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Study abroad semester students at UCSC enroll in 3 - 5 elective classes from the variety of English-taught courses to complete a total of 12 - 18 credits. Course options include such titles as Luxury Business Insights, Creative Italian Storytelling, and Sustainable Growth and Appeal of the Italian Culture of Food. Students interested in completing Italian language courses can do so during the semester or enroll in an intensive 2 week language course that takes place prior to the regular semester start. Students also have the option of completing a part-time internship or earning an SAI Global Leadership Certificate as part of their program.
November 1, 2019
Apps accepted after deadline as space permits
Complete online application
Personal statement (300-500 words)
Passport scan (photo page)
Digital photo (passport style)
Italian privacy consent form
February 16, 2020 – May 30, 2020
dates may differ as a result of add-ons
Academic Year: Sophomore (2nd year) 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: 79+ or IELTS: 6+, or proof of attending school in English for 3+ years.
The aim of this course is to introduce students to Italian culinary traditions and provide them with the opportunity to take part in "hands-on" cooking lessons under the guidance of one of Cattolica chefs.
Global Leadership Certificate
Students can supplement a regular semester of studies with the SAI Global Leadership Certificate (GLC), designed to enrich students’ experiences and to acknowledge their academic and service work by providing an additional credential beyond a university transcript. Students enrolled in the Global Leadership Certificate program broaden their awareness of global issues and deepen their knowledge of the host community’s role in an increasingly interconnected world through exploration of research, engagement in community service and interaction with experts and leaders. Students interested in applying for the GLC should select the program at application. GLC applicants should have a cumulative GPA of 3.0 or higher (on a 4.0 scale).
Program Add-On: Pre-Session 2 week Italian Language Course
Students can supplement a regular semester of studies with an intensive 2 week 3 credit Italian language and culture course that takes place prior to the semester start (for a maximum of 18 US credits over the semester). The course meets 5 days per week for a total of 45 hours, and is best suited for students with no prior knowledge of Italian, or those with some basic knowledge. Students can also pair this pre-session course with a regular semester Italian language course in order to maximize language learning. Please note: students enrolled in this program add-on will arrive in Milan on February 2, 2020.
Program Add-On: Part-Time Internship
Semester students in their junior or senior year can apply for a part-time 3 credit internship to be completed as part of their elective program. Students are placed in internships that complement their major or minor, and complete 120 – 150 hours of internship work, which could include interning in a company’s office or conducting research or specific projects for the company. Students completing an internship must enroll in an Italian language course during the semester; those with no Italian language experience must enroll in the pre-session 2 week Italian language course as well. For more information on internships see UCSC Internships. Please note: students enrolled in this program add-on will arrive in Milan on February 2, 2020.
Part-Time Internship Application Requirements
Students wishing to participate in a part-time internship during their semester should select the program add-on at application. Students must also complete the following steps:
Courses & Schedule
UCSC courses are held 2 days a week, Monday through Friday. SAI students are free to enroll in any combination of elective courses. Please note that course offerings may change; applicants will receive the definitive list of course offerings two months prior to program start.
Students select preliminary courses upon submitting their application to SAI. Students wishing to enroll in Italian Language courses must select the course during the application process. Students complete official course registration for all elective courses (not including Italian Language courses) via UCSC’s registration portal approximately one month prior to departure.
|November 1 2019
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)
|October 1 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.
|October 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.
|November 15 2019
||SAI Financial Aid Verification Deadline
SStudents wishing to defer payment until financial aid disbursement must submit the financial aid verification forms to SAI by this date.
|December 1 2019
||Balance of Total Program Fee Due|
|December 1 2019
||SAI Pre-Departure Form Due|
|February 16 2020*
||Regular Semester 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.
|February 17 2020
Mandatory SAI orientation introduces students to their city while covering safety, policies, housing, and culture.
|February 18 – 20 2020
||UCSC Academic Orientation
UCSC holds week-long orientation activities. In addition to the mandatory orientation, students have opportunities to take city tours, join clubs, and meet professors.
|February 24 2020
||Semester Classes Begin|
|March 6 2020
||Last Day to Add or Drop a Class|
|March 30 – April 3 2020
|April 9 – 15 2020
||Spring Break (no class)
SAI office remains open.
|May 1 2020
||National Holiday (no class)|
|May 25 – 29 2020
|May 30 2020
||Program End & Housing Check-out
Students must move out of SAI housing by 10:00am to return home or pursue independent travel.
* Students opting to add the Pre-Session Italian language course and/or internship program arrive in Milan two weeks prior to the start of the regular semester (February 2, 2020).
|SAI Program Fees*||USD|
Refundable at the end of the term.
Includes tuition, standard housing and SAI Signature Services (see What’s Included).
|Optional / Additional Fees:|
|Program Add-On: Part-Time Internship
Required for students participating in a part-time internship.
|Program Add-On: Pre-Session Italian Language Course
Housing fee charged to students enrolled in the 2 week pre-session Italian language course.
|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
Visa and Permit to Stay fees.
|Books, Supplies & Course Fees||$80 / course||$150 / course|
Includes groceries and eating out.
|$400 / month||$800 / month|
|Personal Expenses||$350 / month||$450 / month|
|Transportation within Milan
Public transportation with some taxi rides.
|$100 / month||$250 / 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 Milan with a typical “aperitivo” or happy hour. Students will spend their first evening getting to know each other at a trendy new spot in the city.
Duomo Rooftop and Milan Walking Tour
Students will enjoy a panoramic view of the city from the top of Milano’s rooftop terraces. Students will admire the architecture of the spire-laden Duomo up close as they walk among the buttresses and statues. Discover the Sforzesco castle, La Galleria fashion district around the Duomo, and get to know the SAI on-site staff.
Borromeo Islands and Lago Maggiore 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.
The group will meet at a Milanese Enoteca to learn about Italian wines. A local sommelier will give students a background to each wine, which will then be paired with suitable appetizers.
Weekend Excursion to Rome, the Eternal City
Students spend the weekend in the Eternal City, visiting the Colosseum, exploring the historical center, learning more about the local cuisine and taking a bike tour along the Appia Antica, all while enjoying delicious Roman meals.
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.
Visit to the La Scala Opera House
This activity gives students an exclusive look behind the scenes of one of the most famous opera houses in the world, the Teatro della Scala. Explore some of the history of this marvelous building, the famous people who have graced its stage and see the set design of the current show.
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.
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.
In accordance with Italian law students studying in Italy for 91 or more days 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.
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.