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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 2019 01-OCT-2018
10-OCT-2018 23-JAN-2019 11-MAY-2019
Summer 2019 01-MAR-2019 10-MAR-2019 31-MAY-2019 27-JUL-2019
NOTE: If accepted to the program, you must commit to or decline participation by March 15.
Fall Semester 2019 01-APR-2019 10-APR-2019 04-SEP-2019 21-DEC-2019
NOTE: If accepted to the program, you must commit to or decline participation by April 15.

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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:
Annia Dowell-Wiltshire
Application Fee:
Study Abroad Administrative Fee:
Subject Area:
Art, Art - Art History, Art - Studio Art, Communications, Cultural Studies, Drama, European Studies, Film Studies, Foreign Affairs, History, Italian, Media Studies, Other Languages & Literatures, Political Science, Sociology
Program Description:

CET Siena

Siena excursion
CET Siena is for those who want to dive in to the Italian lifestyle while still being close to the rest of Europe. Take one or two semester's worth of Italian language. Electives in economics, international relations, history of art, studio art, film, literature, politics, and more provide the chance to immerse in Italian culture or to fulfill major requirements. On the weekends, easily hope a train or flight to the rest of Europe. University of Virginia oversees academics, making this program a good fit for serious students of all majors and Italian language levels. Students from all colleges and universities are welcome.

Study in Siena. Immerse in Italy. Then see the rest of Europe.

  • Italian language classes
  • Electives taught in English and Italian
  • Local roommates or host families
  • Walkable college town with plenty to see and do
  • Traveling seminar to Sicily during the fall and spring, Palio horeseraces in Siena during the summer
  • Academic oversight provided by University of Virginia
  • Open to students from all schools
  • No language prerequisite--open to beginner through advanced Italian language levels
Visit the CET website to apply and learn more about this program.

Italy Siena Lead Photo

UVA in Italy: Siena
(in affiliation with CET)


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.

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

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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.

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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.

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.

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.

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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.


Accommodation and MealsAccommodation and Meals

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.

Cost and Financial Aid

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.


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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.


Passport IconPassport and Visa

All participants will need a valid passport in order to participate in the program. Students must ensure that their passport is valid at least six months past the program return date. US passport holders will need a visa to participate in this program. The ISO will assist with the visa application process. International students should meet with their International Student Advisor in the International Studies Office as part of the application process.


Health Info IconHealth and Safety Information

All students considering Education Abroad should consult the Students Abroad section of the U.S. Department of State’s web-based travel resources and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention Traveler’s Health web resources to research health, safety, and security conditions; visa requirements; immunization requirements; and recommendations on staying healthy and safe in their target destination(s). Students should also carefully review the UVA Education Abroad Health & Safety Abroad web page. Parents and guardians are strongly advised to review all of these resources, as well. UVA students and visiting students enrolled in UVA Education Abroad programs are subject to the University of Virginia’s Policy on Student International Travel.