Nuova Accademia di Belle Arti
Fall Semester Elective 2018
12 - 18 credits

Semester study abroad students at NABA have the opportunity to delve into design fields under the mentorship of leading industry professionals. Students choose 3 to 6 courses within one of the design-based concentrations: Fashion Design; Fashion Styling and Communication; Graphic Design; Interdisciplinary Design; Interior Design; and Product Design. Those with varying academic needs can also select courses across all concentrations for a total of 12 - 18 US credits.

Application Deadline
June 15, 2018
Apps accepted after deadline as space permits

Application Requirements
Complete online application
Personal statement (300-500 words)
Official transcript
Passport scan (photo page)
Digital photo (passport style)
Italian privacy consent form


  • Learn under the mentorship of leading industry professionals
  • Hands-on practical courses
  • Various design concentrations available

Program Dates
August 26, 2018 – December 15, 2018

Eligibility Requirements

Age: 18+

Academic Year: Freshman (1st year) or above

Cumulative GPA:* 2.5 (on a 4.0 scale)

* contact SAI if you don’t meet requirements

Graphic & Visual Design
Interior Design
Product Design


3.0 Credits
Accessories Design | Course #: FD NB 305 | Open
Pre-requisite: Introduction to Fashion Design
Course Description: Shoes, bags, belts and jewels can sometimes represent those unique details that remain impressed in people's memory. This course is focused on the exploration of the fundamentals of luxury accessory brand collections, Made in Italy shoes and bags. Students will be introduced to the luxury accessory world following a multi-disciplinary approach in the design process, in order to understand what's behind a fashion accessory product. Students will acquire the basic skills needed to coordinate and develop a new luxury accessory brand. Thanks to lectures at a traditional Italian footwear and leather goods artisans' school in Milano, students will get acquainted with the technical methodology effectively adopted to make shoes.

Objectives: The objectives of this course are to present the contemporary luxury accessories market and discuss the meaning of "luxury statement" in its different perceptions. This includes Show-off Luxury, Understated Luxury, Limited Edition, and Shoe Tailoring related to the design, manufacture and craft, and marketing and communication strategies of these products.

Required Material: Laptop, USB Key, Digital camera.

Contact Hours: 45
3.0 Credits
Fashion Design | Course #: FD FC 300 | Open
Course Description
The aim of the course is to provide students a general knowledge of the history of Fashion and Costume. The fashion is a form of language, used to communicate who we are, to describe our society, economy, religion and many other things; it represents "The Spirit of the Time". This would explain why clothes are nowadays studied by psychologists, sociologists, economists, anthropologists and art historians. The aim of the course is to analyze the costume as a form of communication within the society in different historical periods. The studies include also the historical evolution in costume making techniques, from draping to pattern cutting, with the use of a variety of fabrics and materials.
Course Overview
Introduction: the modern fashion system and its different categories, such as Haute Couture, pret-a-porter, made-to-measure, mass market. The origin of clothes: from body painting to fabric weaving. The purpose of costume: why we wear what we wear. Dress as a symbol. The symbolic function of adornments and accessories. Analysis of human body proportions and concept of silhouette. The evolution of shapes and techniques, through Antique Egiptian, Mesopotamian, Cretan, Antique Greek and Roman costume. The relation between dress and body in different cultures. Byzantine and Medieval costume. The influence of Christian religion. The evolution of military costume and armours as a basis for the development of Western style of tight clothing and corsets. How chivalry and courtly love changed the image of Western woman. Italian Renaissance courts and their traditions of luxury fabrics, dresses, jewelry as origins of the Italian Style and of fashion phenomenon. The 16th century costumes in France, Spain, Germany and Britain: the differences and mutual influences. Perfumes and cosmetics. History of lingerie. The 17th century costume in France and Holland, the flamboyant baroque of Versailles versus Calvinistic black. The 18th century: French court rococo style, the Industrial Revolution and development of textile industry in Britain. The influence of the French Revolution on costume. The lessons will offer also the analysis of current fashion, textile and design trends.
Contact Hours: 45
3.0 Credits
Fashion Design | Course #: FD FD 310 | Open
Course Description
During the course each student works on their individual prototype. The fashion design course teaches students how to design a fashion item, including the construction of the pattern and the sewing of the garment with tailoring techniques. An overview of research practice will enable the students to learn how concepts, moods and themes are conceived and developed to provide inspiration for clothing, color and shape. This will include how to draw a garment. They will develop their creative skills through studio and workshop practice and work on the construction of the pattern and the realization of the prototype with handcraft tailoring methods.

