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CET Siena is for those who want to dive in to the Italian lifestyle. Take one or two semester's worth of Italian language. Electives in economics, art history, computer science, international relations, film, literature, and more provide the chanc... read more
November 17, 2022 Home Away From Home!
I gained a lot of independence and confidence from learning to adapt and explore new places by getting out of my comfort zone. I feel like I developed a lot of transferable skills I can apply in diverse spaces, and my fluency in Italian improved beyond my expectations! I also gained life long friends that I still keep in touch w... Leydi A - Vanderbilt University View Entire Review
Past Review A Summer Of Sun And Cultural Surprises
I learned a lot about my own capabilities and strengths as a person and I learned how to really take care of myself. I wasn't alone, but sometimes I had to be responsible for myself and it was definitely worthwhile. I learned a decent amount of Italian and I felt I could understand a new culture better. I gained an appreciation ... A student - Brandeis University View Entire Review
Past Review Dolce Vita
Greatly improved my knowledge of Italian, made wonderful friends and got to explore many new places! Acia G - Brandeis University View Entire Review
Past Review Seina E Paaaaaaalio!!!!!!!!
The world is wonderful and worth exploring. The troubles of being black in American don't have to cripple me if I remember that I can be black in the WORLD. Stacy Finley - Brandeis University View Entire Review
Past Review My Perfect Summer
Yes, I did. I saw the world for the first time and learned enough Italian to speak with my family. All around a great experience, 10/10 would definitely do it again. A student - Brandeis University View Entire Review
Past Review Settling In Siena
There's too much to say about what was gained and learned, but certainly time abroad is always worthwhile. A student - Brandeis University View Entire Review
Past Review Ready To Go Back To Italy!
much more fluent in italian, feel capable to live in another culture. being in a different environment alone made me realize some things about myself that i wouldn't notice if i never went into such a new environment. yes, worthwhile. Breanna S - Brandeis University View Entire Review
Past Review I Did It All!
How to deal with people megan.kessler.3 - Brandeis University View Entire Review
Past Review Digging Into The Italian Culture
It was so worthwhile! I got to learn about a whole new culture, and I think that this really expanded my worldview. Faith B - Trinity University View Entire Review
Past Review Siena My Fairy Tale Land
I loved the program. I'm considering going back for a year after graduation. Nina S - Tufts University View Entire Review
Past Review Studying In Siena Made Me Feel Like An Italian!
This experience changed me life! i had so much fun but also learned so much about the Italians, the Sienese, and myself. It was wonderful and I'm so grateful. I have a lot of new skills traveling and adapting to new situations, especially ones that might deal with cultural differences. Though I studied mostly humanities whil... Francesca T - University of Virginia View Entire Review
I gained a sense of myself as a traveler, a student, and an adult in a way that I did not yet see at Tufts. I am more aware of my surroundings, what I like to do and see, and how I relate to new people. I also fell in love with Italy and its lifestyle and culture, and learned that studying art involves much more than a textbook ... Sarah C - Tufts University View Entire Review
Past Review Living Like An Italian
I became more confident my my public speaking skills, and my ability to speak in a foreign language. A student - Brandeis University View Entire Review
Past Review Great Experience
I gained many friendships. I learned how to speak better in Italian. It was definitely worthwhile. Maria Alegria - Brandeis University View Entire Review
Past Review An Unforgettable Summer
I loved Siena! We were able to in just two months really immerse in the city. Siena is a city that you can definitely feel at home in after just two months due to its size and the help of great Italian classes and outside excursions. I was able to watch the Palio, one of the biggest and oldest events in Italy, travel to a few of... Isabella Giunta - Brandeis University View Entire Review
I greatly improved in Italian language and learned about the history of Siena. Very worthwhile and nice to take a break from science. A student - Brandeis University View Entire Review
Past Review La Grande Bellezza
I have seen a different kind of life - thoughtful, energetic, beautiful and relaxed at the same time. Studying with the American students in Italy helped me see the contrasts between the two culture, which not every program can help to see. So the experience was definitely worthwile. Sara B - Brandeis University View Entire Review
