Based at the International Center for the Study of Italian Language and Culture 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.
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.
Upon arrival, all students are assessed on their language ability and are placed in a corresponding ability 3-week pre-semester Italian language intensive course, which can satisfy ITAL 101 for students arriving with no Italian language experience.
Following the 3-week pre-semester intensive course, students enroll in a 12-week Italian language course (can satisfy ITAL 102). Students then also select 3 additional "content" courses. Courses are offered from the areas of Italian Language and Literature, Humanities and Social Sciences, Music and Visual Arts, Business, and Science.
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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 splendidPinacoteca 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.