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

  • Fall 2018 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 Thursday, Sept 20.

    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).
     

    Tuesday, September 4

    SACI’s main building, the Palazzo dei Cartelloni – Via Sant’Antonino 11, is open 9 am-9 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.
     

    Wednesday, September 5

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

    9:00 am to 10:00 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 bring your passport, photographs, insurance information, and the enrollment letter sent by the Italian consulate (if you haven't already sent it to the SACI NY office).

    10:00 am to 11:30 pm ~ All Students: Meet in SACI’s Clayton Hubbs Lecture Hall (Palazzo dei Cartelloni). Many of the issues students should consider in their adjustment to living in Italy will be discussed.

    12:00 pm to 1:30 pm ~ Students in Group A: Meet at SACI’s Palazzo dei Cartelloni for tour of facilities and local area (art stores, market, etc.).

    1:30 pm to 3:00 pm ~ Students in Group B: Meet at SACI’s Palazzo dei Cartelloni for tour of facilities and local area (art stores, market, etc.).

    2:00 pm to 4:45 pm ~ New Graduate Students: Meet individually with their Program Directors. (The Orientation packet has the name of faculty member and time and place of meeting.)

    4:45 pm ~ All Instructors: Meet in Clayton Hubbs Lecture Hall (Palazzo dei Cartelloni):
    - Mandatory explanation of safety regulations by Arch. Mario Sansucci, SACI’s Safety Consultant
    - Presentation by SACI’s President, Steven Brittan

    6:00 pm ~ SACI Gallery Exhibition Opening (Palazzo dei Cartelloni): Spazio_Traccia, curated by Leonardo Moretti: Group show featuring emerging and established local artists - photography, printmaking, painting, and performance. Artists: Marina Bartolini, Fabiola Campioli, Olivia Kasa, Luca Matti, Leonardo Moretti, Miriam Poggiali, and Gianluca Tramonti. September 5 - October 6

    6:30 pm ~ All Students: Welcome party at SACI’s Palazzo dei Cartelloni for all students and faculty.
     

    Thursday, September 6

    SACI’s main building, the Palazzo dei Cartelloni, is open 9:00 am-5:00 pm.
    SACI’s Jules Maidoff Palazzo – Via Sant’Egidio 14, is open 12:00 pm-6:00pm.

    Students in SACI Housing!
    Apartment visits take place on Thursday. 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.

    9:00 am to 5:00 pm ~ All students: See Beatrice 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 ~ All students taking Batik, Jewelry Design, or Serigraphy: Meet at SACI’s Palazzo dei Cartelloni to be taken to Fuji Studio 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.
     

    Friday, September 7

    SACI’s main building, the Palazzo dei Cartelloni, is open 8:30 am-7:00 pm.
    SACI’s Jules Maidoff Palazzo – Via Sant’Egidio 14, is open 8:45 am-7:00pm.

    First day of classes.
     

    Saturday, September 8

    SACI’s main building, the Palazzo dei Cartelloni, is open 9:00 am-3:00 pm.
     

    Sunday, September 9

    SACI is closed.

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