Florence University of the Arts
Fall Virtual Short Programs 2020
VP1, VP2, VP3, VP4 / 3 - 12 credits

SAI’s Fall 2020 virtual short program courses at FUA bring the academic experience of studying abroad to students in the safety of their homes through the FUA Iconic Florence program. The program aims to not only provide students with remote coursework, but also to help students experience Florence as a world-renowned symbol of culture in a significant and compelling way, from a distance. Students enroll in one or two intensive 3 week courses for 3 - 6 US credits. Courses provide a weekly live session paired with daily assignments via a virtual classroom platform that allows students to interact with professors, work together, and access materials. SAI offers four 3 week short sessions, each with different start dates and course options: VP1, VP2, VP3, and VP4. Students wishing to enroll in more credits can choose to take multiple sessions back-to-back to create a 7 week or 11 week program.


Application: now open
VP1 closes: August 7, 2020
VP2 closes: September 4, 2020
VP3 closes: October 2, 2020
VP4 closes: October 30, 2020
Apps accepted on a rolling basis, and after closing as space permits

Application Requirements
Online application
Transcript
Italian privacy consent form

Highlights

  • Take immersive courses – from a distance!
  • Option to complete a remote internship.

Program Dates
VP1: Sept 6, 2020 – Sept 24, 2020
VP2: Oct 4, 2020 – Oct 22, 2020
VP3: Nov 1, 2020 – Nov 19, 2020
VP4: Nov 29, 2020 – Dec 17, 2020


Eligibility Requirements

Age: 18+

Academic Year: High school graduate or above

Cumulative GPA:* 2.75 (on a 4.0 scale)

* contact SAI if you don’t meet requirements



Fashion, Accessories and Tech
Food and Wine Studies
Global Studies
Italian Studies and Linguistics
Liberal Arts
Life Studies / Human Services
Professional Studies and Experiential Learning
Sport and Health Sciences

Fashion, Accessories and Tech

3.0 Credits
Fashion Communication & Publishing | Course #: FTFCSC280 | Section: VP2 | Open
Through a series of walks and visits through art and design this course intends to show famous and hidden fashion paths in Florence. A journey through time and space to discover the place that marked the birth of Italian fashion and opened the doors to Made in Italy. Back in 1954 Florence was the star of the fashion system, anticipating trends and stealing the exclusive scene from Paris. Italy embraced the new in fashion through the talent and genius of Giovanni Battista Giorgini, who staged the first ever Italian fashion shows in Florence. Students will discover a city of exquisite taste, tradition and artistic craftsmanship. Starting from the location of the first Italian cat walk held in the Sala Bianca of Palazzo Pitti, they will learn how to map the fashion environment of the city. From Renaissance to modern day inspiration, fashion is kept alive in the products that were designed here and that grace the beautiful city today. Designers, such as Gucci, Salvatore Ferragamo, Emilio Pucci, Stefano Ricci, Ermanno Scervino, and Roberto Cavalli, have all developed and changed through the years and they have all surely blossomed here in Florence. The course is intended to provide academic knowledge through guided field learning activities that include research, on-site involvement, and topic assessment for each fashion themed walk in Florence. The classroom approach of this course is based on experiencing the city of Florence as the academic space for learning and engagement. Classes are not held in a traditional, frontal-style setting; each lesson is carefully mapped for curricular content and featured locations: lectures, observations, exercises, analysis, and reflections on presented topics are held in relevant sites that are accounted for in the academic planning, syllabus, and related course material. Coursework and submissions will be regularly assessed on the MyFUA platform through daily assignments in addition to exams, papers, and projects. Learning through the on-site classroom approach fosters a deeper understanding of the cultural environment of Florence and how it is related to the subject of study represented by the course, and allows the overall experience to contribute to the students' academic and personal enrichment.
Contact Hours: 45

Food and Wine Studies

3.0 Credits
Dietetics & Nutrition | Course #: FWDNHN150 | Section: VP2 | Open
Studies have shown that following the Mediterranean diet has many health benefits, especially when combined with exercise. This course includes lectures on various forms of physical and lifestyle activities and an overview of their respective health benefits. Lectures will also include visits to athletic centers within the local community and the nutritional aspects of the Mediterranean diet, and particularly the Italian culinary tradition. Cooking labs, wine tastings, and physical activity are integral components of the course and will result in the creation of a customized exercise and nutritional program by the student. This course also features a field learning component in relevant Italian locations to supplement and enrich academic topics.


