Tuition & Fees FAQ

What is the General Program Deposit?

The General Program Deposit ($500 Fall or Spring, $400 Late Spring or Summer) serves as a deposit to secure a place in the program of your choice. It is refundable only after program participation, if no housing damages, library charges, or other expenses are incurred. For students staying more than one term, the General Program Deposit will be carried over to the next term.
(A $1000 deposit is required for all SACI graduate certificate and degree programs. $500 is applied as the General Program Deposit, and $500 towards program tuition as a non-refundable tuition deposit. Second year MFA students do not need to repay the deposit.)

What Does Tuition Include?

  • Fully accredited, US university-level courses (up to 15 credits for Fall or Spring terms, and 6 credits for Late Spring or Summer terms).
  • Classroom materials fees for all studio classes except for Batik, Jewelry Design, Serigraphy, and Weaving, which are paid in euros directly to the studios. (See below: Are There Additional Fees to Be Paid Once in Italy?)
  • All required class field trips and museum entrances. Cities regularly visited by art history, studio art, or design classes include Fiesole, Pisa, Lucca, Siena, San Gimignano, San Sepolcro, Ravenna, Rome, Arezzo, Urbino, Carrara, Milan, Bologna, Venice, and Naples.

In addition to the above, tuition for SACI Graduate Programs includes:

  • 7-day per week access for studio art majors to graduate studios.
  • 7-day per week access for MA in Art History students to a study space near the SACI Worthington Library in SACI's main building.
  • Special Graduate Seminar field trips to exhibitions, galleries, museums, and contemporary art fairs, and visits with curators or to studios of practicing artists, including, for MFA and MA students, an annual trip to a major city outside of Italy.

What Does the Activity Fee Include?

  • A full orientation program which includes a welcome party, tours of SACI’s facilities, nearby stores and markets, and major art sites.
  • Guest lectures.
  • Weekly evening open-life drawing sessions.
  • Italian Film nights (Fall, Spring, and Late Spring terms).
  • Gallery exhibitions and student exhibitions.
  • “Survival Italian” classes with native-speaking Italian instructors (Fall and Spring terms).
  • Participation in weekend field trips (Late Spring and Summer terms).
  • Farewell party.

What Does the Student Services Fee Include?

  • Pre-departure advising by SACI staff in US and Italy.
  • 7-day per week access to SACI.
  • 24-hour emergency phone service and trained health and security staff on campus at all times when SACI is open.
  • Assistance with medical and other personal needs.
  • Assistance with health insurance and police registration.
  • Internet access in SACI’s educational facilities and gardens (WiFi).
  • Free black and white printing from student computers.
  • Library services – use of the SACI Worthington Library, containing over 13,000 volumes, 32,000 images, 50+ periodical subscriptions, numerous videos and DVDs, and library computer access.

What Does the Housing Fee Include?

  • Fully furnished and equipped apartments with kitchens, living rooms, and double or single bedrooms within walking distance to SACI in the historic center of Florence. (All apartments are registered in accordance with Italian law. SACI apartments also meet strict health and safety standards and are covered by fire and third-party liability insurance). A reasonable use of utilities is also included.
  • Full-time housing staff available to assist students with housing emergencies and repairs.
  • Wi-Fi Internet access.
  • Washing machines and linens (except towels).

Note: Academic Year, Post-Bac, MFA, and MA students staying in Italy over the Christmas break can remain in SACI apartments for an additional fee of $400. Students staying between Spring and Late Spring terms may reserve SACI housing between terms for an additional fee of $600. There is no additional fee for students enrolled in Late Spring and Summer terms that wish to remain in SACI housing between those terms.

Are There Additional Fees to Be Paid Once in Italy?

Upon students' arrival in Italy, additional fees may include:

  • Visitor’s Permit of Stay fees. U.S. and non-European students are required to apply for a Visitor’s Permit of Stay and pay a fee of €118 to the Italian authorities. (Fall & Spring terms only)
  • A Field Trip Deposit of €50. This deposit is refunded in Florence at the end of the term unless a student fails, without an excused absence, to participate in a field trip for which he or she has signed up. (All terms)
  • Additional Housing Fees. Students staying in SACI housing between terms will be charged additional fees. Please refer to “What Does the Housing Fee Include” above.
  • Materials fees for the following courses: Batik (€100), Jewelry Design (€130), Serigraphy (€100), Weaving (€60). Materials fees for all other studio courses are included in tuition. Students must bring or purchase in Florence their own personal art supplies such as paper, paint, pencils, brushes, canvas, film, sketchbooks, etc. (See Required Texts and Materials in the Admitted Students section.)
  • Photocopy card (25 copies for €1.50). Photocopies made at SACI require this photocopy card. Printing in black and white from student computers is free of charge.

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