Past Review Italian Adventure
I gained a deeper understanding of the Italian language and overall culture. It was definitely worthwhile. A student - Brandeis University View Entire Review
Past Review La Vita Buona All'estero ! The Good Life Abroad
I gained more self confidence in myself in terms of traveling alone and being away from family for a period of time. Yes it was worthwhile and I would do it over if I could to reemerge myself into the culture and Italian life like I did when I was there. A student - Brandeis University View Entire Review
Past Review A Semester In The Hills Of Tuscany
I gained an immense amount of perspective just by living in another place. Everything is new and different and able to offer you something to think about. I now know that I want to return to Italy as soon as possible. It was completely worthwhile, and I enjoyed wholly my time there. While I was there, probably the best thing ... Mallory R - Mount Holyoke College View Entire Review
Past Review Siena: Charlottesville In Italy
I couldn't have asked for a better program. I have to admit I was a bit skeptical about spending three and a half months in a small city, fearing that I would run out of things to do. But in the end, I didn't have enough time to do everything I wanted to! I have been back in the states for about nine months now, and I keep cr... Melanie B - University of Virginia View Entire Review
Past Review Siena: Summer Study In The Center Of It All
Before this program, I had never left the United States, and had no idea what to expect. From my arrival trying to find the right bus from Florence to Siena, to living my life in a medieval town, I was amazed at how different the culture was. I think we take for granted that English is a dominant language in the world and we don... Jonathan E - Brandeis University View Entire Review
Past Review Siena: A Perfect Place To Experience Italy
Definitely! I fell in love with Siena, which became a second home to me. It was a perfect place to go abroad and to be immersed in Italian life. The culture and history is so rich and there is so much to experience and to learn. Most tourists only visit Siena for a day to see the pretty sites and then make there way to a bigger ... Danielle B - University of Virginia View Entire Review
CET Siena is for those who want to dive in to the Italian lifestyle. Take one or two semester's worth of Italian language. Electives in economics, art history, computer science, international relations, film, literature, and more provide the chance to immerse in Italian culture or to fulfill major requirements. You'll practice your Italian outside the classroom, where it counts. Visit a contrada to learn about the Palio horserace one day. Head to Florence to see Michelangelo’s David and the Medici chapels the next. Local roommates or homestays, optional volunteering opportunities, and a program-sponsored trip to Bologna open additional windows to the local landscape. 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.
- Volunteering experiences available
- Out-of-classroom learning & assignments
- Option for 1 or 2 semester's of Italian language
- Live in homestay with a local family or an apartment with an Italian roommate
- Wide range of elective offerings available in English
Program Type(s):Study Abroad
Relevant Study Subject(s):
- Architecture and Related Services
- Architecture History, Architectural Criticism
- European Studies
- Western European Studies
- Italian Studies
- Computer and Information Sciences
- Computer and Information Sciences, General
- Computer Programming
- Computer Science
- Foreign Languages and Literatures
- Italian Language, Literature
- Liberal Arts, General Studies
- Political Science and Government
- Film, Video, Photographic Arts
- Fine Arts, Studio Arts
- Art History, Criticism and Conservation
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CET Academic Programs Scholarships
This scholarship is awarded to students with demonstrated financial need. Priority is given to Pell Grant-eligible students. Award amounts range from $500 to $1,500 for in-person programs and $250 to $500 for virtual programs.
up to $1,500
Deadlines:Reviewed on a rolling basis until your program application deadline. Summer programs: March 1 Fall programs: May 1 Spring programs: November 1
Guidelines/Requirements:When you apply to a CET program, you receive access to the CET Scholarship applications. Apply for as many CET Scholarships as you like! Each application includes short answer questions and one essay whose prompt matches the spirit of the award. Scholarships that consider financial need also ask for current financial aid information.