SAI Programs: Florence - Florence University of the Arts

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SAI's program at Florence University of the Arts (FUA) presents a fresh and contemporary approach to Liberal Arts education, along with an extensive curriculum in Studio Arts. With small classes taught by an international faculty, every course aim... read more

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It was absolutely worthwhile! I loved every bit of being abroad and it really taught me that I was fully capable of living in a new place by myself especially so far from home! It really taught me a lot about being an adult and helped me grow in more ways than I would have ever thought. - George Washington University View Entire Review
A student studying abroad with SAI Programs: Florence - Florence University of the Arts
I learned to be more independent, adventurous and to enjoy every last second of each day. The days went quick while I was abroad and I did not realize it until those four months flew by and it was already time to come home. - Indiana University of Pennsylvania / IUP View Entire Review
December 05, 2016 Time Of My Life
I learned more about different cultures in those 4 months than in my lifetime. I would not trade it for the world and hope to go back in the near future. It was more than worthwhile. - Indiana University of Pennsylvania / IUP View Entire Review
A student studying abroad with SAI Programs: Florence - Florence University of the Arts
October 11, 2016 View Changing
I learned so much about different ways that cultures present hospitality and how people view tourism. I learned a lot about the Italian culture that I think is important to incorporate in American culture. As my Italian professor told us, we have to work to find the best ingredients to develop the best glass of wine, just as we ... - University of Kentucky View Entire Review
I learned so much - the culture, the people, the food, the lifestyle I could go on. I really did learn a lot. We kept incredibly busy and living in a foreign country was incredibly stressful which was a bit much for me at times. It was so worthwhile. I'm glad I pushed myself to my limits. - Rochester Institute of Technology View Entire Review
A student studying abroad with SAI Programs: Florence - Florence University of the Arts
There's entirely TOO MUCH. It was beyond worthwhile. - Winthrop University View Entire Review
A student studying abroad with SAI Programs: Florence - Florence University of the Arts
December 28, 2015 Semester To Remember!
This was my first time traveling outside the US. I went by myself and it was the best decision I could have made. I gained confidence, exposure to one of my favorite cultures, and new life long friends. During the time abroad you have endless opportunities to achieve some of the greatest adventures you have always dreamed about!... - LaSalle University View Entire Review
December 23, 2015 My Abroad Experience
I became much more independent and learned so much about another culture - Muhlenberg College View Entire Review
A student studying abroad with SAI Programs: Florence - Florence University of the Arts
December 02, 2015 La Dolce Vita
I learned to adapt to a different environment , and I learned how to live the way a local Italian lives and not just how an American in Italy lives. I wish my experience never ended . I loved every moment of my time, and i grew there . - Muhlenberg College View Entire Review
While abroad, I gained a lot of insight about myself, more than I thought I would. While studying abroad, you become much more independent and have opportunities to be on your own and to learn more about yourself than you would staying at home. - Gustavus Adolphus College View Entire Review
A student studying abroad with SAI Programs: Florence - Florence University of the Arts
While abroad, I not only learned about the culture and people in Florence but I also found out so much about myself. I learned how to be confident and adventurous, when to take risks and when to let things go, to take advantage of every opportunity I can and to live life. I learned how to speak Italian (albeit not super well but... - Muhlenberg College View Entire Review
November 18, 2014 A Summer Of Adventure!
It was definitely worthwhile! I was put out of my comfort zone, and ended up having an amazing experience in a place rich with culture, with the most amazing people! - California Polytechnic State University, San Luis Obispo View Entire Review
I learned that there is a whole world out there and I cannot wait to see the rest of it. I have made some of the best friends and miss the experience every single day. - Harrington College of Design View Entire Review
I learned how to adapt and problem solve in each new environment that I encountered while exploring some of the most beautiful scenery I have ever seen. - University of Mississippi View Entire Review
A student studying abroad with SAI Programs: Florence - Florence University of the Arts
It was certainly worthwhile. Beyond the atmosphere I can still feel, I gained understanding of a different culture. I learned that the way we do things in America isn't THE way, but ONE way -- places like Florence and Rome have been doing things their way and excelling all the same. I learned about myself -- what I'm good at, wh... - University of Missouri - Columbia View Entire Review
Absolutely. My study abroad experience was everything I could have wanted and more. I learned a lot about myself and about the Italian culture. - University of Mississippi View Entire Review
I gained a better world outlook on current issues and learned from a culture very different from my own. Living and studying in Florence exposed me to a whole new level of beauty and history that we as Americans missed out on because we weren't discovered prior to the Renaissance. I truly admired and appreciated the craftsmanshi... - University of South Carolina - Columbia View Entire Review
September 27, 2016 Amazing Experience!
I was able to learn a lot and immerse myself in the Italian culture for 6 weeks. I made lifelong friends and got to travel to 6 new countries I had never been to before. While studying in Italy I got to take class trips to 6 different cities all over the rest of Italy. - Texas A&M University - College Station View Entire Review
A student studying abroad with SAI Programs: Florence - Florence University of the Arts
March 20, 2016 A Semester Of Change
I gained a lot of self confidence--it was the first time I lived on my own/had to make my own food/had to get places on my own--I embraced that freedom and learned an incredible amount about myself, my personality, and even my beliefs. - University of Northern Iowa View Entire Review
SO MUCH. I learned so much about myself as a person it's crazy. Incredibly worthwhile. If you have a chance, you must go abroad and choose SAI Programs. - Washington State University View Entire Review
Studying abroad changed my life. I was able to see the world, gain independence, and experience living in another country. - Saint Marys College of California View Entire Review
A student studying abroad with SAI Programs: Florence - Florence University of the Arts
November 03, 2015 Trip Of A Lifetime!
I could write on and on about the experiences I gained and learned from studying abroad with SAI. It was worth every bit of hard work I put into it, and I highly recommend every student study abroad for at least one semester because you will learn more about yourself, what you want to do with your life, how to live in a complete... - Kansas State University View Entire Review
I learned a lot about traveling on my own and with others. I really tried to immerse myself in the different cultures and always try new things. Studying abroad was one of the best things I have ever done and it was extremely worthwhile. - Saint Marys College of California View Entire Review
I gained insight into how the world actually is versus what we read about on the internet or see on TV. It's even more wonderful than we could imagine and this experience will stick with me for the rest of my life. - Missouri State University View Entire Review
June 05, 2014 Go Go Go!
Now I want to travel all over the world. Learned how to "go with the flow" not take everything too seriously. - Baylor University View Entire Review

