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
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 gained a whole new sense of myself. I learned what I am capable of, what I truly enjoy and what makes me the happiest. A student - Saint Mary's College of California View Entire Review
I learned valuable life skills and became a more confident person through my travel abroad experience. Jackie Beckman - University of Tennessee - Knoxville View Entire Review
I was already independent, but I feel like I have grown even more. I learned so much about myself, and I could have only done that through study abroad. Anne Morgan Carney - University of Mississippi View Entire Review
I learned a lot about the fashion industry in Italy. Carly Henning - Washington State University View Entire Review
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. Lauren Bell - George Washington University View Entire Review
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. Mary - Indiana University of Pennsylvania / IUP View Entire Review
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. Danielle Moffa - Indiana University of Pennsylvania / IUP View Entire Review
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 ... Heather - 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. Stephanie Kotula - Rochester Institute of Technology View Entire Review
There's entirely TOO MUCH. It was beyond worthwhile. Felicia C - Winthrop University 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
So much cultural perspective! A student - University of Tampa View Entire Review
I gained a whole new outlook on life and what I want. Holly - Lasell College View Entire Review
It was worthwhile. I learned how to live on my own for the first time. I went as a sophomore and my freshman year I lived at home. I loved the culture of living. Hang drying clothes, hand washing dishes, walking everywhere! Jessica Vass - Georgia State University View Entire Review
It was absolutely worthwhile, I gained experience with another culture and how other people in the world live! I gained perspective on life and lifestyles and confidence with travel and new places! Abbey Moran - Lasell College View Entire Review
This could go on for hours. I learned more about myself than I knew existed. I learned how to travel, how I act when I am uncomfortable, how to act quickly, how to live in the moment, and most importantly to live every second of every day to the fullest because there is so much out there that you haven't even seen yet. Allie Peterson - Washington State University 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. Miranda Craft - University of Mississippi View Entire Review
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... Evan Pagano - 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. Bonnie Blackmon - 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... A student - University of South Carolina - Columbia View Entire Review
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. Haley S - Texas A&M University - College Station 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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