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A Semester in Florence

The Program

Intensive study in places of great aesthetic and historical resonance has long been an important tradition in an artist's education. To build on this tradition, MICA and Studio Art College International (SACI) have established the MICA@SACI program in Florence. This program is unique in that a MICA faculty member is in residence at SACI every semester and works intensively on site with a cohort of talented MICA students. Students combine course work in advanced, individually-directed studio with SACI's academic and studio electives.

Participation is open to all majors. The program celebrates artistic diversity and expects the highest quality of work from its students. Admission is competitive, and selected participants can look forward to working with an accomplished group of peers and experienced international faculty at SACI.


The six-credit independent studio course, under supervision of the MICA faculty member in residence, is designed to foster each student's personal direction and development. Students also choose up to three elective courses from SACI's numerous studio and academic offerings. Among SACI's many electives are courses in art conservation, fresco painting, art history (taught on site in the museums and monuments of Italy), Italian language and culture, museology, and much more – all of which complement MICA’s curriculum and take full advantage of Florence's world-class artistic and cultural treasures.

Students' schedules are organized as follows:

Independent Studio 6 credits
SACI Electives 9 credits
Total 15 credits

All instruction is in English and no previous knowledge of Italian is required.

SACI Internships

Internships may be available in the following categories:

How to Apply:

  1. Complete MICA application.
  2. Submit an additional letter indicating your desired intern subject.
  3. Obtain one recommendation letter from your academic advisor supporting the internship area/subject chosen.


MICA’s faculty member in residence at SACI during the fall 2016 semester is Bob Salazar.

SACI’s resident faculty members are international (Italian, British, American, and more) and are experienced and expert studio artists, art historians, and educators.


SACI is housed at the ‘Palazzo dei Cartelloni,’ a beautifully restored Renaissance building in the center of Florence that boasts gallery and exhibition space, classrooms, a library, offices, an art conservation laboratory, media facilities, and studios that surround a large, traditional Italian garden. Facilities at SACI include dedicated MICA studio space. Students live in the city of Florence in fully furnished, self-catering apartments.


Applicants must have junior status while abroad and a cumulative grade point average of 3.00 or higher. Qualified students are encouraged to apply.

To Apply

See Applications and Deadlines for complete application information. The deadline to apply for fall abroad is March 1 and for spring abroad is September 15.


SACI offers several competitive scholarships for semester study abroad.  You will need to have filed a FAFSA form to be considered and to obtain an SAR report from MICA's Financial Aid office to submit with your study abroad application. (See MICA's Financial Aid office for more information about filing a FAFSA.) Be sure to confirm the SACI scholarship application deadline, which may be earlier than the regular semester study abroad application deadline.

Program Summary

MICA @ SACI: An Honors Program in Italy (Florence)

Semester Dates Fall: September to December; Spring: January to April
Application Deadlines September 15 (for spring), March 1 (for fall)
Language of Instruction English
Subjects Students take a total of 15 credits on the program, including the Independent Studio (a required 6-credit course with the resident MICA faculty member), plus a choice of SACI electives in Art Conservation, Art History, Book Arts, Ceramics, Drawing, Fresco Painting, Graphic Design, Italian Language and Culture, Jewelry, Liberal Arts, Museology, Painting, Photography, Printmaking, and Sculpture.
Housing Available through SACI. Students have private or shared rooms in furnished apartments with other SACI students in Florence.


For more information about the MICA @ SACI Semester in Florence, please contact MICA’s Office of International Education. Additional information about SACI may be found on SACI's website.

This page was last updated on 12/14/2016.