About Siena Italian Studies

Host Family

All of our students live with host families. The home stay is an integral and indispensable part of all SIS programs, offering students the opportunity to make life-long friends and reinforce the language skills acquired during daily lessons.  Living with a host family is the best way to experience modern, Italian culture from “the inside”.

 Host families also provide local knowledge that is essential to daily life as well as for ensuring that all of our students are safe. We carefully select families through a personal interview process.  Whether a single mother, a young married couple with children, or an “Italian Grandma” all of our families are experienced in hosting foreign students.

Our host families view hosting as a form of cultural exchange and are eager to share their version of Italian culture with Siena Italian Studies’ students.