU ER FB 310 | Open
Family enterprises have always been central to the social and economic fabric of Italy. some of the world's oldest family companies are Italian and the city of Florence represents a very important starting point for some of these. The course will explore the evolution, characteristics and significance of Italian family firms and it will also analyze the changes and trends in italian family business over the centuries and how this system with 2,000 years of history behind is reacting to an age of increasing European unity and integration, mass immigration to Italy, globalization and competition with China and India. The first part of the course will give an overview of the history of family-owned firms from the Roman empire to the present day and their role in the social, political and economic life of Italy. The second part will consider case studies in different sectors: wine and food, fashion, the automobile industry and the hospitality sector.
Contact Hours: 45
3.0 Credits
Entrepreneurship Resources | Course #: BU ER FU 450 | Open
Pre-requisite: A2 level of Italian language. Cover letter, CV, and material pertinent to the chosen area, interview.
This internship course exposes students to the world of non-profit fundraising. Fundraising strategies are employed by charitable and non-profit institutions to raise financial support for projects and initiatives, and represent an essential feature of non-profit organization and operations. Students will become familiarized with philanthropic activity, donor relations, and strategies. Through the sponsoring organization, students will gain a meaningful experience in fundraising practices in areas such as development, promotion, and communications. This internship course aims to prepare students for the professional world and features an unsalaried internship scheduled individually for a minimum of ten hours per week. Students generally serve as part-time interns from Monday through Friday, although some internships may require weekend hours. The internship enhances students knowledge through field experience held in a professional environment overseen by a supervisor, who regularly monitors the internship progress and the guides the students preparation of a final analytical report and portfolio. Placements will vary depending on the students language and professional skills.
Contact Hours: 120
3.0 Credits
Management | Course #: BU MA CB 335 | Open
Pre-requisite: Introduction to Marketing or equivalent
This course examines the practical and theoretical elements that drive consumer behavior. Managerial strategies and marketing research used to influence consumers studied alongside the psychological factors of perception, decision-making, persuasion, and socio-cultural and cognitive perceptions and influences will give students an in-depth understanding of consumer tendencies and how they shape the market.
Contact Hours: 45
3.0 Credits
Management | Course #: BU MA EF 280 | Open
This course provides the opportunity to understand and appreciate the facility operations and event management in the sport industry. Course topics will focus on various aspects of business, legal, and operational practices in the sports field. The class will feature lecture hours as well as real-life practice through the development of both facility management and sports events projects. Students will be engaged within the community and will be able to learn-by-doing, applying business theories and frameworks to the projects development. The experiential learning component will enhance the students perspective and awareness of business issues from both a technical and a cultural point of view.
Contact Hours: 45
6.0 Credits
Management | Course #: BU MA EF 285 | Open
This course provides the opportunity to understand and appreciate the world of facility operations and event management in the sport industry. The classes will focus on various aspects of both business, legal and operational practices in the sports field. The class will feature lecture hours as well as real-life practice through the development of both facility management and sports events projects. Students will be engaged with the community and will be able to learn-by-doing, applying business theories and frameworks to the projects development. The experiential learning component will enhance the students perspective and awareness of business issues from both a technical and a cultural point of view.
Contact Hours: 150
3.0 Credits
Management | Course #: BU MA IM 310 | Open
Pre-requisite: Introduction to Management or equivalent.
This course is geared towards students interested in international business ventures and partnerships. Management, leadership, human resource management, organizational skills and strategy will all be analyzed from a cross-cultural business perspective. The class will focus on strategies adapting managerial skills across cultures. Guest lecturers and on-site visits to international business ventures form an integral part of the course.