Contact Hours: 45
3.0 Credits
Food & Culture | Course #: FWFCFC340 | Section: VP4 | Open
Pre-requisite:
This course is targeted towards students with an interest in Italian food traditions, society, and culture. The main focus consists of what is generally defined as made in Italy-culture and style in post-war Italy. Also covered are the relationships between Italian traditions, folklore and contemporary Italian society drawing from examples including festivals, food, tourism and economy, and the influence of foreign civilizations. Students will be asked to regard the subject of food outside of the context of ingredients and the procedures used to create a dish; we will instead examine a large scale context in which food is either featured as a main component or an integral element in cultural situations. Thus the student is asked first and foremost to observe the presented material across an anthropologic lens that roves over the entire Italian peninsula. Lectures will be complemented by student cooking labs and tastings.
Contact Hours: 45
3.0 Credits
Wine & Culture | Course #: FWWCPF335 | Section: VP3 | Open
Pre-requisite:
The capacity to offer the best wine as a combination for chosen dishes is a very important task. The course includes an analysis of the "combination technique" used today by the Italian association of Sommeliers, sensory and quality evaluations, practical workshops on the most successful matches as well as the creation of new flavor combinations.
Contact Hours: 45

Global Studies

3.0 Credits
Anthropology | Course #: GSANCI202 | Section: VP1 | Open
The study of Italian culture helps the student to acquire a deep awareness of both cultural unity and regional diversity. This course is intended to provide students with an in-depth introduction to Italian culture and to broaden ones awareness and understanding of the role of cultural heritage in customs and lifestyles. Lectures will provide students with an organized, focused, and academic understanding of Italian history, art, architecture, food, religion and culture. The course provides additional enrichment through basic notions of Italian language and terminology along with assigned readings and a final paper. On-site teaching is a significant part of this course and is aimed to provide the student with an incomparable experience of studying important sites of artistic architectural and social relevance in present-day Italy. Students are encouraged to observe the sites through active participation and to discuss their observations using specific and analytic social assessment skills. Florence only.
Contact Hours: 45
3.0 Credits
Anthropology | Course #: GSANWA300 | Section: VP1 | Open
This course will introduce students to the world of walking as an artistic, philosophical, political, literary, inspirational - as well as physical - experience. While exploring different types of walking, the concept of "wanderlust" will also be analyzed and discussed from both an anthropological and philosophical perspective, to provide students with a thorough overview of the traveling and walking experience both in natural and urban landscapes. Different types of walking activities will be an integral component of the course, allowing students to reflect upon walking as an act of desire, escape, imagination, freedom, rebellion, and well-being.
Contact Hours: 45
3.0 Credits
Happiness Sciences | Course #: GSHSHN150 | Section: VP2 | Open
Studies have shown that following the Mediterranean diet has many health benefits, especially when combined with exercise. This course includes lectures on various forms of physical and lifestyle activities and an overview of their respective health benefits. Lectures will also include visits to athletic centers within the local community and the nutritional aspects of the Mediterranean diet, and particularly the Italian culinary tradition. Cooking labs, wine tastings, and physical activity are integral components of the course and will result in the creation of a customized exercise and nutritional program by the student. This course also features a field learning component in relevant Italian locations to supplement and enrich academic topics.

