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Studio Art Centers International (SACI)

Program Site: Studio Art Centers International (SACI) in central Florence

Eligibility: 3.0 cumulative USC GPA and at least one semester of college-level Italian completed by the time of application. Students are highly encouraged to enroll in ITAL 120 at USC. Open to Animation and Digital Arts majors only.

Description: To live in Florence is to spend every day in an active and breathing museum. With a population of about 500,000, the city is large enough to always find something to do, yet small enough to discover one’s own personal Firenze.

As the birthplace of the Renaissance, Florence contains more great artworks per square foot than any other city in the world. The program is housed in the Palazzo dei Cartelloni,a 17th century landmark in the historical center of the city.This location places students in the vicinity of the Duomo, the churches of San Lorenzo and Santa Maria Novella, and is just steps away from the central market and the new Alinari photography museum.

Academics: Animation and Digital Arts majors can spend the fall semester at SACI, where they can take animation and digital media courses while also choosing from a wide range of studio and liberal arts courses.

Course Load and Credit: Students take 4 or 5 courses per semester. The maximum number of units granted per semester is 14.

Activities and Other Program Features: Eligibility: Minimum 3.0 GPA. Applicants must be currently enrolled or have completed at least one semester of college-level Italian within the past year at the time of application.

Accommodations: Students live in shared apartments with other students from the program.

Dates: Fall only. Fall semester runs from late August to mid-December.

Estimated Semester Cost:
Additional Expenses*............$15,034

Cost Updated: 5/21/13
Text Updated: 6/28/12

*Additional expenses include estimated costs for airfare, room and board, books and supplies, health insurance, and personal expenses (which can vary greatly from student to student). USC financial aid, scholarships, and tuition remission may be applied to program costs. Please visit the Office of Overseas Studies for more detailed cost information.

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