Admissions Gap Year

How to Apply

Apply for a Gap Year at SACI and begin your study abroad journey to Florence. Discover eligibility requirements for US and international students. Learn how to create and submit your online application form. Find out what supporting documents are needed for your application.

  • Eligibility

    Students must be 18 prior to the start date of the term in which they intend to enroll. Applicants must be high school graduates with a minimum 3.5 GPA from high school.

  • Create an Online Application

    Create a SACI Online Application and Pay the $70 Non-Refundable Application Processing Fee

    You can edit your application at any time before it is submitted. When submitting your application, you will be asked to pay the application fee online with a Mastercard, Visa, or Discover credit card. You will be able to check the status of your SACI application through your online account. Please submit your online application prior to sending any supporting documents.

    If you wish to apply for a SACI scholarship, you must indicated on your online application that you are applying for a scholarship.
  • Supporting Documents

    Please submit your online application prior to sending any supporting documents. Upon completion of your online application, directions will be given on how to properly submit each supporting document through your MySACI account.


    Official Transcripts

    High school graduates who are not already attending post-secondary institutions must submit sealed official transcripts from their high school. 

    International Students: Together with official or certified copies of transcripts bearing the original stamps, seals, and signatures of the issuing institution's designated officials, transcripts not issued in English need to be translated and evaluated for U.S. educational equivalency and submitted with the original documents.


    One Letter of Recommendation 

    One recommendation letter, preferably from an individual familiar with your academic work. The Recommendation Letter Form, which should accompany a written Letter of Recommendation, must be sent directly from the recommender to the SACI New York Admissions Office, either by mail or email. This form can be accessed on the applicant’s MySACI account.  


    One-page Essay

    Your essay should describe your artistic and/or academic goals and influences, and your reasons for wishing to enhance them by studying abroad at SACI.


    If Your Native Language Is Not English:

    Evidence of Language Proficiency

    See the Non-US Students section for information about English language proficiency assessments.

Key Dates & Deadlines

Use this comprehensive list of application deadlines, scholarship deadlines, and academic term dates as you apply to study abroad at SACI.

  • Application Deadlines

    Fall Term June 15

    Spring Term November 15

    Late Spring Term April 1

    Summer Term May 15

  • Scholarship Deadlines

    Fall Term March 15

    Spring Term October 15

    Late Spring & Summer Terms March 1

  • Full Payment Deadlines

    Fall Term August 1

    Spring Term December 1

    Late Spring Term April 15

    Summer Term May 30

  • Term Dates

    SPRING 2019

    Term start/end dates: January 3 - April 23, 2019

    Arrival - Housing Opens January 3

    Orientation January 4-5

    Class Begins January 7

    Midterm Break for Undergraduates February 23 - March 3

    Easter Monday - School Closed April 22

    Final Exams April 15-19

    Departure Dates - Housing Closes April 23

    LATE SPRING 2019

    Term start/end dates: May 16 - June 22, 2019

    Arrival - Housing Opens May 16

    Orientation May 17-19

    Classes Begin May 20

    Classes End June 21

    Departure Dates - Housing Closes June 22

    SUMMER 2019

    Term start/end dates: June 27 - July 27, 2019

    Arrival - Housing Opens June 27

    Orientation Venice Program June 27-28

    Orientation Florence Program June 28 - June 30

    Classes Begin July 1

    Classes End July 26

    Departure Dates - Housing Closes July 27

Tuition & Fees

Tuition & fees for the Gap Year program at SACI are released at least one year in advance. To calculate the full cost for your program, add the tuition, activity fee, student services fee, and housing fee (if applicable) for the terms you'll be attending, as well as the refundable general program deposit. What is included in tuition & fees?

  • Spring 2019

    $11,975 Tuition (January 3 - April 23, 2019)

    $1,100 Activity Fee

    $850 Student Services Fee

    $3,950 Housing Fee

    $500 Single room supplement (based on single housing selection)

    $500 Refundable General Program Deposit

  • Late Spring 2019

    $4,675 Tuition (May 16 - June 22, 2019)

    $650 Activity Fee

    $400 Student Services Fee

    $1,450 Housing Fee

    $550 Single room supplement (based on single housing selection)

    $400 Refundable General Program Deposit

  • Summer 2019

    $4,675 Tuition (June 27 - July 27, 2019)

    $650 Activity Fee

    $400 Student Services Fee

    $1,200 Housing Fee

    $500 Single room supplement (based on single housing selection)

    $400 Refundable General Program Deposit

Scholarships & Aid

Learn how you can finance your study abroad experience in Italy through Federal Financial Aid and SACI Scholarships.

  • SACI Scholarships

    Full and partial scholarships are available for undergraduate and graduate study at SACI. All SACI scholarships are based on both artistic and academic ability and financial need. Applicants to all SACI programs that are for credit (including Gap Year) may apply for SACI scholarships. 

    Learn more about SACI Scholarships.

  • How to Apply for SACI Scholarships

    See complete instructions on how to apply for scholarships for each SACI program.

  • Financial Aid

    Any/all U.S. Federal Financial Aid received from a U.S. college or university can be transferred to cover fees for study at SACI. Learn more about Federal Financial Aid for undergraduate students and graduate students.

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