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

  • Late Spring 2018 Orientation

    All Students!
    Class Confirmations: If you need to add or drop a class, or change your grading status, you must see Elizabeth Johnson, Assistant Dean/Registrar, in the Front Office at the Palazzo dei Cartelloni. The last day to add or drop a course, or change your grading status, is Wednesday, May 23.  It is essential that all students see the Assistant Dean/Registrar to confirm their classes no later than Wednesday, May 23.

     

    Thursday, May 17

    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, May 18

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

    10:00 am to 11:00 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.

    11:00 am to 12:30 pm ~ All Students: Meet in SACI’s Clayton Hubbs Lecture Hall (Palazzo dei Cartelloni) with Interim Dean of Students Lou Lodge on customs and habits in Italy. Many of the issues students should consider in their adjustment to living in Italy will be discussed.

    1:00 pm to 2:30 pm ~ Group A: Meet at SACI’s Palazzo dei Cartelloni for tour of facilities and local area (art stores, market, etc.).

    3:00 pm to 4:30 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, May 19

    SACI’s main building, the Palazzo dei Cartelloni, is open from 9:00 am-1:00 pm.

    12:30 pm ~ Field trip to Fiesole for Art History students—with Helen Watterson.  This trip is compulsory for students enrolled in Art History.

    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, May 20

    All SACI facilities are closed.

    9:45 am ~ Field trip to Fiesole for students not taking Art History ~ with Federica Bustreo.  Students meet outside front door at SACI’s Palazzo dei Cartelloni.
     

    Monday, May 21

    First day of classes.

  • Summer 2018 Orientation

    All students!
    Class Confirmations: If you need to add or drop a class, or change your grading status, you must see Elizabeth Johnson, Assistant Dean, Registrar, in the Front Office at the Palazzo dei Cartelloni. The last day to add or drop a course, or change your grading status, is Wednesday, July 4. It is essential that all students see the Assistant Dean/Registrar to confirm their classes no later than Wednesday, July 4.

     

    Thursday, June 28

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

    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 9:00am-9pm 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, June 29

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

    10:00 am to 11:00 am ~ All Students: Meet in SACI’s Calyton Hubbs Lecture Hall (Palazzo dei Cartelloni) with Daniela Barbato, SACI’s Housing Director, to arrange for police registration. Please remember to bring your passport.

    11:00 am to 12:30 pm ~ All Students: Meet in SACI’s Clayton Hubbs Lecture Hall (Palazzo dei Cartelloni) with Interim Dean of Students Lou Lodge on customs and habits in Italy. Many of the issues students should consider in their adjustment to living in Italy will be discussed.

    3:00 pm to 4:30pm ~ 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, June 30

    SACI’s main building, the Palazzo dei Cartelloni, is open from 9:00am – 1:00pm.

    9:45 am ~ Field trip to Fiesole – with Federica Bustreo. This trip is compulsory for students enrolled in Art History and is optional for all other students.
     

    Sunday, July 1

    SACI is closed.
     

    Monday, July 2

    First day of classes.

  • Venice 2018 Orientation

    Thursday, June 28

    9:00 - 10:00 am: Most students arrive at Marco Polo Airport

    10:30 am: Final group departure by bus from Marco Polo Airport to Venice’s Piazzale Roma. Stop at the ACTV local transportation office for vaporetto passes and tickets.

    Noon: Arrival at the Cini Foundation and room assignment. You will be given basic information regarding housing amenities and rules.   If you are delayed, please contact the Program Director as soon as you know what time you’ll be arriving in Venice so that someone will be able to meet you to check you into your housing. 

    1:00 pm: Light lunch nearby.

    3:00 – 5:30 pm: Trip to see nearby supermarkets, ATM machines, pharmacy, and other shops/services that students may find useful during their stay.

    7:30 pm: Welcome pizza in town
     

    Friday, June 29

    9:30 - 11:00 am: Orientation tour of San Giorgio island and its resources.

    11:30 am – 12:30 pm: Meet in the Cini Foundation Residence main communal area for SACI registration procedures.

    3:00 - 4:30 pm: General SACI Orientation by Program Director Jacopo Santini.

    5:00 - 6:00 pm: Climb to the top of the San Giorgio bell tower to admire the spectacular view of Venice.

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