Contact Hours: 45
3.0 Credits
Happiness Sciences | Course #: GSHSWA300 | Section: VP1 | Open
This course will introduce students to the world of walking as an artistic, philosophical, political, literary, inspirational - as well as physical - experience. While exploring different types of walking, the concept of "wanderlust" will also be analyzed and discussed from both an anthropological and philosophical perspective, to provide students with a thorough overview of the traveling and walking experience both in natural and urban landscapes. Different types of walking activities will be an integral component of the course, allowing students to reflect upon walking as an act of desire, escape, imagination, freedom, rebellion, and well-being.
Contact Hours: 45
3.0 Credits
Urban Studies | Course #: GSUSDF340 | Section: VP4 | Closed
This course will examine excerpts of Dante Alighieri's greatest passages from the Divine Comedy and other works in relation to the space and history of Florence. Textual analyses will be performed, unpacking the dense symbolism and motifs reflective of the intellectual and moral climate during 14th century Florence. Students will visit churches, piazzas, and palaces within the city and will examine these locations in the context of Dante's life and surrounding controversy, the accusations and denunciations in his writings, the physical descriptions of the city, and the characters and historical figures present in his works. The classroom approach of this course is based on experiencing the city of Florence as the academic space for learning and engagement. Classes are not held in a traditional, frontal-style setting; each lesson is carefully mapped for curricular content and featured locations: lectures, observations, exercises, analysis, and reflections on presented topics are held in relevant sites that are accounted for in the academic planning, syllabus, and related course material. Coursework and submissions will be regularly assessed on the MyFUA platform through daily assignments in addition to exams, papers, and projects. Learning through the on-site classroom approach fosters a deeper understanding of the cultural environment of Florence and how it is related to the subject of study represented by the course, and allows the overall experience to contribute to the students' academic and personal enrichment.
Contact Hours: 45
3.0 Credits
Urban Studies | Course #: GSUSFW280 | Section: VP3 | Open
This course examines the city of Florence with themed walks offering a comprehensive approach to the city as an open-air cultural, historical, and artistic research site from its Roman foundation to its contemporary Zeitgeist. Students will learn the history of the city through its art: they will understand how buildings, streets, squares, and monuments can be mapped as living traces of multiple, overlapping layers of a complex past, and how to encode them in their personal appropriation of the city. Starting from learning how to decode the artistic environment of the city and to unveil its traces both visible and invisible the course aims at understanding the main social and cultural reasons underlying the existing shape of the city. The course explores traces and evidences from Roman times through Middle Ages, Renaissance, Mannerism and Baroque, up to Art Nouveau and contemporary Florence. Students will be provided with a consistent theoretical background related to relevant historic-artistic landmarks and their social and cultural context and main characters (Guelphs vs. Ghibellines, the Florentine Guilds, Dante, the Medici family, Botticelli, Michelangelo, Ghirlandaio, Ammannati, Pontormo, etc.). Students will be encouraged to develop their own experiential tools and strategies to approach the city through guided field learning activities that assess research, on-site involvement, and academic outcome for each themed walk in Florence.
Contact Hours: 45
3.0 Credits
Urban Studies | Course #: GSUSSC280 | Section: VP2 | Open
Through a series of walks and visits through art and design this course intends to show famous and hidden fashion paths in Florence. A journey through time and space to discover the place that marked the birth of Italian fashion and opened the doors to Made in Italy. Back in 1954 Florence was the star of the fashion system, anticipating trends and stealing the exclusive scene from Paris. Italy embraced the new in fashion through the talent and genius of Giovanni Battista Giorgini, who staged the first ever Italian fashion shows in Florence. Students will discover a city of exquisite taste, tradition and artistic craftsmanship. Starting from the location of the first Italian cat walk held in the Sala Bianca of Palazzo Pitti, they will learn how to map the fashion environment of the city. From Renaissance to modern day inspiration, fashion is kept alive in the products that were designed here and that grace the beautiful city today. Designers, such as Gucci, Salvatore Ferragamo, Emilio Pucci, Stefano Ricci, Ermanno Scervino, and Roberto Cavalli, have all developed and changed through the years and they have all surely blossomed here in Florence. The course is intended to provide academic knowledge through guided field learning activities that include research, on-site involvement, and topic assessment for each fashion themed walk in Florence. The classroom approach of this course is based on experiencing the city of Florence as the academic space for learning and engagement. Classes are not held in a traditional, frontal-style setting; each lesson is carefully mapped for curricular content and featured locations: lectures, observations, exercises, analysis, and reflections on presented topics are held in relevant sites that are accounted for in the academic planning, syllabus, and related course material. Coursework and submissions will be regularly assessed on the MyFUA platform through daily assignments in addition to exams, papers, and projects. Learning through the on-site classroom approach fosters a deeper understanding of the cultural environment of Florence and how it is related to the subject of study represented by the course, and allows the overall experience to contribute to the students' academic and personal enrichment.
Contact Hours: 45
3.0 Credits
Urban Studies | Course #: GSUSWA300 | Section: VP1 | Open
This course will introduce students to the world of walking as an artistic, philosophical, political, literary, inspirational - as well as physical - experience. While exploring different types of walking, the concept of "wanderlust" will also be analyzed and discussed from both an anthropological and philosophical perspective, to provide students with a thorough overview of the traveling and walking experience both in natural and urban landscapes. Different types of walking activities will be an integral component of the course, allowing students to reflect upon walking as an act of desire, escape, imagination, freedom, rebellion, and well-being. The classroom approach of this course is based on experiencing the city of Florence as the academic space for learning and engagement. Classes are not held in a traditional, frontal-style setting; each lesson is carefully mapped for curricular content and featured locations: lectures, observations, exercises, analysis, and reflections on presented topics are held in relevant sites that are accounted for in the academic planning, syllabus, and related course material. Coursework and submissions will be regularly assessed on the MyFUA platform through daily assignments in addition to exams, papers, and projects. Learning through the on-site classroom approach fosters a deeper understanding of the cultural environment of Florence and how it is related to the subject of study represented by the course, and allows the overall experience to contribute to the students' academic and personal enrichment.
Contact Hours: 45

