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
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
I learned that I can travel on my own and I discovered my passion for traveling and experiencing different cultures in to their fullest capacity. Hanna Lester - University of Mississippi View Entire Review
It was very worthwhile, I loved my program and it provided the perfect classes and environment for me to be able to branch out and make friends and explore parts of Europe. A student - University of Arkansas - Fayetteville View Entire Review
Yes it was worthwhile. I learned more about myself while also gaining knowledge about a different culture Sophia Carasone - Lasell College View Entire Review
I learned so many things! Its hard to put into words the experiences I had and I wouldn't trade that semester for the world. I learned that I am truly capable of living on my own and traveling on my own and I learned so many new things about myself as a person! A student - University of Mississippi View Entire Review
I gained knowledge about the Italian culture through experiences and classes taken while in Florence Mary Paige Hawkins - University of Missouri - Columbia View Entire Review
I gained an invaluable amount from study abroad. I grew so much as a person and feel more confident in myself and acquired so many skills. Courtney Sullivan - 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
I gained life lasting friendships, learned that traveling with less is better, sharing a meal with friends is one of the most enjoyable things, and sometimes the best things in life happen when you least expect it. A student - University of Florida View Entire Review
I learned that I love to travel and meet people. I was worried that I would be too overwhelmed and not thrive abroad, but I was wrong. I learned so much about myself and am so much more appreciative for what I have. Abroad was truly life changing and really opened my eyes to the bigger picture of life. I would do it over and ove... Madeline Noll - University of Alabama - Tuscaloosa View Entire Review
Independence. It was absolutely worthwhile and I would do it all over again if I could. Lauren Torres - Saint Mary's College of California View Entire Review
I learned that other cultures have a more relaxed and simplistic lifestyle than we are raised with in America. I learned to prioritize relationships and enjoy long dinners stemming from authentic conversation and incredible cuisine. I came back with a longing to cook wholesome food and go back to the basics. Katie Cohen - Oklahoma State University - Stillwater View Entire Review
I learned a lot about myself and what I want with my life after college. I also learned how to be independent by traveling and booking trips. It was an incredible semester and I would do it all over again if I could. Sarah Vinton - University of Missouri - Columbia 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):
- Human Services
- Hospitality Administration
- Health and Fitness
- Global Studies
- Fashion / Apparel Design
- Culinary Arts
- Business Administration and Management
- Drama, Theater, Theatre Arts
- Liberal Arts, General Studies
- Apparel and Textiles
- Communication, Journalism, and Related Programs
- Fine Arts, Studio Arts
- International Business
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