Orientation | SACI College of Art & Design Florence

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 2020 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 Friday, January 24.  

    Students in SACI Housing!
    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. The exact time you should be home will be indicated in your Orientation Packet.

    Survival Italian is available to all students not enrolled in an Italian class. Sign up at the Front Desk (Palazzo dei Cartelloni)!

     


     

    Thursday, January 9

    SACI’s main building, the Palazzo dei Cartelloni (Via Sant’Antonino 11), is open 9:00 am 9:00 pm.
    SACI’s Jules Maidoff Palazzo, Via Sant’Egidio 14, is open 9:00 am-5:00 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 9:00am-9:00pm 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 10

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

    9:00 am ~ All Students: Meet at Auditorium al Duomo, Via de’ Cerretani 54R:

    - 9:00 am – 10:00 am: Police registration with Daniela Barbato, SACI’s Housing Director. Please remember to bring your passport, the enrolled letter stamped by the Consulate and the insurance documents.

    - 10:00 am – 10:30 am: Welcome by SACI President Steven Brittan and Dean Leo Rowland.

    - 10:30 am – 1:00 pm Round Tables: students in smaller groups will have the opportunity to speak to individual staff and faculty members about school rules and safety, volunteer activities, community engagement, etc.

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

    3:30 pm to 5:00 pm ~ Students in SACI Housing: Housing staff members will visit each apartment to answer any questions about your apartment and to check the inventory.  The exact time you should be home will be indicated in your Orientation Packet.

    4:00 pm ~ All Instructors: Faculty Meeting in Clayton Hubbs Lecture Hall (Palazzo dei Cartelloni).

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

     


     

    Saturday, January 11

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

    10:00 am to 12:00 pm ~ All Students: Meet at SACI - Palazzo dei Cartelloni for an introductory walk to a number of Florentine sites with various Faculty members.

    1:00 pm ~ Students enrolled in Batik, Jewelry Design, or Serigraphy: Meet at SACI’s Palazzo dei Cartelloni to be taken to Laboratorio Firenze to schedule classes.

    1:00 pm to 5:00 pm ~ Students in SACI Housing (Students enrolled in Batik, Jewelry Design, or Serigraphy: starting at 2:00 pm): Housing staff members will visit each apartment to answer any questions about your apartment and to check the inventory.  The exact time you should be home will be indicated in your Orientation Packet.

    All students must pay a Permit of Stay processing fee in cash (€118) + Refundable SACI Field Trip Deposit (€50). 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.

    All Students not enrolled in an Italian class! Sign up at the Front Desk (Palazzo dei Cartelloni) for Survival Italian.

     


     

    Sunday, January 12

    SACI is closed.

     


     

    Monday, January 13

    SACI’s main building, the Palazzo dei Cartelloni, is open 8:30 am 10:00 pm.
    SACI’s Jules Maidoff Palazzo, is open from 8:45 am 11:00 pm.

    First day of classes.

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