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 https://travel.state.gov/content/passports/en/country.html
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, History of Italian Opera
• Fresco Painting
For a complete list of course offerings click on this LINK.
EXCURSIONS & SEMINARS
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.
*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.
XE LIVE CURRENCY CONVERTER
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.
BGSU students who qualify for financial aid for a semester at BGSU may also qualify for funding to assist with the cost of this program.
To determine eligibility for Financial Aid, please contact:
You may schedule an appointment with Ryan Czech by visiting https://calendly.com/rczech/30min
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.
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
SACI Coordinator for BGSU
301 University Hall
Dr. Allison Terry-Fritsch
School of Art
1000 Fine Arts Center
Bowling Green State University
Bowling Green, OH 43403