Siena Semester Program

Semester Overview

Updated Programming for Fall 2020 

To help mitigate some of the effects of Covid-19 on opportunities to study abroad for Fall Semester 2020, Siena Italian Studies has made the following adjustments to its programming:

1. SIS is still currently enrolling students for its standard fall semester with the hopes it will be able to proceed. Application deadline has been extended to *July 1st, withdrawal penalties have been waived up to 15 days prior to departure. If travel restrictions have not been lifted in July the program will be reduced to <90 program with likely start date Sept. 27th.*


Just as we organized online courses for
Summer 2020, SIS will be ready to offer a virtual study abroad semester for
interested students at very competitive prices.


This semester option entails 8 weeks online + 4 weeks on-site in November to recover the experiential portion of the SIS semester (accommodations with a host-family, meals, all local activities, service-learning and 3-day trip in Italy)

For more information regarding these opportunities please contact info@sienaitalianstudies.com


After meeting the group on the arrival day at Pisa International Airport (PSA), SIS staff will accompany the group to Siena where host families meet the students. Orientation activities take place in the three days that follow. During Orientation, students get to know the city of Siena, each other, staff and are introduced to various aspects of the coming semester. They will start exploring the various intriguing, though sometimes contradictory, characteristics of Italy and Italians today.


The Orientation days also include a series of group activities, a welcome reception with host families, faculty and staff as well as a group historical tour of the ancient city.

Intensive Italian 3-Week Course

Then the Intensive Italian Language Course begins. These first three weeks of the semester are dedicated to learning Italian, exploring the territory, visiting service sites and getting to know the host families.

Standard Semester

Following the three-week course, the standard semester begins. During the semester students take Italian Language and choose a series of elective courses.  Of course there will be plenty of activities and excursions.  The group will take one long, 4-day excursion to a selected destination. Past trips have been to a spa in the Italian Alps, to Genova and the Cinque Terre and to Pompeii and the Amalfi Coast to the south.

SIS is continuously monitoring the evolving COVID-19 situation in Europe. We are committed to transparent communications regarding SIS programming in these circumstances to current and future students, parents and home universities and will continue to update program offerings as necessary.

For further information on the evolving situation please consult the following links:

WHO  |  US CDC  |  US DOS  |   European CDC