Type of Program: Semester
City: Florence
When offered: Fall or Spring
Cost: See Program Costs page

SACI is the oldest and most prestigious American art school in Florence. The Palazzo dei Cartelloni, SACI's main facility, is in the center of Florence, 50 yards from the central food market, 600 yards from the Duomo, and 80 yards from the church of San Lorenzo with Michelangelo's Medici Chapel. Within five minutes walking distance there are bookshops, internet cafes, coffee bars, restaurants, cinemas and a myriad of stores. The school is also near to the train station, the bus station, and the Fortezza da Basso, where all international design fairs are held in Florence.  SACI is distinguished not only by its remarkable breadth of course offerings - in areas ranging from studio art, design, crafts, art history, art conservation, and Italian culture and language - but by its commitment to ensuring that students gain maximum exposure to Italian art and culture. SACI students enroll in a wide array of courses. Students attend lectures by established and emerging international artists, film nights that feature classic and contemporary Italian films (with English subtitles), and cooking classes in which students learn how to prepare Tuscan dishes and to understand the connection between Italy's culture and cuisine. Students participate in weekly open drawing sessions and field trips to sites throughout Italy, including day trips to Fiesole, Pisa, Siena, and Lucca, and weekend trips to Rome, Venice, and Naples.  The student body is comprised of students enrolled at US universities and at institutions in other countries.

In both Fall and Spring, a student can enroll in five classes for a total of 15 credits. During these terms, students additionally have the possibility to work as apprentices with artisans, and advanced students may be eligible to take a directed independent study or traineeship in a design firm, museum, or gallery. As part of their classes, SACI students often create artwork for local hospitals and human rights organizations, and restore major art treasures that are a part of Italy's cultural heritage. Outside of class, student volunteers can teach English at elementary schools, serve as English-language museum guides, and assist at human rights agencies. In addition to visiting many famous Italian cities over the course of the year, students use a museum pass provided by SACI to visit Florentine museums and historic sites. Students visit artists' and designers' studios, private collections, galleries, art fairs, and theaters. They have access to modern and historic art collections, research libraries, and contemporary art museums. Visit the SACI website for details on the program and courses: http://www.saci-florence.org/  

There is a $2,500 program surcharge for this program which includes the student services fee to SACI.

Take a look at the  SACI view book

Academic Calendar
Fall Semester:
Early September - Late December

Eligibility and Prerequisites

Students must have declared a major and taken prerequisite courses.  Students must have completed three semesters in college-level residence.  Students with a cumulative GPA of 3.0 or higher are eligible to apply. 

Application and Study Abroad Deposit Deadlines 

Due For Study in Spring 2016 For Study in Fall 2016
Application and $500 deposit September 25, 2015 February 26, 2016

Please note that both the application and fee are due in the Office of International Studies. All students must attend an advising session at least one week prior to the deadline in the Office of International Studies to obtain an application.