Studio Arts College International (SACI): Florence - SACI in Florence
SINCE 1975 THOUSANDS OF STUDENTS HAVE BENEFITED FROM THE LIFE-CHANGING EDUCATIONAL EXPERIENCE OFFERED AT SACI. The extensive range of studio arts, design, conservation, art history, and Italian culture and language courses provides our students w... read more
Make sure to focus on being able to experience the place you are staying in. Good abroad is to learn about that country. A student - Parsons School of Design View Entire Review
I learned so much, but most importantly I learned I can build a community wherever I go as long as I remain myself and surround myself with kind people. A student - University of Wisconsin - Madison View Entire Review
Stepping out of your comfort zone is AMAZING A student - Columbus College of Art & Design View Entire Review
I gained a lot of knowledge of the Italian way of life. It was the most worthwhile trip I've ever taken. A student - DePaul University View Entire Review
I gained a great deal of knowledge from this experience. It was definitely worthwhile. A student - Marywood University View Entire Review
I spent a lot of time focused on my studio art classes (photography and sculpture in particular) and I think they were absolutely formative to my creative work. It was very very worthwhile. Cecilia S - University of Southern California View Entire Review
How to be on my own. How to cherish life for its little things. Take risks. It was for sure worth it. Zeina - Maryland Institute College of Art View Entire Review
I fell in love with a city and culture that is much more than its Renaissance heritage. I also made wonderful friends with both locals and American students that I want to keep contact with and visit. Nancy L - Trinity University View Entire Review
I have learned a whole new level of independence A student - Marywood University View Entire Review
This was definitely a worth while experience. The most valuable information gained was learning about myself and establishing an identity outside of my regular environment. It was an incredibly liberating experience. I made professional connections and friendships that will last longer than a facebook lifetime. Bethany B - Lindenwood University View Entire Review
It was extremely life-changing. It gave me such a perspective about my home and my home school. Nothing I had done before feels like it lives up to my experience abroad. When I got home, I felt restless and sick and better than everyone else at my school. It doesn't help that I am a transfer and I never really found my place at ... Rebecca C - Massachusetts College of Art View Entire Review
verry worthwhile Nicholas L - Marywood University View Entire Review
It was an experiance like no other. I would not have had the same opertunities i was givwen in Italy in America. IOfeel like the experivance changes you an forces you to grow whether this is realized or not. i know for myslef i could live on my own and be ok, but this program really helped me to relize that i can take care of my... Patricia C - Marywood University View Entire Review
I was elated to have an opportunity to work at the Santa Maria del Fiore as a guide, that was one of the most memorable experience I will probably have. Along with that, as a student who studies Art History I was happy to take all the chances at the provided field trips, which SACI provided a lot. A student - Maryland Institute College of Art View Entire Review
I tried so much good food, wandered around different parts of Italy with my friends and by myself, took super interesting classes in historical buildings, went on field trips to old churches and ancient tombs. It was so fun!!! YY Liak - Maryland Institute College of Art View Entire Review
It was the best thing I did in college, and I am now a full time artist because of the skills and confidence I gain from SACI. Blakely Little - College of Charleston View Entire Review
Cultural and worldly perspective, independence , problem solving A student - Miami University View Entire Review
It was very worthwhile. I found I learned more outside of the classroom and SACI made that extremely easy to do. The art history trips were extremely beneficial and I enjoyed how they did not overwork students or give too much homework. A student - Maine College of Art View Entire Review
I gained experience in city life and public transit A student - Marywood University View Entire Review
My experience abroad was definitely worthwhile. The list of what I gained is infinite, but to list a few things, I gained a new perspective on the world and life, I learned how to be more independent, more outgoing, and I learned so much from my academic courses and studio courses. Mandy S - Marywood University View Entire Review
I think in some ways I became more independent (after living in dorms and having meal plans for the last 2 years). I also didn't know the language fluently, and learning to communicate with this limitation was a challenge that I eventually go better at. I met people from so many places and from so many backgrounds - hearing the... Nayeli P - Trinity University View Entire Review
It was worthwile. I learned a lot about myself and gained maturity. Jacqueline G - Trinity University View Entire Review
Confidence, and independence. Yes it was beyond worthwhile. A student - University of Hartford View Entire Review
It was the most incredible experience of my life. I am determined to live in Europe, hopefully Italy in the future. Jenni K - Trinity University View Entire Review
Italy itself is a wonderful place. I loved being there. However, I think I may have enjoyed it better in another program. I didn't really get to meet any Italians or practice speaking at all because the school didn't really provide opportunities. Stephanie L - Marywood University View Entire Review
SINCE 1975 THOUSANDS OF STUDENTS HAVE BENEFITED FROM THE LIFE-CHANGING EDUCATIONAL EXPERIENCE OFFERED AT SACI.
The extensive range of studio arts, design, conservation, art history, and Italian culture and language courses provides our students with the means to meet their individual educational needs while connecting them with the rich cultural heritage of Italy.
The student body is comprised of students enrolled at US universities and at institutions in other countries. In both Fall and Spring, a student can enroll in five classes for a total of 15 credits. During these terms advanced students may be eligible to take a directed independent study or traineeship in a design firm, museum, or gallery. As part of their classes, SACI students often create artwork for local hospitals and human rights organizations, and restore major art treasures that are a part of Italy’s cultural heritage. Outside of class, student volunteers can teach English at elementary schools, serve as English-language museum guides, and assist at human rights agencies.
SACI’s mission is to provide undergraduate and graduate students with a challenging, life-enhancing experience in the center of Florence in traditional and contemporary studio arts, design, conservation, and art history. Students directly access centuries of Italian culture through a wide range of courses of academic excellence. SACI engages in leading areas of research and exploration, interacts with the community through artistic and social programs, and prepares students to excel in their chosen field.
Founded in1975, SACI offers Academic Year Abroad, Academic Semester Abroad, Summer Studies, MFA in Studio Art, MFA in Photography, MFA in Communication Design, MA in Art History and Post-Baccalaureate Certificate Programs in Conservation and Studio Art.
For more information visit www.saci-florence.edu
Program Type(s):Study Abroad
- Academic Year
- Short Term
Relevant Study Subject(s):
- Italian Studies
- Visual and Performing Arts
- Crafts, Craft Design
- Design and Applied Arts
- Film, Video, Photographic Arts
- Fine Arts, Studio Arts
- Art History, Criticism and Conservation
Studio Arts College International / SACI Scholarships
Partial tuition scholarships are available for undergraduate and graduate study at SACI such as the David Davidson Scholarship, the Jules Maidoff Scholarship, and several other SACI scholarships. All SACI scholarships are based on both artistic and academic ability and financial need. Applicants to all SACI programs that are for credit may apply for SACI scholarships.