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SAI Summer Combination Programs & Experiences (SCOPE) allow students to enroll in back-to-back programs in more than one SAI city, at a reduced cost. SAI SCOPE B The Tuscan Experience offers an immersive Italian experience with the combination of SIS Intercultural Study Abroad in Siena and Florence University of the Arts (FUA). Students begin in the beautiful Tuscan city of Siena, where they enroll in one 3 credit elective course and one 1 credit Italian language course. Students then travel independently to nearby Florence, where they complete the 3 week FUA Summer II term, earning another 3 - 6 elective credits. Students in this program can earn a total of 7 - 10 US credits.
Application: now open
Closes: February 28, 2023
Apps accepted on a rolling basis, and after closing as space permits
Complete online application
Personal statement (300-500 words)
Academic letter of recommendation
Passport scan (photo page)
Italian privacy consent form
May 14, 2023 – June 23, 2023
Academic Year: Freshman (1st 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: 500+ (paper-based), IELTS: 5+, OOPT: 50+, or equivalent.
SCOPE programs are created to offer students the ability to combine two programs for a reduced cost. Students enrolled in SCOPE programs experience various regions or countries and explore a wide array of course offerings at different host schools.
SAI SCOPE B is a combination of two distinct programs:
Courses & Schedule
Students attend two different back-to-back programs, and therefore should be aware that program information, schedules and registration differ for each.
1. SIS Intercultural Study Abroad
Students in the 3 week Maymester program can choose from two different 3 credit elective courses (taught in English and Italian), each paired with a 1 credit Italian language course. Students live in family homestays and are able to have a truly authentic Italian experience while immersing themselves in a relevant course subject. SIS courses run Monday – Friday; a typical schedule includes Italian Language in the mornings Monday through Friday and elective courses in the afternoons three days per week. Students complete their course registration during the SAI application process by selecting their requested courses: 1 elective (3 credits) and 1 Italian language course (1 credit). Course schedules are confirmed in Siena after students have been given an introduction to the courses.
2. Florence University of the Arts
Students select 1 or 2 elective courses for a total of 3 – 6 US credits. 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. Note: All courses must meet the minimum enrollment of 12 students to run; therefore, all registrations require selection of an alternate course for each primary course choice. FUA registration begins months ahead of the application deadline. Courses will fill on a rolling basis.
Travel Between Programs
Students have one day between the end of the Siena program, and their arrival day in Florence (see calendar below). The SCOPE B program cost includes one additional night in Siena housing, to cover this gap. Students are responsible for independently traveling from Siena to Florence (likely via train).
|February 28 2023
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 13 2023
||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.
|March 15 2023
||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 15 2023
||Balance of Total Program Fee Due|
|May 14 2023
||Siena Arrival & Housing Check-in
Students arrive into Florence Peretola airport (FLR). Students must arrive by 2:30pm for the group shuttle to Siena where students are transferred to family housing.
||Siena Academic Orientation
SIS holds several days of orientation activities and events including walking tours and group social events.
||Siena Classes Begin|
|June 2 2023
||Siena Classes End|
|June 3 2023
||Siena Program End
SCOPE students remain in Siena housing one extra night.
|June 4 2023
||Siena Housing Check-out & Florence Arrival
Students must move out of Siena housing by 10:00am and travel independently to Florence, arriving by 5:00pm. Upon arrival in Florence, students will be directed to SAI Florence housing check-in.
|June 5 2023
||Florence Orientation Events
Students are welcomed to the program with an orientation that introduces them to their program while covering safety, policies, academics, housing, and culture.
|June 5 2023
||Florence Final Registration
Course changes are not allowed after this date.
|June 6 2023
||Florence Classes Begin|
|June 21 2023
||Florence Final Exams|
|June 23 2023
||Program End & Florence Housing Check-out
Students must move out of SAI Florence housing by 10:00am to return home or pursue independent travel.
|SAI Program Fees*||USD|
Refundable at the end of the term.
|Program Fee: Siena 4 credits + FUA 3 credits
Includes tuition, standard housing and SAI 360° Services (see What’s Included).
|Program Fee: Siena 4 credits + FUA 6 credits
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. Florence only.
|Optional Homestay Housing Supplement – Florence
Homestay housing in a private occupancy room in Florence. Includes weekday breakfast and dinner.
|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 Florence||$950||$1,800|
|Books||$50 / course||$100 / course|
|Course Fees & Supplies||$50 / course||$300 / course|
Host family supplies all meals except eating out.
|Included||$100 / month|
|Meals – Florence
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|
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.
Siena Welcome Reception
Upon arrival, new students, host families and SIS faculty and staff unite at a welcome reception to kick off the program.
Tuscan Cooking Lessons
Students learn the art of Italian cooking in two complete, hands-on, Italian cooking lessons, including appetizers, main courses and dessert. Lessons conclude with a tasting of all that is prepared!
Visits to Tuscan Hilltowns
Students explore the Italian countryside, visiting one or more of the quaint towns tucked in the Tuscan hills, such as San Gimignano, Pienza, Montepulciano or Cortona.
Students visit a winery, learn about the wine-making process, and enjoy various tastings.
Day Trip to Florence
SIS Art History professor accompanies students on a day trip to Florence to visit the Uffizi Gallery and explore the city.
Museum Visits in Siena
Students visit various museums in Siena as part of Italian class and other content courses. These include the Duomo, OPA Museum, the Museo Civico, the Santa Maria della Scala, as well as others.
Siena Farewell Dinner
Students, faculty and staff share in a celebratory final meal to reflect upon the program experience and to say final goodbyes before departure.
Florence 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.
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.
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.
Florence Farewell Evening
Students celebrate the end of a successful term abroad and say their goodbyes over a delicious Italian meal.
Standard housing differs between Siena and Florence, please see below:
Optional Housing: Florence family homestay (additional fee applies)
Students can choose to continue the Siena family homestay into Florence, where they are placed with a local family, which could be an older married couple or a family with children. Homestays provide a private bedroom, with a shared bathroom, in the family home with basic furnishings. Weekday breakfast and dinner are included in the cost. In Florence, some homestay locations may be outside the city center and require a commute to 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.