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Studio Art College International (SACI)

Program Location Florence, Italy
Sponsor SACI
Program Type Co-sponsored
Course # SA 30016
Duration Semester
Upcoming Program Dates
Spring 2022 01/05/22 to 04/26/22
Fall 2021 09/01/21 to 12/20/21

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Overview Purdue Credit
Eligibility Housing
Program Costs Financial Aid
Deadline Returnee Info

Due to COVID-19, programs may be altered or adapted with little notice

Studio Art College International (SACI)
Beautiful Florence

 This program has been suspended for Fall 2021. Applications for Spring 2022 are open.

Studio Arts College International was founded to meet a growing student demand for excellence in studio art instruction and international liberal arts education. SACI's Italian location is in Florence (Firenze), allowing students access to the city's rich historical, artistic, and cultural resources.

Location: Combining the world's great artistic treasures with a surrounding countryside of remarkable beauty, Florence is the ideal place to pursue artistic studies. Florence is the world's most celebrated city of Renaissance art and architecture. SACI's home, the "Palazzo dei Cartelloni," is a 29,000 square foot air-conditioned palazzo that boasts a beautiful gallery/exhibition space, classrooms, a library, offices, an art conservation laboratory, media facilities and studios surrounding a large, traditional Italian garden.

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, or videos of work already undertaken in these areas of study. 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. All classes are taught in English, with the exception of Italian language classes.

For more program information, please visit the program website. This program is sponsored by:SACI.


Studio Art College International (SACI)
Purdue students enjoying Italy

Applications are open to students of all majors. Any Purdue University student is eligible if s/he has attained the listed minimum GPA and has reached at least sophomore standing by the start of the program. Successful candidates will demonstrate academic success, maturity, and a desire to experience another culture.

GPA Requirement: 2.75 on a 4.0 scale
Language Requirement: none

Purdue Credit
Direct Credit available from the following: [College of Liberal Arts]
Specifically from: SLC and A&D (CLA)

Students interested in completing courses while abroad from Purdue colleges or departments that are not listed above should discuss this with their study abroad advisor before applying to the program.

SACI offers two housing options - apartments shared with other students or a homestay with a local Italian family.

Estimated Program Costs
Students pursuing program participation accept financial responsibility. Purdue will take measures to mitigate financial risks, although will not be liable for loss. 

Students should carefully note what costs need to be paid to Purdue University or to a co-sponsor or agency, and what costs need to be paid at the overseas study location.  This will vary by program.

The Program Fee includes: all course materials fees except Batik, Jewelry Design, Weaving and Serigraphy; course-related excursions; on-site orientation; cultural activities, incl. survival Italian class; and a weekend field trip.

Costs for this program are estimated and subject to change. The cost figures listed below are for: Fall 2021

Costs per semester to be billed by Purdue and Co-sponsor
Program Fee$14,600.00
Study Abroad Fee$914.00
Purdue International Insurance (per month)$32.00

Approximate additional costs per semester
To be paid by the student.
Round-trip Airfare$1,200.00
Local Transportation$500.00
Books and Supplies$300.00
Miscellaneous Personal Expenses $2,000.00 -$4,000.00
Travel Documents (passport, photos)$175.00

Financial Aid

Purdue University financial aid may be applied to the costs of studying abroad. Students interested in receiving financial aid should

NOTE:  Recipients of certain tuition remission and scholarship programs should pay careful attention to the regulations for using those benefits for study abroad.  Ask your financial aid advisor about any limitations.

Click here for a list of scholarships and grants available to assist with the costs of studying overseas.

Application Deadlines

For full consideration, students must submit all supporting documents before or by the application deadline.  Popular programs fill quickly, often before the deadline.  To insure a place in a program, apply early.

As soon as a student submits an online application, a My Study Abroad account is created. Applicants should consult this page often to check on the status of the application.

Program deadlines
Spring semester = September 15
Fall semester or academic year = March 1
Summer = March 1

Program Application Deadline
Most Fall Semester Programs Mar 1
Most Spring Semester Programs Sep 15

Returnees Information
Studio Art College International (SACI)
Purdue students visiting Pompeii

Click below to search for Purdue students who have participated in this program and are willing to be contacted.  If you get no results, you can use the search form to find people who studied in the country you are interested in.


The websites listed below contain information about this program. The accuracy of information at external sites cannot be guaranteed.

For more information on this program, please contact the Study Abroad Office by phone (765) 494-2383 or email

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