Academics

Academics

Through a unique combination of classroom study, intensive programs, fieldwork, service-learning, workshops and weekend activities, the Siena School fosters a hands-on engagement with aspects of Italian life usually inaccessible to the visitor.

The Siena School is organized into 5 Academic Tracks: Deaf Studies, Italian Studies, Liberal Arts (including Studio Art), Museum Studies, and Sustainability.

Students choose a track when applying for our programs. Each track includes Italian language and different core courses. Each track offers 4-month semester courses, ranging from 45 to 60 contact hrs. The school is active throughout the year, offering a Spring and Fall semester and a Summer term. We’re also pleased to arrange customized programs and to organize programs in joint venture with other institutions.

The Siena School is a Study Abroad provider which collaborates with many North American partner institutions.

Credit transfer is processed in agreement with our partner colleges in the US. For those cases in which an agreement with a college/university is not yet in place, it is always possible to go through our School of Record.

Check our Apply section to learn more about our Academic Policy, Credit Transfer and Scholarships.

Track Outlines

Liberal Arts

Choose the lens through which you wish to discover our beautiful country! Whether you’re a sign linguist, an art historian, a writer, an environmentalist or an artist our Liberal Arts Track can provide you with the academic route that will take you to the heart of Italy’s culture. Research projects will range from installation work to keeping a journal while interning on a biodynamic farm or writing the initial paragraphs of your first book.

Sustainability

Understanding the transnational nature of environmental problems, the Siena School Sustainability Track encourages cross-cultural exchange to compliment our academic coursework. Through internships and workshops, students will have the opportunity to meet local food and agricultural producers, share in their work, and discover alternative approaches to food production in the interest of our common future.

Museum Studies

What is the role of museums in today’s society? How does curatorship vary from culture to culture? How should a museum interact with the territory that surrounds it? Our Museum Studies Track addresses these fundamental questions, providing a European and Italian perspective on the notion of museum curatorship while also focusing upon the anthropological value of the museum itself.

Italian Studies

If you’re curious about Italian culture or are currently studying it, Siena is the best place where to start your academic and personal explorations. Here past and present come together within a framework of magnificent architecture, retaining the genuiness of a small but lively city. Whatever the student’s level of Italian, our Italian Studies Track offers an interactive immersion not just with the language but with the actual life of the city.

Deaf Studies

Since 2005, the Deaf Studies Department has ambitiously worked with Italian and American Deaf and signing communities to provide exciting and unique opportunities for students and professionals alike. If you are a signer – whether deaf, hard of hearing or hearing - wanting to learn more about other signing communities, you will find not other school in Europe that offers the same combination of immersion in Deaf Culture and Sign language. 

Continuing Education

The Siena School for Liberal Arts offers a calendar of week-long continuing-education courses exploring the culture, history, and art of the Tuscan territory through four different programs: Discovering the Etruscans; Castles and Ruins; Convents and Abbeys; Tuscan Hill Towns. All programs are open to participants of all ages.

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