European Students

European Students

Siena Italian Studies is dedicated to creating formative intercultural experiences.  While many of our students come to us via American universities, we proudly identify ourselves as a European program that focuses on Italy as a member of the European Union.  Diversity is the cornerstone of intercultural education and the staff and faculty at Siena Italian Studies recognize the uniqueness of European diversity.  We see Europe as a tremendous resource and for that reason we offer a number of opportunities for European students and institutions.

Opportunities for Individual European Students

While our semester programs  and our summer programs are all open to any student regardless of their nationality, we also offer the following options designed especially for European students

Summer 2020 program dates are the following: 

SIS Summer Language Study

For details on the SIS Summer Language Study click herethree-week-Italian Immersion course

SIS Summer Language and Service

These programs are designed specifically to give students the opportunity to immerse themselves in the Italian language, putting language skills into practice in the community through service-learning and via accommodations in host families (included in the program fee).

  • Maymester: Sunday, May 10th – Sunday, May 31st, 2020
  • 8- week program: Friday, May 29th – Sunday, July 26th, 2020
  • 6-week program: Friday, June 12th – Sunday, July 26th, 2020
  • 4-week program: Friday, June 12th – Sunday, July 12th, 2020

Create Your Own Program

If you can’t find a program that fits, please contact us and we can create a program together that suits your academic and professional needs.  Contact us at info@sienaitalianstudies.com.

Italian Language Certification

Siena Italian Studies provides all students with the opportunity to take the official CILS (Certificazione di italiano come lingua straniera) or PLIDA (Progetto Lingua Italiana Dante Aligheri) exam.  Levels range from A1 to C2 and certification is officially recognized within the European Union.

Opportunities for European Institutions

Staff and faculty at Siena Italian Studies has dedicated a significant amount of work in forging new relationships with European partners.  During the summer of 2017 Siena Italian Studies welcomed its first group of European students from the The John Paul II Catholic University of Lublin. We are expecting our relationship to grow and we are also expecting more European institutions to follow.  Contact us to learn how we can collaborate: info@sienaitalianstudies.com

Partnerships and Research within the EU

Siena Italian Studies already has strong relationships with a number of European institutions.  Our didactic method, EUFICCS was central to a project co-financed by the European Union through the Lifelong Learning Programme – (Key Activity 2 Languages) from November 2011 to October 2014.  For this project, Siena Italian Studies was partnered with Universidade Fernando Pessoa (Porto, Portugal) and Centro de Lengua y Educaciòn Intercultural (Granada, Spain).