Gap at CET Siena

Siena, Italy

Don’t let its size fool you—Siena’s small-town feel is exactly what makes this thriving city a crowd favorite. Alumni rave about its energy and sense of community that invite you to participate in Italian life as soon as your feet touch the ground. 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 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

When you live with an Italian family, you’ll have your own room and your own key—you can come and go as you please. But as independent as you can be, you’ll also enjoy the benefit of an instant local community. 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.

Extra Support for Gap Students

With the sudden dive into college-level courses, a brand new environment, and a foreign language and culture, we make sure that our gap students get a little extra support. You’ll have weekly meetings in English with the Resident Director and other gap students to unpack your experiences. Overwhelmed by culture shock? Want to share a story from your volunteer assignment? Or maybe you just have a couple quick questions you’d like answered. These weekly meetings provide a safe space for gap students to discuss and reflect, though all students are always welcome to approach staff with any issues.

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Accommodations & Meals

You’ll live with a local Italian family and one other international student in the historic city center. You’ll enjoy a fully furnished space, a kitchen, laundry facilities, and internet access.

You’ll also eat breakfasts and dinners with your family. For other meals, you can cook for yourself or take your pick of Siena’s many restaurants and cafés offering mouthwatering food.