Florence University of the Arts
Summer 3 weeks II 2019
3 - 6 credits

Students in FUA’s 3 week summer programs select 1 or 2 courses for an intensive 3 week program. SAI offers four Summer 3 week sessions at FUA, each with different start dates and course options: Summer I, Summer II, Summer III, and Summer IV. Students in this 3 week summer program can add a 1 week program add-on course, extending their program to 4 weeks.

Application Deadline
March 19, 2019
Apps accepted after deadline as space permits

Application Requirements
Complete online application
Personal statement (300-500 words)
Official transcript
Passport scan (photo page)
USF student conduct form
Italian privacy consent form


  • Broad range of courses including Italian language, history, fashion, fine arts, and literature.
  • Add a pre-session traveling course for a 4 week program.

Program Dates
June 2, 2019 – June 21, 2019
dates may differ as a result of add-ons

Eligibility Requirements

Age: 18+

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.

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0.0 Credits
TBA | Course #: TBA | Open
Courses are coming soon. In the meantime, please check previous terms for information on courses generally offered at this school.
Contact Hours: 0

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 26, 2019.

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 26, 2019.

Course 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 students should complete their course requests as early as possible as the registration period begins months ahead of the application deadline.

Course Changes
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.

Pre-Departure Calendar
March 19 2019
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 4 2019
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 15 2019
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.
April 3 2019
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.
April 3 2019
Balance of Total Program Fee Due
May 3 2019
SAI Pre-Departure Form Due

On-Site Calendar
June 2 2019*
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 3 2019
SAI & FUA Orientation
Mandatory orientation introduces students to their city while covering safety, academics, policies, housing, and culture.
June 4 2019
FUA Classes Begin
June 4 2019
FUA Add/Drop Deadline
Course changes are not allowed after this date.
June 20 2019
Final Exams
June 21 2019
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 May 26, 2019 by 5:00 pm.

* Students adding the Italian Food Industry course arrive in Florence (FLR airport) on May 26, 2019 by 5:00 pm.

SAI Program Fees* USD
Application Fee $100
Security Deposit
Refundable at the end of the term.
Program Fee: 3 credits
Includes tuition, standard housing and SAI Signature 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 Add-on: Cultural Introduction to Italy Course (3 credits)
1 week course prior to regular program, includes housing and travel expenses.
Coming soon
Optional Add-on: The Italian Food Industry: Farm to Table Course (3 credits)
1 week course prior to regular program, includes housing and travel expenses.
Coming soon
Optional Private Room Housing Supplement
Private room in a shared apartment, with a shared bathroom.
Coming soon
Optional Homestay Housing Supplement – Shared
Homestay housing in shared occupancy room. Includes daily breakfast and weekday dinner.
Coming soon
Optional Homestay Housing Supplement – Private
Homestay housing in private occupancy room. Includes daily breakfast and weekday dinner.
Coming soon
Add-on Course Credits
Fee for enrollment over 3 or 6 credits.
$550 / credit
Add-on Non-Credit and Field Learning Courses
Fees vary and are paid directly to FUA.
contact SAI
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
$950 $1,300
$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
Weekend Travel
Cost varies greatly by student.
$300 / month $1,000 / month

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

  • Program tuition and U.S. academic credit
  • Accommodation in carefully selected student housing
  • Airport pickup and transportation on arrival day
  • Welcome reception and events
  • SAI orientation to the host city and school
  • SAI staff on-site dedicated to providing personal assistance
  • Student health insurance providing full coverage and medical emergency evacuation
  • Access to and assistance with international cell phone plans
  • Frequent SAI cultural activities and day trips
  • 24-hour on-site emergency support
  • Farewell event with all students

Pre-departure and Re-entry services

  • US-based admissions counselor assigned to you, providing friendly assistance
  • Helpful pre-departure tools and resources
  • Online student groups to acquaint you with other SAI students
  • Assistance with student visa application
  • Assistance with financial aid processing
  • Need-based SAI scholarships
  • Paid registration fees for national re-entry conferences
  • SAI Ambassador Program for SAI alumni, with paid internship opportunities
  • SAI alumni network

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.

Welcome Dinner
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
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!

Wine Tasting
Students spend an afternoon learning bout and tasting great wines, perfectly paired with Tuscan specialties.

Market Tour
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.

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.

Farewell Evening
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 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.

Student Visas
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.

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.