Contact Hours: 45
3.0 Credits
Management | Course #: BU MA MA 450 | Open
Pre-requisite: C2 level of Italian language. Cover letter, CV, and material pertinent to the chosen area, interview.
Through this internship course, the student will be able to explore the environment of management practices through exposure to an established business in Florence. The position will feature the development of a tailored project that will provide the student with the opportunity to contribute to the organization through the student's perspective. This internship course aims to prepare students for the professional world and features an unsalaried internship scheduled individually for a minimum of ten hours per week. Students generally serve as part-time interns from Monday through Friday, although some internships may require weekend hours. The internship enhances students knowledge through field experience held in a professional environment overseen by a supervisor, who regularly monitors the internship progress and the guides the students preparation of a final analytical report and portfolio. Placements will vary depending on the students language and professional skills.
Contact Hours: 120
3.0 Credits
Marketing | Course #: BU MK EM 305 | Open
The primary purpose of this course is to provide marketers with an in-depth understanding of product development practices including innovation, product strategy and processes, customer needs, identification, idea generation, concept development and optimization, forecasting, and launch. The course will analyze the marketing development strategies of new entrepreneurial companies with low budgets and little or no brand development. An important component of the coursework features hands-on approaches to real-life business problems that require application of topics learned in the classroom. Students will be introduced to highly creative and effective experiential forms of learning ranging from case studies to business plans, entrepreneurs in the classroom, conducting entrepreneurial audits, working with concepts of marketing inventions, and consulting projects. Furthermore, students will be part of a dedicated lab team of cross-disciplinary learners led by faculty and advisers, and will collaborate with executives and representatives from real companies on comprehensive business issues. Coursework includes site visits to local companies and special guest lectures from local prominent entrepreneurs.
Contact Hours: 45
6.0 Credits
Marketing | Course #: BU MK EM 310 | Open
The course will analyze the marketing development strategies of entrepreneurial companies that are starting out, therefore those with lower budgets and little or no brand development. Students will study segmentation, positioning, marketing methods for new ventures, finding competitive strategies in limited resource environments, and implementing strategies aimed to launch successful enterprises.
Contact Hours: 150
3.0 Credits
Marketing | Course #: BU MK FM 320 | Open
This course is an introduction to marketing and merchandising concepts in fashion retail, with an emphasis on the apparel and accessory industry in Italy. Students learn terminology specific to the field and how to forecast trends. Other topics include: visual merchandising, planning, advertising, roles and components of the primary and secondary advertising, roles and components of the primary and secondary markets, different forms of in-store and non-store retail, consumer behavior and profiles, information systems, store location and design, and assessing the quality/cost equation of products. On-site visits to fashion retailers, buyers and trade fairs in Florence and Milan are an integral part of this course.
Contact Hours: 45
3.0 Credits
Marketing | Course #: BU MK IM 280 | Open
This course is designed for non-business majors and introduces students to the role of marketing within a business. Through a combination of lectures, case studies, readings and simulations, students will address analytical marketing concepts and techniques developed from economics, psychology, statistics, and finance in order to plan and develop products and services to satisfy the needs of target customers. Topics include product planning, pricing, promotion, advertising, distribution policies, targeting, and market research techniques.
Contact Hours: 45
3.0 Credits
Marketing | Course #: BU MK IT 320 | Open
Pre-requisite: Introduction to Marketing or equivalent
This course expands on the main principles of marketing by exploring the strategic implications of marketing in different countries and cultures; identifying specific marketing techniques and modifications necessary to accommodate cultural differences. Topics include: global marketing, marketing planning, segmentation, culture and business customs, political and legal factors and restraints, economical and technological development and the international monetary system.
Contact Hours: 45
3.0 Credits
Marketing | Course #: BU MK MK 450 | Open
Pre-requisite: C1 level of Italian language. Cover letter, CV, and material pertinent to the chosen area, interview.
This internship course is designed for students who are looking to enhance their experience and knowledge of marketing strategies and techniques in an international context. The internship will expose students to a business environment where interns will contribute to the organization according to their skill and competency background. This internship course aims to prepare students for the professional world and features an unsalaried internship scheduled individually for a minimum of ten hours per week. Students generally serve as part-time interns from Monday through Friday, although some internships may require weekend hours. The internship enhances students knowledge through field experience held in a professional environment overseen by a supervisor, who regularly monitors the internship progress and the guides the students preparation of a final analytical report and portfolio. Placements will vary depending on the students language and professional skills.
Contact Hours: 120
3.0 Credits
Marketing | Course #: BU MK PR 350 | Open
Pre-requisite: Cover letter, CV, and material pertinent to the chosen area, interview
Through the public relations experiential learning project, students will learn how to promote an organization's business and image. Public relations activities will focus on managing an organization's key messages through content management. Communication strategies, including social media, will be a major emphasis in public relations-related projects. Students will be guided throughout their involvement in PR operations and measuring PR results. This special project course features experiential learning hours with our Community Engagement Member Institutions (CEMI). CEMI are dynamic learning environments created to foster learning through a structured interaction with the community. Students will be involved in learning by doing through real projects and integration with the local population and territory in order to remove cultural and learning barriers as well as to develop a strong likelihood for success in life. The experiential learning hours are fully supervised by instructors who track students step by step during their learning experience, monitor and advise according to student needs, and support student initiative. This unique learning model allows students to benefit from an all-encompassing educational experience based on theory and practice in real enterprises, learning of comprehensive operational processes, problem-solving, leadership, and management.
Contact Hours: 150
3.0 Credits
Marketing | Course #: BU MK SG 300 | Open
This course is designed for students who seek to gain an in-depth understanding of the sporting goods industry in Italy. The topics addressed in class include the analysis of market size and segmentation, assessment of product distribution channels, and an evaluation of product licensing and advertising strategies. The course integrates a lecture component and an experiential component that will expose students to a real-life business project in collaboration with local sporting companies. This class includes experiential learning with CEMI.
Contact Hours: 45
3.0 Credits
Marketing | Course #: BU MK WC 380 | Open
This course focuses on the business and marketing aspects of the wine industry. Students will consider and analyze course topics including an introduction to communication theory, wine communication practices and trends, introduction to management and marketing theory, wine marketing strategies, economics of the world wine industry, and human resource management.
Contact Hours: 45
3.0 Credits
Marketing | Course #: BU MK WM 325 | Open
Pre-requisite: Introduction to Marketing
Recent years have seen the evolution and revolution in business communication. The birth of the web was the inspiration that led to a different way of relating between companies and customers. Approaches led to a constant customer participation in the creation and development of the business image. Web marketing is based on techniques and principles applicable to all sectors and also suitable for small and medium-sized enterprises up to now often cut off from mass media because of the enormous budget required. But the web is not just sites, in recent years social networks have pointed the way towards a clear undisputed sway. Communication on social networks isn't only about purchasing advertising as in traditional media or even on most websites. The social is the most striking feature of what is called Web 2.0: the network of conversations; and the conversations don't occur only among customers, but must exist between the company and customers to stimulate the most powerful communication tool: word of mouth. A company that does not speak with customers is bound to be forgotten.
Contact Hours: 45

Coming soon

0.0 Credits
TBA | Course #: TBA | Open
Courses are coming soon. In the meantime, please check previous terms for information on courses generally offered at this school.
Contact Hours: 0

