Preparing to Attend
Preparing to Attend SACI
Find the help and resources to make your study abroad experience at SACI a success.
From getting a visa, to acclimating to a new culture overseas, through your return home and beyond, we are here every step of the way to help ease your transition abroad and make your experience in Florence as educationally rewarding as possible. Read on to learn more about resources and support services at SACI. Download the How to Prepare brochure to learn more about preparing to study at SACI in Florence.
Information for Spring 2021 Students
* In response to the current worldwide health crisis, Spring 2021 students must follow the regulations below for documentation and travel. View our Covid-19 Information page for additional policies.
In addition to their passport, Spring 2021 students will need the following documentation to travel to Italy:
- Letter of confirmation or enrollment issued by the home school, attesting that the student has been officially admitted and will be attending the study abroad program in Italy. This letter must include period of study, location, courses to be attended and housing arrangements in Italy;
- Letter of confirmation of enrollment issued by SACI;*
- Letters (two) of institutional partnership and authorization from SACI.*
*The above letters listed in 2) and 3) will be sent in early January.
Students must plan on flights landing at Florence Peretola airport as the final destination. As per current travel and self-isolation advisories for non-EU citizens and residents, it is not possible to arrive at an airport in a different city (for example, Pisa, Rome or Milan) and take public transport to the final destination. Note: Not all airlines fly into Florence Peretola, but some land in Pisa Galileo Galilei instead. It is important that the final destination be Florence (FLR).
One of the most exciting and rewarding parts of studying abroad at SACI is the opportunity to live and work in the historic center of Florence, and become part of that community. Our expert student assistance staff is here to help with your transition and guide you on your journey. Learn more about student support at SACI.
Passport & Entry Requirements
* Spring 2021 students see above for documentation details. View our Covid-19 Information page for additional policies.
All SACI programs require students to have a valid passport. Please be aware that if you do not currently have a passport, passport applications can take multiple months to process, so students are encouraged to apply for a passport as early as possible. Passports must be valid for six months after planned departure from the Schengen area. Learn more about applying for or renewing your passport on the US Department of State website. Non-US students should consult an official website for their home country for up-to-date passport information.
All non-European students attending a semester, year, or graduate program must obtain a student visa to study abroad at SACI. A student visa is required for U.S. students studying in Italy for 91 days or more in one of these programs. Non-U.S. citizens should consult their local Italian Consulate for details on student visa requirements. Learn more about getting a visa.
All arriving students take part in the SACI orientation program. As part of the orientation, you’ll meet SACI Florence staff members, talk about customs in Italy and what issues you might think about as you adjust to a new culture, and learn about police registration and other processes. Learn more about orientation.
The Italian government requires that all students with a student visa be covered by health insurance during their stay in Italy. You will be asked to provide proof of your insurance coverage when you apply for your visa pre-departure and permit of stay during orientation. Learn more about the health insurance requirement and how to prepare.
Once in Florence, fall and spring term students must be registered with the local authorities for a Permesso di Soggiorno (Visitor's Permit of Stay), a permit to legally stay in Italy. SACI will assist students in all the police registration procedures. Find more information about local police registration.
SACI is deeply committed to providing a safe and supportive learning environment for all students to enjoy. Learn more about our school policies.
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