Florence University of the Arts
High School Summer 2018
3 - 4 weeks / 6 - 9 credits

SAI and FUA are pleased to offer high school students from all academic backgrounds the possibility of earning 6 – 9 college credits and living for three or four weeks in one of the most treasured centers of art, culture and history in the world, Italy. Students will experience Italian culture hands-on while participating in a variety of classes in the arts and humanities in this summer enrichment program.


Application Deadline
April 3, 2018
Apps accepted as space permits

Application Requirements
Complete online application
Personal statement (300-500 words)
Official transcript
2 Academic letters of recommendation

Highlights

  • Summer I: spend 3 weeks in Florence
  • Summer II: add a 1 week field learning travel course for a total of 4 weeks
  • Included excursions and daily activities

Program Dates
3 weeks: June 24, 2018 – July 13, 2018
4 weeks: June 17, 2018 – July 13, 2018


Eligibility Requirements

Age: 15 to 18

Academic Year: Currently enrolled in high school or recent graduate.

*contact SAI if you don’t meet requirements

High School GPA:* 3.0 (on a 4.0 scale)

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



Communications and Publishing
Fashion, Accessories and Tech
Fine Arts
Food and Wine Studies
Global Studies
Italian Studies and Linguistics
Liberal Arts

Communications and Publishing

3.0 Credits
Journalism & Book Publishing | Course #: CP JL TW 290 HS | Open
Monday 12:00 pm - 2:30 pm
Tuesday 12:00 pm - 2:30 pm
Wednesday 12:00 pm - 2:30 pm
Thursday 12:00 pm - 2:30 pm
Pre-requisite: Saturday July 7 Mandatory Field Learning in Gubbio and Fabriano
The basis of this course is the development of creative writing skills by focusing on the genre of travel writing. Students will read and discuss extracts from the great classics of travel writing as well as current travel journalism published in newspapers, magazines, and online. Assignments will focus on developing an individual voice, and honing ideas through revision and drafting. Topics will cover how to write for different audiences and publishing formats. Course projects and activities will interact with the journalism activities of Blending, the magazine and newsletter of FUA's campus press Ingorda. This class includes experiential learning with CEMI.
Contact Hours: 45

Fashion, Accessories and Tech

3.0 Credits
Accessory Design & Technology | Course #: FT AD CA 345 HS | Open
Monday 3:00 pm - 5:30 pm
Tuesday 3:00 pm - 5:30 pm
Wednesday 3:00 pm - 5:30 pm
Thursday 3:00 pm - 5:30 pm
Pre-requisite: Sunday, July 1, there is a Mandatory Field Learning in Arezzo
This course introduces students to the design and construction of hats and bags made from creative materials such as straw and non-leather materials. 3D design principles and hat making techniques are studies and applied to wearable and non-wearable creations. Students learn basic skills of millinery construction through the methods of patterned and blocked forms, and how to work with and acquire an in-depth understanding of the introduced materials.
This course features an Experiential Learning Project at FLY (Fashion Loves You), a Florence boutique. Garments produced will permanently remain at FLY for placement in window displays, photo shoots and other special installations throughout the seasons.
Contact Hours: 90
3.0 Credits
Fashion Communication & Publishing | Course #: FT FC FP 210 HS | Open
Monday 12:00 pm - 2:30 pm
Tuesday 12:00 pm - 2:30 pm
Wednesday 12:00 pm - 2:30 pm
Thursday 12:00 pm - 2:30 pm
Pre-requisite: This course features an Experiential Learning Project at FLY. Students will be involved in shifts during the Session. Saturday July 7 Mandatory Field Learning in Volterra and Bolgheri
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. 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.
Contact Hours: 90
3.0 Credits
Fashion Design & Technology | Course #: FT FD FD 230 HS | Closed
Monday 3:00 pm - 5:30 pm
Tuesday 3:00 pm - 5:30 pm
Wednesday 3:00 pm - 5:30 pm
Thursday 3:00 pm - 5:30 pm
Pre-requisite: Sunday July 1 Mandatory Field Learning in Arezzo
This course is an introduction to creative design development and fashion design skills. Topics include design processes, trend research, storyboard creation, color, fabric selection, draping design concepts, design innovation, and the 2D to 3D development of creative ideas. Students will gain practice in these areas through projects and will also be introduced to the basics of fashion illustration. Students prepare for future apparel design projects by researching the design development process, textiles, materials, and industry practices. This class includes experiential learning with CEMI.
Contact Hours: 45

