Florence University of the Arts
Virtual January Term 2021
3 - 6 credits

SAI’s VIrtual January Term 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.


Application: now open
Closes: December 4, 2020
Apps accepted on a rolling basis, and after closing as space permits

Application Requirements
Online application
Transcript
Italian privacy consent form

Highlights

  • Experience Florence virtually through FUA’s Iconic Florentine courses
  • Option to complete a remote internship!

Program Dates
January 3, 2021 – January 21, 2021


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



Food and Wine Studies
Global Studies
Italian Studies and Linguistics
Liberal Arts
Professional Studies and Experiential Learning

Food and Wine Studies

3.0 Credits
Wine & Culture | Course #: FWWCPF335 | 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
Urban Studies | Course #: GSUSFW280 | 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

Italian Studies and Linguistics

3.0 Credits
Italian Language | Course #: ISITCI101 | 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

Liberal Arts

3.0 Credits
Art History | Course #: LAAHFW280 | 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
History | Course #: LAHSFW280 | 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

Professional Studies and Experiential Learning

3.0 Credits
Experiential Learning | Course #: PSSPGR350 | 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 | 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

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

Session Calendar
January 3 2021
Orientation & Virtual Welcome Event
Students get to know one another while going over their program during a virtual orientation.
January 4 2021
Virtual Courses Begin
January 21 2021
Virtual Courses End & Program End
SAI Program Fees* USD
Application Fee $50
Security Deposit
Refundable at the end of the term.
$300
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

*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.