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  • Locations: Florence, Italy
  • Program Terms: Academic Year, Fall, Spring
  • Homepage: Click to visit
  • Who Approved: Tulane applicants only
  • Courses Offered
Dates / Deadlines:
Dates / Deadlines:
Term Year App Deadline Decision Date Start Date End Date
Fall 2019 02/11/2019 02/21/2019 TBA TBA
Academic Year 2019-2020 02/11/2019 02/21/2019 TBA TBA
Spring 2020 09/10/2019 09/27/2019 TBA TBA
Fact Sheet:
Language of Instruction: English, Italian Major: Anthropology, Art History, Art Studio, Digital Media Production, Italian
Program Description:

Studio Art Center International (SACI)
Florence, Italy

About the Program | Florence, Italy | Eligibility
Fields of Study | Academic Culture | Student Life | Housing | Helpful Links
About the Program
Founded by artist Jules Maidoff in 1975, and incorporated in 1976 as a not-for-profit US institution, SACI is the oldest and most prestigious American art school in Florence. SACI's courses are fully accredited by the National Association of Schools of Art and Design (NASAD). SACI is distinguished not only by its remarkable breadth of course offerings — in areas ranging from studio art, design, crafts, art history, art conservation, and Italian culture and language — but by its commitment to ensuring that students gain maximum exposure to Italian art and culture. SACI students enroll in a wide array of courses. Students attend lectures by established and emerging international artists, film nights that feature classic and contemporary Italian films (with English subtitles), and cooking classes in which students learn how to prepare Tuscan dishes and to understand the connection between Italy’s culture and cuisine. Students participate in weekly open drawing sessions and field trips to sites throughout Italy, including day trips to Fiesole, Pisa, Siena, and Lucca, and weekend trips to Rome, Venice, and Naples. SACI remains true to its original goal of offering the finest and most challenging training to the next generation of artists, art historians, and art conservators.

SACI’s mission is to provide a unique, life-enhancing study-abroad experience in the center of Florence for students of both traditional and contemporary studio arts and design. In doing this SACI offers direct access to centuries of Florentine and Italian culture; a wide range of art and design studio and complementary academic courses of outstanding quality; the opportunity to be part of an institution engaged in leading areas of research and exploration; and the unparalleled opportunity to interact with the Florentine community through a variety of social and humanitarian programs.

Florence, Italy
Florence, the capital of the Italian region of Tuscany, is a relatively small city with a population of just under 400,000. Known as Firenze in Italian, the city is one of the three most visited places in Italy. It is famous as the birthplace of the Renaissance when, from the 15th century onwards, there was an extraordinary flowering of the arts and a return to classical ideals. At this time, some of the most important artists who have ever lived were at work in Florence, including Donatello, Masaccio, Brunelleschi, Ghiberti, Botticelli, Raphael, Leon Battista Alberti, Michelangelo and Leonardo da Vinci. Indeed, the last three stand out not only for their artistic achievements but also for their writings and 'universal' talents.
Over time, Firenze has become an international city, with its great monuments, magnificent churches, and most famous museums concentrated in a small area. While you study at NYU in Florence, you’ll have time to discover the charming side streets with the tucked-away cafes and restaurants as well.
The historic center is remarkably well preserved and the low hills which surround the town have retained their vineyards, olive groves, and handsome villas which provide a prelude to the beautiful Tuscan landscape. No visitor should leave Florence without seeing the city from a raised vantage point, from the top of the Duomo or the Campanile, or from one of the surrounding hills.

  • 3.0 cumulative GPA
  • Completion of 3-4 courses in your chosen field of study
  • Some Italian language is strongly recommended
Fields of Study
Studio Art, Art History, Language and Literature, Photography and Media Studies, Italian Language

Academic Culture
Tulane students select from SACI's extensive range of courses in the following disciplines: studio arts, design, conservation and art history. In accordance with the Tulane's language policy, all students also enroll in a required Italian language course. 

The SACI 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, students additionally have the possibility to work as apprentices with artisans, and 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.

In addition to visiting many famous Italian cities over the course of the year, students use a museum pass provided by SACI to visit Florentine museums and historic sites. Students visit artists’ and designers’ studios, private collections, galleries, art fairs, and theaters. They have access to modern and historic art collections, research libraries, and contemporary art museums.

Academic Year and Semester Abroad Program students enjoy many opportunities to exhibit their artwork in SACI’s two galleries. The Academic Year Abroad culminates in a major end-of-year student exhibition which serves as an opportunity for students to display their work also to the Florentine public.

Student Life
Each semester, university students from across North America study at SACI as study abroad students. The SACIT student body also includes a group of students completing their Master of Fine Arts. While you will take your courses alongside American students, SACI provides many ways for you to become immersed in Italian culture and to pursue extra-curricular activities, from sports to student government. In addition to integrating you into your neighborhoods to get insight into local life, SACI will assist you in identifying volunteer activities in order to engage more deeply with your new community. The many experiential learning excursions run by SACI, such as galleries and exhibits run by students, local site visits associated with your courses as well as extra-curricular field trips, you will have no shortage of ways to engage with the new world around you. 
Students are housed in SACI housing, apartments throughout Florence in real Florentine neighborhoods. SACI apartments are fully furnished and allow you to live independently among your Italian neighbors to provide maximum integration into local life. In accordance with Italian law, all apartment contracts are duly registered with authorities and the names of occupants are filed each term with the local police. SACI apartments also meet health and safety standards and are covered by fire and third party liability insurance.

Helpful Links 
Student Life

Contact Past Participants
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