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Siena offers a study abroad experience that other Italian cities simply cannot provide. Study Italian, computer science, history, politics, or economics. Enjoy the tight-knit local community. Experience the pageantry, history, and spectacle of the Palio horse race. Spending the summer in Siena offers an unmatched opportunity to experience Italian culture.
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 take one or two of these language courses depending on your curriculum choice.
Note: Each course covers one semester’s worth of Italian language.
Choose one or two 3-credit electives for a total of 9 to 11 recommended credits (including your language course):
Study Italian. 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.
Electives for everyone. Choose one or two electives 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. Learn about ancient history at the source with Roman Art and Archaeology. Majoring or minoring in Computer Science? Sign up for Introduction to Programming or Operating Systems. Your summer in Siena is up to you.
Live with an Italian family. Choose to live in a homestay for a completely immersive experience. Host families are selected by CET and are all within the historic city center. They love learning about your culture, and more importantly, they love sharing theirs with you.
Live with a local student. If you opt for an apartment, you share your unit with other CET students and one local roommate. Roommates are local university students selected by CET. Learn more about living with a 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. Learn more about accommodating your dietary needs in Siena.
Around the city. Take a day trip to Montepulciano to enjoy the views. Or spend the weekend on the beach at Cinque Terre. On a quiet weekend, venture just outside the Siena city walls with some friends, biking along the old pilgrim road of Via Francigena. You won’t run out of ways to enjoy Siena and surrounding Tuscany with your CET peers and Italian roommates.
Experience the Palio. The centuries-old Palio horserace is Siena’s claim to fame. While Italian tourists flock to the city to see the action, you’ll already be there, waiting for the races to begin. You’ll learn about the Palio in your Italian language classes, and you’ll have plenty of opportunity to choose your favorite contrada (neighborhood). If you opt for a homestay, you will have the rare chance to “live the contrada life'” and cheer for your local banner alongside your family.
Director of Italy Programs
Victoria Van Luit
Siena Program Director
Siena Program Coordinator
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.
The activities and excursions that we arrange are included in your program fee. All you need to do is remember to bring your camera!
You’re provided with a comprehensive insurance plan through GeoBlue that even includes medical evacuation coverage.
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.
Your textbooks and course supplies are covered and waiting for you on site.
You’ll receive an official transcript issued by UVA at the end of the term.
Local Cost of Living. Siena attracts fewer tourists than cities like Florence and Rome, resulting in a slightly more affordable cost of living. Some things might be cheaper (e.g. groceries, coffee, bus tickets), but other things can be much more expensive (e.g. utilities, taxi rides).
Estimated out-of-pocket expenses:
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.
Upload a scan of your passport to your online CET account. This should be a single scan that includes the signed signature page and the photo/personal details page. Don’t have a passport yet? Let us know and we can help advise you.
This is an online form that your study abroad office completes 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 your online account.
Your online CET account has specific instructions for submitting an official transcript.
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.
Get to know one of our host mothers and her beautiful home in Siena.
Want to immerse fully in the experience of local life? Then living with an Italian host family is the way to go. Some families have children, some might have pets, and others might consist of a single host mother. But no matter what, they are passionate about sharing their culture with you.
Homestay life offers a great balance of independence and support—and even delicious, homecooked meals:
Note: The homestay option requires an additional fee to cover meals and associated labor. Please see the fees section for details.
Over the years, we’ve built a strong network of locally-based faculty that we’re proud to call our peers. These faculty make up our Academic Consultation Board—a select group of local voices and thought leaders that help advise and shape components of the CET Jordan program.
Board members support the program in many ways, including but not limited to: