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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
Academic Year 2016-2017 02/15/2016** Rolling Admission 09/01/2016 04/24/2017
Summer I 2016 03/15/2016** Rolling Admission 05/19/2016 06/25/2016
Summer II 2016 04/15/2016** Rolling Admission 06/30/2016 07/30/2016
Fall 2016 05/15/2016** Rolling Admission 09/01/2016 12/19/2016

** 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.

Indicates that deadline has passed
Fact Sheet:
 Program Type:
 Language of Instruction:
English, Italian
 Housing Options:
 Minimum GPA:
 Class Standing:
Graduate, Undergraduate Junior, Undergraduate Senior, Undergraduate Sophomore
 Program Specialist:
Joseph Rasich
 Language experience required:
 Areas of Study:
Various, Fine Arts
 Program Length:
Academic Year, Semester, Short-Term, Summer
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. 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. Unsurprising given its history, 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 the major), and WMU Study Abroad. This approval is obtained by completing the Course Approval Form available from the Study Abroad office. Students are urged to work closely with academic advisors and study abroad staff to plan a course of study allowing for steady progress toward their degree.

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Cost & Financial Aid

To access the complete program budget published at the top of this page, click here for fall, here for spring, here for summer I, or here for summer II. Students should bring a copy of the program budget when they meet with their financial aid advisor to discuss funding for study abroad.

WMU students applying for this program may be eligible for the Global Engagement Scholarship. In addition students should view SACI scholarships. Please note that WMU is a part of SACI Consortium Members meaining all applicants are eligible for the SACI Consortium Scholarship. This award covers SACI tuition, and students are automatically reviewed for this award.

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, they 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 receiving financial aid disbursement for the semester, such as the program 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. 

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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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