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
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
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. Natalie H - 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. Sarah N - 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. Kaela K - Saint Mary's College of California View Entire Review
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... Andrea F - 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. Makenna W - Saint Mary's 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. Caleb C - Missouri State University View Entire Review
Now I want to travel all over the world. Learned how to "go with the flow" not take everything too seriously. Alexandra K - Baylor University View Entire Review
Studying abroad was the best decision I have ever made in my life. Not exaggerating Michelle D - Florence University of the Arts View Entire Review
I reaffirmed my goal to be an artist. I learned how to achieve that goal. Mario A - Austin College View Entire Review
among other things, I gained the ability to find my limits and surpass them. It was definitely worthwhile, and i can say that my only regret is that i didn't stay longer, and maybe even forever. A student - Austin College 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
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!... Brianna K - LaSalle University View Entire Review
I became much more independent and learned so much about another culture A student - Muhlenberg College View Entire Review
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 . A student - 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. Nicole G - Gustavus Adolphus College View Entire Review
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... Sarah K - Muhlenberg College View Entire Review
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! Tori S - 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. Katie S - Harrington College of Design View Entire Review
I gained international knowledge on every level of life (education, culture, attitude). I also discovered myself in a light that wouldn't have been shed on me had I not taken the opportunity. I made international friends, and friends from my school that I would never have hung out with if we weren't forced together by some mirac... Luke Z - University of Missouri - Columbia View Entire Review
I learned so much about the locals and culture. But I really learned a lot about myself, as far as my strengths and weaknesses go. Being outside of your comfort zone forces you to confront those issues head on. Shelbie M - Austin College 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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