Study Abroad

The School of Art offers students to expand their artistic knowledge through studying abroad. Additional opportunities can be found at BGSU Education Abroad.



BGSU students are encouraged to Study Abroad in Florence, Italy, at our partner school in Florence, ISI-Florence ( The school is housed within two Renaissance palaces, Palazzo Rucellai and Palazzo Bargagli, in the historic center of the city and offers courses in art history, studio, literature, business, architecture, and further humanities and social sciences. Students are housed in apartments in the historic city center with other students from the ISI program. School of Art students will have the opportunity to compete for special scholarship money to offset the cost of study abroad (applicable to summer sessions).

Summer session I will run from May 15-June 28, 2024 (six weeks)

Summer session II will run from June 29-July 28 (four weeks)

For either Summer session, students will choose two courses from the ISI course offerings, which include art history, studio, humanities, and social sciences. All students will be given a pre-departure orientation, as well as an onsite orientation to the school and the city once you arrive. Field trips, parties, and extracurricular activities are included in tuition fees.  


Deadline for BGSU-ISI-Florence Portfolio Scholarship: February 22, 2024

Bring your portfolio of 6-8 works or two written papers to the Main Office by 11:30 a.m. on February 22nd to be considered for the internal School of Art scholarships dedicated to Florence study abroad.

Deadline for BGSU Education Abroad online application: March 3, 2024

Deadline for ISI-Florence Application: March 13, 2024

Deadline for Florence Fellowship Application: March 15, 2024

Available to all School of Art students who will study abroad in Summer 2024; submit this ASAP (but no later than March 15th) to Dr. Terry-Fritsch at

Deadline for deposit to ISI-Florence: March 29, 2024

Dr. Allie Terry-Fritsch, an expert on Italian art and architecture, is the School of Art Coordinator for Study Abroad in Florence, Italy, at our partner school in Florence, ISI-Florence, housed within the Renaissance palace, Palazzo Rucellai, in the historic center of the city.


BGSU School of Art Study Abroad Alumni

Photo description: A student peacefully interacts with an elephant

BGSU Alumna, Michelle Hendry, Spends 2017 Working Around The Globe

Story by: Bonnie Blankinship

2009 grad, Michelle Henry satisfied her desire to get to know different places by staying a month in each of 12 cities around the world — all while maintaining her job as art director with the Viterbi School of Engineering at the University of Southern California. She was able to do all this as part of the 2017 Remote Year program , which facilitates a yearlong adventure in which participants live and work abroad, telecommuting to their jobs back home. The organization arranges travel, transportation, an apartment and a co-working space in each city. Participants are part of a cohort of 50-75 people.

Remote Year was Henry's second experience with living abroad, the first being the semester she spent in Florence, Italy, with the Studio Arts Center International (SACI) while a BGSU undergraduate studying graphic design with associate professor Jenn Stucker in the School of Art.

Henry stated, "It's nice to have diversity and being among people you might not have crossed paths with in college or in your career. I made lifelong friends."

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Updated: 02/14/2024 10:30AM