SAI Study Abroad: Florence - Florence University of the Arts (FUA)
SAI invites students to surround themselves with the refined beauty of Renaissance Italy by studying abroad at the Florence University of the Arts (FUA). FUA offers a wide range of courses in English which have been carefully planned and designed ... read more
A lot of introspection and learning about myself in different ways; the benefits of taking risks and trying new things and being open to all that life has to offer A student - Saint Mary's College of California View Entire Review
Europe is beautiful and full of history. If you go and don't appreciate the local history, you're missing out. I learned so much and will forever say Florence is my favorite place on Earth. Hannah B - Saint Leo University View Entire Review
I learned about different cultures and different ways of life compared to mine. I learned to take in every moment as you get it and always live in the present because you never know when you're going to experience something on that level ever again. Natalie B - University of South Carolina - Columbia View Entire Review
Living in Florence for the past four months has provided me with immense cultural knowledge, within Italy and throughout Europe. I have greatly improved my Italian language skills as well as my ability to converse with individuals in other languages. I also developed a stronger sense of independence and self-sufficiency. I becam... Josie S - University of South Carolina - Columbia View Entire Review
I made lifelong connections not just with my roommates, but with classmates and locals that you just can't get anywhere else. I was also able to see so many iconic museums and art pieces that I will never forget! Kelly S - Missouri State University View Entire Review
It was amazing. I learned so much about myself. The biggest lesson was to live in the moment instead of focusing on what is next. Vittoria Gallello - University of South Carolina - Columbia View Entire Review
I learned so much about different cultures around the world, and that there are people in the world who are very different than the people I grew up around. This experience was so worthwhile! Addison - Oklahoma State University - Stillwater View Entire Review
Learned more about Italian culture, navigating in a country with a foreign language, how to travel, how to be independent/rely on myself, Renaissance art, cooking, etc. It was VERY worthwhile. Alexa Yates - George Washington University View Entire Review
I learned a lot about different cultural views and how to acclimate and truly embrace a new lifestyle. I also learned a lot about myself through the process. It was worth every minute and penny. I would go back in a heartbeat and do it all again. Marissa - Belmont University View Entire Review
I wish I could study abroad again. It is the most amazing experience, I want to cry just thinking about how much I miss Europe! I've had the opportunity of a lifetime and I would encourage anyone to do it. Kaleo Nicolas - Washington State University View Entire Review
I gained a immense amount of confidence in myself from learning to live and travel on my own. Being able to experience so many different cultures was eye opening to me and I have benefitted from learning how other people live their daily lives. I have developed a new perspective with a lot of things and how I live my life now. S... Kate O'Connell - Muhlenberg College View Entire Review
I gained independence, and learned about Italian language/culture/life. It was definitely worthwhile and I feel like I gained a global perspective and fun new experiences in my time in Florence, and in my weekends traveling. A student - University of Michigan - Ann Arbor View Entire Review
I learned a lot about myself as a person, which I was not expecting because I thought I was pretty in touch with who I was. But, it was cool to learn new things about myself. I also feel like I gained a lot of cultural capital as well because I've visited, seen, and learned about all these amazing things, like art and culture, t... Arianna DeLillo - Saint Mary's College of California View Entire Review
The thought of going abroad for the first time can be really scary and intimidating but I promise you it will be worth it. Studying abroad pushed me outside of my comfort zone, provided me with essential life skills, and allowed me to make memories that will last a lifetime. Rebekah B - Washington State University View Entire Review
Independence, self-trust and confidence, cultural immersion, etc and absolutely! Would 100% recommend SAI to anyone who wants to venture outside of their comfort zone. Rebecca B - Muhlenberg College View Entire Review
The language, the culture, independence, how to interact with lot's of different people. Justine P - Lehigh University View Entire Review
I definitely became more independent and learned to step outside of my comfort zone more. Natalia C - Muhlenberg College View Entire Review
I learned how to be more open minded, act culturally appropriate, and to be more independent. All these skills I developed were defiantly worthwhile and applicable to other parts of my life moving forward. Melanie - Muhlenberg College View Entire Review
It was absolutely worthwhile, and I only got 1/3 of my experience. I learned so much about what I want in life, how I relate to the world, and how to navigate an unfamiliar place and unfamiliar situations. I have a strong drive to become bilingual now and a love for Italian food and culture that I wouldn't have thought possible.... Brianna Adkins - Indiana University of Pennsylvania / IUP View Entire Review
I gained a lot of confidence from going abroad that I did not have before. It taught be how to be independent, live in the moment, and a lot of travel hacks! Bella - University of South Carolina - Columbia View Entire Review
I learned a lot about myself as a person, which I was not expecting because I thought I was pretty in touch with who I was. I also feel like I gained a lot of cultural capital as well because I've visited, seen, and learned about all these amazing things, like art and culture, that I had only ever dreamed of. It's changed my per... Arianna DeLillo - Saint Mary's College of California View Entire Review
I learned how to make the most out of my time. I knew it would be a once in a lifetime experience and wanted to make it worth and I did. It was amazing and I wouldn't change it for the world. A student - Washington State University View Entire Review
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I learned a new language and became more confident and independent A student - University of South Carolina - Columbia View Entire Review
I am a lot more culturally aware than I was previously. Going abroad really gave me a global mindset and it was the most rewarding experience I have ever been a part of. Jessica Wingo - University of Kentucky View Entire Review
SAI invites students to surround themselves with the refined beauty of Renaissance Italy by studying abroad at the Florence University of the Arts (FUA). FUA offers a wide range of courses in English which have been carefully planned and designed keeping with current interests and contemporary subjects including: Literature, Sciences, Business, Economics, History, Fine Arts, Graphic Design, and more.
SAI oversees and coordinates all aspects of student enrollment, including application processing, course selection and credit, visa advising, housing, student health insurance, and transcripts.
In addition, SAI provides comprehensive student services, from the moment of application, through the on-site experience, until students return home.In addition to supporting students throughout their stay in Florence, SAI also coordinates a range of activities and excursions throughout the term, including a walking tour of historic Florence, a “survival Italian” language class, a hike to the Piazzale Michelangelo, and Italian cooking workshop, a weekend excursion to Milan and Lake Como (semester only) , and many others. Students also have access to SAI’s network of partner organizations, allowing them to take part in volunteer activities, as well as language exchange opportunities with local students and families.
SAI Programs students at Florence University of the Arts (FUA) benefit from the institution’s contemporary approach to liberal arts education and from its ideal location in the heart of the city. With small classes taught in English by a highly qualified international faculty, every course aims to enhance the social, intercultural and professional experience of each student. FUA combines innovative curriculum and collaborative teaching methods to create a unique, hands-on educational experience.
SAI students in Florence experience the overlapping cultural currents which flow through this ancient city; from its origins as a minor settlement on the banks of the River Arno, to its modern status as a world capital of art and culture. Visiting students immerse themselves in the dynamic entity which is Florence and examine the influences which impact this remarkable community, from the local to the global.
Program Type(s):Study Abroad
- Academic Year
- January Term
- Short Term
Relevant Study Subject(s):
- Communication, Journalism, and Related Programs
- Culinary Arts
- Apparel and Textiles
- Liberal Arts, General Studies
- Global Studies
- Health and Fitness
- Human Services
- Drama, Theater, Theatre Arts
- Fine Arts, Studio Arts
- Business Administration and Management
- Hospitality Administration
- International Business
- Fashion / Apparel Design
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