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CET Siena

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Attention from Staff

In a small program like this one, there’s plenty of room for individual attention. Staff go the extra mile, and do everything they can to get you integrated into local life. Want advice for things to do with a new Italian friend? Want to learn how to cook? Want to get a group together for a museum crawl? Program staff love Italy, they love Siena, and they want nothing more than for you to love it, too.
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Solid Foundation, Smart Travel

A chance for self-discovery. Academically stimulating. If this is your ideal learning environment, Siena is perfect for you. You’ll build a strong foundation—linguistically, culturally—within the city’s medieval walls. You’ll take the time to soak up the landscape and history of Tuscany. Then let us guide you to a different side of Italy on the Traveling Seminar to Sicily. By the time you get there, you’ll be confident, observant, and ready to travel independently…in Italy and beyond.

Immerse in Siena

Share a home with an Italian family or an apartment with an Italian roommate. Get to know your neighbors. Volunteer at a local non-profit. Linger after class to chat with your Italian instructor. You’ll make daily discoveries about the local culture, whether you’re shopping in the open air market or enjoying an aperitivo with new friends in Piazza del Campo. Siena is a city that feels like a small town. And that’s why it’s perfect for immersion, and perfect for study abroad.

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Spring 01/18/2017 05/06/2017 15 Weeks 16-18 $19,490
What’s Included
None October 15
Fall 08/23/2017 12/08/2017 15 Weeks 16-18 $19,490
What’s Included
None May 1
Summer Learn More About the Summer Program

Your transcript will come from University of Virginia.

University of Virginia and CET

CET partners with the University of Virginia to operate this program. You get the best of both worlds—UVa’s outstanding academics + CET’s three decades of experience in study abroad. The best part: you don’t have to be a UVa student to attend. Students from all schools are welcome to apply, and all students receive a UVa transcript.
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Program Fee Breakdown

Of the total program fee, $15,495 goes to tuition & fees, and $3,995 goes to housing.

Spring or Fall

$19,490/ Semester

Out-of-Pocket Expenses

We estimate that you’ll need an additional $1,400 for airfare and $2,500 for meals. Students typically spend about $3,000 on personal expenses, too.

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What's Included

Activities & Excursions

The activities & excursions that we arrange are included in your tuition. All you need to do is get on the bus.

Traveling Seminar

We take you on a four-day trip to the island of Sicily. The entire trip is covered, even the coastal views and warm sunshine.

Housing in an Apartment

If you choose to live in an apartment with a local roommate, your housing is covered. (There’s an additional fee for a homestay.) Apartments are in the historic city center.


We guide you step-by-step through the visa process. You do the legwork, but we’ll make sure you have the documents & information you need, when you need it.

Course Materials & Transcript

Your textbooks & course supplies are covered and waiting for you in Siena. And you’ll receive a UVa transcript at the end of the term, too.

Staff Support

We support your journey, every step of the way. From pre-departure to orientation to on-site to re-entry. We’re here to help.

Medical Insurance

We provide you medical insurance. Insurance is comprehensive and includes coverage for medical evacuation.


Need money? CET offers over $200,000 in scholarship awards each year. You can apply for a CET scholarship, or learn about other sources of funding, like Diversity Abroad or the Fund for Education Abroad.

Application Requirements

CET’s admissions requirements include an online application form, a transcript, a foreign language writing sample, one letter of recommendation, and an application fee that is applied to the tuition balance upon acceptance. Our programs are designed for undergraduates who maintain an overall GPA of at least 3.0. However, admissions decisions are made on a case-by-case basis, so students with lower GPAs are encouraged to apply. CET programs are open to students from any US college or university.

What's Not Included

The program fee does not include round-trip transportation to & from Italy, meals, items & services of a personal nature, and medical expenses not covered by the insurance provided.

Homestay fees are not included in tuition. These additional fees cover lodging with daily breakfast and dinner. The homestay fee for Spring or Fall 2017 is $2,900.

Price Subject to Change

CET reserves the right to increase quoted charges at any time without prior notification, based on increased instruction costs, exchange rate fluctuation or other cost increases beyond CET’s control. This right includes, but is not limited to, surcharging students for additional costs incurred due to under-enrollment in any given course.