IES Abroad: Siena - IES Abroad Center

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Nestled in the breathtaking Tuscan countryside, Siena is an amazingly well-preserved medieval city. As a quaint town of about 70,000 residents, Siena feels like a best-kept secret, giving you a great opportunity to create your own intimate Italian... read more

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OVERALL RATING 4.7
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September 21, 2019 Loved It!
I learned so many communication and language skills as well as just life skills and lessons through my experiences abroad. - University of the Pacific View Entire Review
A student studying abroad with IES Abroad: Siena - IES Abroad Center
It was definitely worthwhile! I have learned a lot about the host community and the local culture, but I also discovered new skills and acquired new tools. My IES program professors and staff helped me to navigate through the courses that helped me to grow a lot academically - University of Rochester View Entire Review
September 19, 2018 Siena
I learned so much about Italian food and the culture surrounding food in Italy. In addition, I developed my Italian language skills. - University of Minnesota - Twin Cities View Entire Review
I learned that it is okay to be frustrated in certain situations as long as you can grow out of it. I forced myself to be okay with always feeling uncomfortable or out of place and it was so refreshing and new. - Pennsylvania State University - University Park / Penn State View Entire Review
I studied abroad the Summer of 2017. IES Siena was amazing - the program coordinators were wonderful, available often and always very helpful. I lived in an apartment with one US roommate and one IES Resident Assistant (we were the only apartment with a live-in RA). The RA was amazing, gave great advice - from the best restauran... - University of Washington View Entire Review
Hands down worthwhile. I became fluent in the language and gained a passion for international cultures. - Pennsylvania State University - University Park / Penn State View Entire Review
I learned how to be more independent and become more confident with myself. Yes, it was worthwhile. - Ithaca College View Entire Review
A student studying abroad with IES Abroad: Siena - IES Abroad Center
Initially, I was a little worried about choosing a program in a smaller city but I couldn't have made a better decision. This city became a second home to me and transformed my life. I was really able to get to know the city and become familiar with its traditions and history. I was also able to dramatically improve my Italian ... - Lehigh University View Entire Review
Very worthwhile. I learned a new language and experienced a new culture as well. - Ithaca College View Entire Review
I learned that I CAN adapt to new situations and cultures. It was completely worthwhile and amazing. - The University of Texas at Austin View Entire Review
i learned to rely on myself and become more comfortable with being on my own. i had to travel on my own, i had to make my own food, and i had to live on my own. this experience gave me the confidence to depend on myself. - Brandeis University View Entire Review
Confidence, travel experience, love from a wonderful family. Totally worthwhile - Ithaca College View Entire Review
I learned that I am capable of being 100% independent, that I can travel well, that I get stressed too easily and am actually better at learning a language than I thought. There were difficult periods that came up during my time abroad but overall it was completely worthwhile. - University of Portland View Entire Review
I learned so much about Italian culture and the food and wine industry, all things that I have found to be helpful in my time so far back in the states. - Fordham University View Entire Review
I became more aware of international issues and politics while learning business tactics for the food and wine industry. I also became more confident in myself, and my ability to be independent in new situations. - University of Illinois - Chicago View Entire Review
August 10, 2018 Learning From Living
I learned how to be more confident in myself. There is a thrill that comes from going abroad on your own and making a life. My time abroad left me feeling as if I could truly handle myself in more ways than I previously believed. - Hope College View Entire Review
It was absolutely worthwhile. The cultural immersion aspect was not as difficult as I thought it would be. I did not experience culture shock in a major way - Haverford College View Entire Review
I gained a lot of self confidence, academically and on a personal level and a great amount of respect for other cultures. Studying abroad was more than worthwhile for me. - Kenyon College View Entire Review
I learned to rely on myself more and to stay calm in stressful situations. I think I became a more knowledgable and understanding person. It was definitely worthwhile. - George Washington University View Entire Review
I learned that everyone has different perspectives on life, and became so much more openminded! - Vanderbilt University View Entire Review
Past Review Amazing Siena
Living in Siena was everything I wanted studying abroad to be about and more! Since Siena is a smaller city than others in Italy, it created a quaint, home-like feeling to it. By the time I left, I felt comfortable in the city and felt like one of the locals, and I always felt safe, even walking at night. I found it very fasc... - California Lutheran University View Entire Review
Going to Siena was the best decision I've made since I started college. The people and the program were amazing. When dealing with the professors and employees of the program I felt like I was talking to my friends not my superiors. Siena is small but I felt like every day I stumbled on a new restaurant or statue that made my da... - Colby College View Entire Review
I learned that you can do anything you set your mind to and overcome any challenge that may arise. As well as learning valuable life skills. - Ithaca College View Entire Review
Past Review Small City
I learned about how vastly the culture differs across borders. Yes worthwhile - Brandeis University View Entire Review
I learned a lot not only about myself, but about other cultures. It was definitely worthwhile and I am extremely happy that I was able to study abroad. I became more independent and a bit more secure with who I am. I wasn't insecure before I went to Italy, but after this past semester, I know who I am. I was able to learn a lot ... - Ithaca College View Entire Review

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Nestled in the breathtaking Tuscan countryside, Siena is an amazingly well-preserved medieval city. As a quaint town of about 70,000 residents, Siena feels like a best-kept secret, giving you a great opportunity to create your own intimate Italian experience. In Siena, you will truly experience what life in Italy is really like.

Programs in Siena:


  • Siena Summer - Tradition & Cuisine in Tuscany: Nestled in the Tuscan countryside, Siena is a beautiful medieval city located 35 miles southwest of Florence. Immerse yourself in Italian society, cuisine, and culture, while enjoying easy access to the Tuscan capital, the sea, and the renowned Tuscan landscape. In July, enjoy the rare chance to witness the Palio, Siena’s famous horse race. The Palio takes place in one of the most recognized piazzas in the world, Piazza del Campo, and is not simply a horse race, but a combination of rituals, rules, and traditions that have roots in the Middle Ages.


  • Siena - Business & Economics of Italian Food & Wine: Our Siena – Business & Economics of Italian Food & Wine Program is part of our 12 for 12 for 12 programs. The intersection of culture and cuisine is taken to the next level in Tuscany, where traditional food and wine are not only a large part of the cultural identity, but also a primary economic contributor. Our Business & Economics of Italian Food & Wine Program is ideal for Business, Economics, Agribusiness, Political Science, and Agricultural Economics majors, as well as any student with an academic or professional interest in local and organic food and wine in Italy.


  • Siena - Study in Tuscany: Prepare to be charmed by Siena’s medieval history and rich culture. Located on three hills in the heart of the enchanting Tuscan countryside, this ancient city’s historical center has been named a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Once you arrive, it’s easy to see why. This program’s required core course, Presence of the Past, makes Siena and Tuscany your classroom through activities that explore important sites in and around the city, introducing you to the beauty of Siena’s cultural and artistic heritage. Explore the many piazzas, cathedrals, and squares inside Siena’s city walls that harken back to the Middle Ages. This isn’t just an exhibit at a museum—this is where you live.

Program Type(s):
Study Abroad
Program Length(s):
  • Fall
  • Summer
  • Spring
Instruction Language(s):
  • Italian
  • English
Relevant Study Subject(s):
  • Italian Studies
  • Ethnic, Cultural Minority, Gender, and Group Studies
  • Foreign Languages and Literatures
  • Italian Language, Literature
  • Cultural Studies
  • Philosophy
  • Economics
  • Political Science and Government
  • Sociology
  • Film, Video, Photographic Arts
  • History
Minimum GPA:
2.75
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