Italian Studies and Linguistics

3.0 Credits
Italian Cultural Studies | Course #: ISISCI202 | Section: VP1 | Open
The study of Italian culture helps the student to acquire a deep awareness of both cultural unity and regional diversity. This course is intended to provide students with an in-depth introduction to Italian culture and to broaden ones awareness and understanding of the role of cultural heritage in customs and lifestyles. Lectures will provide students with an organized, focused, and academic understanding of Italian history, art, architecture, food, religion and culture. The course provides additional enrichment through basic notions of Italian language and terminology along with assigned readings and a final paper. On-site teaching is a significant part of this course and is aimed to provide the student with an incomparable experience of studying important sites of artistic architectural and social relevance in present-day Italy. Students are encouraged to observe the sites through active participation and to discuss their observations using specific and analytic social assessment skills. Florence only.


Contact Hours: 45
3.0 Credits
Italian Language | Course #: ISITCI101 | Section: VP1 | Open
This course focuses on the relationship between students and the city. Students will have an overview on basic Italian Language structures used to develop communication skills. Students will develop a vocabulary that will enable them to engage in simple but useful everyday conversations, thus enhancing and supporting their Italian experience. After taking this course, students will be able to express themselves in daily life context e.g. shopping for food, clothes, interacting with Italians, talking about yourself, habits, hobbies. Emphasis will be given to oral expression of practical vocabulary. This level is for absolute beginner students who have never studied Italian before. Through lessons students will be invited to practice the acquired knowledge in a native environment.
Contact Hours: 45
3.0 Credits
Italian Language | Course #: ISITCI101 | Section: VP2 | Open
This course focuses on the relationship between students and the city. Students will have an overview on basic Italian Language structures used to develop communication skills. Students will develop a vocabulary that will enable them to engage in simple but useful everyday conversations, thus enhancing and supporting their Italian experience. After taking this course, students will be able to express themselves in daily life context e.g. shopping for food, clothes, interacting with Italians, talking about yourself, habits, hobbies. Emphasis will be given to oral expression of practical vocabulary. This level is for absolute beginner students who have never studied Italian before. Through lessons students will be invited to practice the acquired knowledge in a native environment.
Contact Hours: 45
3.0 Credits
Italian Language | Course #: ISITCI101 | Section: VP3 | Open
This course focuses on the relationship between students and the city. Students will have an overview on basic Italian Language structures used to develop communication skills. Students will develop a vocabulary that will enable them to engage in simple but useful everyday conversations, thus enhancing and supporting their Italian experience. After taking this course, students will be able to express themselves in daily life context e.g. shopping for food, clothes, interacting with Italians, talking about yourself, habits, hobbies. Emphasis will be given to oral expression of practical vocabulary. This level is for absolute beginner students who have never studied Italian before. Through lessons students will be invited to practice the acquired knowledge in a native environment.
Contact Hours: 45
3.0 Credits
Italian Language | Course #: ISITCI101 | Section: VP4 | Open
This course focuses on the relationship between students and the city. Students will have an overview on basic Italian Language structures used to develop communication skills. Students will develop a vocabulary that will enable them to engage in simple but useful everyday conversations, thus enhancing and supporting their Italian experience. After taking this course, students will be able to express themselves in daily life context e.g. shopping for food, clothes, interacting with Italians, talking about yourself, habits, hobbies. Emphasis will be given to oral expression of practical vocabulary. This level is for absolute beginner students who have never studied Italian before. Through lessons students will be invited to practice the acquired knowledge in a native environment.
Contact Hours: 45
3.0 Credits
Italian Literature | Course #: ISILDF340 | Section: VP4 | Open
This course will examine excerpts of Dante Alighieri's greatest passages from the Divine Comedy and other works in relation to the space and history of Florence. Textual analyses will be performed, unpacking the dense symbolism and motifs reflective of the intellectual and moral climate during 14th century Florence. Students will visit churches, piazzas, and palaces within the city and will examine these locations in the context of Dante's life and surrounding controversy, the accusations and denunciations in his writings, the physical descriptions of the city, and the characters and historical figures present in his works.
Contact Hours: 45

