Siena Italian Studies Intercultural Education and Research Center

Siena Italian Studies Program

About

Welcome to Siena Italian Studies, a unique study abroad program designed for students that want to live Italy to the fullest. Since 2004 the program has been an innovator among full immersion programs in Italy.

SIS employs a unique approach called the EUFICCS Method. EUFICCS, Full-Immersion: Culture, Content, Service is a method that unites guided input in the classroom with spontaneous input from outside the classroom, with host families, language exchange partners, service-learning and during daily interactions with locals in the streets of Siena.

SIS has recently expanded its program offerings for undergraduate students to include two multi-destination programs (Siena + Brussels and Siena + Yaoundé, Cameroon), as well as a service-intensive program and also a gap year! Visit our website for all details or reach out to us - we'd be happy to chat.

Founded
2004
Headquarters

Via Fontebranda, 95
53100 Siena SI
Italy

Reviews

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Spencer
10/10
Yes, I recommend this program

Siena Italian Studies is nothing short of amazing. I attended SIS for a semester during my gap year and it was the best experience of my life. I was able to learn Italian extremely quickly through the community service programs they organize, through my loving host family and through the social events organized with Italian students. Siena is extremely safe and still a place I can call home. After SIS, I majored in Italian at my university in the US. After my degree in the US, I even decided to go back to Italy and pursue my Masters for two years in Milan. SIS is a major reason why I was able to get that opportunity. Without the advanced intercultural skills I gained through SIS, living in Milan would have been much more difficult. I cannot stress enough that SIS is an incredible program that runs so smoothly by an incredible staff and faculty of amazing professors!

If you did this all over again, what's one thing you would change?
Take advantage of every opportunity to learn and speak Italian! It is an incredible language that has taken me further than I ever imagined.
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Alexandra
10/10
Yes, I recommend this program

If you’re looking for a program in Italy, it should definitely be this one. It gives you such an authentic experience with an awesome host family and a bunch of cultural activities that they organize. They provided a lot of opportunities to get to know Italians your own age and make friends. We went on trips my year to the alps, the beach, Florence, and a few smaller towns. It was seriously incredible. We also had a few breaks where we could do our own thing and they were incredibly helpful giving suggestions on what to do if you had no idea. I’ve since been back a few times and they are still so welcoming. Once you’re a participant of this program, you really are a family. The classes were also very interesting and transferred easily back to my college.

What is your advice to future travelers on this program?
My advice is to only pack what you need. If you aren’t going to wear it at home, you’re not going to wear it there. I literally packed 3 pairs of heels. Don’t make my mistake!!! In fact, don’t pack heels at all. They aren’t good on the cobblestone of siena.
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Cori
10/10
Yes, I recommend this program

I had an excellent time through this program. I was able to pay like a normal semester for college. There were many opportunities to travel with the program from already pre planned trips included with your program to having time to go all over Europe and Italy. I met so many wonderful people and our teachers were super help and kind. The only down side is that you are surrounded by English speakers which can make it harder to learn the language. I liked my classes and I loved the beautiful city of Siena. My host family was awesome and my roommate and I got along really well with each other and them.

What would you improve about this program?
Having more opportunities to interact with Italians at college age.

Programs

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Siena Italian Studies Program
Service-learning and Language in Siena with SIS Gap Year
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SIS Semester Program in Gorgeous Siena Italy
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Join SIS for Fall, Spring or the Academic Year in Siena Italy. The SIS...

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Siena Italian Studies Multidestination Siena + Brussels
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Earn academic credit AND an intensive internship experience in two...

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