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Studio Art Centers International (SACI)
Florence, Italy
Program Terms: Academic Year,
Summer I,
Summer II
Budget Sheets Fall,
Summer I,
Summer II
Dates / Deadlines:
Term Year App Deadline Decision Date Start Date End Date
Spring 2016 11/01/2015** Rolling Admission 01/07/2016 04/26/2016

** Indicates rolling admission application process. Applicants will be immediately notified of acceptance into this program and be able to complete post-decision materials prior to the term's application deadline.
Fact Sheet:
 Program Type:
 Language of Instruction:
English, Italian
 Housing Options:
 Minimum GPA:
 Class Standing:
Graduate, Undergraduate Freshman, Undergraduate Junior, Undergraduate Senior, Undergraduate Sophomore
 Program Specialist:
Joseph Rasich
 Language experience required:
 Areas of Study:
Various, Fine Arts
Program Description:
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Program Overview

Classes at SACI are designed to enhance the learning process by providing cultural visits to major sites in and around Florence. Cultural visits for those taking art history courses could include visits to the major museums of Florence: the Uffizi, Bargello, and the Pitti Palace, as well as the churches and monasteries in and around the city. Cultural visits outside the city to such places as Pisa, Arezzo, Lucca, Siena, San Gimignano and Flesole are included in the program and are open to all students. The Palazzo dei Cartelloni in the center of Florence is the school's home. This 23,000-sqiare-foot, air-conditioned facility boasts a beautiful gallery/exhibition space, classrooms, a library, offices, and studios surrounding a large, manicured traditional Italian garden. This program offers WMU students  a variety of courses in the fine arts and Italian language instruction. SACI is a member of the College Art Association and accredited by the National Association of Schools of Art and Design.

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Florence is located in the heart of Tuscany in north-central Italy, where artists such as Michelangelo and Leonardo da Vinci lived and worked, as did the poets Dante and Boccaccio. Designated as a UNESCO World Heritage City, the wealth of Florence's magnificent art and architecture combined with its history and culture make every day an unforgettable experience. Florence is home to three of the world's most renowned museums: the Uffizi, L'Accademia, and the Bargello, and boasts an incredible number of important churches, which house equally impressive master works. Sights such as the Ponte Vecchio, the Boboli Gardens, the Pitti Palace, and Giotto's duomo are but a few of the city's many offerings.

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Academic Eligibility
GPA 2.75 or higher.

Academic Credit
WMU credit will be awarded for courses successfully completed on this program with prior approval of the student's academic advisor, academic advisors in departments outside of the student's major department (if the student plans to take classes outside of his/her major), and the Haenicke Institute for Global Education. This approval is obtained by completing the Course Pre-approval Form available from the HIGE. Students are urged to work closely with academic advisors and HIGE staff to plan a course of study allowing for steady progress toward  their degree.

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Cost & Financial Aid


The program fee includes: tuition (15 credits max/semester, 6 credits/summer term), activities fee, and international health insurance.

The program fee does not include: Class materials fee, passport, visa, airfare, housing, and food are not included.  Students should allow extra expenses for 2 photos to be included with SACI application and $70 US non-refundable processing fee.

Program fees are subject to adjustment due to changes in actual exchange rates or other factors. In addition, programs may be modified or cancelled in the event of insufficient enrollment. Program dates are subject to slight adjustment by the home/host university.

Note: For tax purposes, the university requires the program fee billing to be divided into qualified fees (tuition) and non-qualified fees (non-tuition costs). The total program fee equals the study abroad commitment fee plus qualified fees and non-qualified fees added together.
      Commitment fee
      + Qualified fees (tution)
      + Non-qualified fees (other costs)
      = Total program fee

Commitment fee: The study abroad commitment fee is billed in advance, after the student submits the commitment form. The remainder of the program fee will be billed to the WMU student account for the semester of enrollment.

Students applying for this program may be eligible for the Global Engagement Scholarship if taking one course (minimum of three credit hours) in the relevant foreign language each semester while abroad.

WMU is a part of SACI Consortium Members. SACI Consortium Scholarship is available for all applicants. Students are automatically reviewed for this award. The SACI Consortium Scholarship is a full-tuition award, awarded only in the Fall and Spring semesters.

To find out more about other scholarship opportunites, please visit SACI home page.

Financial Aid
Students eligible for federal or state financial aid may use their awards for studying abroad.  After a student has been accepted to the program, he/she must complete required paperwork with WMU Financial Aid to apply financial aid to the program costs.  It is the student's responsibility to complete the paperwork prior to departure and to maintain compliance with financial aid regulations while studying abroad (i.e., remain enrolled full-time).  Non-WMU students must apply for financial aid through their home university.

Please note: Disbursement of financial aid may not coincide with the start date of the program abroad so plan ahead. Some out-of-pocket costs may occur prior to financial aid disbursement for the semester, such as the commitment fee, passport, airfare, immunizations, visa or residence permit fees (if applicable). These costs vary by program and WMU Study Abroad Specialists are available to answer questions about the program budget.

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Students live with other SACI students in residential apartments throughout the city of Florence. The apartments are fully furnished and students are responsible for cooking their own meals (meals are not included).  Single rooms may be requested at an additional cost paid directly to SACI. 

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Additional Resources

Host Institution Information (external links)
SACI home page
SACI Course Information

Country Information (external links)
Italy - Lonely Planet
Florence - Lonely Planet
Country Specific Information - Italy
Culturegram - Italy

VISA (external links)
Consulate General of Italy in Detroit
Consulate General of Italy in Chicago

NOTE: The Italian Embassy in Washington, D.C., announced that as of September 1, 2010, U.S. students will no longer need to apply for a study visa for short-term programs up to 90 days.

WMU Study Abroad Contact:
Joseph Rasich
Study Abroad Specialist
(269) 387-5890

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