Liberal Arts

3.0 Credits
Art History | Course #: LAAHFW280 | Section: VP3 | Open
This course examines the city of Florence with themed walks offering a comprehensive approach to the city as an open-air cultural, historical, and artistic research site from its Roman foundation to its contemporary Zeitgeist. Students will learn the history of the city through its art: they will understand how buildings, streets, squares, and monuments can be mapped as living traces of multiple, overlapping layers of a complex past, and how to encode them in their personal appropriation of the city. Starting from learning how to decode the artistic environment of the city and to unveil its traces both visible and invisible the course aims at understanding the main social and cultural reasons underlying the existing shape of the city. The course explores traces and evidences from Roman times through Middle Ages, Renaissance, Mannerism and Baroque, up to Art Nouveau and contemporary Florence. Students will be provided with a consistent theoretical background related to relevant historic-artistic landmarks and their social and cultural context and main characters (Guelphs vs. Ghibellines, the Florentine Guilds, Dante, the Medici family, Botticelli, Michelangelo, Ghirlandaio, Ammannati, Pontormo, etc.). Students will be encouraged to develop their own experiential tools and strategies to approach the city through guided field learning activities that assess research, on-site involvement, and academic outcome for each themed walk in Florence.
Contact Hours: 45
3.0 Credits
Art History and Architecture | Course #: LAAHCI202 | Section: VP1 | Open
The study of Italian culture helps the student to acquire a deep awareness of both cultural unity and regional diversity. This course is intended to provide students with an in-depth introduction to Italian culture and to broaden ones awareness and understanding of the role of cultural heritage in customs and lifestyles. Lectures will provide students with an organized, focused, and academic understanding of Italian history, art, architecture, food, religion and culture. The course provides additional enrichment through basic notions of Italian language and terminology along with assigned readings and a final paper. On-site teaching is a significant part of this course and is aimed to provide the student with an incomparable experience of studying important sites of artistic architectural and social relevance in present-day Italy. Students are encouraged to observe the sites through active participation and to discuss their observations using specific and analytic social assessment skills. Florence only.
Contact Hours: 45
3.0 Credits
History | Course #: LAHSFW280 | Section: VP3 | Open
This course examines the city of Florence with themed walks offering a comprehensive approach to the city as an open-air cultural, historical, and artistic research site from its Roman foundation to its contemporary Zeitgeist. Students will learn the history of the city through its art: they will understand how buildings, streets, squares, and monuments can be mapped as living traces of multiple, overlapping layers of a complex past, and how to encode them in their personal appropriation of the city. Starting from learning how to decode the artistic environment of the city and to unveil its traces both visible and invisible the course aims at understanding the main social and cultural reasons underlying the existing shape of the city. The course explores traces and evidences from Roman times through Middle Ages, Renaissance, Mannerism and Baroque, up to Art Nouveau and contemporary Florence. Students will be provided with a consistent theoretical background related to relevant historic-artistic landmarks and their social and cultural context and main characters (Guelphs vs. Ghibellines, the Florentine Guilds, Dante, the Medici family, Botticelli, Michelangelo, Ghirlandaio, Ammannati, Pontormo, etc.). Students will be encouraged to develop their own experiential tools and strategies to approach the city through guided field learning activities that assess research, on-site involvement, and academic outcome for each themed walk in Florence.
Contact Hours: 45
3.0 Credits
Philosophy | Course #: LAPLWA300 | Section: VP1 | Open
This course will introduce students to the world of walking as an artistic, philosophical, political, literary, inspirational - as well as physical - experience. While exploring different types of walking, the concept of "wanderlust" will also be analyzed and discussed from both an anthropological and philosophical perspective, to provide students with a thorough overview of the traveling and walking experience both in natural and urban landscapes. Different types of walking activities will be an integral component of the course, allowing students to reflect upon walking as an act of desire, escape, imagination, freedom, rebellion, and well-being.
Contact Hours: 45