Digital Imaging and Visual Arts

3.0 Credits
Digital Media | Course #: DI DM IC 200 | Open
This is a communications-based course that combines
writing and mobile devices to deliver web-ready news content created with the speed and quality required by news production today. The time between
content gathering and message sharing has almost disappeared and making
instantaneous publication has become essential for both social media and
the news environment. Reporters must be able to capture information, shoot, edit, and disseminate multimedia content from a mobile phone or tablet. Students will learn both the technical (mobile camera, mobile editing, and mobile delivery) as well as theoretical aspects of journalism (responsibilities, visual communication, story structure, sources, outlets), and produce pieces for various news and story content outlets at FUA.
Contact Hours: 45
3.0 Credits
Internet Technology | Course #: DI IT WE 350 | Open
Pre-requisite: Cover letter, CV, and material pertinent to the chosen area, interview. Portfolio of previous work, web back office experience.
Through this special project course, the student will be able to research and develop web content for professional websites. Guided by a communications office, the student will be involved in web-based projects to develop written and visual content for digital platforms. This special project course features experiential learning hours with our Community Engagement Member Institutions (CEMI). CEMI are dynamic learning environments created to foster learning through a structured interaction with the community. Students will be involved in learning by doing through real projects and integration with the local population and territory in order to remove cultural and learning barriers as well as to develop a strong likelihood for success in life. The experiential learning hours are fully supervised by instructors who track students step by step during their learning experience, monitor and advise according to student needs, and support student initiative. This unique learning model allows students to benefit from an all-encompassing educational experience based on theory and practice in real enterprises, learning of comprehensive operational processes, problem-solving, leadership, and management.
Contact Hours: 150
3.0 Credits
Photography | Course #: DI PH DD 140 | Open
Film photography provides spatial and temporal context while digital photography shortens the process of contextualization thanks to technology. This does not mean that one medium is better or worse than the other, and the aim of this introductory course seeks to provide a strong film foundation in order to enhance the approach to digital photography. Students will explore the concept of photographic context by being exposed to both film and digital processes. Film is tangible, it requires a tactile relationship with negatives, paper, and chemistry. The use of physical properties of film will transition to digital darkroom techniques and vice versa. Topics include historic milestones in the history of photography, compositional aesthetics, camera mechanics, control of light sources and metering, film and digital exposure, and darkroom and digital processing. Students will come away from the course having gained an understanding of the similarities, rather than differences, and the underlying relationships between the two mediums.
Contact Hours: 45
3.0 Credits
Photography | Course #: DI PH DP 340 | Open
Pre-requisite: Cover letter, CV, and material pertinent to the chosen area, interview
This is a special project course intended for students who wish develop skills and experiment with photography. Students create digital works individually and in collaboration with photographers, which are then edited and processed. Students must be prepared for diverse types of photographic approaches depending on projects and assignments, as well as develop management skills for archiving and publishing. Composite printing and experimentation with different techniques may be employed. This special project course features experiential learning hours with our Community Engagement Member Institutions (CEMI). CEMI are dynamic learning environments created to foster learning through a structured interaction with the community. Students will be involved in learning by doing through real projects and integration with the local population and territory in order to remove cultural and learning barriers as well as to develop a strong likelihood for success in life. The experiential learning hours are fully supervised by instructors who track students step by step during their learning experience, monitor and advise according to student needs, and support student initiative. This unique learning model allows students to benefit from an all-encompassing educational experience based on theory and practice in real enterprises, learning of comprehensive operational processes, problem-solving, leadership, and management.
Contact Hours: 150
3.0 Credits
Photography | Course #: DI PH FP 210 | Open
Pre-requisite: A DSLR camera and a lens with a focal length of 55mm or wider is required for this course. Must have a manual setting: ability to set ISO, aperture, and shutter speed.
The course is based on a series of theoretical lectures on the
technical, cultural, visual, and historic aspects of fashion photography. Fashion photography history will be analyzed from the beginning of the 20th century through contemporary works, following the continuously changing fashion styles and trends of today. This introductory course will concentrate on the technical and logistical aspects of fashion photography using natural light and light basic metering. This course combines introduction to photographic techniques with an emphasis on fashion photography. The first six lessons students will be guided through basic (introductory) camera usage. The later part of this course students will be challenged on basic fashion photography assignments.
This class includes experiential learning with CEMI.
NOTE: This course is for beginners. The first half of the course will be devoted to understanding camera functions and basic printing. During this period assignments will emphasize basic camera functions in manual mode.
Contact Hours: 45
3.0 Credits
Photography | Course #: DI PH ID 180 | Open
Pre-requisite: A DSLR camera and a lens with a focal length of 55mm or wider is required for this course. Must have a manual setting: ability to set ISO, aperture, and shutter speed.
This course introduces contemporary technologies for producing photographic images. Approaching the medium in its current complex and pluralistic state, students explore a variety of photographic concepts and techniques. The fundamentals of using a digital camera including manual exposure and lighting are stressed. The course also introduces seeing, thinking, and creating with a critical mind and eye in a foreign environment (Italy) to provide understanding of the construction and manipulation of photographic form and meaning. During the first half of the course assignments, lectures, readings progressively build on each other to provide students with a comprehensive understanding of camera functions (manual mode) and processing techniques. The second half of the course will focus on weaving the techniques with specific photographic concepts via assignments. This class includes experiential learning with CEMI. NOTE: This course is for beginners. The first half of the course will be devoted to understanding camera functions and basic printing. During this period assignments will emphasize basic camera functions in manual mode.


Contact Hours: 45
3.0 Credits
Photography | Course #: DI PH PH 450 | Open
Pre-requisite: Cover letter, CV, and material pertinent to the chosen area, interview
Through the photography internship course, students will collaborate with professional photographers and photo labs. Students will learn to develop research and preparation for photo shoots, become familiarized with diverse shooting locations, and assist with photo assignments. Additional topics may include image processing and printing, assisting with photo shoot logistics, handling photographic equipment, and archiving. This internship course aims to prepare students for the professional world and features an unsalaried internship scheduled individually for a minimum of ten hours per week. Students generally serve as part-time interns from Monday through Friday, although some internships may require weekend hours. The internship enhances students knowledge through field experience held in a professional environment overseen by a supervisor, who regularly monitors the internship progress and the guides the students preparation of a final analytical report and portfolio. Placements will vary depending on the students language and professional skills.
Contact Hours: 45
3.0 Credits
Photography | Course #: DI PH SP 220 | Open
This course considers how street photographers strive to capture the life and culture of city streets, searching for what Henri Cartier Bresson termed the Decisive Moment when it comes to street photography. A skilled street photographer is able to anticipate action, interaction and that microsecond when the ordinary street scene becomes an extraordinary photograph. Methods that encourages interaction between the photographer and subject are stressed. Techniques mastered by Cartier-Bresson, Garry Winogrand, Costas as well as others will be examined. Students will immerse themselves in the whirl of street life in Florence as they move towards an understanding of what it takes to successfully photograph in the street.
NOTE: This course is for beginners. The first half of the course will be devoted to understanding camera functions and basic printing. During this period assignments will emphasize basic camera functions in manual mode.

