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.
LocationsNuova Accademia di Belle Arti (NABA) was founded in 1980 and is the only design school in Italy accredited by the Italian Ministry of Education. NABA instructors are world-renowned artists, professionals, and designers working in Milan. NABA’s teaching method stresses cultural, theoretical, and practical aspects of design and seeks to put students in constant contact with companies and professionals.
- Fall Semester: Late August to Mid December
- Spring Semester: Mid January to Mid May
- Summer Semester: Mid June to Mid July and Early July to Early August and Mid June to Early August
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. SAI on-site staff is available to respond to any maintenance needs that may arise. 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.
Program CostsStudents participating on SAI programs will be billed through Appalachian the SAI program cost. This will replace the Appalachian tuition & fees for the term they are abroad. In addition to the SAI costs students will also be responsible for submitting a $200 OIED Program Development Fee upon acceptance by the Education Abroad Office. The fee payment confirms your spot and is non-refundable.
Paid to Appalachian State
|1SAI Program Fee||See SAI||See SAI|
|2OIED Program Development Fee||$200||$200|
|Intl Health Dev Fee||$60||$60|
2The OIED Program Development Fee will be placed on students’ accounts upon acceptance by the Education Abroad Office. The fee payment confirms your spot and is non-refundable.
Estimated Additional Costs
|Airfare||$1000 - $1500|
|SAI Application Fee||$100|
|SAI Refundable Security Deposit||$300|
|Meals||$1500 - $2200|
|1Personal Expenses||$1200 - $1600|
|Books and Materials||$300 - $600|
|Local Transportation||$200 - $400|
|Visa (for US Citizens)||$200 - $250|
|2US Based Health Insurance||Varies|
|3Personal Travel and Spending||$1200 - $2000|
2Students are encouraged to maintain a US based health insurance plan while abroad (to exempt out of AppState insurance students must follow the App exemption process - proving that they have insurance coverage for the entirety of the semester.
3Personal Travel and Spending amounts will vary by student and will be affected by how often a student goes out, travels, and the items they purchase.
Please note that non-billable costs are estimates only and will be affected by personal spending habits, currency fluctuations, etc. Prices listed in USD unless otherwise noted.
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.
Semester study abroad students at NABA have the opportunity to delve into design fields under the mentorship of leading industry professionals. Students choose 3 to 6 courses within one of the design-based concentrations: Fashion Design; Fashion Styling and Communication; Graphic Design; Interdisciplinary Design; Interior Design; and Product Design. Those with varying academic needs can also select courses across all concentrations for a total of 12 – 18 US credits during the semester and 6-9 credits during the summer. For more information about the courses and structure of the program please visit the SAI NABA 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.
How to ApplyApplications are accepted on a rolling basis and some programs may fill up before the listed deadline. Each year applications for Fall, Spring, and Summer will open up on August 1st. Once open the deadline will be listed below and an Apply Now button will be available at the top and bottom of this page. Most applications will have a 2 part application process so students are encouraged to complete their OIED application well before the listed deadline.
Students applying to a SAI program should complete the SAI application while also completing the Appalachian application.
For more information about deadlines and how to apply please visit our Guide Me web page.
|Term||Year||App Deadline||OIED Approval Date||Start Date||End Date|
|Spring Semester||2021||09/15/2020 **||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.