CET Siena

Siena, Italy

Take in the sights and sounds of this thriving city filled with college students, cafés, and restaurants. Easily walk to meet up with friends. Converse with locals in Italian and discover the deep connection residents have to the city and their contrada (districts with origins dating back to medieval times). Bump into your neighbors at the open-air market. Stroll down winding brick alleyways. Climb to the top of the piazza tower. Enjoy a plate of pici al cinghiale (pasta with wild boar sauce). Do homework overlooking il Campo.

There are plenty of words to describe Siena—enjoyable, beautiful, picturesque, charming. But the best word is simply “home.” And when your busy weekend exploring Rome or Berlin is over, it’ll be nice to feel you’re returning home.

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Live with an Italian Family

Housing option 1

See how a family birthday is celebrated in an Italian home. Watch TV with your host dad and ask him his views about Italian politics. Get your host mom to teach you the secret to making her delicious marinara sauce. Living in a homestay gives you a chance at true immersion and exchange. Your host family will love learning about your culture, and more importantly, they will love sharing theirs with you.

Live with a Local Roommate

Housing option 2

You can learn everything you need to know about Italian college life from a local roommate. How to haggle at the mercato (market). The latest slang. The best gelato shops. Some roommates invite CET students back to their home for dinner or a weekend away, giving them a glimpse of Italian family life, too.

Roommates are local university students selected by CET. If you choose this option, you’ll share your apartment with other CET students and one local roommate.

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CET Center

The CET Center is located in Siena’s historic downtown—close to cafés, restaurants, and the main bus station. It’s at the Center that you’ll take your classes and meet with faculty. But after class, you can also chat with staff, jump on the wifi, use the printer, or just hang out with peers in the student lounge.

Accommodations & Meals

Whether you choose to live with a host family or share an apartment with an Italian roommate, you’ll live within the historic city center, in a fully furnished space (your own room in a homestay, a shared room in an apartment), and enjoy a kitchen, laundry facilities, and internet access.

If you stay in a homestay, you’ll eat breakfasts and dinners with your family. For other meals, or if you stay in an apartment, cook for yourself or take your pick of Siena’s many restaurants and cafés offering mouthwatering food.