Fine Arts

3.0 Credits
Ceramics | Course #: FA CE CE 200 HS | Closed
Monday 3:00 pm - 5:30 pm
Tuesday 3:00 pm - 5:30 pm
Wednesday 3:00 pm - 5:30 pm
Thursday 3:00 pm - 5:30 pm
Pre-requisite: Sunday, July 1, there is a Mandatory Field Learning in Arezzo. Lab Fee Required
In this course, students will work on pottery and/or ceramic sculpture projects. During the first portion of the course, emphasis will be on different clay hand-building techniques. The second portion, students will progress to a variety of surface decoration techniques and different methods of firing and coloring. Lecture content will provide students essential information about the nature of clay and glazes and the history of Mediterranean ceramics. Students will be introduced to local Tuscan artisan traditions and the work of contemporary ceramic artists during field learning activities.
Contact Hours: 90
3.0 Credits
Painting & Drawing | Course #: FA PD FS 225 HS | Closed
Monday 9:00 am - 11:30 am
Tuesday 9:00 am - 11:30 am
Wednesday 9:00 am - 11:30 am
Thursday 9:00 am - 11:30 am
Pre-requisite: Saturday, June 30, Mandatory Field Learning in San Gimignano
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

Food and Wine Studies

3.0 Credits
Dietetics & Nutrition | Course #: FW DN HN 150 HS | Closed
Monday 9:00 am - 11:30 am
Tuesday 9:00 am - 11:30 am
Wednesday 9:00 am - 11:30 am
Thursday 9:00 am - 11:30 am
Pre-requisite: Saturday, June 30, Mandatory Field Learning in San Filippo (Spa)
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 #: FW FC FC 340 HS | Open
Monday 9:00 am - 11:30 am
Tuesday 9:00 am - 11:30 am
Wednesday 9:00 am - 11:30 am
Thursday 9:00 am - 11:30 am
Pre-requisite: Saturday, June 30, Mandatory Field Learning in Modena *This course is cross listed under different departments
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.
Contact Hours: 45
3.0 Credits
Food & Culture | Course #: FW FC HW 345 HS | Open
Monday 3:00 pm - 5:30 pm
Tuesday 3:00 pm - 5:30 pm
Wednesday 3:00 pm - 5:30 pm
Thursday 3:00 pm - 5:30 pm
Pre-requisite: This class includes experiential learning with CEMI. Food labs on Mondays, Tuesdays, and Thursdays; gastronomic walking tour on Wednesdays. Mandatory Field Learning Sunday July 1 at Pruneti
Recent decades have represented a dramatic change in the way we approach food. Food facts and information that are constantly updated and the ethics of sustainability have deeply influenced the worldwide awareness of food as the primary source of a healthy lifestyle. Italy has always stood out for its genuine cuisine characterized by fresh seasonal ingredients, an abundance of fruits and vegetables, healthy fats, and a distinct respect for food. This course will provide students with a complete overview of how food can be the basis of wellness, along with the practice of a positive lifestyle. Particular emphasis will be placed on seasonality, whole foods, and freshness, and contemporary innovations and traditional customs will be analyzed for the production of dishes and snacks that are both tasty and healthy. Course topics will also introduce students to the fundamentals of nutrition in order to better understand the aphorism "We are what we eat" and how this motto aligns with the Italian culinary tradition. Students will also complete a survey of the different dietary recommendations that have been researched and developed to examine how the field of dietetics is directly affected by social implications. Through hands-on experiences and on-site activities, students will experience the fundamentals of wellness-oriented cuisine and lifestyles.
Contact Hours: 45

