BGSU students have the exciting opportunity to study in Florence, Italy at our affiliated school, Studio Art Centers International (SACI).
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.
For BGSU students, you may find out more specific information from the BGSU-SACI Coordinator for 2012-13, Janet Ballweg (firstname.lastname@example.org).
Each year, the School of Art at BGSU organizes a special group to attend the first summer term (Summer Session I/Late Spring) at SACI. For this session only, BGSU School of Art majors (both studio and art history) have the opportunity to compete for many scholarship and grants to use toward the cost of study abroad. For more information about this special group arrangement, email the BGSU-SACI Coordinator, Janet Ballweg (email@example.com) and watch for informational meetings held throughout the academic year on campus.