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.