Siena Italian Studies Program

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Italy: Siena


Participants are immersed in Italian Language and culture during semester, academic year and summer programs. Courses include: Anthropology, Art History, Cinema, Medieval History, Sociolinguistics, History of Italian Cooking, Business, Creative Arts. Students live with local host families while making a difference in the local community through Service-Learning Opportunities. Students also participate in a series of activities and excursions during the semester or summer term. Some of these include: cooking classes, grape harvest, hikes in the countryside, museum visits, day trip to Florence, overnight excursion to the Alps, Tuscan coast, or other destinations of interest.


The SIS experience allows students to be truly involved in the local community, to learn Italian through the FICCS language teaching method (unique to SIS), as well as participate in a series of unique activities and excursions alongside local Italian students and community members.

Program Duration

2-4 Week, 5-8 Week, 3-6 Month, 7-12 Month


Fall, Spring, Summer, Academic Year


Fall Semester, Spring Semester and Summer Terms

Degree Level

Bachelors Degree (Undergraduate)


SIS accepts motivated students who would like to experience contemporary Italian society from the inside through full-immersion programs in Italian language and culture as well as service-learning programs that integrate students into the local community.


  • Italian

Subject Areas

  • Anthropology
  • Archaeology
  • Architecture
  • Art History
  • Art/fine Arts
  • Business
  • Classical Studies
  • Comparative Literature
  • Creative Writing
  • Economics
  • Education
  • English As A Second Language
  • European Studies (includes Politics)
  • Field-study
  • Film
  • Foreign Language
  • History
  • Humanities
  • Intensive Language
  • International Relations
  • Italian
  • Languages / Linguistics
  • Leadership
  • Liberal Arts
  • Literature
  • Medieval Studies
  • Opera
  • Social Sciences

Cost in US$:

Please inquire for price information.

Cost Includes:

  • Excursions
  • Food
  • Housing
  • In-country orientation/Training
  • In-country staff support
  • Language instruction
  • Pre-departure orientation/Training
  • Registration fees
  • Written materials abroad
  • Written materials pre-departure

Program Fees Include:

Program fee includes:
- Airport pick-up
- Program Orientation
- Course Instruction
- Full Room and Board
- Program Activities and Excursions
- Local bus pass, books and most materials.

* Airfare NOT included.

Credit Available


Experience Required


Volunteer Types

  • Biological Research
  • Childcare/children
  • Community Centers
  • Community Health
  • Education
  • Elderly
  • English Teaching
  • Environment
  • Food
  • Gardening
  • Handicapped
  • Health
  • Health Care
  • Hospital
  • Popular Education
  • Primary Education
  • Refugee Relief
  • Secondary Education
  • Teaching
  • Youth Development

Typical Volunteer

Typically our volunteer students are university age students (from 19-22 yrs old) but we also accept and have had gap year students as well as older non-traditional students participation.

Age Range

SIS accepts students from 18 years old and there is no maximum age limit.

This Program is open to

Worldwide Participants. This Program is also open to Couples and Individuals.

Typical Living Arrangements

  • Home-stays

Participants Travel


Typically Participants Work

Independently or in Groups of This varies, usually small groups (3-5 people)

Scholarships are Available

Scholarships are available. Please inquire for more details.

Application Process Involves

  • Letters of Reference
  • Transcript
  • Written Application

Typically The Application Process Time is

2 weeks

Post Services Include

  • Alumni Network