Italian Language and Culture in Siena

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Combine the study of Italian language (for absolute beginners to advanced) with courses in fields including anthropology, art history, communications, economics, food and culture, history and political science. You can elect to enroll in Italian semi-intensive language courses for 50 contact hours at the beginning, intermediate or advanced levels. You will enroll in the intercultural communications (ICC) course and, combined with a community placement, can elect to earn service learning credit. If you opt to enroll in service learning, you can select from a variety of opportunities, including placements at a pottery arts program for the disabled, a day care center, an elementary school, the Social and Rescue Services or with a retirement center. In addition to Italian language and the ICC course, you can enroll in one to three additional courses offered on-site to round out your Italian cultural experience, including an Italian cooking course.

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Alondra
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Immersing in the language and pasta!

If you are planning to minor in Italian, this program will be amazing for you. It is fantastic for the language, because you get the opportunity to live with Italian students, so you speak the language in class and at your home. The additional courses that are offered here as well are very immersive, as they include trips to take the classroom outside, which helps you become more immersed in the city and the learning. I took Italian 203, Wine in Italy, Food and Culture, and Cross Cultural Communications. I visited wineries, bakeries, churches and museums, learning hands on making the experience more fun! The city feel safe, for you to explore alone and with friends. The food that you can find is amazing, from great Carbonara to good pizzas. Not only do you see what is in Siena, you will go on bi-weekly excursions that allow you to see a lot of Tuscany, experience their individual cuisine and culture, and learn everyday beyond academics, and how to live the calm Italian lifestyle, to enjoy the trip, day by day.

How can this program be improved?
The Italian 203 course seem a little too jam packed, as each section felt rushed, that is my only concern, it can be improved by removing some sections so we can focus more in-depth with the more important ones!
Yes, I recommend this program

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