Global Studies

3.0 Credits
Urban Studies | Course #: GS US FW 280 HS | Open
Monday 3:00 pm - 5:30 pm
Tuesday 3:00 pm - 5:30 pm
Wednesday 3:00 pm - 5:30 pm
Thursday 3:00 pm - 5:30 pm
Pre-requisite: Sunday July 1 Mandatory Field Learning in Verona
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

Italian Studies and Linguistics

3.0 Credits
Italian Language for Three Credits | Course #: IS IT IB 101 HS | Closed
Monday 9:00 am - 11:30 am
Tuesday 9:00 am - 11:30 am
Wednesday 9:00 am - 11:30 am
Thursday 9:00 am - 11:30 am
Pre-requisite: Saturday June 30 Mandatory Field Learning in Orvieto
This course develops basic conversation, reading and writing skills. Equal focus will be given to grammatical structures, vocabulary and conversation 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. Emphasis will be given to oral expression of practical vocabulary and newly acquired grammar structures. This level is for absolute beginner students who have never studied Italian before.

Contact Hours: 45
3.0 Credits
Italian Language for Three Credits | Course #: IS IT II 201 HS | Open
Monday 9:00 am - 11:30 am
Tuesday 9:00 am - 11:30 am
Wednesday 9:00 am - 11:30 am
Thursday 9:00 am - 11:30 am
Pre-requisite: One semester of Italian language or equivalent. Students entering at the intermediate level are required to take a placement test. Saturday June 30 Mandatory Field Learning in Fiesole
This course builds on and extends fundamental skills developed in the beginning-level course. Emphasis is placed on developing fluency skills and integration of language and culture through more extensive reading and writing. Upon course completion, students will be able to express polite requests using the Present Conditional and develop their language ability by using direct and indirect object pronouns. This course is aimed at students who already have a basic vocabulary of Italian and some knowledge of elementary language structures.
Contact Hours: 45
3.0 Credits
Italian Studies | Course #: IS IS CI 200 HS | Open
Monday 8:00 am - 8:00 pm
Tuesday 8:00 am - 8:00 pm
Wednesday 8:00 am - 8:00 pm
Thursday 8:00 am - 8:00 pm
Friday 8:00 am - 8:00 pm
Saturday 8:00 am - 8:00 pm
Pre-requisite: Mandatory pre-departure readings must be fulfilled prior to program start. This course includes an Italian language component for beginning-level students. *This class is crossed listed under different departments.
One week of on-site field learning in different locations: Rome, Tuscan coast, Cinque Terre. The study of Italian culture helps the student to acquire a deep awareness of both cultural unity and regional diversity. This one-week intensive course is intended to provide students with an in-depth introduction to Italian culture and to broaden one’s 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 aims 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. This class includes field learning hours. Field learning is a method of educating through first-hand experience. Skills, knowledge, and experience are acquired outside of the traditional academic classroom setting and may include field activities, field research, and service learning projects. The field learning experience is cultural because it is intended to be wide-reaching, field-related content is not limited to the course subject but seeks to supplement and enrich academic topics. Students will have the opportunity to integrate theory and practice while experiencing Italian culture, art, and community within the Italian territory. Faculty will lead students in experiencing Italian culture through guided projects and field experiences as planned for the course. Field learning will be developed through classroom preparation, follow up projects, and guided learning outcomes. Field learning will provide students with the opportunity to develop skills and appreciate the multi-fold components of Italian Culture through direct experience.
Contact Hours: 45
3.0 Credits
Italian Studies | Course #: IS IS CI 202 HS | Open
Monday 3:00 pm - 5:30 pm
Tuesday 3:00 pm - 5:30 pm
Wednesday 3:00 pm - 5:30 pm
Thursday 3:00 pm - 5:30 pm
Pre-requisite: Florence only. This course includes an Italian language component for beginning-level students. Sunday July 1 Mandatory Field Learning at Medici Villas
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 one’s 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.
Contact Hours: 45