Contact Hours: 45
3.0 Credits
Video Production | Course #: DI VP VP 350 | Open
Pre-requisite: Cover letter, CV, and material pertinent to the chosen area, interview
This special project course is ideal for highly motivated students who are interested in creative video production. Involvement includes maintaining equipment, video shooting and editing, scouting locations, assisting the video director for logistics and production purposes, and sound editing. This special project course features experiential learning hours with our Community Engagement Member Institutions (CEMI). CEMI are dynamic learning environments created to foster learning through a structured interaction with the community. Students will be involved in learning by doing through real projects and integration with the local population and territory in order to remove cultural and learning barriers as well as to develop a strong likelihood for success in life. The experiential learning hours are fully supervised by instructors who track students step by step during their learning experience, monitor and advise according to student needs, and support student initiative. This unique learning model allows students to benefit from an all-encompassing educational experience based on theory and practice in real enterprises, learning of comprehensive operational processes, problem-solving, leadership, and management.
Contact Hours: 150
3.0 Credits
Video Production | Course #: DI VP VP 450 | Open
Pre-requisite: Cover letter, CV, and material pertinent to the chosen area, interview.
This internship course is ideal for highly motivated students who are interested in creative video production. Involvement includes maintaining equipment, video shooting and editing, scouting locations, assisting the video director for logistics and production purposes, and sound editing. This internship course aims to prepare students for the professional world and features an unsalaried internship scheduled individually for a minimum of ten hours per week. Students generally serve as part-time interns from Monday through Friday, although some internships may require weekend hours. The internship enhances students knowledge through field experience held in a professional environment overseen by a supervisor, who regularly monitors the internship progress and the guides the students preparation of a final analytical report and portfolio. Placements will vary depending on the students language and professional skills.
Contact Hours: 120
3.0 Credits
Visual Communication | Course #: DI VC GD 350 | Open
Pre-requisite: Cover letter, CV, and material pertinent to the chosen area, interview
This special project course focuses on the area of graphic design in visual communication. Students will interact with figures such as graphic designers as well as art directors for creative projects. Topics may include logo design, corporate identity and branding, advertising, design in journalism, product packaging, book design, web design, etc. The use of design software is required. This special project course features experiential learning hours with our Community Engagement Member Institutions (CEMI). CEMI are dynamic learning environments created to foster learning through a structured interaction with the community. Students will be involved in learning by doing through real projects and integration with the local population and territory in order to remove cultural and learning barriers as well as to develop a strong likelihood for success in life. The experiential learning hours are fully supervised by instructors who track students step by step during their learning experience, monitor and advise according to student needs, and support student initiative. This unique learning model allows students to benefit from an all-encompassing educational experience based on theory and practice in real enterprises, learning of comprehensive operational processes, problem-solving, leadership, and management.
Contact Hours: 150
3.0 Credits
Visual Communication | Course #: DI VC GI 210 | Open
Pre-requisite: Introduction to Computer Graphics is useful but is not mandatory
The course explores illustration as an instrument of communication (i.e. in advertising) and narration (i.e. in comic books). It aims to improve drawing and design skills by teaching image making, with an emphasis on edge, shape, color and value. The student will learn to apply composition and design, and color and conceptualization, to a wide range of materials and techniques. Students use Adobe Photoshop to enhance traditional work and acquire important knowledge in the digital domain. Idea development within real-world parameters, originality, aesthetics and technical proficiency are emphasized.
Contact Hours: 45
3.0 Credits
Visual Communication | Course #: DI VC SP 350 | Open
Pre-requisite: Cover letter, CV, and material pertinent to the chosen area, interview.
This special project course is intended for students who wish to explore and experiment with visual communication. Students create and edit their own digital works. Composite printing and experimentation with different media will also be employed and addressed. Students will participate in the development and production of design materials. This special project course features experiential learning hours with our Community Engagement Member Institutions (CEMI). CEMI are dynamic learning environments created to foster learning through a structured interaction with the community. Students will be involved in learning by doing through real projects and integration with the local population and territory in order to remove cultural and learning barriers as well as to develop a strong likelihood for success in life. The experiential learning hours are fully supervised by instructors who track students step by step during their learning experience, monitor and advise according to student needs, and support student initiative. This unique learning model allows students to benefit from an all-encompassing educational experience based on theory and practice in real enterprises, learning of comprehensive operational processes, problem-solving, leadership, and management.
Contact Hours: 150
3.0 Credits
Visual Communication | Course #: DI VC VC 450 | Open
Pre-requisite: Cover letter, CV, and material pertinent to the chosen area, interview.
Through the visual communication internship course, students will apply visual and aesthetic inspiration and strategies to creative projects. Students will assist the visual communication staff of the placement organization (i.e. marketing and graphic design teams for companies or freelancers) to develop the visual component of communications-based projects. Tasks may include assisting with items and tasks related to graphic design, photography and video assignments, and websites in formats such as e-newsletters, communication strategies and proposals, flyers, presentations, logos, and brochures. This internship course aims to prepare students for the professional world and features an unsalaried internship scheduled individually for a minimum of ten hours per week. Students generally serve as part-time interns from Monday through Friday, although some internships may require weekend hours. The internship enhances students knowledge through field experience held in a professional environment overseen by a supervisor, who regularly monitors the internship progress and the guides the students preparation of a final analytical report and portfolio. Placements will vary depending on the students language and professional skills.
Contact Hours: 120
3.0 Credits
Visual Communication | Course #: DI VC WE 350 | Open
Pre-requisite: Cover letter, CV, and material pertinent to the chosen area, interview.
Through this special project course, the student will be able to research and develop web content for professional websites. Guided by a Communications Office, the student will be involved in web-based projects to develop written and visual content for digital platforms. This special project course features experiential learning hours with our Community Engagement Member Institutions (CEMI). CEMI are dynamic learning environments created to foster learning through a structured interaction with the community. Students will be involved in learning by doing through real projects and integration with the local population and territory in order to remove cultural and learning barriers as well as to develop a strong likelihood for success in life. The experiential learning hours are fully supervised by instructors who track students step by step during their learning experience, monitor and advise according to student needs, and support student initiative. This unique learning model allows students to benefit from an all-encompassing educational experience based on theory and practice in real enterprises, learning of comprehensive operational processes, problem-solving, leadership, and management.
Contact Hours: 150

