What is the school policy for international students?
Accademia Riaci welcomes students from all over the world. The diverse background of Accademia Riaci’s students creates a rich multicultural community that promotes the exchange of ideas and viewpoints. The staff is multilingual and ready to assist international students wherever they attend our programs.
Are there courses taught in English?
As the majority of our students are English speakers (native or as a second language), all courses are taught with free English interpretation service (translator on-site).
When are the Application Deadlines?
LONG-TERM PROGRAMS (One-Year Course, Semester Course, Master Course):
EU Students – By 30 days prior to the course commencement date.
Non-EU Students – By 60~90 days prior to the course commencement date (depends on the visa application process).
SHORT-TERM PROGRAMS (Art Short Course, Summer Intensive Course, Christmas Course):
Students (All Nationalities) – By 30 days prior to the course commencement date (in order to secure a spot in the class, we suggest students to apply at least 60 days before the course start date).
Is the enrollment fee refundable?
The enrollment fee is NON-REFUNDABLE, unless in cases where you are not admitted to Accademia Riaci.
Do I have to take an Italian Class?
No, you don’t have to take an Italian class to attend our programs. However, the school offers Italian Language classes all through the year.
Do I get a certificate at the end of the course?
Yes. Accademia Riaci grants a Certificate of Attendance (short-term programs) or a Diploma (long-term programs) upon successful completion of the course.
Do I need to submit a portfolio?
A student portfolio is required only for admissions to the Master Course. It must include 12 works that best reflect the student’s artistic style. For other courses and conditions, portfolio submission is optional.
How many class absences are allowed?
As a minimum of 80% of class attendance is required for graduation and Diploma eligibility, absences are generally not allowed.
How will I get to class?
You can either walk or take local buses. Please note that there are no subways in Florence.
It is the teaching method different than that in my country?
The teaching method in Italy may be very different from those in your home country. This is a part of the experience of being a student in Italy. In each country, the educational system has its own characteristics. Often students meet together in small groups to study together. Joining one of these study groups is quite easy and will be very helpful in making the transition to a new school system.
Where will I live during the course?
Accademia Riaci can introduce you to safe, convenient, and affordable accommodations. You must book as early as possible to secure accommodations.
For summer cooking program, you will stay in a shared Student Flat.
Do you have a dormitory?
The school offer housing in convenient shared apartments reserved for student use.
What are the meal arrangements?
Students usually eat out or cook their own meals in the Student Flats. Fresh foods are readily available in both grocery stores and indoor and outdoor markets throughout the city. The school does not have a cafeteria.
How far are the school accommodations from the school and the city centre?
All the accommodations are conveniently located within 20 minutes from the school and the city centre using or not using public transportation (bus or tram).
Are there internet connection in the apartment houses?
Usually accommodations do not have Internet connection for students, but in the school building, there is 24/7 free wifi.
Financial Support Information
Does Accademia Riaci provide financial aid?
There are currently no government funds or endowments available for financial assistance. However, students have consistently received financial assistance from private educational loan companies. You can also apply for direct scholarship from the school.
Can I work in Italy even if I am NOT Italian?
According to Italian law, foreign students are allowed to work part time in Italy only if it is less than 80 hours per week. Language proficiency in Italian is a must.
Do I need a VISA to study in Italy?
It depends on your NATIONALITY and on your COURSE DURATION.
The citizens of the following (non-EU) countries, do NOT require a visa to study in Italy for a maximum of 90 days (12 weeks):
Albania, Andorra, Antigua and Barbuda, Argentina, Australia, Bahamas, Barbados, Bosnia-Herzegovina, Brazil, Brunei, Canada, Chile, Costa Rica, Croatia, Dominica, East Timor, El Salvador, Georgia, Guatemala, Grenada, Honduras, Hong Kong, Israel, Japan, Macedonia, Malaysia, Macau, Mauritius, Mexico, Monaco, Montenegro, New Zealand, Nicaragua, Northern Mariana Islands, Panama, Paraguay, Saint Kitts and Nevis, Samoa, Saint Lucia, Serbia, Seychelles, Singapore, South Korea, Saint Vincent and the Grenadines, Taiwan, Trinidad and Tobago, United Arab Emirates, Ukraine, USA, Uruguay, Vanuatu, Venezuela.
A “Schengen Visa” is required for all other citizens.
If you plan on staying in the country for longer than 90 days, you need to apply for a National Visa (type D) at your local Italian embassy/consulate.
How should I take money in Italy?
Below are some recommend options :
1.) Cash: You should bring some cash changed into EURO prior to your departure, for unexpected expenses and enough to get you throught the first few days.
2.) ATM / Bancomat cash cards: Bank Cash cards with CIRRUS, Plus or Visa will access to your bank account on machines with these symbols. You need to memorize your PIN (Personal identification Number) in order to access you account.
3.) Credit Cards: Visa and Master cards are widely accepted in Italy.
4.) Travelers Checks: Although it is rare that you can pay directly with a travelers checks, most major banks will cash them for you. Be sure to bring your passport to the bank for identification purposes.
Should I open a bank account?
If you have a bank account with an international cash card (compatible to the “PLUS”, “CIRRUS”, or “VISA”, you will have direct access to your account through the compatible ATM Bank booths, making a local bank account unnecessary. If you wish to open a bank account in Italy, you should consult directly with the bank of your choice, and your current bank.
Should I bring my own laptop?
If you are going to take design classes (Interior Design, Graphic Design, Product Design, Shoe Design, Bag Design, Fashion Design, Jewelry Design), we strongly recommend you to bring your own laptop to study during the lessons, as well as working on your assignments. If you already have software like Illustrator or Photoshop installed, it woud be preferable, but it is not necessary. If you do not have laptop, you can use one of the school’s computers.
What can I do in my free time?
Florence is a city of endless possibilities! You can’t possibly see all of the hundreds of historical monuments and museums that are located throughout Florence! Morning might find you taking espresso with the locals at a sidewalk cafe, sitting on the walls along the Arno River, reading a book in the sun or watching the day’s bread being made in a pasticceria. Spend the afternoon hiking in Fiesole, watching the tourists crowd around the Gates of Paradise or shopping in Mercato San Lorenzo. Eating an Italian meal, chatting at a wine bar, or dancing at one of the many discotecas…all of these activities can take up your whole evening! On the weekends, you can travel to the Tuscan beaches, Rome, Milan and any other city. Do everything that you can, everyday, because your time abroad flies by!
What is the weather like?
The weather in Florence is comparatively mild. The summers are quite warm and often sticky. The winter brings the cold wind from the North. While the surrounding mountains get most of the snow, rain does fall frequently. Check out any forecast source you trust for the most up to date info on weather in Florence.
What kind of clothes should I bring?
Comfortable warm clothes for the fall and winter, lighter clothes for the spring and a nice outfit or two for special occasions.
How much money will I need a week for daily life?
It depends on what you want to do. Habits vary enormously from student to student. If you do not include travel or leisure expenditures but only the very basic needs to survive you can budget a minimum of 120 euros a week.
Does Italy have the same voltage as the United States?
No, the voltage in Italy is different, and we advise you not to buy transformers because generally they do not work properly, and you run the risk of blowing the fuse. It is better to buy hairdryers and other small electric supplies locally.