Liberal Arts

3.0 Credits
European Cultural Studies | Course #: IS IS DF 340 HS | Closed
Monday 3:00 pm - 5:30 pm
Tuesday 3:00 pm - 5:30 pm
Wednesday 3:00 pm - 5:30 pm
Thursday 3:00 pm - 5:30 pm
Pre-requisite: Sunday, July 1 Mandatory Field Learning in Verona
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

The High School Summer program is designed to give high school students the opportunity to earn college credit abroad. The program includes staff dedicated to the student group: 1 staff member for every 7 students. In addition, staff members stay with students in accommodations (1 staff member for every 10 students at night), in order to be available 24 hours per day. The program includes planned events and excursions for a rich social and cultural experience, as well as two meals per day. All courses are taught in English, and take students out into the city for first-hand experiences. Please note that students receive an Italian transcript from FUA for courses taken. US transcript can be added for an additional cost.

Summer High School 3 weeks (6 credits) – Summer I
Students spend three unforgettable weeks living and studying in the heart of Florence. Students enroll in two elective courses for a total of 6 credits. Courses are supplemented by daily activities and weekend excursions.

Summer High School 4 weeks (9 credits) – Summer II
Students begin in Rome with a 1 week (3 credit) “Cultural Introduction to Italy” field-learning course in which students travel from Rome to Florence. Students then spend three weeks in Florence completing two elective courses (6 credits). Please note that students in this program fly into Rome and out of Florence.

Course Registration
SAI students complete their course registration directly with FUA through their FUA student account. Upon confirming intention to pursue the SAI high school program at FUA, students receive login information for their FUA student account.


Pre-Departure Calendar
April 3 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)
March 26 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 date of acceptance.
April 25 2018
Balance of Total Program Fee Due
May 24 2018
SAI Pre-Departure Form Due

On-Site Calendar
June 24 2018
Arrival & Housing Check-in
Students arrive into Aeroporto di Firenze-Peretola (FLR). Airport pickup is provided between 9:00am and 6:00pm, and students are transferred to housing.
June 25 2018
FUA Orientation
Students are introduced to FUA, available resources, and their professors.
June 26 2018
FUA Classes Begin
July 12 2018
FUA Classes End
July 13 2018
Program End & Housing Check-out
Students check out of housing by 10:00am. Return transportation to Aeroporto di Firenze-Peretola (FLR) is provided.

Pre-Departure Calendar
April 3 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)
March 19 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 date of acceptance.
April 18 2018
Balance of Total Program Fee Due
May 17 2018
SAI Pre-Departure Form Due

On-Site Calendar
June 17 2018
Arrival & Housing Check-in
Students fly into Rome Fiumicino Airport (FCO) for the Cultural Intro to Italy course. Airport pickup is provided between 9:00am and 3:00pm, and students are transferred to program check-in.
June 18 2018
Orientation & Welcome Dinner
Students are welcomed to the program with an orientation that introduces students to their program while covering safety, policies, housing, and culture.
June 18 – 24 2018
Cultural Introduction to Italy Course
Students travel as a group and stay in hotels.
June 24 2018
Students arrive in Florence
Transportation is provided in the program cost.
June 25 2018
FUA Orientation
Students are introduced to FUA, available resources, and their professors.
June 26 2018
FUA Classes Begin
Regular 3 week classes begin.
July 12 2018
FUA Classes End
July 13 2018
Program End & Housing Check-out
Students check out of housing by 10:00am. Return transportation to Aeroporto di Firenze-Peretola (FLR) is provided.
SAI Program Fees* USD
Application Fee $100
Security Deposit
Refundable at the end of the term.
$300
Program Fee: 3 weeks / 6 credits
Includes tuition, standard housing and SAI Signature Services (see What’s Included).
$4,800
Program Fee: 4 weeks / 9 credits
Includes tuition, standard housing and SAI Signature Services (see What’s Included).
$5,600
Optional / Additional Fees:
US School of Record Transcript
For students wishing to receive US college credit for their courses.
$205

*prices are subject to change

Please note that students who successfully complete this program will earn a $500 discount toward any future SAI Signature Services semester/quarter undergraduate programs.