Entrepreneurship Resources

3.0 Credits
Entrepreneurship Resources | Course #: BU ER EM 305 | Open
The primary purpose of this course is to provide marketers with an in-depth understanding of product development practices including innovation, product strategy and processes, customer needs, identification, idea generation, concept development and optimization, forecasting, and
launch. The course will analyze the marketing development strategies of
new entrepreneurial companies with low budgets and little or no brand
development. An important component of the coursework features hands-on
approaches to real-life business problems that require application of topics
learned in the classroom. Students will be introduced to highly creative and
effective experiential forms of learning ranging from case studies to business plans, entrepreneurs in the classroom, conducting entrepreneurial audits, working with concepts of marketing inventions, and consulting projects.
Furthermore, students will be part of a dedicated lab team of cross-disciplinary learners led by faculty and advisers, and will collaborate with executives and representatives from real companies on comprehensive business issues. Coursework includes site visits to local companies and special guest lectures from local prominent entrepreneurs.
Contact Hours: 45
6.0 Credits
Entrepreneurship Resources | Course #: BU ER EM 310 | Open
Pre-requisite: A2 level of Italian language. Cover letter, CV, and material pertinent to the chosen area, interview.
The primary purpose of this course is to provide marketers with an in-depth understanding of product development practices including innovation, product strategy and processes, customer needs, identification, idea generation, concept development and optimization, forecasting, and launch. The course will analyze the marketing development strategies of new entrepreneurial companies with low budgets and little or no brand development. An important component of the coursework features hands-on approaches to real-life business problems that require application of topics learned in the classroom. Students will be introduced to highly creative and effective experiential forms of learning ranging from case studies to business plans, entrepreneurs in the classroom, conducting entrepreneurial audits, working with concepts of marketing inventions, and consulting projects. Furthermore, students will be part of a dedicated lab team of cross-disciplinary learners led by faculty and advisers, and will collaborate with executives and representatives from real companies on comprehensive business issues. Coursework includes site visits to local companies and special guest lectures from local prominent entrepreneurs. This course includes experiential learning hours with our Community Engagement Member Institutions (CEMI). CEMI are dynamic learning environments created to foster learning through a structured interaction with the community. In addition to regular lecture hours, students will be involved in learning by doing through real projects and integration with the local population and territory in order to remove cultural and learning barriers as well as to develop a strong likelihood for success in life. The experiential learning hours are fully supervised by instructors who track students step by step during their learning experience, monitor and advise according to student needs, and support student initiative. This unique learning model allows students to benefit from an all-encompassing educational experience based on theory and practice in real enterprises, learning of comprehensive operational processes, problem-solving, leadership, and management.
Contact Hours: 45

Fashion, Accessories and Tech

3.0 Credits
Accessory Design & Technology | Course #: FT AD SH 349 | Open
This course introduces students to the design and construction of straw accessories such as hats and bags. 3D design principles and hat making techniques are studied and applied to wearable and non-wearable creations. Students learn basic skills of millinery construction through the methods of patterned and blocked forms, how to manipulate straw and, how to acquire a in-depth understanding of the material.

Contact Hours: 45
3.0 Credits
Fashion Communication & Publishing | Course #: FT FC FM 300 | Open
This course examines fashion as a form of communication and culture using a diverse range of readings. Topics include: what fashion means and how it has been valued through history, popular culture and media institutions. Students explore economic and social issues that revolve around fashion's industrial production and analyze fashion both in terms of its production and consumption, addressing its role in relation to identity and body politics (gender, race, sexuality, class), art and status, nationhood and the global economy.
Contact Hours: 45
3.0 Credits
Fashion Communication & Publishing | Course #: FT FC FP 210 | Open
Pre-requisite: Basic photography experience and knowledge will be helpful. A digital camera of at least 5.0 mega pixels with an optical zoom lens 3X or more is required.
The course is based on a series of theoretical lectures about the technical, cultural, visual and historical aspects of fashion photography. Fashion photography history will be analyzed from the beginning of the 20th century through contemporary work, following the continuously changing fashion styles and trends. The course will concentrate on technical aspects of fashion photography from location, and portable and studio units, to all aspects of lighting, including natural, artificial, existing light, flash units, and light metering. Students will be guided through up-to-date digital software and technologies into the advertising world. attention to the offset printing technical aspects like color separation, offset film transferring and offset printing will be also given.
Contact Hours: 90
3.0 Credits
Fashion Design & Technology | Course #: FT FD AD 320 | Open
This course offers a solid foundation in the fundamentals of basic
construction, draping techniques, alterations and fitting techniques for
apparel. the emphasis of the course is on the importance of proper fit
and craftsmanship. Students develop and construct design concepts
in muslin and soft fabric on the dress form.