Life Studies / Human Services

3.0 Credits
Sociology | Course #: LSSOCI202 | Section: VP1 | Open
The lectures will provide students with an organized, focused, and academically rich understanding of the History art, architecture, and culture of Italy. The course provides additional enrichment through contextual use of Italian language and terminology along with assigned readings and a final reflective paper.
Contact Hours: 45
3.0 Credits
Sociology | Course #: LSSOFC340 | Section: VP4 | Open
This course is targeted towards students with an interest in Italian food traditions, society, and culture. the main focus consists of what is generally defined as made in Italys culture and style in post-war Italy. also covered are the relationships between Italian traditions, folklore and contemporary Italian society drawing from examples including festivals, food, tourism and economy, and the influence of foreign civilizations. Students will be asked to regard the subject of food outside of the context of ingredients and the procedures used to create a dish; we will instead examine a large scale context in which food is either featured as a main component or an integral element in cultural situations. Thus the student is asked first and foremost to observe the presented material across an anthropologic lens that roves over the entire Italian peninsula. lectures will be complemented by student cooking labs and tastings.
Contact Hours: 45

Professional Studies and Experiential Learning

3.0 Credits
Experiential Learning | Course #: PSSPGR350 | Section: VP1 | Open
Pre-requisite: Cover letter, CV, and material pertinent to the chosen area, interview.
This special project allows students to interact with the local community in Florence through experiential learning in collaboration with the Community Engagement Member Institutions affiliated with Florence University of the Arts. These community projects are directly linked to the academic divisions of FUA and open to the general public in order to share academic results with the greater community. 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
Experiential Learning | Course #: PSSPGR350 | Section: VP2 | Open
Pre-requisite: Cover letter, CV, and material pertinent to the chosen area, interview.
This special project allows students to interact with the local community in Florence through experiential learning in collaboration with the Community Engagement Member Institutions affiliated with Florence University of the Arts. These community projects are directly linked to the academic divisions of FUA and open to the general public in order to share academic results with the greater community. 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
Experiential Learning | Course #: PSSPGR350 | Section: VP3 | Open
Pre-requisite: Cover letter, CV, and material pertinent to the chosen area, interview.
This special project allows students to interact with the local community in Florence through experiential learning in collaboration with the Community Engagement Member Institutions affiliated with Florence University of the Arts. These community projects are directly linked to the academic divisions of FUA and open to the general public in order to share academic results with the greater community. 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
Experiential Learning | Course #: PSSPGR350 | Section: VP4 | Open
Pre-requisite: Cover letter, CV, and material pertinent to the chosen area, interview.
This special project allows students to interact with the local community in Florence through experiential learning in collaboration with the Community Engagement Member Institutions affiliated with Florence University of the Arts. These community projects are directly linked to the academic divisions of FUA and open to the general public in order to share academic results with the greater community. 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
Internships | Course #: PSININ450 | Section: VP1 | Open
Pre-requisite: Cover letter, CV, and material pertinent to the chosen area, interview.
The internship course aims to prepare students for the professional world and features an nonsalaried 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 guides the students professional development. Candidates must meet the prerequisites for the internship program. Students must submit a cover letter, CV, and material pertinent to the chosen area (for example, a photography or visual communication candidacy requires a portfolio). An interview is held for placement purposes. Placements will vary depending on the students language and professional skills.
Contact Hours: 120
3.0 Credits
Internships | Course #: PSININ450 | Section: VP2 | Open
Pre-requisite: Cover letter, CV, and material pertinent to the chosen area, interview.
The internship course aims to prepare students for the professional world and features an nonsalaried 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 guides the students professional development. Candidates must meet the prerequisites for the internship program. Students must submit a cover letter, CV, and material pertinent to the chosen area (for example, a photography or visual communication candidacy requires a portfolio). An interview is held for placement purposes. Placements will vary depending on the students language and professional skills.
Contact Hours: 120
3.0 Credits
Internships | Course #: PSININ450 | Section: VP3 | Open
Pre-requisite: Cover letter, CV, and material pertinent to the chosen area, interview.
The internship course aims to prepare students for the professional world and features an nonsalaried 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 guides the students professional development. Candidates must meet the prerequisites for the internship program. Students must submit a cover letter, CV, and material pertinent to the chosen area (for example, a photography or visual communication candidacy requires a portfolio). An interview is held for placement purposes. Placements will vary depending on the students language and professional skills.
Contact Hours: 120