Budget Low Est. High Est.
Airfare
$900 $1,100
Meals
Includes groceries and eating out.
$400 $475
Personal Expenses $200 $350

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

  • Program tuition
  • Accommodation in student apartments with live-in Residence Assistants
  • 2 meals per day
  • Airport pickup and return
  • Student health insurance providing full coverage and medical emergency evacuation
  • Comprehensive orientation to the host city and school
  • 24-hour on-site supervision and support
  • Daily extracurricular activities designed to help you discover Florence and Italian culture
  • Admissions counselor assigned to you, providing friendly assistance throughout your study abroad experience
  • Helpful pre-departure tools and resources
  • $500 return high school student discount to use toward future undergraduate SAI programs

Students are able to participate in supervised social, cultural and athletic activities in the afternoons Monday through Friday each week. Following is a sample of these activities.

Connecting Cultures City Walks
Through guided walks through the most significant neighborhoods of Florence, students gain an understanding between the past and contemporary Florence, maximizing their experience by venturing into areas they might not explore on their own and connecting with the community.

Sports Night
Sports night is an opportunity for students to experience Italian soccer. Students who don’t wish to play enjoy watching and cheering on their classmates.

Musing Club
Students explore the world of music and performing arts in Florence, through operas, performances, and venue visits.

Aperiganzo/Aperiat
Students join weekly art openings, book presentations and talks at AperiGanzo. This is a great opportunity to meet artists, authors and mingle with fellow classmates, FUA professors and members of the Italian community.

Mind and Body
Mind and body weekly activities include fitness and wellness opportunities to inspire and empower students. Activities include guided runs and power walks through new neighborhoods, motivational workshops, and self-defense training.

In addition, students participate in two field-learning excursions, which are integrated into the academic courses that they take in Florence.

Field Learning Activity: Modena
Students will discover Modena’s gastronomical traditions and have the chance to experience firsthand the entire production process of two typical Italian products: Lambrusco wine and Aceto Balsamico Tradizionale di Modena. This is a great opportunity to learn the secrets that make these high-quality products unique and set them apart from their imitations. Emphasis will be placed not only on the methods of production, but also the international marketing and trade of quality food products, and in particular of protected designation of origin products.

Field Learning Activity: Orvieto
Orvieto is located in central Italy between Tuscany and Lazio in the region of Umbria, which is also known as the green heart of Italy. Walking through Orvieto, students will encounter traces of 3,000 years of history layered throughout the town. There are spectacular views from the city, and below Orvieto lies a labyrinth of caves, tunnels, stairs, cellars, and hidden passageways carved into the tuff rock foundation.

Field Learning Activity: Fiesole
The long history of Fiesole is constantly visible to tourists walking around the town, with a number of fascinating archaeological sites dating back over 2,000 years: the Etruscan walls (which still partly encircle the town), Etruscan tombs on Via del Bargellino, and the astonishing Fonte Sotterra are some of the most noteworthy examples of local historical importance. Situated in a position of extraordinary interest for both its history and landscape, the Archaeological Museum conserves Fiesole’s historical treasures from members of various cultures that have lived in the region, from the Villanovan and Etruscan periods, to the Romans and the Longobards. Although Fiesole is small, it is still the seat of a number of churches with ancient diocese.

Field Learning Activity: San Filippo
Students explore one of the most spectacular thermal baths in Tuscany: Bagni San Filippo, near Monte Amiata and the town of Castiglione d’Orcia. From above the town, a footpath leads through thick vegetation into what can only be described as a dreamlike landscape. Here, everywhere and everything is sprinkled with a thin coat of white dust. Amidst the trees and rocks, solidified waterfalls, and strange limestone formations appear. This bleached white moonscape is created by the high quantity of calcium deposits in the water, which settle on everything they come into contact with, bathers included. The contrast with the green of the surrounding countryside is unique, as are the colors of the thermal water which blend with those of the stream.