Contact Hours: 45
3.0 Credits
Merchandising | Course #: FT FC SF 360 | Open
The success of a small fashion retail store implies many skills. The professional in this field has to pay close attention to the types of products offered for sale, how to best present those products to consumers, and determining what is a reasonable retail price for each unit sold. While retailers have traditionally engaged in the task of retail merchandising in a physical location, the Internet has now made it possible to apply these same basic principles in a virtual setting. In order to be successful in retail management, it is necessary to provide consumers with specific key benefits. Firstly, the products must be of high quality; this helps to turn consumers into returning customers. Along with quality, the retailer must also sell products at prices considered reasonable by the consumer. By providing quality products at affordable prices, the retailer has an improved chance of standing out from the competition and of lengthening the lifetime of the business. In this course, students understand the procedures involved in managing a fashion retail enterprise and become aware of the decision-making inherent in successful merchandising for smaller-scale stores. Knowledge will be acquired through the practice gained by running a real enterprise at a laboratory in which students and professionals exchange their knowledge and propose successful solutions to be applied. Course includes site visits to famous luxury brands as Ferragamo, Gucci, and Cavalli (companies may change according to availability), and two special guest lectures from local prominent emerging designers.
Contact Hours: 45
6.0 Credits
Merchandising | Course #: FT FC SF 365 | Open
Pre-requisite: Resume Required
The success of a small fashion retail store implies many skills. The professional in this field has to pay close attention to the types of products offered for sale, how to best present those products to consumers, and determining what is a reasonable retail price for each unit sold. While retailers have traditionally engaged in the task of retail merchandising in a physical location, the Internet has now made it possible to apply these same basic principles in a virtual setting. In order to be successful in retail management, it is necessary to provide consumers with specific key benefits. Firstly, the products must be of high quality; this helps to turn consumers into returning customers. Along with quality, the retailer must also sell products at prices considered reasonable by the consumer. By providing quality products at affordable prices, the retailer has an improved chance of standing out from the competition and of lengthening the lifetime of the business. In this course, students understand the procedures involved in managing a fashion retail enterprise and become aware of the decision-making inherent in successful merchandising for smallerscale stores. Knowledge will be acquired through the practice gained by running a real enterprise at a laboratory in which students and professionals exchange their knowledge and propose successful solutions to be applied. Course includes site visits to famous luxury brands as Ferragamo, Gucci, and Cavalli (companies may change according to availability), and two special guest lectures from local prominent emerging designers. This course includes 150 hours of Experiential Learning with our Community Engagement Member Institutions (CEMI). CEMI are dynamic learning environments created to foster learning through a structured interaction with the community. In addition to regular lecture hours, students will be involved in learning by doing through real projects and integration with the local population and territory in order to remove cultural and learning barriers as well as to develop a strong likelihood for success in life. The Experiential Learning hours are fully supervised by instructors who track students step by step during their learning experience, monitor and advise according to student needs, and support student initiative. This unique learning model allows students to benefit from an all-encompassing educational experience based on theory and practice in real enterprises, learning of comprehensive operational processes, problem-solving, leadership, and management.

Contact Hours: 195
3.0 Credits
Merchandising | Course #: FT FM FB 330 | Open
This course addresses the new professional shopper profile by examining both the customer-oriented features of the industry as well as the general business principles of the fashion industry. Topics analyze the profession of the personal shopper, understanding the nature of services provided, as well as the strategies advised to clients from wardrobe analysis and purchasing. During the course, students will discuss fashion both in relationship to fashion history and international trends as well as communication and protocol for special occasions such as events. The final part of the class will include career guidance and marketing and promotion principles to build a customer base.

Contact Hours: 45
3.0 Credits
Merchandising | Course #: FT FM FM 320 | Open
This course is an introduction to marketing and merchandising concepts in fashion retail, with an emphasis on the apparel and accessory industry in Italy. Students learn terminology specific to the field and how to forecast trends. Other topics include: visual merchandising, planning, advertising, roles and components of the primary and secondary advertising, roles and components of the primary and secondary markets, different forms of in-store and non-store retail, consumer behavior and profiles, information systems, store location and design, and assessing the quality/cost equation of products. On-site visits to fashion retailers, buyers and trade fairs in Florence and Milan are an integral part of this course.
Contact Hours: 45
3.0 Credits
Merchandising | Course #: FT FM FR 350 | Open
Pre-requisite: Cover letter, CV, and material pertinent to the chosen area, interview.
This special project allows the student to interact with the local fashion economy through FLY Fashion Loves You, the retail store operated by the students and faculty members of FAST. The fashion retail management special project involves store organization, business procedures and client relations. Students will have the chance to be immersed in the fashion retail industry through duties that include but are not limited to sales, stocking, floor management, customer service, promotion, and research. This special project course features experiential learning hours with our Community Engagement Member Institutions (CEMI). CEMI are dynamic learning environments created to foster learning through a structured interaction with the community. Students will be involved in learning by doing through real projects and integration with the local population and territory in order to remove cultural and learning barriers as well as to develop a strong likelihood for success in life. The experiential learning hours are fully supervised by instructors who track students step by step during their learning experience, monitor and advise according to student needs, and support student initiative. This unique learning model allows students to benefit from an all-encompassing educational experience based on theory and practice in real enterprises, learning of comprehensive operational processes, problem-solving, leadership, and management.
Contact Hours: 150
3.0 Credits
Merchandising | Course #: FT FM RO 350 | Open
This course will prepare students to work, run, and manage a retail shop successfully and provides theoretical insights into customer expectations and service delivery. Throughout the course, standard elements of a retail shop will be analyzed and focus on retail management will be given. This class will strengthen decision-making skills regarding expense planning, suppliers, store layout, and promotional strategies. Under the supervision of seasoned professionals, students will spend a portion of the course operating the school retail spaces (fashion retail store, restaurant, pastry shop) that are open to the local community. Here, theoretical knowledge, shop floor management skills, and ability to perform head office functions will all be developed in the context of retail. In order to offer a comprehensive view of retail management, experiential learning activities are scheduled in varying types of retailers, each of them characterized by different competitors, products sold, customers, and style of service required. This class includes experiential learning with CEMI.
Contact Hours: 45
6.0 Credits
Merchandising | Course #: FT FM RO 355 | Open
This course will prepare students to work, run, and manage a retail shop successfully and provides theoretical insights into customer expectations and service delivery. Throughout the course, standard elements of a retail shop will be analyzed and focus on retail management will be given. This class will strengthen decision-making skills regarding expense planning, suppliers, store layout, and promotional strategies. Under the supervision of seasoned professionals, students will spend a portion of the course operating the school retail spaces (fashion retail store, restaurant, pastry shop) that are open to the local community. Here, theoretical knowledge, shop floor management skills, and ability to perform head office functions will all be developed in the context of retail. In order to offer a comprehensive view of retail management, experiential learning activities are scheduled in varying types of retailers, each of them characterized by different competitors, products sold, customers, and style of service required. This course includes experiential learning hours with our Community Engagement Member Institutions (CEMI). CEMI are dynamic learning environments created to foster learning through a structured interaction with the community. In addition to regular lecture hours, students will be involved in learning by doing through real projects and integration with the local population and territory in order to remove cultural and learning barriers as well as to develop a strong likelihood for success in life. The experiential learning hours are fully supervised by instructors who track students step by step during their learning experience, monitor and advise according to student needs, and support student initiative. This unique learning model allows students to benefit from an all-encompassing educational experience based on theory and practice in real enterprises, learning of comprehensive operational processes, problem-solving, leadership, and management.
Contact Hours: 45
3.0 Credits
Merchandising | Course #: FT FM VM 325 | Open
Pre-requisite:
This course examines the creative field of visual merchandising and its importance to the retail and fashion industries. Students develop skills in the evaluation and implementation of visual merchandising concepts. The key elements covered include merchandising, principles and elements of design, terminology, and evaluation.
Contact Hours: 90