Course Overview
1. Introduction to the course; introduction to inspiration, fashion sketches; pattern making, fabrics and prototypes.
2. Research; inspiration mood, colors, shape and sketches of garments.
3. Selection of garment, which will be realized
4. Pattern making, sewing toile
5. Cutting of original fabric
6. (Sewing of prototype)*
*subject to time constraints and participants' skills

Contact Hours: 45
3.0 Credits
Fashion Marketing | Course #: FS MM 320 | Open
Course Description
The course is a close examination of integrated marketing strategies, processing how to communicate the value of a product or service to customers, for the purpose of selling the product or service. It will also examine promotional tools that can be employed towards marketing goods and services on an international level.

Course Overview
Students will be lead through the course by lectures, hand-outs (consisting of relevant information), class assignments, field research, and practical learning by doing. Students are expected and urged to engage in self study and preparation. In conclusion, they will have to present a final project which will connect all of the elements focused on during the semester.

- Intro to course. Buying behavior, image and brand management
- Marketing communications planning; Marketing research; Target marketing
- Campaign Tactics and management; Advertising - Sales Promotion
- Sponsorships and Product Development
- Direct Marketing and e-commerce; Personal selling; Point-of-sale and supportive communications
- Internal Marketing; marketing channels and B2B communication; Ethical Marketing and the Regulatory environment; Global Marketing communications

Contact Hours: 45
3.0 Credits
Fashion Styling | Course #: FS FA 300 | Open
Course Description
The course brings attention to the multiple disciplines that are intertwined with the meaning and significance of a dressed body. By tracing either ancient and modern themes, by analyzing the current social behavior it is possible to demonstrate how fashion is highly linked to culture, economy, political and religious ideas and to human behaviors passed down unchanged from generation to generation. In this perspective, the anthropological discipline is applied to prove that the way you dress is an aspect that deserves an attentive analysis in order to understand the current behaviors and element of primary importance to face an advanced approach to the fashion project in terms of research and development.

Course Overview
Through lectures and experiential learning, the student is led to investigate the theme of the human body
discovering its true size and its sensory and phenomenal aspects. It allows questioning the key concepts of language and the fashion phenomenon such as: novelty, taste, talent, identity and homologation. It aims to demonstrate how profound the question of self-representation can be and how complex the relationship is between the lived-in body and the body represented by the fashion world. The module provides students with the basics for the acquisition of an anthropological point of view on fashion, stimulating creativity through knowledge of symbols.

Contact Hours: 45
3.0 Credits
Fashion Styling | Course #: FS FS 310 | Open
Course Description
Fashion Styling is designed to expose students to the understanding of the process with a special focus on Italian Fashion Style. In order to understand the fundamentals of Italian Image and style, the students are exposed to the origin of most important artistic. The course develops students™ initial understanding and experience in Styles hunting and Image styling as the foundations of fashion and project approach with the objective to further stimulate their potential skills. Milan is a strategic city, the international capital of fashion. Luxury and Bespoken Craft. Contemporary Art and Business. Creativity and wearable/creativity. A perfect field where to observe, visit art galleries and fashion stores, take pictures on the streets and interview fashion professionals.

Marketing and social macro trends represent the main basis from where to start a process for a product styling line. From art to social trend: students will learn how to incorporate all information for an innovative application of the trend skills which take in consideration the marketing strategies.

The course is organized around thematic areas:

Image Analysis
- Learning how to read an image, looking through layers, is one of the most important skills that a fashion stylist needs to be successful. The research begin from the fundamental overview of art painting, digital illustration, advertising campaign and photography. Cool Hunting, from aesthetic to fashion. Scouting now to forecast the future.
- Analysis of the cool concept and practical exercises on it. Milano ground fashion scene research. The outcome will be a presentation of the identified trends, composed by images, key words and supporting materials such as textiles and objects of different kind.
Styling, style look exercise
- Identification of a current trend and practical exercise

Contact Hours: 45
3.0 Credits
Fashion Styling | Course #: FS FS 350 | Open
Course Description
Fashion Styling is designed to expose students to the understanding of the process of Fashion Visual Image. With a special focus on Italian Fashion Brands. Milan is a strategic city, the international capital of fashion. The Hub of Image strategy of main Italian Brands. Luxury and Bespoken Craft. Business and wearable creativity. A perfect place where to explore the whole system, from corporate image, show room buying office, styling and advertising to retail design and service experience. The course develops students™ initial understanding and experience in Styles hunting and Image styling as the foundations of fashion and project approach with the objective to further stimulate their potential skills. From marketing and social trend: students will learn how to incorporate all information for an innovative application of the trend skills.

