SAI Programs: Study Abroad at FUA in Florence, Italy

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Florence University of the Arts (FUA) offers an extensive catalog of courses, including classes in the liberal and fine arts. Students are encouraged to engage with the local community and to immerse themselves in Italian culture through a variety of activities and excursions.

The city of Florence has amazed visitors since Roman times, providing students of arts, literature, and culture with a rich and varied environment to explore. It remains one of Europe's most accessible cities, showcasing cultural treasures from the Renaissance period and beyond. Florence is also home to the flagship stores of Italy's greatest fashion houses.

Where else can you find works by Dante, Michaelangelo, and Gucci all standing side by side!

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It will depend where your apartment is! The different class buildings are kind of scattered throughout Florence. So, I had one class that was only about a 10 minute walk, but another that was a solid 30 -45 minute walk. In general though, they're never too far, and you really love to learn the walk and get to know the city. I recommend walking around and finding the buildings with some of your...


based on 48 reviews
  • Academics 7.5
  • Support 9.4
  • Fun 8.8
  • Housing 9.3
  • Safety 9.5
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Best Experience

Choosing to participate in SAI Florence for my fall semester 2012 was the best decision I have ever made. Florence is the perfect city to study abroad in, and the program allowed for a myriad of travel opportunities. The courses were extremely interesting and intellectual stimulating while not asking too much outside of the classroom in order to allow students to take full advantage of their amazing surroundings in Florence. I had some incredible teachers who inspired me to be interested in things I never knew I would like. I owe this program everything for giving me the best 4 months of my life.

How can this program be improved?
Make History of the Mafia earlier in the day/week! This was my favorite course that I took, but it was Thursday night which caused some travel weekends to be cut short.
Yes, I recommend
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Best Place to Study Abroad

SAI was a reciprocal program through my home university and I can not say enough great things about them! Our program had about 130 students in it and we were the closet out of all other programs based in Italy. We got to take a lot of fun trips together and the staff was extremely helpful in making our transition into Florence as easy as possible!

How can this program be improved?
I would change the apartments being located all over the city. Although it was beneficial in making us learn the city (and believe me, after 5 months we knew every single road!) but it would have been nice, as girls, to be closer to where the guys lived for safety purposes. Florence is very very safe but late at night, it was a far lonely walk for my apartment to go all the way from where the bars are near Borgo Pinti to my apartment near the Accademia Museum.
Yes, I recommend
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SAI FUA 2012 - Amica

I'm so glad I decided to go on SAI's FUA session in 2012. It was one of the greatest experience of my life and I will never forget my time there. I lived in a nice apartment this 6 other girls two streets away from the Duomo. We were also two streets away from central market which was amazing and we made frequent trips there to get produce to cook. MY apartment didn't go out to eat all the time since the market was right around the corner and it had some of the most delicious and fresh produce, plus I love cooking and cooking this this food was amazing and saved a lot of money for trips. I was nervous i would get lost the first day but after day two you start to understand how the city was built and it is very easy to navigate.

SAI offered many amazing excursions to go on and I went on many; wine tastings, lakes and marble quarries all were amazing. The advisors at SAI are amazing they are so helpful and knowledgeable. They are great at recommending places to visit and eat. My favorite trips i took with my roommate were when we went to the train station and just took the first train coming in to a different town. We went to some amazing places we would have never even thought of going to...just don't forget to plan you trip back when picking where your going to.

My classes were amazing at FUA my favorite classes were the Art History classes because you literally walk down the street and will pass many things you are learning about. The classrooms are extremely beautiful and different from American class rooms and all the buildings are easy to get to.

While studying abroad I had an emergency that sent me to the ER in florence and one of the SAI advisors was by my side the entire time. Words can't event explain what a great advisor Camilla was. When the emergency happened it was the middle of the night into early morning and she was there within 20 minutes, she came to every doctors appointment and helped explain to me what was going on. She made me feel comfortable and safe in an extremely difficult time. Never have I met someone so kindhearted, helpful and thoughtful. Camilla truly did everything she could to make sure I was okay and I am truly grateful for her.

Every advisor at SAI was very friendly every time I saw one walking around they would stop and chit chat to see how things are going. It's amazing to me how they know every student, you're not just another kid studying abroad to them they know you name and interest. SAI does a great job selecting their advisors, they pick ones that care about all students.

Truly an amazing experience.

How can this program be improved?
If I had to pick one thing that was bad it would be that the internet connection in our apartment was not working all the time as well as the hot water. But I do understand that it is expect since it is an older apartment with 7 girls living in it. I did not mind but I can see how other girls might.
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With headquarters located just north of San Francisco, SAI Programs was founded in 1995 to serve as the US admissions office for an Italian art institute in Florence. Since that time, SAI has expanded into a full-service international education...