In this small program, there’s plenty of room for individual student attention. Staff go the extra mile, doing 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.
Get to know the owner of a trattoria. See your neighbors at the open-air market. Go for a run in the countryside outside the city walls. It’s not just that Siena is beautiful, picturesque, and charming. It’s that it feels like home…from the moment you arrive.
The CET Center is located in Siena’s historic downtown—think cobblestone alleyways and medieval frescoes. At the Center, you’ll take your classes, meet with faculty, or just hang out with peers.
You can share a downtown apartment with CET peers and Italian roommates, or live with a local family. Both arrangements give you independence and instant community—chat about Italian politics with your host mom, go grocery shopping with your roommate. For meals, cook for yourself or try Siena’s many restaurants and cafés. (And if you select a homestay, enjoy breakfasts and dinners with your family.)
You also get to choose one elective from our long list of possibilities. Studying finance? Enroll in Principles of Microeconomics or Economics of the European Union. Or try something uniquely Italian. What better place to enroll in Italian Cultural History? Like language classes, your elective will take you out of the classroom. You might climb the façade of Siena’s cathedral, or head to Florence to see Michelangelo’s David and the Medici chapels.
You are placed into one of these courses:
ITAL1010.1020 Elementary Italian 1&2
ITAL2010.2020 Intermediate Italian 1&2
ITAL3040.3050 Advanced Italian 1&2
You choose one of these electives:
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. All students are welcome to apply. (And all students earn UVa credit.)