Studio Art College International (SACI) was founded by 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. Located in the heart of Florence, SACI is geared toward 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.

 

Application Procedure

  • Application Open: January 1, 2019
  • Deadline: April 1, 2019
Submit to GEO
  • GEO Application: All applicants must complete the GEO application. This is the first step for applying to any program.
  • Passport Photo ID: Please email a copy to your GEO advisor
  • Study Abroad Course Selections: After submitting the GEO application, students need to submit all courses, including back-up courses, to their academic advisor for approval. Please refer to the GEO Courses section of the website to review the Study Abroad Course Selections process.
Submit to Host University
Update My Travel Plans on myNortheastern
Once you have been accepted into your program, you are required to create an entry in My Travel Plans for the trip. Please be sure to enter the following pieces of information:
  • Personal and Emergency Contact Info
  • HealthTravel Info: Dates, flight and accommodation details, etc.
  • Passport Details: Passport number, Expiration date, Passport Country of issue, etc.

Please refer to this step-by-step user’s guide for directions on how to navigate the My Travel Plans system.

Should you fail to complete this step as directed, you may be prevented from traveling, may not receive credit for courses, and/or may be excluded from participating in other Northeastern global programs.

Eligibility Requirements

Study abroad spaces will be filled on a first come first serve basis by qualified students that meet eligibility requirements. The program may fill before the application deadline and will be closed as soon as all spaces are filled.

Minimum Requirements
  • Minimum Cumulative GPA: 2.75
  • Minimum Semesters: Minimum of 2 completed Northeastern semesters at the time of program start date. NUin students are eligible to apply during their first semester on the Boston campus. Transfer and Global Pathways students contact GEO program coordinator for eligibility.

Studying abroad requires a valid passport. You may also need a visa and/or other travel documents. It is your responsibility to ensure that all your documents are valid and appropriate to the nature of your program.

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.

Northeastern students will follow the credit conversion scale, as outlined below:

  • Students take 15 credits per semester at SACI to be full time
  • The credit conversion ratio is 1 : 1  (1 SACI Credit= 1 NU credit)
  • A 3 credit SACI course will come in as 3 NU credits
  • Students typically take five 3 credit courses, 15 credits total
  • If a student takes 15 SACI credits, they will receive 15 NU credits

Each international host university has its own credit system. You should plan on taking what is considered a full-time credit load at the host institution.

Evaluated Courses

All courses taken abroad must successfully be evaluated through the course equivalency process. To review the course equivalencies process and database please click here.

Policies & Procedures

Prior to application, please review GEO’s policies and procedures. This is the student’s responsibility.

Course Approval Form
Students must confirm their study abroad courses and corresponding Northeastern equivalents with their academic advisors for approval, using the online course approval process. This is located on myNortheastern within Services & Links, under Experiential Learning/Co-op, labeled Global Experiences/Study Abroad Course Selection. Please note that only academic advisors can confirm how a Northeastern equivalent will fit into students’ degree audits, and if it will fulfill any degree requirements.

Cost

Northeastern Tuition:
  • Tuition covers 12-16 Northeastern credits. On certain programs students may be required by the host institution to enroll in a course load that could exceed this range. If a course load exceeds this then the student will incur an overload fee as defined by the Northeastern University Student Financial Service’s website.

     

International Security and Emergency Support Fee: $100
  • This fee covers International Security and Emergency Support.

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.

GEO offers scholarships and grants for students studying abroad on Traditional programs. Please visit our Scholarships page for more info!

