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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
Summer I 2014 04/01/2014 
Rolling Admission 05/21/2014 06/27/2014
 NOTE: SACI's Late Spring Term 2014. Deadline April 1.
Summer II 2014 05/15/2014** Rolling Admission 07/02/2014 08/01/2014
 NOTE: SACI's Summer Term 2014. Deadline May 15.
Spring 2015 10/15/2014** Rolling Admission TBA TBA

** 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.

Indicates that deadline has passed
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:
Sakhi Vyas
 Language experience required:
 Areas of Study:
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 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. In addition to SACI, this program provides WMU students the opportunity to take courses in studio art, art history, creative writing, and Italian language. 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 2.5 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 WMU program fee includes tuition (15 credits max/semester, 6 credits/summer term), activities fee, and WMU health insurance. 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.
Students applying for this program may be eligible for the President's Grant for Study 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.

Note: 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.

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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

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.

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