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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, international relations, history of art, studio art, film, literature, politics, and more provide th... read more

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OVERALL RATING 4.7
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August 17, 2019 Living Like An Italian
I became more confident my my public speaking skills, and my ability to speak in a foreign language. - Brandeis University View Entire Review
May 20, 2018 Great Experience
I gained many friendships. I learned how to speak better in Italian. It was definitely worthwhile. - Brandeis University View Entire Review
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... - 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. - Brandeis University View Entire Review
A student studying abroad with CET Academic Programs: Siena - History of Art and Italian Studies
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. - Brandeis University View Entire Review
I gained a deeper understanding of the Italian language and overall culture. It was definitely worthwhile. - Brandeis University View Entire Review
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. - Brandeis University View Entire Review
A student studying abroad with CET Academic Programs: Siena - History of Art and Italian Studies
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 ... - Mount Holyoke College View Entire Review
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... - University of Virginia View Entire Review
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... - Brandeis University View Entire Review
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 ... - University of Virginia View Entire Review
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 ... - Brandeis University View Entire Review
September 07, 2017 Dolce Vita
Greatly improved my knowledge of Italian, made wonderful friends and got to explore many new places! - Brandeis University View Entire Review
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. - Brandeis University View Entire Review
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. - Brandeis University View Entire Review
There's too much to say about what was gained and learned, but certainly time abroad is always worthwhile. - Brandeis University View Entire Review
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. - Brandeis University View Entire Review
Past Review I Did It All!
How to deal with people - Brandeis University View Entire Review
A student studying abroad with CET Academic Programs: Siena - History of Art and Italian Studies
It was so worthwhile! I got to learn about a whole new culture, and I think that this really expanded my worldview. - Trinity University View Entire Review
I loved the program. I'm considering going back for a year after graduation. - Tufts University View Entire Review
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... - University of Virginia View Entire Review
Past 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 ... - Tufts University View Entire Review

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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, international relations, history of art, studio art, film, literature, politics, 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 and a faculty-led Traveling Seminar 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.

Highlights


  • Traveling Seminar to Sicily

  • 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

  • Elective offerings in both English and Italian

Program Type(s):
Study Abroad
Intensive Language
Program Length(s):
  • Fall
  • Summer
  • Spring
Instruction Language(s):
  • Italian
  • English
Language Requirement(s):
  • Italian
Relevant Study Subject(s):
  • Fine Arts, Studio Arts
  • Liberal Arts, General Studies
  • History
  • Architecture History, Architectural Criticism
  • Italian Language, Literature
  • Italian Studies
  • Architecture
  • Art History, Criticism and Conservation
  • Economics
  • European Studies
  • Film, Video, Photographic Arts
  • Foreign Languages and Literatures
  • Political Science and Government
  • Western European Studies
Minimum GPA:
3.0
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