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 have an exciting opportunity to study art and humanities courses at our sister school in Florence, Italy, called SACI. You may enroll for one of the academic year terms (Fall and/or Spring) or one of the two summer terms (May-June and/or June-July). All student majors and minors in the School of Art are strongly encouraged to attend, but all majors and minors at BGSU are welcome! All courses taken at SACI in Florence will be given direct BGSU credit on your transcripts. Students who have attended the program all agree: it is a life-changing experience in one of the most beautiful and inspiring cities in the world!
Founded in 1975 by the artist Jules Maidoff, SACI is the oldest English-language study abroad program in Florence dedicated to visual and cultural studies. The school is located in the heart of the city of Florence, Italy, and features introductory, middle-range, and advanced-level courses in studio art, art history, art and archaeological conservation, Italian language, film, opera and a wide range of further courses. Since Bowling Green State University has a special relationship with SACI and handles transfer credit for all institutions that do not have a direct contractual relationship with SACI, all BGSU students receive full academic credit for all courses taken while at SACI. Students may choose to study abroad at SACI for either a single term or a full year. Students do not have to be an art major or art history major to attend SACI.
With its own well-equipped facilities, SACI provides a stimulating educational experience that draws upon the rich cultural resources of both past and present Italy. SACI's program also offers field trips as part of its curriculum, and brings students on guided visits of the cultural sites of Rome, Milan, Lucca, Arezzo, Bologna, Carrara, Assisi, Pisa, Siena, San Gimignano, Faenza, Urbino, and Pietrasanta, among others. In addition, studio and design courses offer field trips to artists' studios, private collections, galleries, art fairs, crafts centers, professional designers' studios, and manufacturers of Italian design products. Some SACI students also have access to internship opportunities in museums, such as the Museum of Contemporary Art in Prato and the Marino Marini Museum in Florence, or in artistic or conservation studios.
SACI is an accredited institutional member of the National Association of Schools of Art and Design (NASAD).
For general information on SACI, visit Studio Art Centers International.
Students will arrive on May 17, 2018 and depart Florence on June 23, 2018. Housing will coincide with these dates. (Thus, if you are flying from USA, you will leave on May 16th and arrive May 17th; for the return flight to USA from Italy, you will leave on June 23 and arrive in USA on same day)
Students must attend the Welcome Party and Orientation held on May 18-20, 2018. (This is held onsite at the primary SACI location in Florence: Palazzo Cartelloni on Via Sant’Antonino 11)
Bowling Green State University students will be charged the following tuition and fees for Late Spring 2018:
-Tuition: $4,675* (maximum 6 credit hours, or two courses)
-Activity Fee: $650
-Student Services Fee: $400
-Housing Fee: $1,450**
-General Program Deposit: $400***
-Application fee: $70 (paid online at time of application)
*Excluding materials fees, which are collected in class, for students enrolled in Batik, Jewelry Design, or Serigraphy.
**Students wishing to lodge in a single room are instead charged $2,000.
*** The General Program Deposit will be returned to the student at the conclusion of the term, provided that no charges for housing damage, cleaning fees, damaged or lost books, or damaged or lost school equipment are incurred. It will be sent directly to the student’s US address via mail at the conclusion of the term.
NOTE: Graduate students will pay the same fees as the undergraduates, but will be granted graduate credit for the courses taken.
Students may choose to travel to Florence with the group flight organized by the NY Office of SACI. Departure will be from JFK, thus each student is responsible for arrival to NY and arriving at the meeting point on own, but will travel transatlantic with the Late Spring cohort of students. Students who wish to travel on their own may do so, as long as they arrive on May 17th to Florence. The cost of a round-trip ticket to Florence, Italy varies depending on your point of departure, point of arrival, and your dates of travel. The best day to purchase an airline flight is on a Tuesday, when the weekly prices drop. Students are often offered excellent travel deals through student travel sites such as STA or Student Universe.
Students who travel on their own to Florence are responsible for arrival to Palazzo Cartelloni, thus you should expect to take a taxi upon arrival and departure. The price of the taxi is fixed at 25Euro, thus you should have at least that much in the European currency at the time of your arrival. ATM machines do exist inside the airport, but you shouldn’t depend on them (in case of an out-of-order ATM)
Each student is responsible for purchasing his or her own food. There are many excellent fresh fruit, vegetable, meat, bread, pastry, dairy, etc vendors throughout Florence, one of the largest fresh food markets is located only a block away from SACI’s main building. Students often food shop with their roommates and cook communally so as to share costs.
