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UVA in Italy: Siena (in affiliation with CET)
Siena, Italy (Education Abroad Programs Program)
Program Terms: Fall Semester,
Spring Semester,
Homepage: Click to visit
Program Sponsor: CET Academic Programs 
Dates / Deadlines:
Term Year App Deadline Decision Date Start Date End Date
Spring Semester 2018 01-OCT-2017
10-OCT-2017 31-JAN-2018 19-MAY-2018
NOTE: If accepted to this program, you must commit to or decline participation by October 15.
Summer 2018 01-MAR-2018 10-MAR-2018 01-JUN-2018 28-JUL-2018
NOTE: If accepted to the program students must commit by March 15th.
Fall Semester 2018 01-APR-2018 10-APR-2018 29-AUG-2018 15-DEC-2018
NOTE: If accepted to the program students must commit by April 15th.

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Fact Sheet:
Class Status:
1st year, 2nd year, 3rd year, 4th year, Graduate student Minimum GPA Requirement: 3.0
Language Requirement:
Open to Non-UVa Students:
Housing: Apartment, Homestay Language Courses Offered: Yes
Language of Instruction: English, Italian
Credit Type:
Direct Credit
Program Type:
Tuition Payments Made To:
Program Provider
Advising Appointment Required:
Education Abroad Advisor:
Abby Leake
Application Fee:
Study Abroad Administrative Fee:
Subject Area:
Architectural History, Art - Art History, Art - Studio Art, Cultural Studies, Economics, European Studies, Film Studies, Foreign Affairs, History, Italian, Media Studies, Other Languages & Literatures, Political Science, Sociology
Program Description:


Semester students will need to attend the mandatory Italy visa meeting on April 19th at 9am Global Grounds, Hotel A.

UVA in Italy: Siena
is offered through the partnership of University of Virginia and CET Academic Programs. Siena offers an ideal setting from which to view Italy's rich artistic and cultural legacy. Students will be uniquely immersed in contemporary Tuscan life while surrounded by the rich history of this Medieval city. A variety of challenging courses in Italian language and literature, economics, politics, and art take students out of the classroom and into the streets and museums of Siena, Florence, and more distant cities.

A medieval city located an hour south of Florence, Siena offers an ideal location from which to view Italy's rich artistic and cultural legacy. In the 12th and 13th centuries, the city became an important political, financial and artistic center, dominating the rest of Tuscany. Sienese artists explored new concepts in painting and sculpture and contributed to building the foundation of the Renaissance. The city's golden age passed in the calamitous 14th century, but not before its artists had created their most impressive achievement, the city itself. During the years leading up to the 20th century, Siena withdrew into itself, thus becoming one of the best preserved "living museums" of the Medieval and Renaissance periods. Popular today for its annual horse race, il Palio, the city's pride is on display year-round, culminating at the race in the summer months.


Narrow streets of Siena

Siena is where students use their Italian every day. They get to know the owner of a trattoria, bump into neighbors at the open-air market, and stroll down winding brick alleyways. Students build a strong foundation—linguistically, culturally—within the city’s medieval walls. Then the program shows you different sides of Italy: with a Traveling Seminar to Sicily in the fall/spring and trips around Tuscany in the summer.

Throughout the program, students will have the opportunity to experience a wide array of cultural, social, and visual aspects of Italy by experiencing Carnevale in Viareggio, or soaking in hot springs on the Tuscan coast, or taking a day trip to Montalcino to enjoy beautiful views of the countryside.

Courses and Credits
The curriculum of UVA in Italy: Siena provides a well-rounded program for students who love Italy. Students study as much Italian language as they like, choose from a wide variety of electives to meet their major requirements or enhance their understanding of Italian history and culture, and take a core course designed to provide the skills and theory behind intercultural communication.


On site lecture in Sienese Art and Architecture

Language courses are offered at all levels, beginning to advanced. Upon arrival students will complete a language assessment to determine their course enrollment. Advanced language learners may take courses taught in Italian.

Non-language courses are requested in the application and enrollments are finalized prior to arrival in Siena. Classes are taught at the CET Center. The Center houses classrooms and the administrative office, and provides computers, wireless internet, and a variety of local culture and travel resources.

Semester: Students enroll in either one or two semester’s worth of Italian language, Intercultural Communication: Italy in Sienese and Sicilian Contexts (which includes a Traveling Seminar to Sicily) and two or three area studies courses.

Summer: During the eight-week summer program, students take Italian language and one area studies course. Excursions and class trips are in and around Tuscany.

Visit the CET website for a full list of courses and syllabi.

Students may elect to live in an apartment or homestay for their term in Siena.

Apartment: Students live together with fellow CET students and Italian housemates in centrally located apartments. This arrangement allows for a lively exchange of culture and views and the opportunity for students to immerse themselves in Italian language. Students may use their apartment kitchens or choose to eat at a wide array of local cafes and restaurants.>

Homestay: Students may elect an homestay, an arrangement that provides a wonderful opportunity for immersion into the daily lives and diverse make-up of contemporary Italian families. This option is available for students at all language levels, though students should be prepared to use their developing speaking skills. Breakfast and dinner are provided daily.  This arrangement does require an additional fee; contact the Education Abroad Advisor for information.


2015 Participants

Course Information
Visit the CET Academic Programs website for course descriptions and syllabi.

"See What Life is like as a Student in Siena",
a video produced by UVa student Stefania Mazza,
Spring Semester 2015

For more insight read Rebecca Kugler's (UVa) Spring 2016 Blog.

Accessibility Statement
The University of Virginia believes in providing reasonable accommodations for students with documented disabilities on an individual and flexible basis. If you believe that you would require adjustments in order to fully participate in this program, please contact the Student Disability Access Center at 434-243-5180 as early as possible in order to begin this dialogue.

Faculty and Staff
Two full-time staff oversee the CET Siena program. The Italy Programs Director, based in Florence, manages academics and oversees faculty and staff. The Resident Director, based in Siena, helps students adjust to life in Italy while overseeing field trips, activities and housing. CET Italian roommates also provide day-to-day support to students as they acclimate to life in Siena.

All faculty are experts in their respective fields and have extensive experience teaching students from the US. UVA professor Adrienne Ward is a member of the CET Italy Programs Advisory Board which guides the academic development of the program.

Financial Resources
In addition to the resources outlined on the Education Abroad Finances web page, CET Academic Programs offers a number of scholarships as well as the Continuing Student Discount. Contact CET for information.

UVA students must apply concurrently to the International Studies Office and CET Academic Programs.


At the top of Mt. Etna, Sicily

"For me, Siena was really special because of its size--it wasn't too big but still is an important Italian city. This allowed me to practice my language skills and really learn Italian. My favorite part of Siena was definitely my host family, who truly made me feel like a member of their tight-knit family. My host mom has two daughters and while I was there, one got married and the other had a baby! These experiences and the warmth with which they welcomed me made my time abroad really special and they made me feel as though I was really at home."
Christina Iovino, Fall 2015 participant,
Foreign Affairs and Italian major