Study Abroad Advisors FAQ
What Makes SACI a "Special" Study Abroad Experience?
Founded by artist Jules Maidoff in 1975, and incorporated in 1976 as a not-for-profit US institution, SACI is the oldest and most prestigious American art school in Florence.
SACI is distinguished not only by its remarkable breadth of course offerings — in areas ranging from studio art, design, crafts, art history, art conservation, and Italian culture and language — but by its commitment to ensuring that students gain maximum exposure to Italian art and culture.
SACI also prepares advanced students for a life in the arts through unique graduate degree programs, including an MFA in Studio Art, an MFA in Photography, an MFA in Communication Design, an MA in Art History, and through graduate certificate programs in Studio Art and Conservation.
SACI students enroll in a wide array of courses. Students attend lectures and exhibitions by established and emerging international artists, film nights that feature classic and contemporary Italian films (with English subtitles), and cooking classes in which students learn how to prepare Tuscan dishes and to understand the connection between Italy’s culture and cuisine.
Students participate in weekly open drawing sessions and field trips to sites throughout Italy, including day trips to Fiesole, Pisa, Siena, and Lucca, and weekend trips to Rome, Venice, and Naples. SACI remains true to its original goal of offering the finest and most challenging training to the next generation of artists, art historians, and art conservators.
How Is SACI Accredited?
Studio Arts College International is a directly accredited institutional member of the National Association of Schools of Art and Design (NASAD).
SACI is affiliated with Bowling Green State University in Ohio, which is accredited by NASAD and by the North Central Association of Colleges and Secondary Schools. BGSU is also a member of the National Association of State Universities and Land Grant Colleges, the Midwest Association of Graduate Schools, the Council of Graduate Schools, and the Central States Universities, Inc.
SACI is authorized by the Delaware Department of Education and NASAD to confer a Master of Fine Arts (MFA) in Studio Art, a Master of Fine Arts (MFA) in Photography, a Master of Fine Arts (MFA) in Communication Design, and a Master of Art (MA) in Art History.
Students may obtain a copy of SACI’s accreditation approval by submitting a written request for this material to SACI’s Dean.
Do Students Receive a Transcript?
A transcript is issued for each student indicating course number, title, number of credits earned (3 per course) and letter grade (A – F; for pass/fail, the institution’s approval is required).
Following the end of the term, the transcript is sent to the student’s home institution. The Registrar keeps in contact with the advisor who signed the application and/or the Study Abroad Office to make sure the grades are sent to the appropriate office.
Should SACI credits not be accepted, the advisor can request that a transcript come from Bowling Green State University by checking the appropriate box on the Advisor Form. For additional information please refer to “Course requirements and credit transfer” in the Registration section.
How Many Courses Do Students Entroll In at SACI?
In Fall and Spring, students may enroll in up to 5 courses. In Summer I, Summer II, and Summer Venice, students may enroll in up to 2 courses. Students attending the Full Summer Florence or the Full Summer Florence + Venice term enroll in up to 4 courses.
All students at SACI are expected to pursue course work full time and are allowed to drop to part-time status only with the home institution’s approval.
For How Many Hours Do Classes Meet?
Studio classes normally meet with instructors for 90 hours per term (including field trips). Academic classes normally meet with instructors for 45 hours per term (including field trips).
Additional information can be found in SACI’s Credit Hour Policy.
Where Can I Find a List of All Courses Offered at SACI?
You may access individual SACI course descriptions and syllabi on the course listings page.
Do SACI and the Home Institution Remain in Communication Regarding Students' Enrollment?
If a student must enroll in specific courses to meet graduation or institution requirements, it would be helpful if the advisor could email this information to the Registrar, who will give priority to the request.
Following the end of the drop/add period (2nd week of classes in Fall and Spring; 3rd day of classes in Summer I and Summer II), the Registrar emails each advisor with their students’ final registration and a list of term dates: last day of classes, when to expect the transcript.
How Do Students Apply to Enroll at SACI?
Students apply online at MySACI and pay a $70 non-refundable application processing fee, which can be paid with a credit card on our secure server. Visa, Mastercard, and Discover cards are accepted for online payments.
If students prefer to pay by check or money order, they are requested to contact the SACI New York office before submitting their application.
For further information and details on the application for each study abroad program available at SACI, please visit our Admissions section.
Where Can I Find the Dates & Fees Referring to Each Term at SACI?
What Additional Activities Does SACI Offer?
To complement our curricular offerings and the extra curriculum information available in the library, SACI hosts an evening lecture series featuring international artists, art historians, conservators, museum directors, curators, critics, and scholars specializing in art, art history, conservation and other aspects of Italian culture and life.
Additional evening activities include exhibition openings in the SACI Galleries, life drawing classes, cooking classes centering on Tuscan and Italian cuisine and film nights which showcase the world of Italian cinema.
SACI collaborates with the local community and helps match students according to their interests to volunteer with Community Involvement projects around Florence.
In addition to these "in house" activities, field trips form an integral part of the SACI overseas study experience, and make SACI’s classes particularly rich and exciting. All of these activities help to provide an integrated appreciation of the Italian experience.
Would It Be Possible for Me to Visit SACI in Florence?
In order to gain firsthand knowledge of the opportunities available to your students, SACI encourages faculty, advisors, and school administrators to visit its facilities.
Visitors are welcome at any time, but you will get the most from your visit by contacting us ahead of time. If you are interested in scheduling a facilities tour and/or class visits, please feel free to contact us.
Would It Be Possibile for Me to Bring a Group of Student to Study at SACI in Florence?
Many faculty members from outstanding U.S. and international colleges and universities have brought groups of students from their home schools to study at SACI in Florence.
SACI has hosted faculty-led groups in numerous art and design disciplines, from photography to printmaking to graphic design.
We welcome the opportunity to collaborate with you and your institution. If you are interested in bringing your students to Italy, please contact us.