Programs : Brochure
- Locations: Florence, Italy
- Program Terms: Academic Year, Fall Semester, Spring Semester, Summer
- Homepage: Click to visit
- Program Sponsor: SAI Programs
- Restrictions: AppState applicants only
Since 1995, SAI Programs has provided students with exceptional cultural and educational experiences abroad, offering the opportunity to enroll in some of the finest schools available to English speaking students in Europe. By encouraging students to explore the complex intersections between self, community, and creativity, SAI aims to provide an inspiring and transformative experience for all participants.
SAI student apartments are convenient, clean, and well equipped, with shared occupancy bedrooms (upgrade to private bedroom available). Typical residences house 2 – 8 students and contain a combination of private and shared bedrooms, kitchen, bathroom and living areas. Furnishings, a washing machine, basic kitchen supplies, bed linens and towels are provided. All apartments are equipped with wireless internet. Students living in apartments may opt to add Premium Services for a cost, which includes weekly cleaning and laundry services, and bi-weekly linen change.
Optional Housing: Family homestay (additional fee applies)
SAI homestay families are thoroughly screened and are accustomed to welcoming visiting students into their homes. Homestays provide a shared (with another study abroad student) or private bedroom in the family home with basic furnishings. Daily breakfast and weekday dinner are included (no dinner on weekends). Please note that some homestays may be outside of the city center and require a commute to reach school.
The cost of housing will be included in the invoice that SAI sends to Appalachian and students will be billed through their Appalachian term bill.
|1SAI Program Fee||See SAI|
|2OIED Program Development Fee||$200|
|Airfare||$1000 - $1500||$1000 - $1500|
|SAI Application Fee||$100||$100|
|SAI Refundable Security Deposit||$300||$300|
|Meals||$1500 - $2200||$300 - $1000|
|1Essential Living Expenses||$600 - $1000||$200 - $400|
|Books and Materials||$250||$50 - $300|
|Local Transportation||$150 - $300||$100 - $175|
|Visa (for US Citizens)||$200 - $250||NA|
|2Appalachian Student Health Insurance||$1110||NA|
|Estimated Total Additional Expenses|
|3Personal Travel and Spending||$1200 - $2000||$300 - $800|
Students are encouraged to start planning for their study abroad program costs well in advance. Please use the Student Financial Planning Worksheet to help estimate your anticipated expenses and your anticipated financial resources. When planning for estimated additional costs students are encouraged to research currency conversion rates.
The majority of financial aid and scholarships can apply to semester and year-long study abroad programs. For more information please visit the Office of Student Financial Aid web page.
SAI Affiliate Discount
All Appalachian students participating on a SAI program automatically receive a $300 discount of the listed SAI program price.
SAI Semester Pell Grant Scholarship
Students who are accepted to a semester SAI program with Signature Services and will be receiving a Pell Grant for the semester they are abroad, are eligible to receive a $500 scholarship.
SAI offers a variety of scholarship opportunities for students. Scholarship awards range from $500 to $3000.
Each semester OIED offers a variety of different scholarship opportunities for students. Scholarship awards range from $250 to $2000.
Benjamin A Gilman Scholarship
The Gilman Scholarship Program application is open to U.S. citizen undergraduate students who are receiving Federal Pell Grant funding at a two-year or four-year college or university to participate in study and intern abroad programs worldwide.
Fund for Education Abroad
Applicants from groups underrepresented in study abroad and those destined for non-traditional locations are given preference, in an effort to make the demographics of U.S. undergraduates studying abroad reflect the rich diversity of the U.S. population.
For information about additional scholarships please visit our External Scholarships web page.
Visiting semester students at FUA select 4 or 5 elective courses from the wide range of offerings for a total of 12 – 15 credits. In addition to typical liberal arts courses, FUA includes such courses as Travel Writing, Pairing Food and Wine, Fashion Design, and Happiness Science. Semester students have opportunities to pair academic coursework with internships, the SAI Global Leadership Certificate, and unique experiential learning courses.
SAI FUA offers several 3 week and 6 weeks tracks as well as a 12 week option. Students will be able to select 1-4 courses depending on the track that they select.
For more information about the courses and structure of the program please visit the SAI FUA website.
All students are expected to maintain at least the equivalent of a full time course load according to Appalachian State and the host university while abroad (whichever is greater). Each SAI program will have a different minimum credit requirement. For more information about study abroad enrollment policies, credit approval, and credit and grade conversions please visit the Academics section of our website.
|Term||Year||App Deadline||OIED Approval Date||Start Date||End Date|
|Fall Semester||2018||03/01/2018 **||Rolling Admission||TBA||TBA|
|Summer||2018||03/15/2018 **||Rolling Admission||TBA||TBA|
|Spring Semester||2019||09/15/2018 **||Rolling Admission||TBA||TBA|
** Indicates rolling admission application process. Students will be immediately notified of acceptance into this program and be able to complete post-decision materials prior to the term's application deadline.