• Italy
    • Siena
Academic Year, Fall, Spring
Subject Areas
Anthropology Archaeology Art History Astronomy Chemistry Cultural Studies Education Environmental Studies European Studies Food Science and Nutrition Geology Health Sciences Human Rights Humanities International Business Language Studies Life Sciences Mathematics Natural Sciences Physics Pre-Med Public Policy Religious Studies Service Learning Social Sciences Sustainable Development +16

Program Details

Program Type
Degree Level
Bachelors Masters
Host Family


What's Included
Accommodation Activities Classes Meals Transportation Visa
What's Not Included
What's Not Included (Extra)

Personal travel, personal insurance

Sep 20, 2021
Nov 30, 2019
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About Program

If you want to spend your semester abroad a little differently, consider the Service Intensive Semester offering of Siena Italian Studies! Similar to our multi-destination programs, this semester option allows students to complete their coursework the first 6 weeks in Siena, focusing on learning the Italian Language, as well as Intercultural Communication, European Development Policy other related courses. The last 8 weeks of the program are dedicated almost entirely to one or more service-learning placements in Siena. These can range from teaching English in public schools, working with refugees or riding an ambulance alongside other volunteers, or caring for Siena's Medieval walls, among many others. Service can also be customized if the student has a particular area of interest!

Throughout the semester students will be housed with our trusted host-families and will participate in a series of trips and activities offered by the program.

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Program Highlights

  • Earn academic credit and complete an intensive service experience
  • Learn the language and really engage with the host community and other volunteers through service-learning
  • Challenge your perspective on service, study abroad and the world!
  • Enjoy beautiful Siena, Italy and the benefits of SIS!

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Best Program Ever!

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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