Field Learning Activity: Medici Villas
During the centuries in which members of the Medici family exerted power over Tuscany, they constantly conquered, built, and enforced their influence throughout the region. This Field Learning activity gives students the opportunity to visit two Medici Villas, namely the Medici Villa in Poggio a Caiano and in Artimino, and immerse themselves in the cultural atmosphere of the family’s countryside lifestyle.

Field Learning Activity: Pruneti
Gionni and Paolo Pruneti’s family business has produced top-quality olive oil for over a century. Their 28,000 olive trees are hand-harvested between mid-October and mid-December each year before being pressed and bottled in their modern factory in Chianti. Visiting Pruneti’s frantoio (olive oil mill) allows students to gain in-depth knowledge of the production and culture of olive oil in Tuscany. A guided tasting of different kinds of olive oil allows students to learn the techniques of oil tasting, but also to understand the differences between different varieties of olives and between a high quality extra-virgin olive oil and an industrial one.

Field Learning Activity: Verona
Although Shakespeare himself never made it to Verona, he made the city the literary home of the most famous lovers in the world: Romeo and Juliet. But besides the famous love story, Verona has plenty more to offer. The city – with its medieval center and huge Roman open-air arena – was awarded the title of UNESCO World Heritage Site in 2000. Verona is rarely mentioned in relation to Dante yet the poet was exiled in Verona and remained there for seven years. Dante wrote parts of the Divine Comedy in Verona and many references to the city can be found in the poem. In this Field Learning activity, students explore the city and retrace the Dantesque places of Verona as they emerge from the biography and work of the great poet.

Field Learning Activity: Gubbio and Fabriano
This Field Learning itinerary guides students through the discovery of the Umbria and Marche regions. Both towns are located in the scenic Apennine mountains; Gubbio is renowned for the role it played in the life of St. Francis from Assisi while Fabriano, nominated as the 2019 UNESCO Creative City, is well-known worldwide for its production of high-quality paper.

Field Learning Activity: San Gimignano
Beautiful and enchanting with many medieval towers that form a scenic skyline, San Gimignano is a hilltop town in the Tuscan region, southwest of Florence, that is rich in history, ancient traditions, quality wine, and food. Through this Field Learning activity, the confines of the classroom will expand to incorporate one of the most fascinating corners of Tuscany.

Field Learning Activity: Volterra and Bolgheri
This activity gives students the chance to visit various historical sites and understand the crucial role played by wine in Italian culture from antiquity to present day. Students will be guided through a visit to a local winery uncovering the history and development of wine production. Attention will be given not only to the methods of production, but also to the international marketing and trade of quality wine, and in particular of protected designation of origin products. The Consortiums for the protection of traditional food products, which run promotions in Italy and throughout the world, are also an excellent example of Territorial Marketing.

Field Learning Activity: Arezzo
This Field Learning activity introduces students to a hidden corner of Tuscany. Founded by the Etruscans, Arezzo is a main point of reference for industry, history, culture and fashion. Attention will be given to major sites in the city, as well as to the international marketing and trade that has helped drive the city’s success.

Students enrolled in the high school program are offered safe and relaxing accommodations, fully equipped and monitored 24/7 by live-in Resident Assistants. During the one week field-learning course, Cultural Introduction to Italy, students are housed with other students in various hotels along with their Resident Assistants. While in Florence for three weeks, student share accommodations (half board) located in the city center, a few steps from the Duomo, Ponte Vecchio, and FUA facilities.

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

Student Visas
In accordance with Italian law U.S. students studying in Italy for 91 days or more are required to obtain a student visa. Therefore all U.S. students do not require a student visa for this program. Non-US nationals should consult their local Consulate for information on student visa requirements.

About SAI

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