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Students can choose to participate in a unique 6 week summer program at FUA that combines the summer I and summer II sessions. Students begin the program with 3 weeks in Florence and take 1 to 2 courses from the elective offering during the summer I session. During the summer II session students embark on a 3 week 6 credit travel course across Italy, Italian Civilization and Culture, which begins in Milan and ends in Florence. A total of 9 - 12 credits can be completed in this unique program. Courses are offered in various subjects, with opportunities to enroll in unique experiential learning opportunities.
Application: now open
Closes: March 3, 2020
Apps accepted on a rolling basis, and after closing as space permits
Complete online application
Personal statement (300-500 words)
Passport scan (photo page)
USF student conduct form
Italian privacy consent form
May 17, 2020 – June 28, 2020
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.
Students enrolled in summer C program can apply for an intensive part time 3 week 3-credit internship to be completed as part of the elective program in Florence. 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 May 10, 2020.
Program Add-On: The Italian Food Industry: From Farm to Table course (1 week / 3 credits)
The 1 week Italian Food Industry: From Farm to Table course can be added to the FUA summer II program only. This field learning course provides an in-depth study of sustainable food systems in Italy and features on-site learning and assessment in direct contact with Italian farms. Students explore the principles of season-ability, food production, and the larger implications of food consumption from socio-economic, cultural, and environmental perspectives. At the end of the week, students travel back to Florence from the farm in the Province of Arezzo 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 Florence on May 10 2020.
Summer C is a combination of FUA Summer I and Summer II:
Summer I Session (3 weeks): Florence Elective Course(s)
Students arrive in Florence and check into SAI Florence housing for the Summer I session. Students enroll in 1 or 2 three week courses for the term.
Summer II Session (3 weeks): Italian Civilization and Culture Traveling Course
Students begin their program in Milan with the 3 week / 6 credit Italian Civilization and Culture traveling course. From there, the class travels through northern, central, and southern Italy, stopping in Milan, Venice, Cinque Terre, Sicily, Amalfi Coast, and more, and ending in Florence. Coursework pairs lectures with field learning in regionally relevant locations.
Schedule & Registration
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 registration begins months ahead of the application deadline. Courses will fill rapidly and on a rolling basis.
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 Add/Drop 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 at which time only one additional change can be made, no exceptions.
|March 3 2020
Applications accepted after closing as space permits.
|Within 1 week of acceptance
||SAI Deposits Due
$500 Confirmation Deposit (applied toward program fee)
$300 Security Deposit (refundable)
|February 17 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.
|March 18 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.
|March 18 2020
||Balance of Total Program Fee Due|
|April 17 2020
||SAI Pre-Departure Form Due|
|May 17 2020*
||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.
|May 18 2020
||SAI & FUA Orientation
Mandatory orientation introduces students to their city while covering safety, academics, policies, housing, and culture.
|May 18 2020
||FUA Add/Drop Deadline
Course changes are not allowed after this date.
|May 19 2020
||Florence Classes Begin: Summer I|
|June 4 2020
||Florence Final Exams: Summer I|
|June 7 2020
||Arrival & Hotel Check-in in Milan
Students travel independently by train to Milan for the start of their Italian Civilization and Culture 3 week travel course.
|June 8 2020
||Italian Civilization & Culture Travel Course Begins
Students travel together throughout Italy, staying in hotels and B&Bs.
|June 28 2020
||Italian Civilization and Culture Course & Program Ends in Florence
Students arrive in Florence by 2pm to return home or pursue independent travel.
* Students adding the Cultural Introduction to Italy course arrive in Rome (FCO airport) on May 10, 2020 by 5:00pm
* Students adding the Italian Food Industry: From Farm to Table course arrive in Florence (FLR airport) on May 10 2020 by 5:00 pm
|SAI Program Fees*||USD|
Refundable at the end of the term.
|Program Fee: 9 credits
Includes tuition, standard housing and SAI Signature Services (see What’s Included).
|Program Fee: 12 credits
Includes tuition, standard housing and SAI Signature Services (see What’s Included).
|Optional / Additional Fees:|
|Optional Add-on Course (3 credits)
1 week course prior to regular program, includes housing.
|Optional Private Room Housing Supplement
Private room in a shared apartment, with a shared bathroom. Florence only.
|Optional Homestay Housing Supplement – Shared
Homestay housing in shared occupancy room. Includes daily breakfast and weekday dinner. Florence only.
|Optional Homestay Housing Supplement – Private
Homestay housing in private occupancy room. Includes daily breakfast and weekday dinner. Florence only.
|Add-on Course Credits
Fee for enrollment over 9 or 12 credits.
|$550 / credit|
|Add-on Non-Credit and Field Learning Courses
Fees vary and are paid directly to FUA.
|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 Milan / 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|
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 the Florence portion of 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.
Practical Walking Tour
SAI takes students on a practical walking tour of Florence’s historic city center to get oriented with their new home.
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.
Pizza Making Class
In this activity, students enjoy an Italian pizza-making lesson taught by a local expert chef. Each lesson teaches students how to make authentic Italian pizza from scratch. At the end of the lesson everyone gets to feast on their own homemade pizza!
Students spend an afternoon learning bout and tasting great wines, perfectly paired with Tuscan specialties.
The market tour begins in a charming café where students sip on a cappuccino and learn about Italian coffee rituals. Then, the group takes a tour of the historic Florentine food market and gourmet shops, and learns how to navigate a Florentine market with some tips and insight for how to spot the best products.
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.
Walking Tour of Fiesole
SAI takes students on a walking tour of the hill town of Fiesole, a short bus ride from the center of Florence. Fiesole is the site of the ancient Etruscan settlement that later extended down the hill to become Florence. Traces of that period are still visible in Fiesole as seen in the Roman theatre, built along the slope of the hill. Fiesole’s clean, cool breezes have long been a welcome escape from the sweltering summer heat of the Arno Valley and this spot on the hill, with its awesome views of the city below, has been a source of inspiration for many artists, writers and thinkers.
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 Florence portion of the program. During the traveling course, students stay in hotels and B&Bs.
Standard Housing: Student apartment
SAI student apartments are convenient and well equipped, with shared occupancy bedrooms (option to upgrade to private bedroom, if 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. Housing assignments are single gender; other housing configurations may be available under limited circumstances. 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 less are not 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 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.