FLORENCE: Studio Art Centers International (SACI)

Florence, Italy

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Dates

  • Fall Semester - September - December
  • Spring Semester - Early January - Late April
  • Summer 1 Semester - Mid May - Late June
  • Summer 2 Semester - Late June - Early August

Application Deadline

  • Fall Semester - March 15
  • Spring Semester - October 1
  • Summer 1 Semester - March 1
  • Summer 2 Semester - March 1

Description

Study Abroad Coordinator: Katherine Pruess (k.pruess@neu.edu)

Studio Arts Center International (SACI) was founded by an American artists to offer study abroad students the opportunity to live and study in Florence, Italy, surrounded by the treasures of Medieval, Renaissance, and contemporary Europe. SACI is an active member of the Florentine community, exhibiting current artists and helping to conserve and restore precious paintings and buildings. Courses are taught in English and focus on art and architecture. Most art courses are available in beginning through advanced levels. There is also a selection of Italian language and culture classes, which students are encouraged to take. Some classes include field trips around Florence and Italy.

Academic calendar

Courses

Students may choose from any undergraduate course SACI offer, assuming the prerequisites are met. Some examples of subjects include sculpture, graphic design, architecture, photography, art history, creative writing, art conservation, and Italian cinema.

Courses taken abroad may satisfy college and departmental core requirements. Students should consult with their advisor to discuss the specific requirements that may be satisfied abroad.

  • Semester: students enroll in 4 courses for 16 NU credits
  • Summer: students enroll in 2 courses for 8 NU credits.

Students who must take a specific course at SACI to fulfill degree requirements are encouraged to contact the Northeastern study abroad coordinator so that this can be noted in the SACI application.

Course descriptions and summer subjects

Course schedule

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If you are interested in enrolling in a course not in our database, please send this course for evaluation.

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Host University

Founded in 1975, and located in the heart of Florence, Studio Art Centers International (SACI) is geared for students seeking excellence in studio art and liberal arts at the university level. SACI is recognized as one of the leading overseas institutions in the areas of studio art, art history, art conservation, and Italian language and culture.

Eligibility Requirements

  • 2 completed terms at NU, one of which may be a summer term
  • GPA of at least 2.75 
  • Transfer students and spring admits, please contact OISP for eligibility

Application Procedure

    Completed online OISP application

    Completed online SACI application, including:

    • Preliminary course selections
    • Study Abroad Advisor Form signed by your Northeastern study abroad coordinator (available from the Downloads page of SACI's website - please complete the Applicant Section before sending this to your coordinator to sign)
    • Application fee (paid via credit card)
    • Official transcript
    • Note: please read SACI's application instructions for the appropriate term before beginning the online application

    Please submit the following directly to OISP (either electronically or in hard copy):

    • Copy of passport ID Page
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Cost

Fall 2015 or Spring 2016: $TBD

Includes: Northeastern University (NU) tuition for 16 NU credits ($TBD), and International Security and Emergency Support ($350). Students are responsible for all other expenses, including housing and other non-academic costs for which they will be billed directly by the program provider or host institution. Students are also responsible for arranging and purchasing their own flights. Students must additionally pay the application fee, as well as the cost of any materials not included in the activity or student services fees.

Italy, Florence: SACI Study Abroad Program Budget (Semester)

 

Summer 1 2015: $10,909

Includes: Northeastern University (NU) tuition for 8 NU credits ($10,634) and International Security and Emergency Support ($275). Students are responsible for all other expenses, including housing and other non-academic costs for which they will be billed directly by the program provider or host institution. Students are also responsible for arranging and purchasing their own flights. Students must additionally pay the application fee, as well as the cost of any materials not included in the activity or student services fees.

Italy, Florence: SACI Study Abroad Program Budget (Summer)

 

Summer 2 2015: $10,909

Includes: Northeastern University (NU) tuition for 8 NU credits ($10,634) and International Security and Emergency Support ($275). Students are responsible for all other expenses, including housing and other non-academic costs for which they will be billed directly by the program provider or host institution. Students are also responsible for arranging and purchasing their own flights. Students must additionally pay the application fee, as well as the cost of any materials not included in the activity or student services fees.

Italy, Florence: SACI Study Abroad Program Budget (Summer)

Accommodations

Students may choose to live in SACI housing or to live in independent housing they arrange themselves.

SACI Housing

Students live with other SACI students in residential apartments throughout the city of Florence. SACI apartments are fully furnished and allow students to live independently. All apartments have bathrooms and kitchens, and are fully equipped with stoves, refrigerators, heat, and hot water. The SACI accommodation fee includes reasonable utilities usage and an administrative fee. SACI apartments differ in style, furnishings and amenities. Although most have been recently renovated, there is no way to standardize student apartments - some are in buildings which date back to the Renaissance and others are only a few decades old. Please note that none of the student apartments have telephones, but Wifi is provided in all SACI apartments. Students are responsible for cooking their own meals (meals are not included).

Students may choose doubles or singles in SACI arranged apartments by indicating interest on the application, and confirming interest in the housing questionnaire once they confirm enrollment. Students will not receive their housing assignments until their arrival in Florence.

More information on SACI Housing is available on SACI's housing page and FAQ.

Destination

Located in the Tuscany region of Italy, Florence is filled with museums, outdoor markets, and shops, attracting tourists from all over the world. You will find vendors haggling over the price of food and goods, the smells of Italian cooking, the charm of the local people, and the beautiful Renaissance art throughout the city. The city is one of Italy's most atmospheric and pleasant, retaining a strong resemblance to the small late-medieval center that greatly contributed to Europe's cultural and political development.