The course is organized around thematic areas:

Storytelling Brand Image
How famous Italian brands create fashion messages trough image styling.
- Italian Brand example, will be selected and analyzed in terms styling image in order to better understand the communication and retail strategies. Key elements such, location, models look, story, make-up and hair, props, will be analyzed and evaluated. The exercise aim to know in deep the Italian Fashion actual System. In order to scout new brands, which represent Italian Modern Heritage. From fashion apparel, to luxury goods, interior design tools and unique goods (food design, cosmetics, perfumes)
Styling and Image Analysis, how to connect on line and off line styling Image
- Observe and analyse the relation of Online and Off line model to advertise a fashion image. Choose an Italian brand and design a Image story with a complete package: online and offline.
Choose, garments, objects, props and location to develop the looks in order to coordinate the display image: catalogue, web page, mobile phone, shop windows, etc.

Contact Hours: 45
3.0 Credits
Trend Forecasting | Course #: FD FT 330 | Open
Course Description
Fashion is a process of creative synthesis of various stimuli, sensations and references coming from many different fields: art, product design, architecture and communication. Developing a personal innovative vision is the upstream step of designing a contemporary collection and trends research is the tool supporting a proposal that is really creative and innovative. Research is a crucial step for the design process, and without deep, rich and varied research sources, innovation cannot exist. The more in depth research is, the greater is the potential for idea generation. Cool Hunting as research methodology is a powerful tool to create a new vision of fashion able to give uniqueness to the outcome of the work.

Course Overview
Students are instilled with a sense of purpose, encouraged to work hard, and helped to develop their ideas and capabilities to the full. Throughout the lessons and practical assignments students will be kept focused toward their goal, which is the final exam.

Contact Hours: 45

Graphic & Visual Design

3.0 Credits
Graphic Design | Course #: GD BI 310 | Open
Course Description:
The relationships between consumers and brands are increasingly based on symbolic, relational and emotional values consistent with the brand identity and its evolution. The "Brand Identity" creates a relationship with the consumer and therefore the perception the consumer has of a company is closely tied to the image he will have to that company, that brand. The course is dedicated to the acquisition of tools for research, analysis, strategy and visualization of brand identity, in order to transform symbolic, intangible and irrational values that a brand expresses into a project of visual communication conscious and creative, able to integrate the analytical, conceptual and technical skills in line with the new role of visual designer the professional market requires.

Course Overview
- Brand Principles
- Brand architecture
- Brand communication strategies

Contact Hours: 45
3.0 Credits
Graphic Design | Course #: GD ED 300 | Open
Course Description:
The course, consisting of theoretical lessons and practical exercises, aims to develop knowledge of the tools and methods of work of Indesign CS5 in relation to the demands posed by the professional world of printing and publishing.
The functions and tools of the program will be analyzed while introducing the basics of graphic design and technical issues related to it.
Through a path marked by projects, the course will pay particular attention to the use of lettering and composition in creating editorial layouts creative and effective. The comparative learning of technical and creative notions connected to graphic design will enable students to acquire an adequate knowledge of software’s applications to graphic design fields, publishing in particular.

Course Overview:
The course will be developed simultaneously on a theoretical and practical basis
- InDesign basic tools
- How to use and manage the text
- How to use and manage the image
- How to use and manage colors
- How to use and manage layouts

Contact Hours: 45
3.0 Credits
Graphic Design | Course #: GD LV 300 | Open
Course Description
This course aims at providing the students with the basic skills of drawing and to suggest the correct approach to every kind of drawing with the right approach. The first part of the course will be focused on the visualization techniques, starting from simplified drawing of the human body and perspective. In the second part, we'll deal with different topics, such as character design, shadows, lights, and the expressive use of colors. The last part will be focused on composition of the image, storytelling, and the different professional applications of drawing language, such as storyboards or illustrations. One basic point will be the research, whose target will be to lead the students to find their own strong points and qualities and their own style in drawing.