Resources

Additional Resources

Application Procedure

  • Application Open: July 1, 2018
  • Deadline: November 1, 2018
Submit to GEO
  • GEO Application: All applicants must complete the GEO application. This is the first step for applying to any program.
  • Passport Photo ID: Please email a copy to your GEO advisor
  • Study Abroad Course Selections: After submitting the GEO application, students need to submit all courses, including back-up courses, to their academic advisor for approval. Please refer to the GEO Courses section of the website to review the Study Abroad Course Selections process.
Submit to Host University
Update My Travel Plans on myNortheastern
Once you have been accepted into your program, you are required to create an entry in My Travel Plans for the trip. Please be sure to enter the following pieces of information:
  • Personal and Emergency Contact Info
  • HealthTravel Info: Dates, flight and accommodation details, etc.
  • Passport Details: Passport number, Expiration date, Passport Country of issue, etc.

Please refer to this step-by-step user’s guide for directions on how to navigate the My Travel Plans system.

Should you fail to complete this step as directed, you may be prevented from traveling, may not receive credit for courses, and/or may be excluded from participating in other Northeastern global programs.

Eligibility Requirements

Study abroad spaces will be filled on a first come first serve basis by qualified students that meet eligibility requirements. The program may fill before the application deadline and will be closed as soon as all spaces are filled.

Minimum Requirements
  • Minimum Cumulative GPA: 2.75
  • Minimum Semesters: Minimum of 2 completed Northeastern semesters at the time of program start date. NUin students are eligible to apply during their first semester on the Boston campus. Transfer and Global Pathways students contact GEO program coordinator for eligibility.

Studying abroad requires a valid passport. You may also need a visa and/or other travel documents. It is your responsibility to ensure that all your documents are valid and appropriate to the nature of your program.

Courses

  • Students take 15 credits per semester at SACI to be full time
  • The credit conversion ratio is 1 : 1  (1 SACI Credit= 1 NU credit)
  • A 3 credit SACI course will come in as 3 NU credits
  • Students typically take five 3 credit courses, 15 credits total
  • If a student takes 15 SACI credits, they will receive 15 NU credits

Each international host university has its own credit system. You should plan on taking what is considered a full-time credit load at the host institution.

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 academic advisor to discuss the specific requirements that may be satisfied abroad. Students enroll in 4 courses for 16 NU credits.

Evaluated Courses

All courses taken abroad must successfully be evaluated through the course equivalency process. To review the course equivalencies process and database please click here.

Policies & Procedures

Prior to application, please review GEO’s policies and procedures. This is the student’s responsibility.

Course Approval Form
Students must confirm their study abroad courses and corresponding Northeastern equivalents with their academic advisors for approval, using the online course approval process. This is located on myNortheastern within Services & Links, under Experiential Learning/Co-op, labeled Global Experiences/Study Abroad Course Selection. Please note that only academic advisors can confirm how a Northeastern equivalent will fit into students’ degree audits, and if it will fulfill any degree requirements.

Cost

Northeastern Tuition:
  • Tuition covers 12-16 Northeastern credits. On certain programs students may be required by the host institution to enroll in a course load that could exceed this range. If a course load exceeds this then the student will incur an overload fee as defined by the Northeastern University Student Financial Service’s website.

International Security and Emergency Support Fee: $100
  • This fee covers International Security and Emergency Support.

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.

GEO offers scholarships and grants for students studying abroad on Traditional programs. Please visit our Scholarships page for more info!

Resources

Additional Resources
  • SACI Viewbook : Catalogue describing SACI programs and facilities.

Application Procedure

  • Application Open: January 1, 2019
  • Deadline: March 1, 2019
Submit to GEO
  • GEO Application: All applicants must complete the GEO application. This is the first step for applying to any program.
  • Passport Photo ID: Please email a copy to your GEO advisor
  • Study Abroad Course Selections: After submitting the GEO application, students need to submit all courses, including back-up courses, to their academic advisor for approval. Please refer to the GEO Courses section of the website to review the Study Abroad Course Selections process.
Submit to Host University
Update My Travel Plans on myNortheastern
Once you have been accepted into your program, you are required to create an entry in My Travel Plans for the trip. Please be sure to enter the following pieces of information:
  • Personal and Emergency Contact Info
  • HealthTravel Info: Dates, flight and accommodation details, etc.
  • Passport Details: Passport number, Expiration date, Passport Country of issue, etc.

