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Students must take the equivalent of a minimum of twelve semester hours of study while in Siena. Some students may register for the equivalent of fifteen or eighteen hours. We usually recommend that students take the equivalent of twelve hours, plan to do an outstanding job and spend the balance of their time learning about the people and culture.
The Siena program has a site director, Daniela Perozzi, and an assistant to the director, Barbara Latini, who are responsible for managing the program. Both speak English.
There is an academic core of courses which all participants must take (if a problem exists, see the site director). Classes are offered based on student demand. Students are required to take six semester hours of Italian while in Siena. Italian classes are scheduled so that the first half of the semester equals three semester hours and the second half three hours, In addition, students are required to take ITA 306 Italian Civilization (cross-listed with HIS 312) or FAR 469 Art and Architecture of Siena.

  • Italian Language (ITA 101-102, 201-202, 301-302)........6 sem. hrs.
  • ITA 306 Italian Civilization/HIS 312 History of Italy.......3 sem. hrs.
  • or
  • FAR 469 Art and Architecture in Siena.............................3 sem. hrs.
Students may register for ITA 306 or HIS 312, but not both.

Optional Courses: Taught if there is sufficient demand

  • Design 220*................................Ceramics I
  • Design 320*................................Ceramics II
  • Fine Arts 316*.............................Painting in Siena
  • History 312 ................................History of Italy (taught with ITA 306)
  • Italian 307 .................................Survey of Italian Literature
  • Italian 401 .................................Dante's Divina Commedia
  • Hospitality & Tourism 335.......Wine Essentials
  • Hospitality & Tourism 390.......Hospitality Marketing
  • Hospitality & Tourism 418.......Tourism Management
Classes with insufficient enrollment will not be offered.
There are charges for studio supplies. These charges will be collected in Siena in euros. The amount varies but will not normally exceed 55 euros per studio course. This studio charge is subject to change without notice.