Course Overview
- Visualization techniques
- Character Design; Color techniques; Expressive lighting
- Image composition; Storytelling; Drawing languages

Contact Hours: 45


3.0 Credits
History of Italian Design | Course #: ID DH 310 | Open
Course Description
The course examines the role of the Italian contribution to the history of modern design. As a result of a long social and formal process that has its origin, more than in other circumstances, in the avant-garde movement of Futurism, design culture in Italy has always been much more than a mere, functional planning approach: thanks to the efforts and the ideas of the many actors that have taken part to its (practical and critical) definition, the word "design" has entered in the core of Italian creativity as one of its most powerful component. Students are introduced into this fascinating world through the analysis of several (cultural, social, artistic, industrial) aspects and a chronological comparison with the international debate and production. The course also intends to provide an overview of the history of graphic design in Italy as mirror of society's evolution.

Course Overview
The course provides students with key information relating to the history of Italian design and graphic design, seen as part of the general transformation of Italian society during 20th and 21th centuries. The course also focuses on the peculiar role of Milan, the city that epitomizes in Italy the push toward modernity.
1890-1915: Art Nouveau and Jugendstil, Avant-garde Art and Architecture. 1920-1940: the Age of the Machine, Monumentalism vs Modernism. 1945-1975: the new International Style, Pop Culture, Radical Design. 1980-2010: Postmodernism, towards a Global World, Design Culture now.

Contact Hours: 45


6.0 Credits
Interdisciplinary | Course #: ID DS 320 | Open
Course Description
Context: Despite the age of e-commerce, street shopping is still an essential part of keeping existing customers and acquiring new ones.
In order to improve the brand in store experience€ - as well as forge a sense of uniqueness that will stay with customers - retailers need to plan and create environments and up-to-date tools that can help them to generate enjoyable and customized experience. Retail environments have to become a pole of attraction for a more thorough brand experience, while new technologies and social platforms provide customers with reliable and ubiquitous knowledge about existing and new products and services.

Design Objectives:The groups will be asked to develop an integrated project, which is going to incorporate issues coming from the three involved disciplines. The design process will move from a deep understanding of what a retail store offers to its customers, and what customers expect from it. An analysis on the relationship between global quality and local characteristics - focusing on both the retailers and the geographical/social/historical context - will provide extremely useful in the project development. Once this phase is over with the students will be asked to start designing a retail experience, which will incorporate: the creation of a visual brand identity the spatial analysis at the human scale and the design of the interior space the representation of the user journey and the interaction modalities.

The three retail sectors are:
A. Fashion/Accessories
B. Electronics
C. Food

Design Process: The three components of the project need to be developed through an integrated process, which requires the groups to really work together as a team, sitting together and discussing the project as a whole, not as the sum of three separate parts, since each single skill/task can be used as an input for the other two. The design activity is divided in 2 parts:
Participants of the Design Studio Course will be working together in an integrated way teams composed of maximum 4 people mixed among their practical /technical skills and profile background to develop initial research and collection of inspirations and to generate 3 different concepts.
Each concept will contain aspects related to the design of the space, together with the services offered by the store, interaction modalities and visual design.

Contact Hours: 125

Interior Design

3.0 Credits
Interior Design | Course #: ID ED 310 | Open
Course Description:
The course is based on theory lessons, instant workshops and exhibitions tours (Museums, showrooms and
galleries). Aim of the course is to explain the key-elements of an exhibition: these elements are valued in the
real context (exhibitions and shows); the last part of the course is dedicated to the project of an exhibition.

Course Overview:
The course offers the fundamental notions to design an exhibition or a temporary installation. Students are
involved in this design process starting from the analysis of the objects shown during the exhibition to the
design of setting, graphics, lighting and any other element useful to build an exhibition. Students are expected
to learn how to manage the process that involves the design of an exhibition. They will be able to start from a
mood-board to present the first idea of the project, then to communicate the development of the project
arriving to devise and communicate a global view of the exhibition (scale model and/or renderings, drawings,
sketches, ...).

Contact Hours: 45
3.0 Credits
Interior Design | Course #: ID ID 300 | Open
Pre-requisite: Some background and experience in interior design or completion of one or two years of university studies in art and design.
This course is intended for students with background understanding and experience in Interior Design. Students will have the chance to analyze contemporary interior spaces through observation based on personal research. They will develop a professional designer’s attitude searching for materials as a source for inspiration through the city exploration.

The project work will be geared toward the creation of a physical model of interior layout, using only regenerated or discarded materials.

Contact Hours: 45


3.0 Credits
Italian | Course #: IT IT 101 | Open
Course Description
This is an entry level Italian language course designed for students with no previous language experience. The goal of this course is the acquisition of a solid basic understanding of the Italian language structure as well as solid basic skills in listening, speaking, reading and writing.

