Florence University of the Arts (SAI)
Spring: January - May
The Study Abroad Italy (SAI) program in Florence enables students to take classes from a variety of subjects. Students will take most of their courses through Florence University of the Arts (FUA). The network of schools is located in the city center, and classes are limited to 25-30 students. (Studio Arts classes are less.) All classes are taught in English, and students have access to several computer labs, a library, and study lounges, and exercise facilities. Complementing the academic programs, students are encouraged to participate in extra-curricular programming sponsored by SAI and FUA. These include short weekend trips to nearby towns, or events during the week that highlight local culture. In particular, this program is well suited for students in Fine Arts (painting, sculpture, graphic design, drawing), the Humanities, and Business.
Florence has a population of 400,000 and is part of the region in Italy known as Tuscany, which is in Central Italy. The birthplace of The Renaissance, Florence is rich with history: home to the Medici family, Dante, Machiavelli, and numerous artists. Surrounded by the Tuscan hills, Florence is filled with open-air markets and known for its cuisine, as well as leather goods. The city ranks second only to Rome in its importance culturally, historically, and artistically for the Italian people.
While at FUA, you will take a full load of courses - including a required Italian language course at your level - in the subjects of your choosing for a total of usually four to five courses. Since John Cabot is a comprehensive university with its courses taught in English, you have a wide range of courses from which to choose, including:
- Art History
- Studio Art
- Business Administration
- Communication Studies
- Graphic Design
- Political Science
Students live in the heart of Florence, usually within 20 minutes walking distance from classes. Accommodations are in apartments, typically sharing a flat with 2-6 other students. SAI does not have a meal plan, but students may go shopping at local markets and cook meals in kitchens. The school also has its own restaurant, where students may participate in a meal plan. A linen service is provided. Because the apartments are located throughout the city, students may be neighbors with other SAI students as well as Florentine families.
For the most up to date program costs, please check the Budget Sheets above or contact the Lewis Study Abroad office. The program costs for the Florence program include Lewis tuition, airport pick-up in Florence, accommodation, orientation, resident assistant guidance, program-sponsored activities and events, and a mandatory $300 Lewis Study Abroad fee.
The program cost does not include airfare, passport and visa fees, meals, supplies, and personal expenses.
Program costs are based on costs of the prior year, as well as projections for the current and coming years. Inflation and fluctuating exchange rates make it difficult to state a fixed cost. Lewis University, therefore, reserves the right to adjust program fees and the right to cancel or alter programs and courses.
To be eligible, you must be a Lewis student with at least a 3.0 GPA who has Sophomore, Junior, or first semester Senior standing or will have that standing when you participate.
Please click on the Application link in the left column to learn more about the application process, how to obtain an application, and what other materials are required. If you are ready to apply, then click on the Apply Now icon.