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Students in FUA’s 6 week summer programs select 1 to 3 courses from the elective offering for 6 – 9 credits. Courses are offered in various subjects, with opportunities to enroll in unique experiential learning courses and internships. SAI offers three Summer 6 week sessions at FUA, each with different start dates and course options: Summer A, Summer B, and Summer C. Students in this 6 week summer program can add a 1 week program add-on course, extending their program to 7 weeks.
April 10, 2018
Apps accepted after deadline as space permits
Complete online application
Personal statement (300-500 words)
Passport scan (photo page)
USF student conduct form
Italian privacy consent form
June 24, 2018 – August 3, 2018
dates may differ as a result of add-ons
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.
Semester students can apply for a part time 3-credit internship to be completed as part of the elective program. Students are placed in internships that complement their major or minor, and are supported by an internship supervisor. While Italian language proficiency is not required, it is helpful for expanding the placement options. At the completion of the internship students produce an analytical report that synthesizes what they have learned. For more information on internships see FUA Internships.
Program Add-On: Cultural Introduction to Italy course (1 week / 3 credits)
The 1 week Cultural Introduction to Italy course can be added to any FUA summer program. The traveling course is comprised of field study and travel research on location in destinations unique for their local cultures, economies, histories, and societies. Students participating in this course arrive in Rome the week prior to their regular program start and spend one week participating in lectures, visiting historic and contemporary sites, tasting local gastronomy, and experiencing the culture of Tuscany. At the end of the week, students travel to Florence to complete their regular summer program. Students who wish to continue this course topic in Florence can combine the add-on program with the Florence-based course during the regular summer program for a total of 6 credits. Please note: students enrolled in this add-on program arrive in Rome on June 17, 2018.
Program Add-On: Cultural Introduction to the Italian Family (1 week / 3 credits)
The 1 week Cultural Introduction to the Italian Family course can be added to the FUA summer III or summer B programs only. This field learning course provides and in-depth study of social dynamics and interpersonal communication behaviors of the modern Italian family. The weeklong course features on-site learning and assessment in direct contact with Italian families allowing students to strengthen and challenge their perspectives of Italian culture and society. All students participating in this program live with an Italian family in Florence during the week-long course. At the end of the week, students move into their regular SAI Florence housing to complete the regular summer program. Students who wish to continue this course topic during the regular summer program can combine the add-on program with the Florence-based course for a total of 6 credits. Please note: students enrolled in this add-on program arrive in Florence on June 17, 2018.
Schedule & Registration
Students can enroll in either 6 week classes or back-to-back 3 week classes. SAI students complete their course registration directly with FUA through the FUA student portal. Upon confirming enrollment in the SAI program at FUA, students receive information for creating their FUA student portal and selecting their classes. FUA courses are competitive, and students should complete their course requests as early as possible as the registration period begins months ahead of the application deadline.
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 approximately 6 weeks prior to departure. After the deadline, 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.
|April 10 2018
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 15 2018
||SAI Scholarship Application Deadline
Students wishing to apply for an SAI scholarship must have all application items submitted by 11:59pm Pacific Time on this date.
|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
||SAI Financial Aid Verification Deadline
Students wishing to defer payment until student loan disbursement must submit the financial aid verification forms to SAI by this date.
|April 25 2018
||Balance of Total Program Fee Due|
|May 25 2018
||SAI Pre-Departure Form Due|
|June 24 2018*
||Arrival & Housing Check-in
Students arrive into Aeroporto di Firenze-Peretola (FLR). SAI airport pickup is provided between 9:00am and 6:00pm, and students are transferred to SAI housing.
|June 25 2018
||SAI & FUA Orientation
Mandatory orientation introduces students to their city while covering safety, academics, policies, housing, and culture.
|June 26 2018
||FUA Classes Begin|
|June 26 2018
||FUA Add/Drop Deadline
Course changes are not allowed after this date.
|August 2 2018
||FUA Classes End|
|August 3 2018
||Program End & Housing Check-out
Students must move out of SAI housing by 10:00am to return home or pursue independent travel.
* Students adding the Cultural Introduction to Italy course arrive in Rome (FCO airport) on June 17, 2018 by 5:00 pm
* Students adding the Cultural Introduction to the Italian Family course arrive in Florence (FLR airport) on June 17, 2018 by 5:00 pm
|SAI Program Fees*||USD|
Refundable at the end of the term.
|Program Fee: 6 credits
Includes tuition, standard housing and SAI Signature Services (see What’s Included).
|Program Fee: 9 credits
Includes tuition, standard housing and SAI Signature Services (see What’s Included).
|Optional / Additional Fees:|
|Optional Add-on: Cultural Introduction to Italy Course (3 credits)
1 week course prior to regular program, includes housing and travel expenses.
|Optional Add-on: Cultural Introduction to the Italian Family Course (3 credits)
1 week course prior to regular program, includes homestay housing.
|Optional Private Room Housing Supplement
Private room in a shared apartment, with a shared bathroom.
|Optional Homestay Housing Supplement – Shared
Homestay housing in shared occupancy room. Includes daily breakfast and weekday dinner.
|Optional Homestay Housing Supplement – Private
Homestay housing in private occupancy room. Includes daily breakfast and weekday dinner.
|Add-on Course Credits
Fee for enrollment over 6 or 9 credits.
|$450 / credit|
|Add-on Non-Credit Course
Fee for enrolling in one non-credit course.
|Add-on Non-Credit Field Learning Course
Fees vary, paid directly to FUA.
|International Mailing Supplement
Students residing outside the U.S. 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
||$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 Signature Services Program; it includes our full services!
Pre-departure and Re-entry services
SAI offers activities, at no extra cost, for students to get to know their community, city and country. Following is a sample of the activities included in this program. Please note that actual activities may differ.
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.
Italian Cooking Lessons
SAI offers Italian cooking lessons throughout the semester taught by a local expert Chef. Each lesson teaches students how to make typical Tuscan dishes and includes an appetizer, first course, and dessert. At the end of the lesson students feast on their own homemade Italian meal!
Summer Musical Event
Students attend one of the relaxing outdoor summer operas, concerts, or performances that take place in Florence’s many museum courtyards and public gardens.
Versilia Coast Beach Day
The Riviera of Versilia is known not only for its beautiful sandy beaches but also for its stunning coastline of the Apuan Alps. Students spend the day in this vacation destination of great artists since the beginning of 1900, which is now known for its fashionable resorts, shopping and nightlife.
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 summer program. Please note that add-on pre-session courses have different housing arrangements during the pre-session 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 (additional fee applies)
SAI homestay families are thoroughly screened and are accustomed to welcoming visiting students into their homes. Homestays provide a shared (with another study abroad student) or private bedroom in the family home with basic furnishings. Daily breakfast and weekday dinner are included (no dinner on weekends). Please note that some homestays may be outside of the city center and require a commute to reach school.
Passports should be valid for 3 months after planned departure from Italy.
In accordance with Italian law U.S. students studying in Italy for 90 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.
SAI Programs is dedicated to providing academic and cultural learning experiences abroad that enhance global awareness, professional development and social responsibility. We concentrate our programs in Europe, with a focus on in-depth learning of individual European countries and their unique global role in the geopolitical economy, humanities, and in the arts.