This unique program allows students who have been offered "Guaranteed Admission" to complete course credit during the fall semester at the International Center for Intercultural Exchange (ICIE).  Siena Italian Studies is a study abroad program based at ICIE that provides students with a 'gentle full-immersion' in Italian life, culture, and language.  Based in the heart of Siena, this program offers some of the most innovative opportunities in Italy that work to fully integrate the education of language, culture, and service both in and out of the classroom.


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Fast Facts

Program Type:     

Study Abroad/Host-institution


Fall Semester

Fall 2014 Program Dates:

Depart USA: September 2
Semester: September 3 - December 20, 2014
Mid-Semester Break: October 25 - November 2, 2014
Depart Italy: December 21



Application Fee:


Fall 2014

Total Program Cost:

$19,189.50 (NYS residents)

$19,764.50 (non-NYS residents)

Additional information under 'Program Cost Sheet'    

Application Deadline:

Rolling Acceptance (First come, first served)


Program Details

The programs offered by Siena Italian Studies are a 'gentle full immersion' in Italian life for highly motivated beginners, intermediate, and advance Italian language students.  Courses available are General Education courses, primarily from the areas of language, fine arts, social science, history, and art history.  Students may also participate in service-learning programs to supplement their language-learning.


The Setting

The city of Siena is located in central Italy in the province of Tuscany.  Its medieval architecture and heritage have been kept beautifully intact over the past several centuries, making it the perfect setting to study Italy's history and culture.

Siena is built on three hills, full of steep, winding streets and is enclosed within the circle of its massive walls, some seven kilometers in length.  This exquisite hill town lies within easy reach of Florence (one hour), Rome (two and a half hours), and the Mediterranean Sea (one and a half hours).

Its unique landscape has inspired generations of painters.  Many of their works hang in the splendid Pinacoteca Nazionale.  The magnificent Gothic cathedral in black and white marble contains, among other treasures, the Library of Pius II, the humanist pope, Eneo Silvio Piccolimini.  the Palazzo Comunale, Siena's city hall, displays an abundance of art that depicts the evolution of local municipal government as we know it.



Students will enjoy home stays with Sienese families who have been selected by the program to participate.  Home stays work very well to support language acquisition and facilitate cultural immersion.  Students often make long-term friendships with their families after the program is over.  SIS provides assistance to students in cultural mediation that helps ensure that housing placements will be successful.



Students who have been offered "Guaranteed Admission" are eligible to participate.
Students must be 18 years of age by July 1 (to be eligible for VISA batch processing).
Students must acquire an Italian VISA prior to departure.
Students must be 18 years of age prior to departing the USA (September 1).


Application Deadline

To be considered for this program, students must complete an online application.  Students will be accepted as applcations are completed.  Therefore, the sooner an application is completed, the greater the likelihood of being offered a position in this very limited program.

Specific information about the online applicaiton can be found by visiting the Siena Bridge Apply page.



SUNY Geneseo Study Abroad Office
Sam Cardamone, Study Abroad Advisor

Siena Italian Studies
Program website:


Program Cost Sheet

Click here to download the Fall 2014 Siena Bridge Program Cost Sheet.

All figures included in the cost sheet are projections and are therefore, estimated.  Costs will be confirmed in March 2014.

Included in the cost of the program:

  • International roundtrip airfare from a New York metropolitan airport to Rome
  • Students on the group flight will be accompanied by a SUNY Geneseo staff member to Siena
  • Airport pick-up in Rome
  • Ground transportation from Rome to SIena
  • On-site 3-day orientation
  • Course instruction
  • Full room and board with a local Sienese family
  • Program activities and excursions
  • Books and most class materials
  • Administrative fee
  • SUNY International Health and Repatriation Insurance

Not included in the cost of the program:

  • Visa fee
  • Personal expenses
  • International Student Identification Card

If you have any questions about program costs, please call 585-245-5546 or stop by the Study Abroad Office (Erwin Hall 217).

All payments to the SUNY Geneseo Study Abroad Office should be made out to 'CAS International Programs' and sent to the address below:

SUNY Geneseo College
Study Abroad Office
Erwin Hall 217
1 College Circle
Geneseo, NY 14454

*All costs are subject to change without notice due to factors beyond the control of SUNY Geneseo, including changes in exchange rates.

*Please note that financial aid is NOT available for this program.