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  • Locations: Florence, Italy
  • Program Terms: Summer
Dates / Deadlines:
Dates / Deadlines:
Term Year App Deadline Decision Date Start Date End Date
Summer 2022 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 College: Arts & Sciences
Areas of Study: Art, Art History, Foreign Language, Graphic Design, Interior Design Program Type: BGSU Study Abroad Program
Programs by Department: Art 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 reviewed on a rolling basis. Therefore it is recommended that students apply several months in advance.  Applications received after the above deadlines will be considered only if space is available.

***There are two terms available to students wishing to study in Florence during the summer: the Late Spring Term (BGSU Summer Session 1) which takes place late May to late June, and the Summer Term (BGSU Summer Session 2) which takes place from early July to late July. Students may participate in either one or both summer sessions.

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 what it is like to live in Florence click this LINK. 

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.   

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

The following classes are generally offered in either the Late Spring or Summer Term:
• Drawing
• Painting
• Printmaking Workshop
• Ceramics
• Sculpture
• Painting Conservation
• Photography
• Design Workshop
• Batik
• Jewelry
• Renaissance Art History Survey
• Italian Language
• Serigraphy
• Fresco Painting

Students make take any two of the subjects listed above, but it is suggested that students include one studio and one academic course. Students can earn six credits during the Late Spring or Summer term.

To get more information about course options follow this LINK. 

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.

Click HERE to read more housing information. 

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. Sites typically visited by SACI students include: Pisa, Lucca, San Gimignano, Siena, Fiesole, Arezzo, among others. These on-site visits add a special dimension to SACI’s program and are particularly enjoyed by students.

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.


Estimated Summer 1 May 14th-June 20th 2020***(Tuition will be billed through BGSU directly)
Tuition (5 weeks maximum 6 credits)* BGSU Tuition and Fees can be found on the bursar’s WEBSITE. (Undergraduate, Graduate, In State and Out of State).
Activity Fee $650
Student Services Fee $450
Housing Fee $1500 (single room add $550)
Refundable Program Deposit** $400
Education Abroad Fee $50
International Health Insurance BGSU health/travel insurance daily rate and details can be found on the Education Abroad Safety, Security & Health web page
*Tuition covers all classroom materials fees except Batik, Jewelry Design, and Serigraphy, which are to be paid directly to off-campus studios in Florence.
**Refundable after program participation according to guidelines outlined in the SACI Payment, Withdrawal & Refund Policy.
***Program costs are subject to change at any time

Estimated Summer 2 June 25 - July 25, 2020* (Tuition will be billed through SACI directly)
Tuition (4 weeks, maximum 6 credits)* $4675
Activity Fee
(Note: MA in Art History students do not pay a Summer Activity Fee)
Student Services Fee $450
Housing Fee $1,250
Single room supplement ?(based on single housing selection) $500
General Program Deposit ** $400
Education Abroad Fee (Billed through BGSU) $50
International Health Insurance (Billed through BGSU) $1.74 per day of program
*Tuition covers all classroom materials fees except Batik, Jewelry Design, and Serigraphy, which are to be paid directly to off-campus studios in Florence.
** Refundable after program participation according to guidelines outlined in the SACI Payment, Withdrawal & Refund Policy
***Costs are subject to change at any time

Visit the SACI WEBSITE for additional details. 


Students are responsible for the cost of airfare, meals, 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, and Jewelry.

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