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Studio Art Centers International (SACI)

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

Eligibility: Minimum 3.0 GPA. Applicants must be currently enrolled or have completed at least one semester of college-level Italian at the time of application. Students are highly encouraged to enroll in ITAL 120 at USC. Open to Animation & Digital Arts, Media Arts + Practice and Roski School of Art & Design 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 & Digital Arts, Media Arts + Practice and Roski School of Art & Design students can spend a semester at SACI, where they can take animation, digital media, and studio and liberal arts courses.

Please check the on-line schedule on SACI's website (listed at bottom of page) to confirm which courses are offered in the term in which you plan to attend. Consult your academic advisor for more information on approved courses as not all courses listed on SACI’s website have been approved for USC credit.

Course Load and Credit: Students take 5 courses per semester. The maximum number of units granted per semester is 15.

Activities and Other Program Features: The program includes excursions to such sites as Arezzo, Lucca, Siena, San Gimignano, and Venice. Outside of class, there are also volunteer and language exchange opportunities.

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

Dates: Fall or Spring semester (dependent on major).  Fall semester runs from late August to mid-December; spring semester runs from January to beginning of May.

Estimated Semester Cost:
Additional Expenses*............$15,531

Cost Updated: 1/7/15
Text Updated: 8/7/15

*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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