The Santa Reparata International School of Art is an independent non-profit school that provides academic-year and semester studio art programs, short workshops, and summer classes of the highest caliber. Founded in 1970, the school’s curricula and class schedules are based on the American University model and are taught in English; however students come from many countries and cultural backgrounds. A mixture of hands-on courses in studio art, and the intellectual and cultural background provided by academic study, provides students who wish to study abroad with an experience in Florence that is authentic and enriching. The facilities of the school are extensive including darkrooms, print presses, computer labs, a language lab, library, and internet access are available. The faculty and staff are highly qualified professionals from all over the world. All credits granted through Santa Reparata will appear on a Columbia College Chicago transcript. Columbia College Chicago is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission, a commission of the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools.