Italiaidea Institute
Fall Language Short Programs 2021
4 credits

Short programs at Italiaidea offer opportunities for SAI students to study Italian language throughout the academic year. Courses are open to all levels of students, including those seeking continuing education courses. Each short program offers an intensive 4 week Italian language course. The course can be taken for 4 credits, or non-credit for a reduced cost. Italiaidea’s immersion-style teaching allows students to apply their language skills in various settings outside of the classroom. SAI offers four short programs in the Fall, each with different start dates.


Application: Now Open
Session I closes: June 14, 2021
Session II closes: July 12, 2021
Session III closes: August 9, 2021
Session IV closes: September 6, 2021
Apps accepted on a rolling basis, and after closing as space permits

Application Requirements
Complete online application
Personal statement (300-500 words)
Official transcript
Italian privacy consent form

Highlights

  • We’ve made our cancellation policy more flexible! See here.
  • Learn to shop with local fruit vendors or order cappuccino at the neighborhood café.
  • Complete 1 level of Italian in just 4 weeks.

Program Dates
Session I:  Aug 29, 2021 – Sept 25, 2021
Session II:  Sept 26, 2021 – Oct 23, 2021
Session III:  Oct 24, 2021 – Nov 20, 2021
Session IV:  Nov  21, 2021 – Dec 18, 2021


Eligibility Requirements

Age: 18+

Academic Year:
High school graduate or above

Cumulative GPA:* 2.5 (on a 4.0 scale)

*contact SAI if you don’t meet requirements



Courses & Registration
Students complete 15 one-hour lessons per week, Monday through Friday. All classes have between 4 and 10 students, offering personalized instruction. Students with previous Italian language experience take a placement test upon arrival in order to be placed in the correct level of Italian language.


Pre-Departure Calendar
June 14 2021
Application Closes
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)
May 31 2021
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 30 2021
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.
June 30 2021
Balance of Total Program Fee Due

On-Site Calendar
August 29 2021
Arrival & Housing Check-in
Students fly into Rome Fiumicino Airport (FCO). SAI airport pickup is provided between 9:00am and 3:00pm, and students are transferred to SAI housing.
August 29-30 2021
SAI & Italiaidea Orientation
Mandatory SAI and Italiaidea orientations introduce students to their city while covering safety, policies, housing, and culture. Additionally, students take placement tests.
August 30 2021
Classes Begin
September 24 2021
Classes End
September 25 2021
Program End & Housing Check-out
Students must move out of SAI housing by 10:00am to return home or pursue independent travel. 

Pre-Departure Calendar
June 12 2021
Application Closes
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)
June 28 2021
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.
July 28 2021
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.
July 28 2021
Balance of Total Program Fee Due

On-Site Calendar
September 25 2021
Arrival & Housing Check-in
Students fly into Rome Fiumicino Airport (FCO). SAI airport pickup is provided between 9:00am and 3:00pm, and students are transferred to SAI housing.
September 26-27 2021
SAI & Italiaidea Orientation
Mandatory SAI and Italiaidea orientations introduce students to their city while covering safety, policies, housing, and culture. Additionally, students take placement tests.
September 27
Classes Begin
October 22 2021
Classes End
October 23 2021
Program End & Housing Check-out
Students must move out of SAI housing by 10:00am to return home or pursue independent travel. 

Pre-Departure Calendar
August 9 2021
Application Closes
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)
July 26 2021
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.
August 25 2021
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 25  2021
Balance of Total Program Fee Due

On-Site Calendar
October 24 2021
Arrival & Housing Check-in
Students fly into Rome Fiumicino Airport (FCO). SAI airport pickup is provided between 9:00am and 3:00pm, and students are transferred to SAI housing.
October 24-25 2021
SAI & Italiaidea Orientation
Mandatory SAI and Italiaidea orientations introduce students to their city while covering safety, policies, housing, and culture. Additionally, students take placement tests.
October 25
Classes Begin
November 19 2021
Classes End
November 20 2021
Program End & Housing Check-out
Students must move out of SAI housing by 10:00am to return home or pursue independent travel. 

Pre-Departure Calendar
September 6 2021
Application Closes
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)
August 23 2021
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.
September 22 2021
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.
September 22 2021
Balance of Total Program Fee Due

On-Site Calendar
November 21 2021
Arrival & Housing Check-in
Students fly into Rome Fiumicino Airport (FCO). SAI airport pickup is provided between 9:00am and 3:00pm, and students are transferred to SAI housing.
November 21-22 2021
SAI & Italiaidea Orientation
Mandatory SAI and Italiaidea orientations introduce students to their city while covering safety, policies, housing, and culture. Additionally, students take placement tests.
November 22 
Classes Begin
December 17 2021
Classes End
December 18 2021
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 $120
Security Deposit
Refundable at the end of the term.
$300
Program Fee
Includes tuition, standard housing and SAI 360° Services (see What’s Included).
$4,555
Optional / Additional Fees:  
International Mailing Supplement
When applicable, students are charged an international mailing supplement to ensure visa paperwork arrives in a timely manner.
$90

*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 Rome
$900 $1,800
Visa
Visa and Permit to Stay fees.
$250 $275
Books, Supplies & Course Fees $10 / course $20 / course
Meals
Breakfast & dinner are included in homestay.
$200 / month $400 / month
Personal Expenses $350 / month $450 / month
Transportation within Rome
Public transportation with some taxi rides.
$125 / month $150 / month
Weekend Travel
Cost varies greatly by student.
$300 / month $1,000 / month

This is an SAI 360° 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
  • SAI Viva Experience: frequent cultural activities & trips outside host city
  • Student health insurance providing full coverage and medical emergency evacuation
  • Access to and assistance with international cell phone plans
  • 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 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.

Welcome Meal
SAI welcomes students to Rome with a traditional Roman meal. Students meet one another and get to know their new city.

Discover Monti
Once the slum of ancient Rome, Monti is now one of the city’s coolest and most charming neighborhoods home to vintage stores, art studios, chic cafés, and quaint squares. Students will visit Domus Aurea (“Golden House”), an impressive palace built by Emperor Nero, and go on a virtual reality tour. They will then explore the neighborhood’s shops and conclude with lunch at a famous local trattoria.

A Taste of Rome Food Tour
Students get to know their new home by exploring the Trastevere neighborhood and tasting some of Rome’s most celebrated culinary traditions.

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

Standard Housing: Family homestay
Family homestays place students with a local family, which could be an older married couple or a family with children. Homestays are an excellent opportunity to deepen language skills and cultural understanding. Homestay families are typically based within walking distance to the school. Students are housed in a private room in the family home, and the cost includes breakfast and dinner 7 days per week.

Passports
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 91 days or more are 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.