12 credits. 12 weeks. $12,000.
Our Siena – Business & Economics of Italian Food & Wine Program is part of our 12 for 12 for 12 programs.
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.
Our Business & Economics of Italian Food & Wine Program is ideal for Business, Economics, Agribusiness, Environmental Studies, Political Science, and Agricultural Economics majors, as well as any student with an academic or professional interest in local and organic food and wine in Italy.
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. It’s here that you’ll enroll in four courses for a total of 12 credits where you will explore how business and economic concepts are woven into the fabric of the Italian food industry. Imagine exploring global marketing strategies one day and visiting a local Brunello wine producer with international distribution the next. How about studying EU agriculture policy and then talking to the owner of an agriturismo farm about how these policies impact his business? Welcome to study abroad!
Tuscany will be your classroom. Can you picture visiting Italian organic cheese production facilities, utilizing case studies from local wineries, and having lunch with the owners of an independent farm? Our courses take advantage of the region’s many resources that will help you understand key concepts of the food business in Tuscany which you'll apply to your future career - wherever in the world it may be.
We want you to feel at home in Siena, so we do everything we can to help you integrate into life in the city. From housing to cultural events, our job is to make sure you have the most authentic study abroad experience possible.
After you are admitted, refer to the Travel Dates section of the Predeparture Information in your MyIESabroad account before booking travel.
Our mission is simple: to provide you with the best study abroad program possible—which includes the highest quality academic and cultural experiences.
On this program, you will enroll in four 3-credit courses for a total of 12 credits. Click "Courses" below for syllabi.
This is a full list of courses offered in Siena. After you are accepted, you will see a list of final course offerings for your term in your MyIESabroad account. The final course list for each term will depend on faculty availability, students interested in each course, and discipline diversity.
To learn more about IES Abroad’s innovative theoretical and pedagogical approaches to teaching language abroad, refer to the IES Abroad MAP for Language & Intercultural Communication.
IES Abroad Siena organizes course-related excursions that complement your courses and contribute to your knowledge of Italian culture and society. All course-related excursions are included in your program fee and depend on course enrollment.
Possible course-related excursions may include:
We want to make sure that your greatest challenge is deciding which landmarks to see first or discovering the best café—not finding a place to live where you feel comfortable. We do our best to locate housing that is reflective of how the local students are living. Our goal is that when you leave Siena, it will feel like home.
ApartmentsShare an apartment with other IES Abroad students in the historic center of town. Furnished apartments are single-sex, and usually two students share a bedroom. Apartments have equipped kitchens, and you are responsible for your own meals.
Part of making you feel at home in Siena is doing our best to help you feel safe and cared for. Whether it is an orientation program that makes you feel prepared, housing that is well-located and comfortable, or the field trips that take you to places off the beaten path—we’re all about our student services. This is just one of the things we’re known for.
The program begins with a one-week orientation that introduces you to the IES Abroad Siena staff, your fellow students, and the city of Siena. Topics such as academics, housing, transportation, and health and safety are covered during the week. During this first week, you'll also have a few intensive sessions of survival Italian to help you navigate Siena during the term. You can continue your study of Italian throughout the semester if you wish.
In addition to intensive Italian language sessions, settle into your new home in Siena as you sample aperitivi with Italian students, visit the Contrada Museum, pick olives in the Tuscan countryside, and explore the medieval past of Siena’s surroundings during an archeological excursion.
Additionally, CORE™, IES Abroad’s Comprehensive Orientation & Re-entry Experience, begins during orientation and continues throughout the semester with activities focusing on cultural adjustment, goal achievement, and preparing for the return home.
Redefine the way you live and learn in Siena through cultural events, such as:
Università degli Studi di Siena - Special Events
There are several special events hosted at the Università each term that are aimed at helping introduce international students to local Italian students. You'll learn more about what's available each term once on-site in Siena.
Even though your adventure starts in Siena, our field trips take you beyond the city to discover the cultures and traditions of your host country. All field trips are included in your program fee. Here are a few possible destinations:
2 Days | Fall
Explore the Emilia Romagna region and medieval Bologna, the lively town of red brick squares that is home to the oldest university in Europe. You will visit producers of cheese and balsamic vinegar in the region.
Amiata Mountain2 Days| Spring
Visit the large baking facility of Corsini family-owned bakery and compare it to the small-scale Corsini production back home in Siena. Also, learn about chestnut beer production and tour a facility which produces olive oil using only sustainable energy. Spend the night in an agriturismo where fresh honey is produced.
Montalcino & Pienza
1 Day| Fall
Learn about Pecorino cheese production and Brunello wine on the Tuscan countryside.
1 Day | SpringExplore the wine-making areas near Siena and learn about how Chianti wine contributes to the region's economy and culture. Also visit a pasta producer in the region.
1 Day| Fall & Spring
Explore the small, walled, medieval town known for its skyline which earned the town its nickname—“The Town of Fine Towers”. You will have lunch at an agriturismo, a working farm that hosts tourists who want to learn about farm-to-table living. IES Abroad Faculty will accompany you on this field trip to relate what you see on the trip to what you are studying in class.
IES Abroad field trip destinations, activities, and length of stay may vary according to term and availability.
About the Center
The IES Abroad Siena Center is located in a palace on the famous Piazza del Campo – a large, sunny plaza which is center of social life in Siena. The palace, called Palazzo Chigi Zondadari, was built in the 14th century and served as a home to the prominent Chigi family for centuries whose lineage includes many intellectuals, artists, businessmen, and even a pope!
Veronica Semeraro has worked at our IES Abroad Siena Center since the founding of the program in 2006 when she was hired as Student Affairs Coordinator. Since that time, she has been actively involved in all aspects of the program, including housing, customized programs, arrival and orientation, field trips, and academic coordination. Veronica was promoted to Center Director of IES Abroad Siena in 2012.
Prior to working with IES Abroad, Veronica graduated with honors in Archaeology from the University of Siena. Her thesis addressed the GIS platform of the newly discovered and frescoed rooms beneath the Cathedral of Siena. She contributed, with vectorial maps and archeological drawings, to the publication Sotto il Duomo di Siena (2003). Upon winning a research grant following graduation, Veronica spent six years working in the University of Siena archeology laboratory in Computer Science. She also spent several years drawing dig maps while working on site in various important archeological digs in Tuscany (rooms beneath the Siena Cathedral; castle of Miranduolo, Podium Bonizio village) specializing in GIS technology. Veronica is an avid traveler and a member of an all-female Brazilian drum group in Siena.
IES Abroad Siena Staff
Sigrid VeneriStudent Services Coordinator
The $12,000 program fee includes base tuition, housing, health insurance and at least one overnight field trip. A complete breakdown of this fee will be available in February 2016.