Gap Year



SACI's Gap Year program is designed to offer high school graduates the opportunity to study abroad before entering their freshman year of college. Students can participate in a year or a single semester abroad with SACI. The Gap Year program is a great opportunity allowing students to gain real-world knowledge that cannot be learned in a classroom, and return more motivated, focused and prepared for their first year of college. With a wide range of courses offered at SACI, students can build their portfolios for admittance into art schools and programs.


Each student's study abroad experience is unique. Life as a SACI student can be enriched by a full spectrum of academic and cultural activities. What is student life like in Florence? Learn more about the SACI Experience


While studying at SACI, Florence will become your classroom. Field trips throughout Tuscany and elsewhere in Italy are an integral and deeply rewarding part of the SACI experience. Sites that are typically visited include Venice, Rome, Milan, Naples, Bologna, Pisa, Lucca, Ravenna, Siena and many more. Students will have the opportunity to attend both field trips with their classes as well as additional field trips open to all students enrolled in the program. Tuition includes all required class field trips and museum entrances.

The extensive range of studio arts, design, conservation, art history, and Italian culture and language courses provides our students with the means to meet their individual educational needs while connecting them with the rich cultural heritage of Italy. In both Fall and Spring, a student can enroll in four to five classes for a total of 15 college credits. 

In addition to traveling to many remarkable Italian cities while studying at SACI, students visit local Florentine museums and historic sites on numerous academic field trips offered each term. Students visit artists’ and designers’ studios, private collections, galleries and art fairs. They have access to modern and historic art collections, research libraries, and contemporary art museums.


Students have access to on-site support staff and medical professionals. SACI offers the Pre-departure, Orientation and Re-entry Support guide to outline the cultural and professional support for students during pre-departure orientation and re-entry services to maximize the global-minded gap year abroad experience.

At SACI, we pride ourselves on providing top quality education in the fields of art and design, language and culture alongside a powerful immersion into Italian life and history. We understand the importance of maximizing engagement with the culture, and forging professional, practical, and applicable skills which will empower our students throughout their lives. Preparing students for the experience they are yet to have with SACI, offering orientation and inspiration while they are with us, and supporting them upon re-entry and beyond are all part of the SACI experience. Confidence and global-mindedness are the natural results.


In addition to our fascinating courses and experiential field trips, SACI offers unique partnerships and events that will add to our students’ experiences during their time in Florence. Recent highlights have included a partnership with the Galleria dell’Accademia where students have designed the new SACI MX museum experience, as well as an international symposium about the arts and sciences featuring guests from NASA, From Galileo to Mars – Renaissance of the ArtSciences.


See the ADMISSIONS section of this website to find out more about How to Apply, Application Deadlines, Scholarship Information, Dates & Fees, Federal Aid, and more.

Gap Year | SACI Studio Arts College International