• Italy
    • Siena
    • Florence
1 - 12 weeks

Program Details

Host Family


Starting Price
$2,000 USD
Apr 14, 2020
Sep 14, 2015

About Program

Located in the heart of scenic Tuscany, SPI Study Abroad's Italian immersion program in Siena, Italy is ideal for all language students, from beginners through advanced levels. Students will have a variety of places to explore and things to do, including the thrilling Palio Festival, Florence, world famous museums and art galleries, theaters, markets, and local eateries and cafés. Siena's large student population as well its undeniable medieval charm and rich history makes for the perfect place to experience the Italian language and culture. SPI Siena offers a two and four-week summer program sessions. For complete program details, including dates, tuition, itineraries and photos, please visit the SPI Study Abroad website.

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Program Reviews

9.67 Rating
based on 6 reviews
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  • Growth 9.7
  • Support 9.7
  • Fun 9.7
  • Housing 10
  • Safety 9.8
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Yes, I recommend this program

Definitely would recommend

I loved the trip so much. The directors are so much fun, and loved joking around with the kids. I loved the freedom we had and time I spent with other SPI kids and even kids from the school. The days in Rome were great to see the history, but Siena was such a cool city. I was there during the Palio horse race and even got into the piazza to watch one of the races, it was incredible.

5 people found this review helpful.
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Yes, I recommend this program

Absolutely choose SPI!

SPI's Italy program is excellently designed for cultural and language immersion for both students new to Italian and those who are seeking to strengthen their language skills for the AP test!

There is no experience more transformative and expanding than study-abroad, and SPI seeks to offer the best in this type of experience. They carefully choose study programs at universities which offer well-trained homestay experiences and well-researched pedagogy for language studies. Students are encouraged to live like a "local" and truly enjoy all the elements of living abroad. As a veteran educator, I have highly recommended SPI's program to my students, with their focus on maintaining a personal relationship with the family (both at home and with the home-stay family experience).

What would you improve about this program?
A longer trip!!!
1 person found this review helpful.
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Yes, I recommend this program

SPI in Siena From a Parent's Perspective

SPI Siena is truly a terrific program. I feel you really cannot go wrong with an immersion-based experience, but SPI surpassed both my and my daughter's expectations. She was able to be completely enmeshed in Italian culture, and her language level improved greatly in the four weeks she was there. She greatly, greatly enjoyed the chance to participate in Il Palio, the horse race and festival that takes place in Siena every year. Her homestay was with a a loving, caring older woman who cooked every meal for her and her roommate -- the most delectable authentic Italian food you can imagine! SPI offers some great day trips and excursions with this program; the chance to see Orvieto was a favorite of my daughter's. Perhaps most importantly, as a parent, I felt completely comfortable with the level of supervision that SPI provided.

What would you improve about this program?
My daughter had a wonderful experience with SPI. If I could have changed one thing about the Siena program, it would probably be the amount of time she stayed. A month is certainly better than two weeks, but ideally, I would have preferred her to stay even longer than a month.
2 people found this review helpful.
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Yes, I recommend this program

This was a game-changer

While I had traveled before, nothing compares to the experience of studying and living abroad for several months. You not only get to see the culture of the town where you're living, but you get an appreciation for the differences that exist in this world, and it forever expands your point of view.

I had learned Italian previously, but there is an instant gratification to learning something and then going out into the world and using it that very same day. My recommendation is that you force yourself to have five solid conversations with strangers each day. Not only will it strengthen your language skills, but speaking to someone in their native tongue is empowering and enlightening.

1 person found this review helpful.
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Yes, I recommend this program

Life-changing Experience!

My experience in Biarritz with SPI changed my life! I have to admit I wanted a study abroad program for the fun, but once I arrived I realized there was much more to it!
I have traveled outside the US multiple times with my family, but always stayed at hotels, sheltered from the "real world" during this program I stayed with an awesome family who not only helped with my French, but also helped me take in every aspect of the culture. I feel I have a second family in France! The school was very good too!
The program was easy on my, my school, and my parents. I felt really safe at all times, and never felt lost or intimidated thanks to the amount of information provided by SPI.

Merci beaucoup SPI!

What would you improve about this program?
The program requires you to buy your own airplane ticket. I'd love to be able to purchase the complete package and flight with other students.
1 person found this review helpful.
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Yes, I recommend this program

loved siena with SPI!

I studied abroad with SPI in 2007 after having already studied in San Sebastian with them. It was a great program with really enthusiastic leaders. I definitely recommend the Siena program as you get to live in one of the most beautiful places in Italy!

What would you improve about this program?
I can't really think of anything that could be improved, except maybe a longer program!
3 people found this review helpful.

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