Spring Orientation

SACI Orientation

Spring 2018 SACI Orientation

Since most of you will have traveled for many hours during the night before reaching Italy, the first thing you'll want to do when you arrive in Florence is to get settled into your apartment, meet your roommates, and get some rest. Later in the day, you may want to venture out and explore your neighborhood. You will find a map in your housing packet that indicates the location of supermarkets, pharmacies, and SACI buildings.

All Students! During the week sign up at the Front Desk in the Palazzo dei Cartelloni for (1) Survival Italian (if you are not taking an Italian class).

Note: If you need to add or drop a class, or change your grading status, you must see Elizabeth Johnson, the Assistant Dean/Registrar, in the Front Office at the Palazzo dei Cartelloni no later than Friday, January 19.
 

Thursday, January 4

SACI’s main building, the Palazzo dei Cartelloni, at Via Sant’Antonino 11, is open from 9:00 am-9:00 pm.

SACI group flights arrive in Florence, where students are met by a SACI representative, given housing information and keys, and sent by taxi to apartments.  All students traveling independently check in at the SACI Front Office in SACI’s main building, the Palazzo dei Cartelloni, between 9:00 am-9:00 pm to receive housing information and keys. Upon arrival, students traveling independently who want to add/drop courses or change their grading status should see Elizabeth Johnson, the Assistant Dean/Registrar, in the Front Office at the Palazzo dei Cartelloni.
 

Friday, January 5

SACI’s main building, the Palazzo dei Cartelloni, is open from 9:00 am-8:00 pm.

9:00 am to 10:00 am ~ All Students: Meet in SACI’s Clayton Hubbs Lecture Hall (Palazzo dei Cartelloni) with Daniela Barbato, SACI’s Housing Director, to arrange for police registration. Please remember to bring your passport, photographs, insurance information, and the enrollment letter sent by the Italian consulate (if you haven't already sent it to the SACI NY office).

10:00 am to 11:30 pm ~ All Students: Meet in SACI’s Clayton Hubbs Lecture Hall (Palazzo dei Cartelloni). Many of the issues students should consider in their adjustment to living in Italy will be discussed.

12:00 noon ~ All students taking Batik, Jewelry Design, or Serigraphy: Meet at SACI’s Palazzo dei Cartelloni to be taken to Fuji Studio to schedule classes.

1:30 pm to 3:00 pm ~ Group A: Meet at SACI’s Palazzo dei Cartelloni for tour of facilities and local area (art stores, market, etc.).

3:30 pm to 5:00 pm ~ Group B: Meet at SACI’s Palazzo dei Cartelloni for tour of facilities and local area (art stores, market, etc.).

6:00 pm ~ All Students: Welcome party at SACI’s Palazzo dei Cartelloni for all students and faculty.
 

Saturday, January 6

SACI’s main building, the Palazzo dei Cartelloni, is open from 9:00 am-5:00 pm.

9:00 am to 11:30 pm ~ Group B: See Florette in SACI’s Gallery at the Palazzo dei Cartelloni to pay a processing fee in cash of €118 for your Permit of Stay, €50 for the refundable SACI Field Trip Deposit. This is the only day you can pay for the Permit of Stay—and it is required that you have it.  You will be given receipts for your payments. Note: Students who are citizens of EU countries do not need to pay for the Permit of Stay but must pay the refundable Field Trip Deposit.

9:00 am to 11:30 pm ~ Group A: Meet at SACI’s Palazzo dei Cartelloni for an introductory walk to the main Florentine monuments with art history instructor Helen Manner Watterson.

2:00 pm to 5:00 pm ~ Group A: See Florette in SACI’s Gallery at the Palazzo dei Cartelloni to pay a processing fee in cash of €118 for your Permit of Stay, €50 for the refundable SACI Field Trip Deposit. This is the only day you can pay for the Permit of Stay—and it is required that you have it.  You will be given receipts for your payments. Note: Students who are citizens of EU countries do not need to pay for the Permit of Stay but must pay the refundable Field Trip Deposit.

3:00 pm to 5:30 pm ~ Group B: Meet at SACI’s Palazzo dei Cartelloni for an introductory walk to the main Florentine monuments with art history instructor Helen Manner Watterson.

Apartment visits take place during Friday and Saturday. Housing Director Daniela Barbato or other SACI staff members will visit each apartment to answer any questions you have about your apartment and to check the inventory.  Make sure that you make an appointment with Daniela, who is in the Front Office at the Palazzo dei Cartelloni.
 

Sunday, January 7

All SACI facilities are closed.

7:00 am ~ Early Renaissance Field Trip to Ravenna.  Required for All Students in Early Renaissance Art History and Open to All Other Students: Meet Dr. Helen Watterson outside the front door at SACI’s Palazzo dei Cartelloni at 7:00 am.
 

Monday, January 8

First day of classes.
 

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