SAI Study Abroad: Florence - Florence University of the Arts (FUA)

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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

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OVERALL RATING 4.9
Based on 14 Reviews
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Past Review Memorable
There were ups and downs during my trip but all-in-all, it was an amazing experience. I would definitly recommend it to anyone who wants to learn about the Renaissance since Florence is where it all started. Also, Florence is pretty central so you can get to most places in Italy for a reasonable price, but traveling to other cou... - Austin College View Entire Review
I learned so much about other cultures and ways of lives throughout Europe, everything I did was most definitely worthwhile - Lehigh University View Entire Review
I loved becoming more and more like a local and speaking the language was amazing. The people there are so sweet and interesting. I learned that the world is a big place full of different people and cultures who will change you forever. Every person I spoke to impacted me, the culture changed me and I don't think about things bl... - University of Arkansas - Fayetteville View Entire Review
Past Review Amazing
I learned to become a bit more independent, and to see how other cultures live. Definitely worth it - Indiana University - Bloomington View Entire Review
Past Review Italia With Sai
Yes, it was definitely worthwhile to go abroad and I recommend it to everyone! - University of Arkansas - Fayetteville View Entire Review
It was absolutely worthwhile, it was the time of my life. - Indiana University - Bloomington View Entire Review
I gained a sense of independence and self-reliance that you can't get from staying in the U.S. No matter how far away your home is from your home school, it is easy to call mom or dad and figure it out. In Italy, there are obstacles in the way and overcoming them will make you stronger person. - University of South Carolina - Columbia View Entire Review
Past Review La Dolce Vita
I gained so much. I have learned so much about myself and so much about the world. It was definitely worthwhile and everyone should go abroad if they have the chance. - Austin College View Entire Review
I loved Italy so much that I have concidered finding a way to move there and become a citizen. It is very nice to live in a place that is not so commercial, where you can buy produce that is actually fresh and ripe, and the family is more important than work. It has shown me that the whole world is not the same, and that piece... - Winthrop University View Entire Review
YES! Growth in patience and relaxation--exactly what the Lord brought me over there for:) - Point Loma Nazarene University View Entire Review
I absolutely think my experience was worthwhile--I learned a lot about others and about myself, and I came back to the States with different perspectives and attitudes that I will carry with me in the future. - The College of William and Mary View Entire Review
I loved it! I met so many amazing people and learned a lot about Italy and about myself. I have decided upon completing this program that I want to look into careers that incorporate travel and tourism. It is no question that this experience changed my life. - Western Washington University View Entire Review
Yes. I learned how to live on my own, how to cook, what I love. I found myself. - Pace University View Entire Review
Past Review Fun In Florence
I learned how to explore the world and take chances in new surroundings. - Providence College View Entire Review
Past Review A Tuscan Dream.
That I can live any where and be fine. But I already knew that. I had fun any way! - Austin College View Entire Review
I have learned how to adapt to my surroundings well and make many friends in unknowing situations. - University of Texas - Arlington View Entire Review
I learned the material from the courses I took, however, I feel that in a semester abroad the things you learn from books are never as important as the things you learn outside of the classroom. Of course it was worthwhile, and there aren't really words to explain exactly what I have learned or gained from my experience, but I ... - Austin College View Entire Review
The greatest lasting impact was philosophical- I considered myself a fairly global citizen beforehand, but bargaining for veggies in the San Lorenzo Market and drifting down the canals of Venice opened universes for me. - Pace University View Entire Review
Too much to say!! Amazing friends and experiences-- Can't put in to words what it was like to start fulfilling the dream of seeing the world. - University of South Carolina - Columbia View Entire Review
I could speak forever about how worthwhile my two trips abroad have been. I wish I could've stayed forever, and it's only a matter of time before I figure out the next way I can get back there. I have gained life-long friends from all over Europe and all over America that I made wonderful memories with. I gained knowledge about... - University of South Carolina - Columbia View Entire Review
I loved Italy so much that I have concidered finding a way to move there and become a citizen. It is very nice to live in a place that is not so commercial, where you can buy produce that is actually fresh and ripe, and the family is more important than work. It has shown me that the whole world is not the same, and that piece... - Florence University of the Arts View Entire Review
A student studying abroad with SAI Programs: Florence - Florence University of the Arts
I think I learned more about myself and ability to be independent than I did about being out of my element culturally. I chose 4 stars because I was able to go out and see places I'd merely dreamed of seeing, and made me truly want to learn a beautiful language and possibly step outside the states again and take a hop across the... - Trinity University View Entire Review
Over the course of 3.5 months, I understand more about the world around me more than I ever could have possibly imagined. Although there were some things that I wasn’t necessarily a fan of, I left Florence in December with no regrets. Culturally, I gained so many experiences interacting and adjusting that I feel comfortable tryi... - Trinity University View Entire Review
YES! - Indiana University of Pennsylvania View Entire Review
I liked the experience but not the program. Would for sure choose Florence again but not S.A.I. - Saint Mary's University of Minnesota View Entire Review

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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
Program Length(s):
  • Fall
  • Summer
  • Spring
  • Academic Year
  • Maymester
  • January Term
  • Short Term
Instruction Language(s):
  • English
Relevant Study Subject(s):
  • Architecture
  • Communication, Journalism, and Related Programs
  • Journalism
  • Culinary Arts
  • Apparel and Textiles
  • Liberal Arts, General Studies
  • Global Studies
  • Health and Fitness
  • Human Services
  • Economics
  • Drama, Theater, Theatre Arts
  • Fine Arts, Studio Arts
  • Business Administration and Management
  • Hospitality Administration
  • International Business
  • Fashion / Apparel Design
Minimum GPA:
2.5
Year Founded:
2005
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