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  • Locations: Florence, Italy
  • Program Terms: Academic Year, Fall, Spring
  • Homepage: Click to visit
  • Program Sponsor: Studio Arts College International (SACI) 
  • Dates / Deadlines
Fact Sheet:
Fact Sheet:
Minimum GPA: 2.5 Minimum Class Standing: 2-Freshman, 3-Sophomore, 4-Junior, 5-Senior
Academic Area: Art & Design, Fine Arts, Italian Housing Options: Other, Private apartment
Scholarships: SACI Scholarship Internship: No
Language of Instruction: English
Program Description:
The extensive range of studio arts, design, conservation, art history, and Italian culture and language courses provides our students with the means to meet their individual educational needs while connecting them with the rich cultural heritage of Italy.

The student body is comprised of students enrolled at US universities and at institutions in other countries. In both Fall and Spring, a student can enroll in five classes for a total of 15 credits. During these terms, students additionally have the possibility to work as apprentices with artisans, and advanced students may be eligible to take a directed independent study or traineeship in a design firm, museum, or gallery. As part of their classes, SACI students often create artwork for local hospitals and human rights organizations, and restore major art treasures that are a part of Italy's cultural heritage. Outside of class, student volunteers can teach English at elementary schools, serve as English-language museum guides, and assist at human rights agencies.

In addition to visiting many famous Italian cities over the course of the year, students use a museum pass provided by SACI to visit Florentine museums and historic sites. Students visit artists' and designers' studios, private collections, galleries, art fairs, and theaters. They have access to modern and historic art collections, research libraries, and contemporary art museums.

Academic Year and Semester Abroad Program students enjoy many opportunities to exhibit their artwork in SACI's two galleries. The Academic Year Abroad culminates in a major end-of-year student exhibition which serves as an opportunity for students to display their work also to the Florentine public.

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Florence, Italy

Studio Arts Center International (SACI), Italy

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Program Overview

Studio Art Centers International was founded in 1975 to create a complete program in Florence for students seeking excellence in studio art and liberal arts instruction at the university level.

SACI's mission is to provide a unique, life-enhancing study-abroad experience in the center of Florence for students of both traditional and contemporary studio arts and design by offering:

  • Direct access to centuries of Florentine and Italian culture;

  • A wide range of arts and design studios and complementary academic courses of outstanding quality;

  • The opportunity to be part of an institution engaged in leading areas of research and exploration;

  • The unparalleled opportunity to interact with the Florentine community through a variety of social and humanitarian programs.

Location: SACI is located in the center of the beautiful city of Florence.


Art Department classes normally meet with instructors for 90 hours per term (including field trips). For each studio course, students are expected to fulfill a minimum of 45 hours of additional studio time per term beyond the class hours. Students who wish to pre-register for courses at the Intermediate or Advanced level must include with their applications slides, photos, CDs, DVDs, or videos of at least 6 artworks already undertaken in each of these areas.

Academic Studies Department classes normally meet with instructors for 45 hours per term.  In all classes, students have assignments beyond regular class hours.  Attendance is mandatory for all classes.

Course Subjects: Drawing, Painting, Printmaking, Ceramics, Sculpture, Animation, Digital Media, Photography, Video, Design Futures:  A Seminar, Eco Design Studio, Graphic Design, Illustration, Interior Design, Contemporary Furniture Design, Art History, Museology, Conservation, History of Italian Cinema, History of Italian Opera, Italian Language, Creative Writing Workshop, Literature and Visual Art, Batik, Jewelry Design, Weaving, Book Arts

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Language of Instruction: English, with the exception of Italian language classes

Accommodations and Meals

One of the great advantages of coming to Florence through SACI is that students are offered independent housing in residential apartments with double or single occupancy bedrooms. Student apartments are located throughout the city. The experience of local shopping and meeting neighbors provides a long-lasting cultural impact for a student seeking to understand Italy. Learning how Florence lives and amuses itself is implicit in the SACI form of housing.

SACI apartments are fully furnished and allow students to live independently. All apartments have bathrooms and kitchens, and are fully equipped with stoves, refrigerators, heat, and hot water. The SACI accommodation fee includes reasonable utilities usage and an administrative fee. SACI apartments differ in style, furnishings and amenities. Visit the University housing website here.


Tuition & Dates

Term dates and fees may vary according to what semester you would like to study abroad.
SACI has a comprehensive tuition fee, which includes all required class field trips and museum entrance fees, materials fees for all studio classes, and open drawing classes. Students have seven-day per week access to SACI's fully equipped studios, dark rooms, labs, library, and gardens. Click here for more detailed information on what fees include.


To Apply

Please complete the Montclair State University study abroad application process. In addition, please submit the SACI, Italy application to the Study Abroad Office at Montclair State.

You may download the application here:  SACI application 


Contact Information

For Further Information:

Study Abroad

All students must complete the Montclair State University study abroad application process first to receive approval.  Please click on the "Apply Now" at the top of the page to begin your application.

Office of International Engagement
Montclair State University
1 Normal Avenue Montclair, NJ 07043 
Tel: 973 655-4216
Fax: 973 655-7654

Dates / Deadlines:
Dates / Deadlines:
Term Year App Deadline Decision Date Start Date End Date
Spring 2021 10/01/2020 ** Rolling Admission 01/07/2021 04/26/2021
Academic Year 2021-2022 03/01/2021 ** Rolling Admission TBA TBA
Fall 2021 03/01/2021 ** Rolling Admission TBA TBA

** Indicates rolling admission application process. Applicants will be immediately notified of acceptance into this program and be able to complete post-decision materials prior to the term's application deadline.