All students are responsible for the following on their own personal transportation, personal travel, telephone costs, and souvenirs.
If a minimum of 10 BGSU students enroll at SACI in Late Spring 2018, BGSU faculty member Jenn Stucker will accompany the student group to Florence and remain at SACI for the 5 weeks to teach a SACI course.
Dr. Allie Terry-Fritsch (Art History) is the BGSU liaison to SACI and is happy to answer your questions: firstname.lastname@example.org; Office 1012
Professor Jenn Stucker (Graphic Design) will be the BGSU faculty onsite during Late Spring 2018: email@example.com
Michelle Ploeger in Education Abroad will be directing the BGSU-side of the application process: firstname.lastname@example.org
Each student who holds a major field in one of the degree programs in the School of Art is eligible to participate in a scholarship competition based on the merit of an artistic or academic portfolio. Three scholarships in the amounts of $500-$1000 available
Students should visit BGSU’s financial aid office to learn more about funding assistance for study abroad. Ryan Czech is the designated loan officer for education abroad and is happy to meet with you one on one to consider your options. Email: email@example.com
Scholarship recognizes a full-time junior or senior undergraduate student, or a full-time graduate student, whom best demonstrates exceptional talent and professional promise in their particular field of study based on GPA and recommendations by faculty in each department. This award can be applied to travel abroad to any European country, in conjunction with any study abroad program in Europe. Must have completed a minimum of two years of undergraduate coursework Minimum 3.2 GPA
All students who are U.S. citizens and participate in a study abroad program are eligible to apply for the International Travel Grant, administered by the Education Abroad Office. The scholarship is based on financial need, thus you must have a FAFSA application on file before the deadline. Any questions about the scholarship should be directed to the Education Abroad Office, 301 University Hall; 419-372-0479; or firstname.lastname@example.org. The online application may be found through the bgsu.studioabroad platform.
SACI is an official affiliate of BGSU, thus all students who attend the Florence program are eligible to apply for the Affiliate Scholarship offered through BGSU’s office of Education Abroad. Awardees are required to volunteer hours for the Office of Education Abroad upon completion of the program. Any questions about the scholarship should be directed to the Education Abroad Office, 301 University Hall; 419-372-0479; or email@example.com. The online application may be found through the bgsu.studioabroad platform.
Each student who attends SACI is eligible to apply for financial assistance from SACI. The funding is distributed based on financial need, thus it is necessary for each applicant to submit a FAFSA (Free Application for Federal Student Aid) online. Deadline to submit the FAFSA for this scholarship is no later than Feb. 28th, and all application materials to SACI must be received by this time as well (with the box marked to indicate that you wish to be considered for the scholarship—please note: it is not necessary to submit a portfolio or statement of intent for applications for Late Spring funding)
All School of Art majors who attend SACI in the Late Spring term will receive funding from the Medici Circle to help offset the costs of your travel to Florence. A simple application is due before travel and a follow-up report with photographs is due after the completion of the program. Students will receive funding only after completion of the SACI program and submission of the report and photographs. Funding varies on number of student participants (funding is split equally).
The first step is to make the decision to attend SACI during the Late Spring term. One you have made the decision, fill out the online application found on the SACI website. You will be asked to submit your email and create a password, then fill out basic information and submit a $70 application fee. This will begin your application process—you will receive an electronic welcome pack and specific instructions on forms to fill out and send back to SACI, including a housing form, medical forms, and several others. Be sure to follow the directions and submit each part by the assigned deadline! Click on the “Apply” button: https://www.saci-florence.edu
Once you have applied for the SACI program, you will now need to let several persons know at the university, including Dr. Terry-Fritsch (firstname.lastname@example.org) and Michelle Ploeger (email@example.com). You should make appointments with each to make sure you have a good sense of the procedures you will need to follow both here at BGSU and abroad at SACI.
All students should discuss the financial opportunities available to them with a professional financial officer. Ryan Czech is the designated officer for students on study abroad programs. (See the information about filing a FAFSA for scholarships)
Review the information about scholarship opportunities provided by Dr. Terry-Fritsch and gather the necessary materials for the applications. Follow the individual instructions, ask faculty to write letters of support well in advance of deadlines, and submit all documents by the assigned date!
Once you apply, it is countdown time! Dr. Terry-Fritsch will host meetings in the spring semester that will help you to prepare
BGSU School of Art Study Abroad Alumni
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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