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SACI tuition covers up to five courses (15 credits) and does not vary if students sign up for fewer.
To ensure full-time status, you must enroll in at least four courses (12 credits); this is necessary if you have a scholarship or if you have been awarded financial aid.
Students are generally not allowed to take six courses, although there have been exceptions. If you wish to enroll in six courses you should notify the SACI Registrar and you will be billed for the 3 additional credits. However, SACI strongly discourages students from overtaxing themselves by enrolling in too many courses. Time to explore Florence is an important part of your study abroad experience.
Below is a list of institutions that require that their students enroll in four or five courses at SACI. If your home school is not listed, please check with your advisor to find out what the policy is.
LATE SPRING and SUMMER TERMS
SACI tuition covers up to two courses (6 credits); students are not reimbursed if they enroll in one.
To be considered full-time, you must enroll in two courses (6 credits); this status is necessary if you have a scholarship or if you have been awarded financial aid.
Students are not allowed to take three courses.
List of Institution requirements (Fall and Spring terms only):
- Claremont McKenna College: 5 courses
- Duke University: 5 courses
- Maryland Institute College of Art: 3 SACI courses + 6-credit MICA course
- Northeastern University: 4 courses
- Pennsylvania State University: 5 courses
- Tulane University: 5 courses
- University of Denver: 4 courses if attending 1 term at SACI; 5 courses if attending 2 terms at SACI
- University of North Carolina: 5 courses
- University of Rochester: 5 courses
- Wheaton College (Massachusetts): 5 courses
- Williams College: 5 courses
FALL and SPRING TERMS
SACI suggests a combination of three studio courses and two academic courses, although many students enroll in two studio courses and three academic courses.
Students often find more than three studios to be a bit overwhelming due to the amount of work expected in each course. Studio courses meet 6 hours a week as opposed to 3.5 hours for academic courses, and this is before taking into account outside assignments and projects. Students who do not follow this advice often realize that the workload is too heavy after the drop/add deadline, when it is too late to change their schedules. Others, however, do just fine with four studio courses. Remember that adjusting to a new city and culture is challenging and time-consuming in itself. You will want to have time to visit museums, galleries, historical landmarks, and the areas surrounding Florence.
Students are generally not allowed to enroll in five studio courses, with the exception of students from the School of the Museum of Fine Arts.
LATE SPRING and SUMMER TERMS
SACI suggests a combination of one studio course and one academic course.
SACI discourages students from enrolling in two studio courses due to the amount of work expected in each course. Studio courses meet 16 hours a week during the Late Spring and 20 hours a week during the Summer, as opposed to 9 hours (Late Spring) and 11.25 hours (Summer) for academic courses. This is before taking into account outside assignments and projects. Students who do not follow this advice often realize that the workload is too heavy after the drop/add deadline, when it is too late to change their schedules. Others, however, do just fine with two studio courses. Remember that adjusting to a new city and culture is challenging and time-consuming in itself. You will want to have time to visit museums, galleries, historical landmarks, and the areas surrounding Florence and if you enroll in two studio courses you will be spending many hours in class.
SACI does not require students to take an Italian Language course, but you should check with your advisor to see if your home institution does. Below is a list of institutions which require students to take an Italian Language course at SACI.
If you are interested in learning the Italian language, please note that you will not speak Italian fluently after one semester. The course concentrates on grammar (verb conjugation, use of pronouns, etc.) and if you do not like grammar, you will probably not enjoy the course; please read the course description and syllabus.
During the Fall and Spring terms, the much less demanding “Survival Italian” is available to those not enrolled in an Italian language course: during these evening lessons with one of the Italian instructors, students will be given very basic knowledge useful to get around. During Orientation, you will be told how to sign-up for “Survival Italian”.
If you enjoy grammar and do not mind spending approximately an hour a day studying Italian, this will be an invaluable course.
The following institutions REQUIRE their students to enroll in Italian at SACI:
Claremont McKenna College
Endicott College (unless you have taken a semester at Endicott)
Scripps College (Fall and Spring terms)
University of North Carolina – Chapel Hill (Fall and Spring terms)
Wake Forest University
Washington and Lee University
Whitman College (unless has completed 2 years of Italian at college level)