Course Objectives
After a 45-hour Italian language course students should be able to express themselves in the present and past tense, ask and answer questions about daily life, follow a simple conversation in common situations (in a train, in a cafe, in a shop, etc.), describe people and places.

Contact Hours: 45
3.0 Credits
Italian | Course #: IT IT 201 | Open
Course Description
This course is intended for students with basic knowledge of Italian.

Course Objectives
After a 45-hour Italian language course students should be capable of using the main grammar structures, the future tense, the imperfect tense, reflexive and passive forms. Students should be more accurate in the construction of sentences, able to use direct and indirect object pronouns, relative pronouns, impersonal forms. They are therefore able to conduct a conversation on common topics from everyday life (food, travel, sports, etc.).

Contact Hours: 45
3.0 Credits
Italian | Course #: IT IT 301 | Open
Course Description
Italian 201 is designed for students who have intermediate knowledge of Italian.

Course Objectives
Consolidating students' knowledge of the Italian language and improving their communication skills.

Contact Hours: 45

Product Design

3.0 Credits
Product Design | Course #: PD DM 310 | Open
Course Description
Over the last five decades, Product Design has reached a high level of sophistication and complexity. Different design approaches and perspectives have conceptualized visions in manifestos, and this has influenced the design culture at large. The purpose of the course is to expose the students to complex design challenges, in order to develop their capacity to adapt to different design tasks and to acquire the necessary basics of cultural, conceptual, technical tools. The course is structured as an exploration of research and design experiences, which does not only provide the how to do tools but helps each and every individual to find the reasoning behind their doing. Emphasis is placed on developing research skills, which will enable students to source relevant materials, assimilating and articulating relevant findings;

Course Overview
Design methodology: style, languages, technologies
Design process and decision making (company / material / technology)
"Understanding through Creating": reflect, interpret and elaborate the project. Aims of the the course are to raise awareness to design and technology process, to criticism which leads to innovation and openness in creativity, to research methodology, and to the application of knowledge from the artisan and technological "know how" through a personal project.

Contact Hours: 45
3.0 Credits
Product Design | Course #: PD PD 320 | Open
Course Description
The course is an introduction into the world of materials from a product designers’ perspective in order to teach the students the importance of materials in everyday life through the objects that we use, as well as those materials and processes commonly used in the industrial production. Basic understanding of the various materials and processes it is fundamental when developing projects and also the knowledge of basic skills taught during the course will make students able to express themselves in technical manner.

Course Overview
Part 1: introduction to the world of materials and materials history and evolution
Part 2: materials and manufacturing processes
Part 3: Technical Skills

Contact Hours: 45
3.0 Credits
Product Design | Course #: PD PK 300 | Open
Course Description
The discipline of Packaging Design, apparently composed for the most part from technical skills, is instead the most comprehensive design's training where many other areas of visual design turn out to be fundamental, as a packaging project is made of editorial, graphic / compositional, multilayer and post-production skills. The course aims to help students to develop a general awareness on the matter in order to understand the meaning of "packaging design" as a design path cross on different topics and not only as the single result of the final graphic composition. Through the growth of strategic skills, techniques and compositions, that will be gradually deepened at different levels, the course aims to stimulate a design concept based on the visual and technical knowledge and on a professional approach to the discipline

Course Overview
- Meta-design analysis
- Creative Process
- Structure, Materials Production

Contact Hours: 45


3.0 Credits
Contemporary Italian Society | Course #: SO CI 300 | Open
Course description
The aim of the course is to understand, through history, Italian society and the Italian way of life. There will be a focus on the city of Milan. The course deals with the history of Italian society from the Fascist dictatorship (1922) to the present. After World War II, Italy was a poor country, mainly agricultural, that had been under Mussolinis dictatorship for 20 years. Today Italy is a rich country with many problems (economic crisis, poor Southern Italy, illegal immigration, criminality etc). How did Italy change in the 20th Century?
Contact Hours: 45

Courses & Registration
NABA courses run Monday – Friday between 9:00am and 6:00pm. Students complete their course registration during the SAI application process by selecting their primary course choices as well as required alternate courses. Course schedules are confirmed 3 weeks prior to the program start. Students receive their official schedule (with days and times) at orientation.

