- 18 years of age or above
- Good academic and disciplinary standing at Penn State
- 2.75 cumulative GPA or better at the time of application
- Sophomore standing or above at the start of the program
At SACI, you’ll work alongside some of the top art instructors in Europe. Our faculty members are passionate about what they do, and dedicated to helping you discover your passion and realize your own goals as an artist. You’ll also work with students from all over the world. Not only will this help to open up new ideas in your work, it can be an invaluable learning experience in its own right, offering a diversity of perspectives and collaborative experience that will enrich your life and career.
SACI offers a wide range of unique courses in studio arts, design, conservation, art history, and Italian culture and language that allow you to explore different fields and ways of working. As a student, you can enroll in five classes.
Fall: early September - late December
Spring: early January - late April
Refer to the program website for the specific dates, if available.
Our contemporary and cross-disciplinary arts programs immerse you in the vibrant and thriving community of Florence, with rich experiences and a level of direct engagement few study abroad programs can offer. As part of numerous academic field trips offered each term, you’ll get to visit museums and historic sites in Florence, as well as artists’ and designers’ studios, private collections, galleries, art fairs, and theaters. Trips to other famous Italian cities offer more exciting learning opportunities and new adventures abroad.
You’ll also have extensive access to modern and historic art collections, research libraries, and contemporary art museums. Advanced students may be eligible to take a directed independent study or traineeship in a design firm, museum, or gallery. There are many opportunities to exhibit your own artwork in SACI’s two galleries, and the Academic Semester Abroad culminates in a major end-of-semester student exhibition which also gives you the chance to display your work to the public in Florence.
Education Abroad in Countries with a Penn State Restricted Travel Designation
In order to comply with Penn State’s International Travel Policy, students interested in studying abroad in countries that Penn State has designated as “restricted” for travel, a petition for a waiver must be submitted. Once a petition is complete, and if the student is approved for study on the program in question, the student may be asked to meet with the Director of Education Abroad and the petition will be reviewed by the Penn State International Restricted Travel Committee (IRTC). The necessary petition will be included in the online application process for this program. To see if your program is taking place in a restricted travel country, please visit the Global Programs website.