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SACI: Studio Art Center Florence
Florence, Italy (Outgoing Program)
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Restrictions: F&M applicants only
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Term Year App Deadline Decision Date Start Date End Date
Spring 2020 10/01/2019 ** Rolling Admission TBA TBA

** Indicates rolling admission application process. Applicants will be immediately notified of F&M approval for this program and be able to complete post-decision materials prior to the term's application deadline.
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Language of Instruction: English Housing Options: Apartment
Term: Academic Year, Fall, Spring Program Advisor: Claire Retterer
Area of Study: Art and Art History Program Type: Study Center
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Studio Art College International (SACI): Studio Art Center Florence


Academic Benefits

A unique, challenging, and enriching experience, studying in Florence, Italy fosters creative thought and exploration through hands-on learning and cross-cultural collaboration. Our students are independent, curious, and driven, and leave SACI with an insatiable appetite for learning and a knack for solving complex problems with creative solutions.

Through a wide range of graduate and undergraduate programs in studio arts, design, conservation, art history, and Italian language and culture, SACI’s study abroad program combines intensive study and practical experience. Students learn from deeply committed faculty who are both dedicated mentors and active professionals in the art world.

Through travel and experiential learning, SACI study abroad students gain maximum exposure to Italian art and culture. The world becomes your classroom as learning extends into renowned museums, cathedrals, and institutions during SACI field trips in Florence and throughout Italy. 

Career Benefits

Studying abroad at SACI helps your future career in countless ways. Undergraduate and graduate study abroad programs at SACI foster adaptable and creative students, encouraging them to navigate complex situations with open minds. These skills are must-haves in any professional setting, and help students become both self-starters and outstanding team players.

At SACI, Interdisciplinary Collaborations and client-based projects are essential to the SACI Experience. These projects help shape our students into skilled professionals by giving them the opportunity to work directly with renowned museums and institutions in Florence including the Salvatore Ferragamo Museum, Galleria dell’Accademia, the Bargello Museum, the Museum of Natural History La Specola, and many more. Propelling an already life-changing opportunity to new heights, these initiatives breaking down boundaries between art, design, fashion, anthropology, science, and history to develop independent and innovative artists with an unmatched knowledge and awareness of contemporary and historical culture in a rapidly changing world. By learning how to solving complex situations and collaborate across fields, cultures, and languages in a professional environment, study abroad students cultivate sought-after skills for any workplace.

Cultural And Personal Benefits

Everyday life in Italy is full of unique twists and turns, sudden moments of inspiration, and memorable experiences. Many elements of Italian culture differ from the home countries of our study abroad students – from food, music, and language to architecture, fashion, and social norms – and offer exciting insight into different ways of life.

The personal benefits of studying abroad in Florence are undeniable. Through direct integration into Italian life, students experience a new language and culture and reflect upon their own. With SACI as a home base from which to branch out and explore, study abroad students cultivate a sense of empathy, awareness, curiosity, and understanding for other cultures along with a fierce independence.


Franklin & Marshall Academic Policy
F&M requires all students to enroll in a full course load at the host institution or off-campus study program. You can typically find this information on the program partner's website. In many cases, this will be four or five courses for a semester. Many programs grant course credit in U.S. semester credit hours. Franklin & Marshall will award four F&M course credits for a total of 15 or 16 U.S. semester credit hours. If the total number of credits for your program is more than 16 or less than 15, divide the total number by four to find out how many course credits you will receive (this includes summer study).

Courses on off-campus study programs must be taken for a letter grade, not on a pass/no pass basis. Grades from off-campus study program courses will appear on your Franklin & Marshall transcript, but they will not be calculated into your cumulative GPA.

Courses taken off-campus may be able to satisfy major, minor, language or distribution requirements (Arts, Humanities, Social Science, Non-Western Cultures or Natural Science Lab) in addition to general elective credit. Courses may fulfill more than one requirement. Please note that Franklin & Marshall cannot issue transfer credit for a course taken in a department that is not represented at the college.  If a course does not clearly fall under a department, the off-campus study advising staff can help you determine whether or not it can be accepted for credit.

Franklin & Marshall Housing Policy
Housing options during your off-campus study program will vary by program. Some programs may allow students to choose their housing option; other programs require all students to live in a certain type of housing. Typical housing arrangements may include apartments, home-stay, or on-campus housing at a local university. Please visit the program homepage to determine your program's housing options or requirements.

Please note that some programs may offer students the option to pursue independent housing (outside of the regular housing options provided by the program). F&M does not allow students to choose independent housing unless there is a significant academic or cultural reason (such as wanting to live in a homestay when only apartment housing is provided). Independent housing carries many risks and F&M and the program provider cannot provide any support to students who pursue independent housing. Students who are interested in pursuing independent housing will need to contact their off-campus study adviser to petition for approval to pursue this option.

Financial Aid and Scholarships
During the academic year, students will continue to be eligible for financial aid during a term of off-campus study.   This includes federal and state loans and Franklin & Marshall merit scholarships and need-based grants. In general, eligibility for financial aid is based on Franklin & Marshall tuition, cost of housing and meals from the off-campus study program, and an allowance for books and personal expenses. Your annual estimated family contribution as generated by your FAFSA will remain the same regardless of program costs. Students who receive Grant-in-Aid benefits will continue to access these benefits for the semester off-campus. This benefit is only available to students of eligible full-time F&M faculty and staff.

Students may be eligible for additional scholarships outside of F&M, please review the Scholarships section of the website for more information.

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