Fine Arts

3.0 Credits
Art Education | Course #: FA AE AT 300 | Open
This lecture/lab course introduces students to the therapeutic functions of art. The aim is to have students familiarize with art therapy methods and techniques whose primary objective is to develop the creative potential present in every human being. During the class meetings students will use their own personal experiences to help them to understand the function of art within a therapeutic context: students will in effect conduct experiments on themselves. This hands-on experience will then be compared with the theoretical ideas outlined in the required readings. In the laboratory/studio part of the course students will handle a great variety of art materials ranging from the more traditional to less common items, such as buttons, boxes, leaves and so on. The aim is to facilitate self-expression on a non-verbal and creative level and in a safe environment, open to the free exchange of opinions and untouched by prejudiced or judgmental attitudes. All these essential elements which make up the created image - space, color, movement and form - will be examined and put to the test as expressive and symbolic tools of one;s inner world. This class includes Experiential Learning with CEMI.
Contact Hours: 45
4.0 Credits
Art Education | Course #: FA AE AT 304 | Open
This lecture/lab course introduces students to the therapeutic functions of art. The aim is for students to become familiar with art therapy methods and techniques whose primary objective is to develop creative expressions. During class meetings, students will use their own personal experiences by conducting direct experiments to understand the function of art within a therapeutic context. This hands-on experience will then be compared with the theoretical ideas outlined in the required readings. In the laboratory/studio part of the course, students will handle a great variety of art materials ranging from the more traditional to less common objects. The aim is to facilitate self-expression on a non-verbal and creative level and in a safe environment, open to the free exchange of opinions and untouched by prejudiced or judgmental attitudes. The essential elements that compose the created image - space, color, movement, and form - will be examined and put to the test as expressive and symbolic tools of one's inner world.
Contact Hours: 45
3.0 Credits
Art Education | Course #: FA AE GA 450 | Open
Pre-requisite: A2 level of Italian language. Cover letter, CV, and material pertinent to the chosen area, interview.
This internship course involves students in the curating activities of a professional fine arts gallery. Students will collaborate with curators and gallery managers on the organizational and operational tasks of developing, organizing, and implementing an art exhibition. Interaction with local and international artists will be a fundamental aspect of the internship, and duties will range from logistical preparation, administrative duties for the gallery management, promotion and press documentation, and other tasks assigned by the organization. This internship course aims to prepare students for the professional world and features an unsalaried internship scheduled individually for a minimum of ten hours per week. Students generally serve as part-time interns from Monday through Friday, although some internships may require weekend hours. The internship enhances students knowledge through field experience held in a professional environment overseen by a supervisor, who regularly monitors the internship progress and the guides the student preparation of a final analytical report and portfolio. Placements will vary depending on the students language and professional skills.
Contact Hours: 120
3.0 Credits
Art Education | Course #: FA AE GE 345 | Open
Introduces all aspects of the working of an art gallery. Students will be involved in curating and marketing art shows and auctions through a community and on campus promotions.
Contact Hours: 45
6.0 Credits
Art Education | Course #: FA AE GE 350 | Open
Introduces all aspects of the working of an art gallery. Students will be involved in curating and marketing art shows and auctions through a community and on campus promotions.This course includes 150 hours of Experiential Learning with our Community Engagement Member Institutions (CEMI). CEMI are dynamic learning environments created to foster learning through a structured interaction with the community. In addition to regular lecture hours, students will be involved in learning by doing through real projects and integration with the local population and territory in order to remove cultural and learning barriers as well as to develop a strong likelihood for success in life. The Experiential Learning hours are fully supervised by instructors who track students step by step during their learning experience, monitor and advise according to student needs, and support student initiative. This unique learning model allows students to benefit from an all-encompassing educational experience based on theory and practice in real enterprises, learning of comprehensive operational processes, problem-solving, leadership, and management.


