Why CET Siena?
CET Siena students are looking for a meaningful Italian immersion experience in a country where that isn’t always easy. Build the intellectual foundation for understanding, engaging with, and appreciating the city of Siena and Italian culture.
Curriculum & Syllabi
You take one or two semesters’ worth of Italian, and three or four electives to meet the total 15 to 17 recommended credits.
You take one or two of these language courses depending on your curriculum choice.
Choose three or four 3-credit electives for a total of 15 to 17 recommended credits (including your language course):
- ARTH2054 Roman Art and Archaeology
- ARTH3525 Topics in Renaissance History: Sienese Art and Architecture
- CS1110 Introduction to Programming
- CS3330 Computer Architecture
- CS4414 Operating Systems
- CS4750 Database Systems
- GSGS2310/ANTH2541 Intercultural Communication: Italy in Sienese and Sicilian Contexts
- GS3100 Critical Conceptions of the Global
- ITTR2710 Italian Cultural History
- ITTR3107/MDST3107 Evolution of Media in Italy: From Unification to the Present
- ITTR3670 Contemporary Italian Cinema: From Canon to the Fringe
- ITTR/WGS 3680 Foodscapes in Women’s Writing, Culture and Society
- PLCP2110 Italian and European Politics
- PLIR2500 Special Topics in International Relations: The European Banking System
- PLIR3500 International Energy Policy: Oil, Gas & Green Technologies
Tailor Your Semester
Take As Much Italian As You'd Like
Housing & Meals
You can share an apartment with CET peers and an Italian roommate, 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 home-cooked breakfasts and dinners with your family.)
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 completely immersive experience. Host families love learning about your culture, and more importantly, they love sharing theirs with you.
Live with a Local Student
Housing option 2
You can learn everything you need to know about Italian college life from a local roommate. Learn how to haggle at the mercato (market). Ask them to show you their favorite beach or thermal spring, depending on the season. Go on a picnic to their favorite spot in Tuscany.
Roommates are local university students selected by CET. You share your apartment with other CET students and one local roommate.
Eating in Siena
If you live in a homestay, you eat breakfasts and dinners with your host 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 some of the best dishes in Italy. Make sure to try the favorite local pasta, pici al cinghiale (pasta with wild boar sauce), and ribollita (soup with bread and vegetables).
Life in Siena
It’s no wonder Siena is a crowd-favorite—with its beautiful cityscape, impressive food scene, and close-knit community feel, it’s hard not to love this Tuscan city. Converse with friendly 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. Enjoy cantucci con vinsanto (biscotti with dessert wine).
Activities & Excursions
A Weekend Away in Bologna
Volunteer in Siena
Director of Italy Programs
Victoria Van Luit
Siena Program Director
All of your classes and program-related learning are included with your tuition.
If you choose to live with a local roommate in an apartment, your housing is covered. If you opt for a homestay, there is an additional fee to help cover the costs of an extra member in the household.
From pre-departure to orientation, from on site to re-entry, CET provides you with the support you need every step of the way.
You’re provided with a comprehensive insurance plan through GeoBlue that includes medical evacuation coverage.
The activities and excursions that we arrange are included in your program fee. All you need to do is bring your camera!
Your textbooks & course supplies are covered and waiting for you in Siena.
You’ll receive an official transcript issued by UVA at the end of the term.
- Open to students from any US college or university
- GPA: 3.0 or higher preferred, but admissions decisions are made on a case-by-case basis; lower GPAs still encouraged to apply
- Open to all levels of Italian language speakers
Complete the application through your online CET account. This is a brief form that asks for basic information and has a few short answer questions about why you want to study abroad.
Use the link in your online account to send a recommendation request to one of your previous instructors.
This is an online form that your study abroad office fills out to let us know you meet the requirements to study abroad. To send the electronic form request, simply enter the name and email address of your study abroad advisor in the designated fields of of your online account.
Your online CET account has specific instructions for submitting an official transcript.
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.