Sport and Health Sciences

3.0 Credits
Sport Sciences | Course #: SHSSHN150 | Section: VP2 | Open
Studies have shown that following the Mediterranean diet has many health benefits, especially when combined with exercise. This course includes lectures on various forms of physical and lifestyle activities and an overview of their respective health benefits. Lectures will also include visits to athletic centers within the local community and the nutritional aspects of the Mediterranean diet, and particularly the Italian culinary tradition. Cooking labs, wine tastings, and physical activity are integral components of the course and will result in the creation of a customized exercise and nutritional program by the student. This course also features a field learning component in relevant Italian locations to supplement and enrich academic topics.

Contact Hours: 45
3.0 Credits
Sport Sciences | Course #: SHSSWA300 | Section: VP1 | Open
This course will introduce students to the world of walking as an artistic, philosophical, political, literary, inspirational - as well as physical - experience. While exploring different types of walking, the concept of "wanderlust" will also be analyzed and discussed from both an anthropological and philosophical perspective, to provide students with a thorough overview of the traveling and walking experience both in natural and urban landscapes. Different types of walking activities will be an integral component of the course, allowing students to reflect upon walking as an act of desire, escape, imagination, freedom, rebellion, and well-being.
Contact Hours: 45

Internships
Students enrolled in two back-to-back 3 week sessions can apply for a part time 3-credit virtual internship as one of their courses to be completed over the course the two sessions. Students are placed in internships that complement their major or minor, and are supported by a virtual 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.

Courses & Schedule
Courses run Monday – Friday, with five lessons scheduled throughout the week and accessible on student’s individual MyFUA portals. Live sessions will be held once a week on Mon, Tue, or Wed on MyFUA, Italian language courses will have 2 live sessions each week. Daily login will be required along with assignments and projects to submit on MyFUA according to specified deadlines. Each course will end with a final exam available on the final Thursday of the course.

Course Registration
SAI students complete their course registration directly with FUA through the FUA student portal, registering for one or two courses from each session they have enrolled in. Upon confirming enrollment in the SAI program at FUA, students receive information for creating their FUA student portal and selecting their classes.


Pre-Session Calendar
August 7 2020
Application Closes
Applications accepted after closing as space permits.
Within 1 week of acceptance
SAI Deposit Due
$250 Confirmation Deposit (non-refundable, applied toward program fee)
August 7 2020
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.
August 12 2020
Balance of Total Program Fee Due
August 16 2020
Last Day to Cancel Enrollment Prior to Penalty Phase
See SAI Policies for enrollment cancellation details.

Session Calendar
September 6 2020
Orientation & Virtual Welcome Event
Students get to know one another while going over their program during a virtual orientation.
September 7 2020
Session VP1 Courses Begin
September 24 2020
Session VP1 Courses End & Program End

Pre-Session Calendar
September 4 2020
Application Closes
Applications accepted after closing as space permits.
Within 1 week of acceptance
SAI Deposit Due
$250 Confirmation Deposit (non-refundable, applied toward program fee)
September 4 2020
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.
September 9 2020
Balance of Total Program Fee Due
September 13 2020
Last Day to Cancel Enrollment Prior to Penalty Phase
See SAI Policies for enrollment cancellation details.

