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SACI: Studio Art Center Florence (Late Spring/Summer)
Florence, Italy (Outgoing Program)
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Program Terms: Summer
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Language of Instruction: English Housing Options: Apartment
Term: Summer Program Advisor: Claire Retterer
Program Type: Study Center
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Studio Art College International (SACI): Studio Art Center Florence (Late Spring/Summer)

SACI’s late spring and summer programs offer the chance to experience Florence at its best, and include a wide range of study and cultural opportunities that will elevate your art and enrich your life.​
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The Study Abroad Experience at SACI

It may be a short term, but our late spring and summer programs are filled with once-in-a-lifetime experiences in a city that is one of the great artistic and cultural hubs of Europe.

SACI's facilities are located in the heart of Florence, just steps away from Michelangelo's Medici Chapel, Fra' Angelico's masterpieces in San Marco, the colorful central market, and Florence's Duomo. Field trips to Pisa, Arezzo, Lucca, Siena, San Gimignano, and Fiesole are a regular part of the program and are open to all late spring and summer students. Art History course field trips visit all the major museums of Florence (including the Uffizi, the Bargello, and the Pitti Palace) as well as masterpieces in the churches and monasteries in and around the city.

During the summer months, Florence also offers a remarkable range of cultural and popular events and activities. You can experience the famous Calcio in Costume, during which the different quarters of the city compete in what is considered to be the ancestor of modern soccer. There are also regular outdoor evening film and music festivals, as well as the Estate Fiesolana, which includes concerts, film, and theater held in a Roman amphitheater.

Timing and Course Options

SACI’s late spring term runs for 5½ weeks from mid-May through June. Our summer term runs for 4½ weeks from the end of June through July.

Students take two courses for a total of six credits per term during the late spring and summer terms. Many students choose to enroll for both terms in order to earn twelve credits and take full advantage of their study abroad experience in Italy.

Is a Late Spring or Summer Program Right for You?

Late spring and summer programs at SACI welcome students enrolled in U.S. colleges and universities who are seeking accredited summer study, independent non-credit students, as well as students from institutions outside the U.S. who are interested in art, art history, art conservation, design, and Italian language.

The following courses are offered to students in the Late Spring Term:
Batik, Ceramics, Conservation I, Drawing, Etching, Fresco Painting, Italian Language, Design Internship, Jewelry Design, Painting, Black & White Photography, Renaissance Art History Survey, Sculpture, Serigraphy, Visual Design

The following courses are offered to students in the Summer Term:
Batik, Conservation I, Drawing, Etching, Fresco Painting, Italian Language, Jewelry Design, Painting, Black & White Photography, Renaissance Art History Survey, Sculpture, Serigraphy, Visual Design

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, homestays, 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 Policy, 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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