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SAI offers students the option of enrolling in a January Term at FUA. Jan Term students enroll in a short 3 week program in January, between regular terms, and select 1 or 2 courses for a total of 3 - 6 credits. Course options include intensive Italian language, studio arts and fashion, hospitality, and culinary arts. Jan Term can also be added to an FUA Spring Semester program to earn more credits while abroad.
Application: now open
Closes: November 1, 2020
Apps accepted after deadline as space permits
Complete online application
Personal statement (300-500 words)
Passport scan (photo & signature page)
USF student conduct form
Italian privacy consent form
January 3, 2021 – January 22, 2021
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.
Intersession students can apply for a part time 3 credit internship to be completed as part of the 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.
SAI students complete their course registration directly with FUA through their FUA student account. Upon confirming intention to pursue the SAI program at FUA, students receive login information for their FUA student account. FUA courses are competitive, and students should complete their course requests as early as possible.
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 prior to departure 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.
|November 1 2020
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)
|October 5 2020
||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.
|November 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.
|November 4 2020
||Balance of Total Program Fee Due|
|January 3 2021*
||Arrival & Housing Check-in
Students arrive into Aeroporto di Firenze-Peretola (FLR). SAI airport pickup is provided between 9:00am and 2:00pm, and students are transferred to SAI housing.
|January 4 2021
||SAI & FUA Orientation
Students are welcomed to the program with an orientation that introduces students to their program while covering safety, policies, housing, and culture.
|January 4 2021
|January 5 2020
||FUA Classes Begin|
|January 6 2021
||Holiday (no class)|
|January 21 2021
||FUA Classes End|
|January 22 2021
||Program End & Housing Check-out
Students must move out of SAI housing by 10:00am to return home or pursue independent travel.
|SAI Program Fees*||USD|
Refundable at the end of the term.
|Program Fee: 3 credits
Includes tuition, standard housing and SAI 360° Services (see What’s Included).
|Program Fee: 6 credits
Includes tuition, standard housing and SAI Signature Services (see What’s Included).
|Optional / Additional Fees:|
|Optional Private Room Housing Supplement
Private room in a shared apartment, with a shared bathroom.
|Optional Homestay Housing Supplement
Price varies by single/double occupancy and meals.
|International Mailing Supplement
When applicable, students are charged an international mailing supplement to ensure visa paperwork arrives in a timely manner.
*prices are subject to change
Note: certain SAI-affiliated US universities require specific payment arrangements. These may require that some fees are paid by the student directly to SAI, and other fees are paid to SAI by the affiliated university on behalf of the student. If you attend an SAI-affiliated university please contact your study abroad office or speak with your SAI Admissions Counselor for details.
|Budget||Low Est.||High Est.|
|Airfare to/from Florence
|Books||$50 / course||$100 / course|
|Course Fees & Supplies||$50 / course||$300 / course|
Includes groceries and eating out.
|$650 / month||$800 / month|
|Personal Expenses||$300 / month||$400 / month|
|Transportation within Florence
Public transportation with some taxi rides.
|$100 / month||$175 / month|
Cost varies greatly by student.
|$300 / month||$1,000 / month|
This is an SAI 360° Services Program; it includes our full services!
Pre-departure and Re-entry services
SAI offers all students the Viva Experience: frequent cultural activities, at no extra cost, for participants 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.
SAI welcomes students to Florence with a buffet of traditional Italian delights to mingle and get to know participants.
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.
Students spend an afternoon learning bout and tasting great wines, perfectly paired with Tuscan specialties.
Students celebrate the end of a successful term abroad and say their goodbyes over a delicious Italian meal.
The following housing options apply to the regular program. Please note that add-on post-session courses may have different housing arrangements during that time only.
Standard Housing: Student apartment
SAI student apartments are convenient, clean, and well equipped, with shared occupancy bedrooms (upgrade to private bedroom available). Typical residences house 2 – 8 students and contain a combination of private and shared bedrooms, kitchen, bathroom and living areas. Furnishings, a washing machine, basic kitchen supplies, bed linens and towels are provided. All apartments are equipped with wireless internet. SAI on-site staff is available to respond to any maintenance needs that may arise.
Optional Housing: Family homestay
SAI homestay families are thoroughly screened and are accustomed to welcoming visiting students into their homes. Homestays provide a shared or single bedroom in the family home with basic furnishings and 2 meals per day included. Please note that some homestays may be outside of the city center and require a commute to reach school.
Passports should be valid for 3 months after planned departure from Italy.
In accordance with Italian law US citizens studying in Italy for 90 days or less are not required to obtain a student visa. Non-US nationals should consult their local Consulate for details on student visa requirements.
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.