Siena, Italy

Study in Tuscany

Study Abroad
Program Options:
Part-Time Internship
Length:
Fall, Spring, Academic Year

At a Glance

Housing:

Apartment, Homestay

Credits:

15 to 19 per Semester

Language of Instruction:

English, Italian

Language Prerequisites:

None

Part-Time Internship (Optional):

Included in Program Fee

Visa Required:

Yes

About the Program

This program’s signature course, Living Siena: Exploring Historical & Contemporary Tuscan Culture, guides you on an exploration of the region as you develop an independent research project throughout the semester. Customize your academic experience with an Italian language course, English- or Italian taught area studies courses, and an optional part-time internship.

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Tuscany Will Be Your Classroom

Visit to Siena’s piazze and Florentine Renaissance art.

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Enjoy Student Life in Siena

Enjoy the libraries, cafeterias, and WiFi in University buildings.

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Enroll at a Local University

You may be able to take courses at the University.

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Gain Hands-On Experience

Add an optional internship placement and accompanying seminar.

Spring 2025

Program Dates:

Mid January - Mid May

Application Deadline:

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 ✉️ study@IESabroad.org

About the Destination

Siena under the stars at night

Why Siena?

The enchanting city of Siena is your home base as you explore all that Tuscany has to offer. World-renowned cuisine, more than 120 nature reserves, medieval masterpieces everywhere you turn, and the hustle and bustle of Florence (just an hour away).

History comes to life in Siena, as is most evident in the robust life of the contrade— neighborhood districts that divide Siena into 17 large families with common customes and traditions dating back to the Middle Ages. Through activities of your contrada, you can learn from your neighbors how the contrade have influenced social, political, and religious life for centuries. 

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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Housing

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

Apartment

Share an apartment with other IES Abroad students – and possibly a local Italian student – in the city center. Furnished apartments are single-sex, and two students usually share a bedroom. Apartments have equipped kitchens and you are responsible for your own meals. Internet access and a washing machine are also available. Your Italian roommates can help with improving your Italian language skills, getting to know Siena, and immersing yourself in the local culture. They also serve as a first point-of-contact for housing questions.

Academics