Pre-Departure Calendar
June 15 2018
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)
May 1 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 deposit payment date.
June 1 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.
July 1 2018
Balance of Total Program Fee Due
July 1 2018
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.
August 1 2018
SAI Pre-Departure Form Due

On-Site Calendar
August 26 2018
Arrival & Housing Check-in
Students arrive into the Milan Malpensa Airport (MXP) or Milan Linate Airport (LIN). SAI airport pickup is provided between 10:00am and 3:00pm, and students are transferred to SAI housing.
August 27 2018
SAI Orientation
Mandatory SAI orientation introduces students to their city while covering safety, policies, housing, and culture.
August 29 – 30 2018
NABA Academic Orientation
NABA orientation includes academic policies and information, as well as opportunities for students to get to know each other and meet professors.
September 3 2018
Classes Begin
November 1 – 2 2018
Fall Break (no class)
December 10 – 14 2018
Final Exams
December 15 2018
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
Application Fee $100
Security Deposit
Refundable at the end of the term.
Program Fee
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.
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 Milan
$900 $1,500
Visa and Permit to Stay fees.
$250 $275
Books, Supplies & Course Fees
$100 / course $200 / course
Includes groceries and eating out.
$600 / month $1,000 / month
Personal Expenses $250 / month $350 / month
Transportation within Milan area
Public transportation with some taxi rides.
$100 / month $250 / 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
  • Student health insurance providing full coverage and medical emergency evacuation
  • Cell phone rental with free incoming calls and texts while in host country
  • Staff on-site dedicated to providing personal assistance
  • Orientation to the host city and school
  • SAI weekend excursion
  • Frequent cultural activities and day trips
  • 24-hour on-site emergency support

Pre-departure and Re-entry services

  • Admissions counselor assigned to you, providing friendly assistance throughout your study abroad experience
  • 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 and loan processing
  • 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 Event
SAI welcomes students to Milan with aperitivi at one of the hidden and local trendy spots in the Naviglio district.

Duomo Rooftop and Milan Walking Tour
Students admire the architecture of the spire-laden Duomo up close as they walk among the buttresses and statues and enjoy a panoramic view of the city from the rooftop. Following the tour, the group discovers the fashion district including the Galleria, Montenapoleone and La Scala.

Borromeo Islands Day Trip
Students visit the picturesque setting of the Borromean Islands, a small group of three islands and two islets on Lago Maggiore. The group enjoys a day on the lake discovering the various islands, with a lunchtime stop at the fishing village of Isola dei Pescatori.

Wine Tasting
Enoteca Ronchi has been the “wine lounge” in Milan since 1865 and is synonymous with fine wine. Students enjoy an evening of wine tasting in this historic setting.

Weekend Excursion to the Apennines
Students enjoy a unique weekend in the heart of the Apennine mountains between Emilia-Romagna and Tuscany. The group stays in Garfagnana, at the base of the Apennines, and spends the days exploring the surrounding park area including: Parco Orecchielle, the Fortezza di Verrucole, Castiglione di Garfagnana, Lago Vagli and the architecture of the Ponte Sospesso. The weekend offers the opportunity to see the diverse flora and fauna of Italy and its National Park and get a glimpse of Italian culture outside of the city.

Design Tour
Students take a guided tour of the Fondazione Castiglione, former studio of Designer Achilles Castiglione, considered one of the greatest and most innovative designers of the 20th Century. On top of viewing designs and prototypes, the tour gives an inside look at Castiglione’s design process.

Leonardo da Vinci’s Last Supper
The Last Supper, painted by Leonardo da Vinci in the refectory of the Dominican convent of Santa Maria delle Grazie, is considered one of the world’s greatest masterpieces. Students visit the convent and enjoy an explanation of the painting’s influence on Leonardo Da Vinci’s history.

Gallery Visit
Students visit the Pirelli Hangar Biccoca, a contemporary art space in the Biccoca district of Milan. Formerly a factory that manufactured train carriages, the complex uses its original architecture to showcase art that is connected to the urban and public contexts.

Farewell Event
Students celebrate the end of a successful term abroad and say their goodbyes over a delicious Italian meal.

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.

Passports should be valid for 3 months after planned departure from Italy.

Student Visas
In accordance with Italian law students studying in Italy for 90 days or more are required to obtain a student visa. Those with Italian/EU citizenship are exempted. Non-US nationals should consult their local Consulate for information on student visa requirements.

Students must appear in person at the Italian Consulate to present their student visa application. Our Student Visa Office is available to assist students in getting ready for the appointment; SAI provides student visa consulting for all our students at no cost.

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.