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SACI: Florence (Summer)

Florence, Italy
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Study art while enjoying the most beautiful months Italy has to offer.

Note: SACI's Late Spring term runs for 5½ weeks from mid May through June and SACI's Summer term runs for 4½ weeks from the end of June through July.

Florence, which combines some of the world's greatest artistic treasures with a surrounding countryside of remarkable beauty, is the ideal place for your summer studies. Florentine weather is at its very best in these months, providing an ideal environment for what many students have defined as a "life-changing experience." SACI's prestigious facilities are located in the heart of Florence, just steps away from Michelangelo's Medici Chapel, Fra' Angelico's masterpieces in San Marco, the colorful central market, and Florence's Duomo.

Students benefit from the wide range of study possibilities offered during these short terms to make their time at SACI a season of growth and fulfillment. Art History course field trips visit all the major museums of Florence (including the Uffizi, the Bargello, and the Pitti Palace) as well as masterpieces in the splendid churches and monasteries in and around the city. Field trips to Pisa, Arezzo, Lucca, Siena, San Gimignano, and Fiesole are a regular part of the program and are open to all Late Spring and Summer students.  Special events and talks by faculty, distinguished artists, and lecturers also form part of the SACI experience.

During the summer months, Florence offers a remarkable range of cultural and popular events and activities such as: the famous Calcio in Costume, during which the different quarters of the city compete in what is considered to be the ancestor of modern soccer; outdoor evening film and music festivals; and the Estate Fiesolana, which includes concerts, film, and theater held in a Roman amphitheater.

Students may take two courses for a total of six credits per term during the Late Spring and Summer terms. SACI strongly encourages prospective students to enroll for both terms in order to earn twelve credits and take full advantage of their study experience in Italy.

Late Spring and Summer Studies at SACI are open to: students enrolled in US institutions who are seeking accredited summer study; independent non-credit students; mature students; students from institutions outside the US interested in art, art history, art conservation, design, and Italian language.
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For more information on the Late Spring and Summer programs, click Here!

To apply to this program, you must complete two main steps:

  1. Submit a UMD approval application - start by clicking “apply now” at the top of this page. This application allows UMD Education Abroad to approve your study abroad program selection so you may earn credit in a program outside of UMD.
    This application will require you to meet with your EA advisor, who will communicate important details related to participating in this program. If you do not complete this application by the stated deadline, you may not receive credit for your study abroad program and will lose your student status for the time you are not studying at UMD.
  2. Apply directly to the program provider. After receiving UMD approval, you should submit the program application directly to the program sponsor by their deadline. Your program sponsor will determine your official acceptance to a program. You must adhere to the provider's timeline, eligibility standards, and application requirements.

After being accepted to your program, your EA advisor will guide you through the course pre-approval process where you will determine which credits you will fulfill abroad.

Term Year Application Deadline Admission Notification Program Start Program End
Summerterm 2017 03/15/2017 01/01/2017 06/27/2017 07/29/2017
Dates reflect information that is available on the program sponsor/host university website. Please confirm with program sponsor/host university before making your travel plans.