Student Life Orientation

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.

Orientation Schedules

  • Spring 2019 Orientation

    All students!
    To add or drop a class or change your grading status, you must see Elizabeth Johnson, Assistant Dean/Registrar, in the Front Office at Palazzo dei Cartelloni no later than Wednesday, January 16.

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

    Apartment visits take place during 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.  Please make an appointment with Daniela, in the Front Office at the Palazzo dei Cartelloni.

     


     

    Thursday, January 3

    SACI’s main building, Palazzo dei Cartelloni – Via Sant’Antonino 11, is open 9 am-9 pm.
    SACI’s Jules Maidoff Palazzo – Via Sant’Egidio 14, is open 1:00 pm-5:00pm.

    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 should see Elizabeth Johnson, the Assistant Dean/Registrar, in the Front Office at the Palazzo dei Cartelloni.

     


     

    Friday, January 4

    SACI’s main building, Palazzo dei Cartelloni, is open 9:00 am-8:00 pm.
    SACI’s Jules Maidoff Palazzo, is open 1:00 pm-5:00pm.

    9:30 am to 10:30 am ~ All Students: Meet at the Grand Hotel Baglioni, Piazza dell'Unità 6 (very close to SACI), Sala Michelangelo, with Daniela Barbato, SACI’s Housing Director, to arrange for police registration.  Please bring your passport, photographs, insurance information, and the enrollment letter sent by the Italian consulate.

    10:30 am to 12:00 pm ~ All Students: Meet at the Grand Hotel Baglioni, Piazza dell'Unità 6 (very close to SACI), Sala Michelangelo. Many of the issues students should consider in their adjustment to living in Italy will be discussed.

    12:30 pm to 2:00 pm ~ Students in Group A: Meet at SACI’s Palazzo dei Cartelloni for tour of facilities and local area (art stores, market, etc.).

    2:00 pm to 3:30 pm ~ Students in Group B: Meet at SACI’s Palazzo dei Cartelloni for tour of facilities and local area (art stores, market, etc.).

    5:00 pm ~ All Instructors: Meet in Clayton Hubbs Lecture Hall (Palazzo dei Cartelloni), with SACI’s President, Steven Brittan

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

     


     

    Saturday, January 5

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

    9:00 am to 5:00 pm ~ All students: 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 am ~ Students in Group A: Meet at SACI – Palazzo dei Cartelloni, for an introductory walk to the main Florentine monuments with art history instructor Helen Manner Watterson.

    12:15 pm to 1:15 pm ~ All Students Interested in Volunteer Opportunities in Florence: Meet in SACI’s Clayton Hubbs Lecture Hall (Palazzo dei Cartelloni) with Student Affairs Coordinator Chiara Tolleri to learn about volunteer opportunities available to students. Refreshments served.

    2:00 pm ~ All students taking Batik, Jewelry Design, or Serigraphy: Meet at SACI’s Palazzo dei Cartelloni to be taken to Laboratorio Firenze to schedule classes.

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

    Apartment visits take place during 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.  Please make an appointment with Daniela, in the Front Office at the Palazzo dei Cartelloni.

     


     

    Sunday, January 6

    SACI is closed.

     


     

    Monday, January 7

    SACI’s main building, Palazzo dei Cartelloni, is open 8:30 am-10:00 pm.
    SACI’s Jules Maidoff Palazzo, is open 8:45 am-midnight.

    First day of classes.

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