Please refer to this step-by-step user’s guide for directions on how to navigate the My Travel Plans system.

Should you fail to complete this step as directed, you may be prevented from traveling, may not receive credit for courses, and/or may be excluded from participating in other Northeastern global programs.

Eligibility Requirements

Study abroad spaces will be filled on a first come first serve basis by qualified students that meet eligibility requirements. The program may fill before the application deadline and will be closed as soon as all spaces are filled.

Minimum Requirements
  • Minimum Cumulative GPA: 2.75
  • Minimum Semesters: Minimum of 2 completed Northeastern semesters at the time of program start date. NUin students are eligible to apply during their first semester on the Boston campus. Transfer and Global Pathways students contact GEO program coordinator for eligibility.

Studying abroad requires a valid passport. You may also need a visa and/or other travel documents. It is your responsibility to ensure that all your documents are valid and appropriate to the nature of your program.

Courses

SACI’s “Late Spring” semester is considered the summer I term.

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.

Northeastern students will follow the credit conversion scale, as outlined below:

  • The credit conversion ratio is 1 : 1  (1 SACI Credit= 1 NU credit)
  • A 3 credit SACI course will come in as 3 NU credits

Students typically take 2 courses for 6 NU credits.

Evaluated Courses

All courses taken abroad must successfully be evaluated through the course equivalency process. To review the course equivalencies process and database please click here.

Policies & Procedures

Prior to application, please review GEO’s policies and procedures. This is the student’s responsibility.

Course Approval Form
Students must confirm their study abroad courses and corresponding Northeastern equivalents with their academic advisors for approval, using the online course approval process. This is located on myNortheastern within Services & Links, under Experiential Learning/Co-op, labeled Global Experiences/Study Abroad Course Selection. Please note that only academic advisors can confirm how a Northeastern equivalent will fit into students’ degree audits, and if it will fulfill any degree requirements.

Cost

Northeastern Tuition:
  • Students will be charged 25% of Northeastern semester tuition for those who enroll in courses that are equivalent to .1 to 5.9 Northeastern credits. Students will be charged 50% of Northeastern semester tuition for those who enroll in courses that are equivalent to 6.0 to 8.9 Northeastern credits.  On certain programs students may be required by the host institution to enroll in a course load that could exceed this range. If a course load exceeds this range, then the student will incur an overload fee as defined by Northeastern University’s Student Financial Services website.

International Security and Emergency Support Fee: $100
  • This fee covers International Security and Emergency Support.

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.

GEO offers scholarships and grants for students studying abroad on Traditional programs. Please visit our Scholarships page for more info!

Resources

Additional Resources
  • SACI Viewbook : Catalogue describing SACI programs and facilities.

Application Procedure

  • Application Open: January 1, 2019
  • Deadline: March 1, 2019
Submit to GEO
  • GEO Application: All applicants must complete the GEO application. This is the first step for applying to any program.
  • Passport Photo ID: Please email a copy to your GEO advisor
  • Study Abroad Course Selections: After submitting the GEO application, students need to submit all courses, including back-up courses, to their academic advisor for approval. Please refer to the GEO Courses section of the website to review the Study Abroad Course Selections process.
Submit to Host University
Update My Travel Plans on myNortheastern
Once you have been accepted into your program, you are required to create an entry in My Travel Plans for the trip. Please be sure to enter the following pieces of information:
  • Personal and Emergency Contact Info
  • HealthTravel Info: Dates, flight and accommodation details, etc.
  • Passport Details: Passport number, Expiration date, Passport Country of issue, etc.

Please refer to this step-by-step user’s guide for directions on how to navigate the My Travel Plans system.

Should you fail to complete this step as directed, you may be prevented from traveling, may not receive credit for courses, and/or may be excluded from participating in other Northeastern global programs.

