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  • Locations: Florence, Italy; Halle, Germany; Leipzig, Germany; Rome, Italy; Venice, Italy; Wolfenbuttel, Germany
  • Program Terms: Winter Session
Dates / Deadlines:
Dates / Deadlines:
Term Year App Deadline Decision Date Start Date End Date
Winter Session 2020 10/01/2019 ** 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 Housing Option: Hotel
Academic Standing: First-year, Freshman, Graduate Student, Junior, Senior, Sophomore College: Musical Arts
Areas of Study: International Studies, Music Program Type: BGSU Study Abroad Program
Programs by Department: Musicology, Composition, Theory Applicants: BGSU and Non-BGSU students may apply
Program Director: Arne Spohr, Mary Natvig
Program Description:


This program explores the periods in the Western art music tradition (commonly known as the Middle Ages, Renaissance and Baroque) in the places where this music was composed and performed. We will begin in Florence, Italy and view the cultural context (churches, art, cityscape) of medieval and early Renaissance music. We take a day trip to Rome while we study Gregorian chant and attend a current-day Gregorian Mass in the Vatican. The second week we explore Italian Renaissance music. We will visit the tomb of Landini, a 14th-century blind organist and composer, where we will note how his eyes are portrayed in stone and the small portative organ he carries, putting this image in context with the music he produced. When studying the iconic Dufay motet, written to reflect the architectural proportions of Brunelleschi's dome, we will visit the Duomo and examine its proportions in person. We will study the origin of the madrigal in the city in which it was born---visiting the palaces in which they were first performed. We will visit the Medici Palace (the Pitti Palace)  in which the first opera was produced, and where the first piano was invented (and on display). We then journey to German to begin the Baroque period, stopping in Venice to visit the city of Vivaldi. In Germany most of our time will be spent in Herzog August Bibliothek Wolfenbüttel, a world class research library where we will be their guest scholars for nine days and where students will work on individual research projects, supervised by the instructors. We will also take a day trip to visit the cities and museums where Bach and Handel worked and composed.

For the most part, students will attend classes in the AM; site visits will be in the afternoons except for day trips to Rome, Venice (overnight); Hälle, and Leipzig
Afternoon site trips in Florence will be to the Uffizi, the Accademia, the Duomo, Biblioteca nazionale, San Marco convent, Pitti Palace.


The program will take place in both Italy and Germany. with the majority of time being spent in Florence. A day trip to Rome and overnight trip to Venice are included. Additionally the program will include several nights in Wolfenbüttel Germany with a day trip to Halle and Leipzig. 

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.  

Hotel and Hostel arranged by BGSU

CREDIT: 1-4 hours, depending on selected course

 BGP COURSE - MUCT 2610 Music History I (3cr); MUCT 5070 Survey of Music History I (2cr)


MUCT 6860 and 4700 Independent Studies (1-4cr)

Because this 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.

To determine eligibility for Financial Aid, please contact:

Ryan Czech

While no institutional scholarships will be available over winter session there may be grants through the College of Music. Please consult with program directors for more information. 

Costs billed directly through BGSU Bursar's Office* 
BGSU Tuition and Fees Students will pay BGSU winter session tuition and fees according to the official winter session rates
Program Fee $4,270 (includes all overnight accommodations-including breakfast & activity fees)
A non-refundable $500 deposit will be due by the application deadline
Education Abroad Fee $50
International Health Insurance $1.46 per day of program
 *Fees listed are subject to change at any time

Possible Additional Expenses (not billed through BGSU)*​
International Airfare $1200
Passport $135
Meals $320 (lunches and dinners)
Personal Expenses $125
* Please note that these costs are estimated and should be used as guidelines only! 


Faculty Leaders:
Mary Natvig

Arne Spohr

Education Abroad, International Programs and Partnerships
301 University Hall