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SAI's program at Florence University of the Arts (FUA) presents a fresh and contemporary approach to Liberal Arts education, along with an extensive curriculum in Studio Arts. With small classes taught by an international faculty, every course aims to enhance the social, intercultural and professional experience of each student. The faculty combines innovative curriculum and collaborative teaching methods to create a unique, hands-on educational experience. Students are also encouraged to immerse themselves in a range of enriching extra-curricular activates, including intramural sports, volunteer projects, cross-cultural exchange events and theatrical performances. At FUA students have the chance to learn with world-class instructors, while engaging with one of the world's treasured cultural centers.

The beauty and wealth of Florence have attracted visitors throughout the ages, from the Roman Era to modern times. Though Florence is an ancient city, the focal point today is the art and architecture of the Renaissance period. No other city in Europe reflects the birth and development of modern society more than Florence, through its exquisite examples of art and architecture. The streets of Florence still ring with the vibrant culture that began over 600 years ago; the city center has changed little, combining the elegance and quality of the Renaissance style with a stunning blend of modern design. The lush hills and mountains of Tuscany surround the city, offering themselves for exploration on afternoons or weekends.

Though Florence has a rich history, today it is an important center for contemporary art, fashion design, graphics and business. We invite you to experience this contrast of past and present with other students from around the world that come to study in Florence.

Program Type(s):
Study Abroad
Internship
Program Length(s):
  • Fall
  • Summer
  • Spring
  • Academic Year
  • Maymester
  • January Term
  • Short Term
Instruction Language(s):
  • English
Relevant Study Subject(s):
  • Journalism
  • International Business
  • Fine Arts, Studio Arts
  • Communication, Journalism, and Related Programs
  • Architect
  • Apparel and Textiles
  • Liberal Arts, General Studies
  • Drama, Theater, Theatre Arts
Minimum GPA:
2.5
Year Founded:
2005
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