Session Calendar
October 4 2020
Orientation & Virtual Welcome Event
Students get to know one another while going over their program during a virtual orientation.
October 5 2020
Session VP2 Courses Begin
October 22 2020
Session VP2 Courses End & Program End

Pre-Session Calendar
October 2 2020
Application Closes
Applications accepted after closing as space permits.
Within 1 week of acceptance
SAI Deposit Due
$250 Confirmation Deposit (non-refundable, applied toward program fee)
October 2 2020
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.
October 7 2020
Balance of Total Program Fee Due
October 11 2020
Last Day to Cancel Enrollment Prior to Penalty Phase
See SAI Policies for enrollment cancellation details.

Session Calendar
November 1 2020
Orientation & Virtual Welcome Event
Students get to know one another while going over their program during a virtual orientation.
November 2 2020
Session VP3 Courses Begin
November 19 2020
Session VP3 Courses End & Program End

Pre-Session Calendar
October 30 2020
Application Closes
Applications accepted after closing as space permits.
Within 1 week of acceptance
SAI Deposit Due
$250 Confirmation Deposit (non-refundable, applied toward program fee)
October 30 2020
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.
November 4 2020
Balance of Total Program Fee Due
October 8 2020
Last Day to Cancel Enrollment Prior to Penalty Phase
See SAI Policies for enrollment cancellation details.

Session Calendar
November 29 2020
Orientation & Virtual Welcome Event
Students get to know one another while going over their program during a virtual orientation.
November 30 2020
Session VP4 Courses Begin
December 17 2020
Session VP4 Courses End & Program End
SAI Program Fees* USD
Application Fee $50
Virtual Program Fee: 3 weeks / 3 credits
Includes tuition, U.S. credit, and SAI 360° Virtual Services (see What’s Included).
$1,300
Virtual Program Fee: 3 weeks / 6 credits
Includes tuition, U.S. credit, and SAI 360° Virtual Services (see What’s Included).
$2,600
Virtual Program Fee: 7 weeks / 6 credits
Includes tuition, U.S. credit, and SAI 360° Virtual Services (see What’s Included).
$2,600
Virtual Program Fee: 7 weeks / 9 credits
Includes tuition, U.S. credit, and SAI 360° Virtual Services (see What’s Included).
$3,900
Virtual Program Fee: 7 weeks / 12 credits
Includes tuition, U.S. credit, and SAI 360° Virtual Services (see What’s Included).
$5,200
Virtual Program Fee: 11 weeks / 9 credits
Includes tuition, U.S. credit, and SAI 360° Virtual Services (see What’s Included).
$3,900
Virtual Program Fee: 11 weeks / 12 credits
Includes tuition, U.S. credit, and SAI 360° Virtual Services (see What’s Included).
$5,200
Optional / Additional Fees:
Additional Course Credits
Fee for enrollment over credits included in program fee.
$1,300

*prices are subject to change

All students who complete a virtual program with SAI are eligible for a Virtual Programs Alumni Discount to be applied to any future on-site programs: $350 for semester/quarter programs, and $150 for summer and short programs.

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.

This is an SAI 360° Virtual Services program and includes the following services:

  • Program tuition for virtual coursework
  • US academic credit
  • Orientation at the start of the term
  • SAI Virtual Program Coordinator, providing personal assistance throughout the term
  • SAI Virtual Viva Experience: opportunities for virtual cultural engagement
  • Regular newsletters with culturally relevant information and updates

Pre-session and alumni services

  • US-based admissions counselor assigned to you, providing friendly assistance
  • Online student groups to acquaint you with other SAI students
  • Assistance with financial aid processing
  • Virtual programs alumni discount on future on-site programs
  • SAI Ambassador Program for SAI alumni, with paid internship opportunities
  • SAI alumni network membership

About SAI

SAI is dedicated to providing academic and cultural learning experiences abroad that enhance global awareness, professional development and social responsibility. We concentrate our programs in Europe, with a focus on in-depth learning of individual European countries and their unique global role in the geopolitical economy, humanities, and in the arts.