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At UCSC students from around the world experience a contemporary education in the heart of the dynamic, vibrant and stylish city of Milan. SAI’s 6 week summer program allows students to enroll in three back-to-back 2 week courses for a total of 9 credits. Courses are taught in English and offered in a variety of fields including Business, Media and Communications, and Italian Culture.
Application: now open
Closes: Late March 2023
Apps accepted on a rolling basis, and after closing as space permits
Complete online application
Personal statement (300-500 words)
Passport scan (photo page)
Digital photo (passport style)
Italian privacy consent form
Early June 2023 – Late July 2023
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.
Courses & Registration
UCSC courses are held Monday – Friday. Students enroll in three back-to-back 2 week intensive courses. Upon applying to the SAI program, students will select one course for section 1 (course held during the first two weeks of the program), one course for section 2 (course held during the middle two weeks of the program), and one course for section 3 (course held for the last two weeks of the program). Course schedules are confirmed 4 weeks prior to the program start. Course days and times will be communicated at orientation in Milan.
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)
||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 2023
||SAI Scholarship Application Deadline
Students wishing to apply for a SAI scholarship must have all application items submitted by 11:59pm Pacific Time on this date.
||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.
||Balance of Total Program Fee Due|
||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.
||UCSC & SAI Orientation
Mandatory UCSC and SAI orientations introduce students to their city while covering academics, safety, policies, housing, and culture. Students also complete their registration.
||Classes Begin: Section 1|
||Classes End and Final Exams: Section 1|
||Classes Begin: Section 2|
||Classes End and Final Exams: Section 2|
||Classes Begin: Section 3|
||Classes End and Final Exams: Section 3|
||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|
Refundable at the end of the term.
Includes tuition, standard housing and SAI 360° 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
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/from Milan
|Books, Supplies & Course Fees
||$30 / course||$50 / 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 a SAI 360° Services Program; it includes our full services!
Pre-departure and Re-entry services
SAI offers all students the Viva Experience: frequent cultural activities, at no extra cost, for participants 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 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.
Students meet at a Milanese Enoteca to learn about Italian wines. A local sommelier gives students a background to each wine, which is paired with delicious appetizers.
Evening Bike Tour of Milano and Aperitivo
Students see highlights and hidden gems of Milan during this evening bike tour. The evening ends with a typical aperitivo.
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 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 configurations are designated as female, male, and in some locations, gender-inclusive. 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 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.