Siena Italian Studies is a study abroad program based at the International Center for Intercultural Exchange in Siena, Italy. Our programs are a ‘gentle full-immersion’ in Italian life for highly motivated beginners, intermediate and advanced Italian language students. Offering some of the most innovative programs in Italy that work to fully integrate the education of language, culture and service-learning, in and out of the classroom, we strive to offer students an environment where they can become interculturally competent and function as global citizens.


Siena Italian Studies hosts both undergrad and graduate IPSL programs in Siena. For more information you can go to ipsl.org

Siena Bridge Program

The new Bridge Program offers incoming SUNY Geneseo freshman the chance to spend the fall semester in Siena. Read more here.

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  • I chose SIS because of its dedication to fully immersing the students in all things Italian - the language, culture, and the familial experience. The staff at SIS was beyond supportive and did everything possible to ensure that we had an authentic, intriguing, and unforgettable summer in Siena. The depth, beauty, and vibrancy of Siena, its culture and its people will always hold a special place in my heart.

    - Whitney

  • My learning took place inside and outside the classroom. When my academic day came to end, my real day and learning too place at home with my host family. What I learned is that successfully assimilating yourself to another culture is hard work but all my efforts paid daily constant dividends through my Italian.

    - Patrick

  • I had an incredible experience in Siena thanks to Siena Italian Studies volunteering through IPSL was probably the best decision I could have made, in terms of getting the most of my experience abroad.

    - Melissa

  • My host family became my second family. They opened their home to me and allowed me to make it my own. When I come back to visit Ale makes my favorite meal, Renato always has a beautiful new beach destination for me to visit, and Edo can't help but pick on me and my accent in three months we formed a bond that will last much longer than that and that is something that you can't find everywhere at home or abroad.

    - Monserrat

  • This is by far the most amazing experience I have ever had. I have learned so much about myself, my culture, the Italian culture and, of course, the Italian Language.

    - Halli

  • Working with Lella for the cooking school internship has strengthened by Italian skills and my general bond with the Italian culture. I was able to apply the skills I learned in class and since Lella doesn't speak English, it forced me to think and to speak in Italian, both in and outside of the Cooking School.

    - Lindsay


SIS employs a unique approach called the FICCS Method. FICCS, Full-Immersion: Culture, Content, Service is a method that unites the guided input in the classroom with spontaneous input from outside the classroom, with host families, language exchange partners, and at community service placements and during daily interactions with locals in the streets of Siena.

FICCS has recently received sponsorship by the European Union and is partner in the EUFICCS (European Use of Full-Immersion, Culture, Content, Service) project. Funded by the European Commission under the Lifelong Learning Programme, the projects aims to enhance the motivation and capacity of language learners to study a foreign language in the country of origin with the use of this innovative methodology applied to learning Italian, Spanish and Portuguese as second languages”. To learn more, click here.

Generation Study Abroad

Generation Study Abroad is a new five-year initiative launched by the Institute of International Education in March 2014 to double the number of U.S. college students studying abroad by the end of the decade.   Siena Italian Studies is proud to be a commitment member.  Click below for more information.


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