Contact Hours: 150
3.0 Credits
Mixed Media | Course #: FA MM MM 300 | Open
Pre-requisite: Foundation Painting
In this course, students will develop an inventive and experimental approach to a variety of media, both traditional and nontraditional. Students initially work with collage, then advance into more conceptual projects using objects , decoupage, text and image, and photo-montage. Nontraditional uses of traditional materials are explored, as well as the boundaries between painting and sculpture.


Contact Hours: 90
3.0 Credits
Painting & Drawing | Course #: FA FD WP 210 | Open
This art course aims to make students aware of their creativity as well as to teach them how to deal and take advantage of it. The course will be able to single out the artistic techniques that suit him or her best, as well as to master and appropriate them as tools for expressing his or her own world. The course consists of lectures and workshops. Lectures focus on nature of creativity, art, genius, technique, aesthetic and artistic judgement in the history of art and philosophy from ancient Greece to present times. Workshops include a wide range of exercises based on creative telling, writing, painting, and moving.
Contact Hours: 45
3.0 Credits
Painting & Drawing | Course #: FA PD AD 320 | Open
Pre-requisite: Intermediate Drawing
In this challenging course, students focus simultaneously on mastering the formal elements of drawing (line, tone, space and composition) and expressing their own creative goals. In the first part of the course, the student will deal with figure and object drawing, using different materials and techniques. Slide lectures, critiques and discussions supplement the studio work. the second part of the course will focus on the development of individual projects.

Contact Hours: 90
3.0 Credits
Painting & Drawing | Course #: FA PD FD 120 | Open
Working from still life, the natural and urban surroundings of the city of Florence and figure models, the student will learn the basic techniques of drawing, perspective, proportion, and composition. Students will explore the different media of drawing: pencil, charcoal, pen and ink. Group and individual critiques are an integral part of this course.

Contact Hours: 90
3.0 Credits
Painting & Drawing | Course #: FA PD FP 120 | Open
This course teaches beginning students the fundamental principles and techniques of painting, focusing on oil painting with concentration on human figures and still-life. Students will learn the build-up of form, tone and color on a two-dimensional surface. Practical demonstrations are supplemented by slide lectures and visits to Florentine museums to view oil paintings first hand. Group and individual critiques are an integral part of the course.

Contact Hours: 90
3.0 Credits
Painting & Drawing | Course #: FA PD FS 225 | Open
This course is designed to take full advantage of the student's unique experiences living and studying in the city of Florence. With on-site inspiration channeled into artistic creativity, students will draw on location at sites of historical significant and visual interest ranging from architectural masterpieces, landscape vistas and medieval streets to formal gardens, street markets and Renaissance fountains. Slide lectures will document the rich history of how Florence and its environs have attracted and inspired visiting artists for centuries. Students will develop individual sketchbooks with the aim of building up source material for future projects.

Contact Hours: 45

Global Leadership Certificate
Students can supplement a regular semester of studies with the SAI Global Leadership Certificate (GLC), designed to enrich students’ experiences and to acknowledge their academic and service work by providing an additional credential beyond a university transcript. Students enrolled in the Global Leadership Certificate program broaden their awareness of global issues and deepen their knowledge of the host community’s role in an increasingly interconnected world through exploration of research, engagement in community service and interaction with experts and leaders. Students interested in applying for the GLC should select the program at application. Your Admissions Counselor will help guide you through the process of selecting GLC-approved courses at the time of registration. GLC applicants should have a cumulative GPA of 3.0 or higher (on a 4.0 scale).

Internships
Semester 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.

Pre-Semester Course: Cultural Introduction to Italy (1 week / 3 credits)
The 1 week Cultural Introduction to Italy pre-semester course can be added to the FUA semester program. The course is comprised of field study and travel research on location in destinations unique for their local cultures, economies, histories, and societies. Students participating in this course arrive in Rome a few days prior to the regular semester program start and spend one week participating in lectures, visiting historic and contemporary sites, tasting local gastronomy, and experiencing the culture of Tuscany. At the end of the week-long course, students travel to Florence to begin their regular semester courses. Please note: students enrolled in this pre-semester course arrive in Rome on August 26, 2018.

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 departure. After that, no changes can be made until the Add/Drop period 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 Classes Begin
September 7 2018
FUA Add/Drop Deadline
Course changes are not allowed after 12:00 noon local time.
October 15 – 19 2018
Mid-Term Exam Week
October 22 – 26 2018
Fall Break (no class)
November 1 2018
Holiday (no class)
December 7 2018
FUA Classes End
December 10 – 12 2018
Final Exams
December 13 2018
Program End & Housing Check-out
Students must move out of SAI housing by 10:00am to return home or pursue independent travel.

* Students adding the Cultural Introduction to Italy pre-semester course arrive in Rome (FCO airport) on August 26, 2018 by 5:00 pm

SAI Program Fees* USD
Application Fee $100
Security Deposit
Refundable at the end of the term.
$300
Program Fee
Includes tuition, standard housing and SAI Signature Services (see What’s Included).
Coming soon
Optional / Additional Fees:
Optional Private Room Housing Supplement
Private room in a shared apartment, with a shared bathroom.
Coming soon
Optional Premium Services Supplement
Provides cleaning services in SAI housing.
$750
Optional Homestay Housing Supplement – Shared
Homestay housing in shared occupancy room. Includes daily breakfast and weekday dinner.
Coming soon
Optional Homestay Housing Supplement – Private
Homestay housing in private occupancy room. Includes daily breakfast and weekday dinner.
Coming soon
Accommodations for Pre-semester Course
Fee for added accommodations for 1 week Cultural Intro to Italy course.
Coming soon
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.
$350
Meal Plan Units
Students can purchase meal plan units upon arrival directly from FUA.
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

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
Meals
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
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.