Eligibility Requirements

Study abroad spaces will be filled on a first come first serve basis by qualified students that meet eligibility requirements. The program may fill before the application deadline and will be closed as soon as all spaces are filled.

Minimum Requirements
  • Minimum Cumulative GPA: 2.75
  • Minimum Semesters: Minimum of 2 completed Northeastern semesters at the time of program start date. NUin students are eligible to apply during their first semester on the Boston campus. Transfer and Global Pathways students contact GEO program coordinator for eligibility.

Studying abroad requires a valid passport. You may also need a visa and/or other travel documents. It is your responsibility to ensure that all your documents are valid and appropriate to the nature of your program.

Courses

SACI’s “Summer Term” refers to Summer II programs. Students may choose from the Florence traditional semester or the Venice photography program during the SACI “Summer Term”.

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.

Northeastern students will follow the credit conversion scale, as outlined below:

  • The credit conversion ratio is 1 : 1  (1 SACI Credit= 1 NU credit)
  • A 3 credit SACI course will come in as 3 NU credits

Students typically take 2 courses for 6 NU credits.

Evaluated Courses

All courses taken abroad must successfully be evaluated through the course equivalency process. To review the course equivalencies process and database please click here.

Policies & Procedures

Prior to application, please review GEO’s policies and procedures. This is the student’s responsibility.

Course Approval Form
Students must confirm their study abroad courses and corresponding Northeastern equivalents with their academic advisors for approval, using the online course approval process. This is located on myNortheastern within Services & Links, under Experiential Learning/Co-op, labeled Global Experiences/Study Abroad Course Selection. Please note that only academic advisors can confirm how a Northeastern equivalent will fit into students’ degree audits, and if it will fulfill any degree requirements.

Cost

Northeastern Tuition:
  • Students will be charged 25% of Northeastern semester tuition for those who enroll in courses that are equivalent to .1 to 5.9 Northeastern credits. Students will be charged 50% of Northeastern semester tuition for those who enroll in courses that are equivalent to 6.0 to 8.9 Northeastern credits.  On certain programs students may be required by the host institution to enroll in a course load that could exceed this range. If a course load exceeds this range, then the student will incur an overload fee as defined by Northeastern University’s Student Financial Services website.

International Security and Emergency Support Fee: $100
  • This fee covers International Security and Emergency Support.

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.

GEO offers scholarships and grants for students studying abroad on Traditional programs. Please visit our Scholarships page for more info!

Resources

Additional Resources
  • SACI Viewbook : Catalogue describing SACI programs and facilities.

Destination

Located in the Tuscany region of Italy, Florence is filled with museums, outdoor markets, and shops, attracting tourists from all over the world. Students 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.

The U.S. State Department lists travel advisories, local laws, alerts from the embassy, and other important information about Italy here. Please review this information before applying.

Accommodations

Please remember that Northeastern University does not arrange accommodations for you while you are abroad – this is your responsibility. You should follow all of your host institution’s or housing provider’s procedures and deadlines for obtaining housing. Failure to do so may mean you are not able to arrange housing through the program.

  • Off-Campus through Program: 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.

Host University or Organization

SACI‘s Palazzo dei Cartelloni is a Renaissance building in the historic center of Florence. This palazzo—said to be the home of Mona Lisa—provides highly dynamic and exciting surroundings for study. Rebuilt in the 17th century, its facade commemorates Galileo. It is a landmark building, with light-filled interiors, which includes, in addition to classrooms and studios, an art gallery that leads to a large and lovely garden. More classrooms—and graduate studios—are in SACI’s Jules Maidoff Palazzo for the Visual Arts, a spacious Renaissance palazzo, just two blocks from Florence’s majestic Duomo. This palazzo is around the corner from Italy’s first opera house, the Teatro Pergola, and across the street from the newly refurbished Library of the Oblate, which was specially designed for use by university students and features a top-floor caffè and open-air study area with lovely views of Florence’s historic center.

Coordinators
Student Advisor