Why CET Siena:
at all levels
Siena offers a cultural experience that other Italian cities simply cannot provide. Students enjoy the tight-knit local community, a flexible curriculum to suit different interests, and ample opportunities to explore not only their own backyard, but all of Italy and Europe.
Curriculum & Syllabi
You take one or two semesters’ worth of Italian language and one or two electives for a total of 9 to 11 recommended credits.
You choose if you want to take one or two semesters’ worth of Italian language.
1 SEMESTER’S WORTH OF ITALIAN
- ITAL1010 Elementary Italian 1 (4 credits)
- ITAL1020 Elementary Italian 2 (4 credits)
- ITAL2010 Intermediate Italian 1 (3 credits)
- ITAL2020 Intermediate Italian 2 (3 credits)
2 SEMESTERS’ WORTH OF ITALIAN
- ITAL1010.1020 Elementary Italian 1&2 (8 credits)
- ITAL1020.2010 Elementary Italian 2 & Intermediate Italian 1 (7 credits)
- ITAL2010.2020 Intermediate Italian 1&2 (6 credits)
- ITAL2020.3010 Intermediate Italian 2 & Advanced Italian 1 (6 credits)
- ITAL3040.3050 Advanced Italian 1&2 (6 credits)
If you choose one semester’s worth of Italian, you add two 3-credit electives. If you choose two semesters’ worth of Italian, you add one 3-credit elective:
- ARTH2054 Roman Art and Archaeology
- ARTH3525 Topics in Renaissance Art History: Sienese Art and Architecture
- 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
- PLCP2110 Italian and European Politics
- PLIR2500 Special Topics in International Relations: The European Banking System
Special offering for Summer 2021
Italian Language for All
Decide how much Italian you want to take on. Choose two semesters’ worth of Italian for eight weeks of intensive language learning. If that’s not for you, opt for one semester’s worth over four weeks. Either way, your language class equips you with the tools to better engage with Italy. And in a city like Siena, language practice can happen anywhere—when class is out, use your language skills to connect with the community all around you. The result? Your Italian will improve by leaps and bounds.
Electives Give you Insider's Access
Choose one elective from a long list of possibilities. Support your major or embrace your passion. Studying finance? Enroll in Special Topics in International Relations: The European Banking System. Want to try your hand at art? Consider Life Drawing II. Learn about ancient history at the source with Roman Art and Archaeology. Like language classes, your elective class will take you out of the classroom. You might spend a class session in a piazza drawing what you see, learn the stories behind the frescoes in Siena’s many chapels, or visit the Monte dei Paschi di Siena, the oldest functioning bank in the world.
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 cheer on his favorite soccer team. 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 Student
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.
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.
Eating in Siena
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. Don’t forget to try the gelato in Piazzo del Campo or the pizza at restaurants and cafes.
Activities & Excursions
The Palio Horseraces
Director of Italy Programs
Victoria Van Luit
Siena Program Director
Siena Program Coordinator
Summer 2022: TBA
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 receive an official transcript jointly issued by CET and UVa at the end of the term. You also have the option to request a School of Record transcript from the University of Minnesota for an additional fee if necessary.
- 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.