Siena, Italy

Business & Economics of Italian Food & Wine

Study Abroad

At a Glance


Apartment, Homestay


12 per Semester

Language of Instruction:

English, Italian

Language Prerequisites:


Visa Required:


About the Program

Our Business & Economics of Italian Food & Wine Program is ideal for Business, Economics, Agribusiness, Political Science, and Agricultural Economics majors, as well as any student with an academic or professional interest in local and organic food and wine. You will explore topics of sustainability and farm-to-table philosophies as they affect the economics and operations of Italian farms and vineyards.

You will live in the welcoming city of Siena, home to many specialty foods, including hand-rolled pici pasta, crostini with chicken liver, and panforte nut and fruit cake crafted by local, quality-driven producers. Enroll in four courses for a total of 12 credits in which you will explore how business and economic concepts are woven into the fabric of the Italian food industry.

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Travel Throughout Italy

Take trips to Bologna, Valdorcia, Chianti, and San Gimignano.

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Follow You Academic Interests

Take courses in a wide variety of disciplines.

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Attend Cultural Events & Activities

Redefine the way you live and learn in Siena through cultural events.

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Join Events at Università degli Studi di Siena

Which introduce international students to local Italian students.

Spring 2025

Program Dates:

January 20 - May 10

Application Deadline:

Estimated Cost:


Program Advisor

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Kellie Wallace

Once you’ve applied for a program, I’ll be your direct point of contact. From housing to course registration and everything in between, I’m here to help you prepare to study abroad. Once you’re accepted to your program, you’ll find even more detailed information about what you need to know before you depart in your Predeparture Guide. Let’s get started!

📱 800.995.2300 ✉️

About the Destination

Siena under the stars at night

Why Siena?

The intersection of culture and cuisine is taken to the next level in Tuscany, where traditional food and wine are not only a large part of the cultural identity, but also a primary economic contributor. Tuscany will be your classroom. Our courses take advantage of the region’s many resources that will help you understand key concepts of the food business in Tuscany that you’ll apply to your future career—wherever in the world it may be.

Learn More About Siena

Get to Know Your New City

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Explore the Region

Discover the Tuscan countryside.

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Wander Through the 17 Contrade

The 17 neighborhoods of Siena date back to the Middle Ages.

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Taste Traditional Tuscan Dishes

There’s plenty to taste throughout Tuscany.

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Enjoy the Sights in the Piazza Del Campo

The Piazza is the perfect place to spend an afternoon.

The Student Experience

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A living room with pale yellow walls, a dining room table, and large windows.
  • Apartment
  • Homestay


You'll share an apartment with other IES Abroad students. Apartments are furnished, single-sex, and generally accommodate four to six students, with two to three IES Abroad students sharing a bedroom. Apartments offer internet access and a washing machine. Meals are not included, but apartments offer fully equipped kitchens.