• Italy
    • Siena
Academic Year, Fall, Spring, Summer

Program Details

Program Type
Degree Level
Apartment Host Family


Price Details
Contact IES Abroad or see www.IESabroad.org/siena for details.
What's Included
Accommodation Some Activities Classes Some Meals Wifi
What's Not Included
Airfare Visa
Jul 07, 2022
Jan 22, 2019
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About Program

As a quaint town of about 70,000 residents, Siena, Italy feels like a best-kept secret. Nestled in the breathtaking Tuscan countryside, Siena is an amazingly well-preserved medieval city. Immerse yourself in Italian society, cuisine, and culture, while enjoying easy access to the Tuscan capital, the sea and the renowned Tuscan landscape.

Siena will be your classroom. Can you picture visiting Italian organic cheese production facilities, utilizing case studies from local wineries, and exploring the popular Slow Food movement which was born in Italy? Or discovering how the Palio is not simply a horse race, but a combination of rituals, rules and traditions that have roots in the Middle Ages. Our courses take advantage of the region’s many historical, economic, and cultural sites so you get to learn through real-life experience instead of a textbook.

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Program Highlights

  • Get to know Siena through extracurricular activities and cultural events
  • Share an apartment with other IES Abroad students in the historic center of town, or get to know the "real" Siena in a homestay
  • You have an individual IES Abroad Program Advisor to guide you before your study abroad adventure. From visa requirements to travel details, they are your #1 resource for preparing to study abroad.
  • Create your own academic experience by enrolling in English- or Italian-taught courses at the IES Abroad Center or a local partner university, depending on your language level
  • From health insurance included in your program fees to a worldwide crisis management team, we work 24/7 to keep you safe, healthy, and happy abroad.

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Program Reviews

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  • Housing 4.7
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Yes, I recommend this program

More than I could have imagined!

I had the best time studying abroad with IES in Siena. I loved being in a smaller city because I feel like it gave me the opportunity to become completely immersed in the culture, and I was given more opportunities to practice my Italian language skills. IES truly went above and beyond my expectations through all steps of the study abroad process, from the initial applications to the last day I spent in Siena. All of my classes were very interesting and not something I could have taken at my home university. The professors all wanted us to know the material and truly cared about our progress. The IES staff in Siena were so helpful in answering any questions or tending to our needs, I miss them all! This experience is something that I know I could not have gotten through any other program and one that I will never forget. I cannot wait to return to Siena (hopefully in the near future).

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

Incredible opportunity to explore Italian and world culture

Studying in Siena was an unforgettable experience that I will cherish for the rest of my life. I had incredible professors, classes that engaged me, and made friendships that will last a lifetime. Our apartment was beautiful, with nice bedrooms and fabulous views of the mountains and the city. The field trips were the perfect addition to our classwork, and what's better than learning over a plate of fresh cheese and a glass of organic wine? The dean and director, Vittoria and Veronica, were incredibly helpful, and always made sure we were well taken care of. The activities in the city itself were incredible, with live music almost every night, parties hosted by the Contradas that we were welcomed to, and student group outings that we were invited to join. Overall, the experience was amazing, and I would highly recommend this program for anyone looking to experience the finest parts of Italian life.

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

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I absolutely loved being immersed within Italian culture in Siena. Siena is a medieval city with surprises around every corner. It is a small close knit community, that is very safe, and has a unique Sienese culture amongst the contradas (neighborhoods). Everything is within a 20-30 minute walk so it is very easy to get around! Everyone is incredibly helpful and friendly, including all of the staff and professors who work in the IES program. There is always a fun festival going on, or locals gathering at night in the Piazza. I have nothing but positive things to say about Siena! I would often run around the Fortezza to get some exercise, enjoy journaling in the Piazza, try local foods, or speaking with locals. The classes were fun and interesting, and we went on various cultural field trips to wineries and farm to table restaurants, which was certainly a highlight of my overall experience.

What would you improve about this program?
This was I believe the first year this program was launched in Siena, at times there was a few organization issues, but overall it ran very smoothly, and I truly enjoyed my experience and the help from all of the staff! The professors and staff went beyond their duty to help us, such as helping finding medicine at the pharmacy, or contacting hotels for us, when language barriers arose.
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