Student Life / Preparing to Attend Transitioning to Florence

Student Support

At SACI, we offer a Pre-departure, Orientation, and Re-entry Support guide to outline the cultural and professional support for students during pre-departure orientation and re-entry services to maximize the global-minded study abroad experience.

SACI Resources

At SACI, we pride ourselves on providing top quality education in the fields of art, design, language, and culture alongside a powerful immersion into Italian life and history. Our faculty and staff understand the importance of maximizing involvement within the Florentine community, and through our interdisciplinary collaborations, we help our students gain professional, practical, and applicable skills that continue to empower them throughout their lives. We help our students prepare for their experience at SACI, offer orientation and inspiration while they are in Florence, and support them upon re-entry to their home countries. The natural result of the SACI experience is a sense of confidence, cultural awareness, and global-mindedness.

SACI’s student assistance staff includes the SACI Dean, who deals with all student problems, the SACI Student Affairs Coordinator, the SACI Registrar, housing officers, and additional staff for emergencies. SACI also has a 24-hour emergency phone system, and is in direct contact with the security officers at the U.S. Consulate in Florence. A full range of English-speaking medical doctors and consultants are available in Florence.

SACI also offers Survival Italian, an extracurricular evening course for students who want to learn the basics of the language. For two weeks in the Fall and Spring Terms, students meet twice a week to learn words and phrases to help them deal with everyday life in Italy. Survival Italian is recommended to any students not enrolled in an Italian Language course, and especially to graduate students who will be spending more than just a few months in Italy. Students sign up for Survival Italian during orientation.

Integration into Italian Society

SACI urges its students to partake in initiatives involving the Florentine community. See our In the Community page to learn how SACI students have given back to the city that provides them with hospitality. Students have brought art into Italian hospitals and schools, and, through the SACI Conservation department, have completely restored the Chapel of Santa Maria degli Angiolini, damaged by the flood of 1966.

Tips from Previous Students

At the end of each term, departing students leave written tips for future SACI students, which provide valuable advice for students in both undergraduate and graduate programs. The tips ranges from where to eat, what to see, and what to wear while in Florence and Venice, to suggestions regarding music, travel, money, and Italian language and culture.

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