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  • Locations: Florence, Italy
  • Program Terms: Academic Year, Fall, Spring
  • Restrictions: BGSU applicants only
Dates / Deadlines:
Dates / Deadlines:
Term Year App Deadline Decision Date Start Date End Date
Spring 2022 10/01/2021 ** Rolling Admission TBA TBA
Fall 2022 03/01/2022 ** Rolling Admission TBA TBA
Academic Year 2022-2023 03/01/2022 ** Rolling Admission TBA TBA

** Indicates rolling admission application process. Applicants will be immediately notified of acceptance into this program and be able to complete post-decision materials prior to the term's application deadline.
Fact Sheet:
Fact Sheet:
Instruction Language: English, Italian GPA: 2.75
Housing Option: Apartment, Student Residence Hall College: Arts & Sciences
Areas of Study: Art, Art History, Foreign Language, History Program Type: BGSU Study Abroad Program
Programs by Department: Art, Italian Applicants: Only BGSU students may apply
Program Director: Allie Terry-Fritsch
Program Description:


The Studio Arts College International (SACI) was founded in 1975 to create a complete program in Florence for students seeking excellence in studio art and liberal arts instruction at the United States university level. SACI is recognized as one of the leading overseas institutions in the areas of studio art, art history, art conservation and Italian language and culture. SACI is affiliated with Bowling Green State University and is accredited for undergraduate and graduate US university-level study through the National Association of Schools of Art and Design (NASAD).

The program draws upon the rich past of Florence plus its resources in museums, architecture, arts specialists, and wide cultural offerings while concurrently presenting contemporary developments in Italian art and culture. Learning takes place in the classroom, in the studio, and on field trips in Florence and beyond. 

Eligibility requirements vary for each program, though all applicants must have a minimum 2.75 GPA.

Applications are considered on a rolling basis, so early submission is encouraged.  For applicants to be considered, completed applications should be submitted no later than March 1st for the fall semester, and October 1st for spring semester. To be considered for SACI scholarships, students must submit portfolios or art history writing samples by March 15 (Fall) or October 1st (Spring). Applications received after the above deadlines will be considered only if space is available.

For more information on the SACI program visit the Bowling Green State University Education Abroad Office, contact the BGSU SACI Coordinator, or visit the SACI website.

SACI’s palazzo is located in the heart of Florence, steps away from Michelangelo’s Medici Chapel, Fra Angelico’s masterpieces in San Marco, the colorful central market, and Florence’s Duomo. During the summer months, Florence offers a remarkable range of cultural events and activities such as: the famous Calcio (soccer) in Costume during which the different quarters of the city compete in this well-known game; the Maggio Musicale, a series of outdoor and indoor events ranging from ballet to opera to symphony concerts; outdoor evening film festivals; and the Estate Fiesolana, which includes concerts, film, and theater held in a Roman amphitheater.

To learn more about Florence click HERE.

Learn about your destination by visiting the State Department’s Bureau of Consular Affairs web page at to find country specific information about visa, safety and security, local laws, health, and more.   

Students are housed with other SACI students in furnished apartments throughout the center of Florence. SACI’s housing fee covers the cost of housing and the reasonable use of utilities. Board is not included in the housing fee.

Classes are taught in English with the exception of Italian language courses.

The following classes are generally offered during the regular academic year:
• Drawing, Painting, Printmaking, Photography
• Batik, Ceramics, Jewelry, Sculpture, Weaving
• Painting Conservation, Museology
• Animation, Digital Art, Video
• Graphic Design, Interior Design
• Renaissance Art History Survey
• Italian Language
• History of Italian Cinema
• Fresco Painting

For a complete list of course offerings click on this LINK. 

Field trips form an integral part of the SACI study experience.  Students are required to attend all field trips that are scheduled for classes in which they are enrolled. Some of the sites typically visited by SACI students include: Pisa, Lucca, San Gimignano, Tivoli, Assisi, Rome, and Bologna, among others. These on-site visits add a special dimension to SACI’s program and are particularly enjoyed by students.

Students attending during the regular academic year apply directly to SACI. Tuition, housing, and fees are paid directly to SACI. 
Tuition (Maximum Credits 15) BGSU Tuition and Fees can be found on the bursar’s WEBSITE. (Undergraduate, Graduate, In State and Out of State).
Application Fee $70
Activities Fee $1200
Student Services Fee $900
Housing  $3950 (single room add $1850)
Refundable Program Deposit* $500
Education Abroad Fee $50 (billed to BGSU account)
International Health Insurance BGSU health/travel insurance daily rate and details can be found on the Education Abroad Safety, Security & Health web page
*This will be returned to the student after attendance at SACI, provided that no charges for housing damages or lost library books are incurred.
**Tuition & Fees are subject to change at any time

Visit this LINK to learn more about program costs. 


Students are responsible for the cost of meals, airfare, art supplies, transportation to/from airports, telephone costs, souvenirs, and personal transportation while in Italy. Most lab fees are included in the tuition cost, except those for Batik, Serigraphy, Weaving, and Jewelry.

Because this exchange program is part of Bowling Green State University study abroad options, financial aid that could be applied to study on BGSU’s main campus can usually be applied equally to study in the program abroad. If contacting via email please include your name and ID number along with the program name and semester you are planning to study abroad.  For appointments, please also include several days and times that work for you.  

To determine eligibility for Financial Aid, please contact:
Candice Moser

In addition to financial aid, there are International Travel Grants and general Education Abroad scholarship opportunities that are available for students on the Education Abroad WEBSITE. 

The School of Art offers scholarships/grants to art/art history majors and minors that may be used towards the SACI experience. These are offered through the generosity of the Medici Circle. For application and eligibility please visit this LINK.

Education Abroad, International Programs and Partnerships
301 University Hall

SACI Coordinator for BGSU 
Dr. Allison Terry-Fritsch   
Associate Professor   
School of Art      
1000 Fine Arts Center   
Bowling Green State University   
Bowling Green, OH 43403