CET Siena

Attention from Staff

Enjoy plenty of individual attention and support to help you get the most out of your study abroad experience. Staff go the extra mile and do 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.

Immerse in Siena

Share a home with an Italian family or an apartment with an Italian roommate. Get to know your neighbors. Volunteer at a local non-profit. Linger after class to chat with your Italian instructor. You’ll make daily discoveries about the local culture, whether you’re shopping in the open-air market or exploring the picturesque side streets of the historic center. Though your travels may take you far from Italy on the weekends, you’ll always be glad to return home to Siena.

Solid Foundation for Independent Travel

Walk through the Piazza del Campo on your way to class. Take a bike ride in the beautiful, surrounding Tuscan countryside. Catch a short train ride to Pisa or Florence. Spend a sunny weekend at the beach in Cinque Terre. The weekends are ripe for discovering Siena and the rest of Italy. But your travels don’t have to stop there. Maybe you’ll find yourself staring at the Eiffel Tower one weekend or exploring the winding streets of Dublin the next.

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Summer 05/31/2019 07/27/2019 8 Weeks 9-11 $9,190
What’s Included
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Daily Life in Siena

Get to know the owner of your local 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.

CET Center

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.

Housing & Meals

You can share an 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 home-cooked breakfasts and dinners with your family.)

The Palio Horseraces

One of the most exciting parts of a Siena summer is 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.

Improve Your Italian. Earn Credit.

You’ll complete a full year’s worth of intensive Italian language classes, but the learning isn’t limited to the classroom. You may bargain at the mercato (market), attend an opera performance, or interview students at the library. The result? Your Italian will improve by leaps and bounds.

You also get to choose one elective from our long list of possibilities. Studying finance? Enroll in Special Topics in International Relations: The European Banking System. 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.

Curriculum & Syllabi

CET & University of Virginia

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.)

Program Fee Breakdown

Of the total program fee, $7,165 goes to tuition & fees, and $2,025 goes to housing and other related costs.


$9,190/ Term

Out-of-Pocket Expenses

We estimate that you’ll need an additional $1,100-$1,500 for airfare and $1,100-$1,400 for meals if you live in an apartment or $600-$800 if you live in a homestay. Students typically spend about $1,100-$1,400 on personal expenses, too.

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What's Included

Activities & Excursions

The activities & excursions that we arrange are included in your tuition. All you need to do is get on the bus.

Housing in an Apartment

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.

Visa Support

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.

Course Materials & Transcripts

Your textbooks & course supplies are covered and waiting for you in Siena. And you’ll receive a UVa transcript at the end of the term, too.

Staff Support

We support your journey, every step of the way. From pre-departure to orientation to on-site to re-entry. We’re here to help.

Medical Insurance

We provide you medical insurance. Insurance is comprehensive and includes coverage for medical evacuation.

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Application Requirements

CET’s admissions requirements include an online application form, a transcript, a foreign language writing sample, and one letter of recommendation. Our programs are designed for undergraduates who maintain an overall GPA of at least 3.0. However, admissions decisions are made on a case-by-case basis, so students with lower GPAs are encouraged to apply. CET programs are open to students from any US college or university.

Course Availability

Our goal is to offer every single course every term, but sometimes factors like faculty availability and program enrollment keep us from reaching that goal. If you’re concerned about needing to enroll in any one particular course, please contact us! We’ll try our best to get you the course you need.

What's Not Included

The program fee does not include round-trip transportation to & from Italy, meals, items & services of a personal nature, and medical expenses not covered by the insurance provided.

Homestay fees are not included in tuition. These additional fees cover lodging with daily breakfast and dinner. The homestay fee for Summer 2019 is $1,800.

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. This right includes, but is not limited to, surcharging students for additional costs incurred due to under-enrollment in any given course.