One semester of college-level Italian or equivalent
Established in 1961, the Buffalo State Siena program is the oldest study away program in the SUNY system. The academic program in Siena includes curriculum focused on Italian Language, Italian Literature, Contemporary Italian Civilization, Italian History, Art and Architecture, Hospitality and Tourism, Wine Essentials, Ceramics, and Painting.
Are you interested in living in Italy, traveling Europe, and immersing yourself in Italian Culture?
The Siena, Italy program offers you the opportunity to explore fashion, painting, fine arts, Italian language, and history. Students may travel to Milan, Rome, Florence, and other nearby towns in Tuscany on weekend trips with an accompanying professor.
Your experience in Siena will allow you to visit other parts of Europe. Each semester students are given a 10-day break to travel and explore all that Europe has to offer!
Spring 2018: February 11 – May 10
Deadlines to Apply: October 20, 2017
Decision Date: October 21, 2017
Fall 2018: September 8 – December 6
Deadlines to Apply: April 2, 2018
Decision Date: April 16, 2018
Housing and Orientation:
Housing options: Students live with local host families. Many students say that living with a host family was the best part of their experience in Siena. Living with a Tuscan host family provides students with the ability to practice speaking Italian and gain the true Italian experience. Students must leave the host family house during the ten day break. This gives an opportunity for students to travel.
Orientation: Orientation will be held at Buffalo State prior to departure. Students will also attend orientation upon arrival in Siena. Buffalo State orientation will cover what to expect in Siena and orientation in Siena will serve to acclimate students to their new environment.
Cost and Financial Aid:
Costs vary slightly by semester. Please contact the study abroad office to receive the most up to date budget information.
Students are able to apply their Buffalo State financial aid package to help cover the cost of studying abroad. Scholarships may also be available for students going abroad.
Language and Culture:
Italian 101 – Elementary Italian 1
Italian 102 – Elementary Italian 2
Italian 201 – Intermediate Italian 1
Italian 202 – Intermediate Italian 2
Italian 301 – Italian Conversation
Italian 302 – Composition Arts
Design 220 – Ceramics 1
Design 320 – Ceramics 2
Fine Arts 316 – Painting in Siena
Fine Arts 469 – Art and Architecture in Siena Literature
Italian 307 – Survey in Italian Literature
Italian 401 – Dante’s Divina Commedia
History 321 – History of Italy (Taught with ITA 306)
History Italian 306 – Contemporary Italian Civilization
Hospitality and Tourism 390 – Hospitality Marketing
Hospitality and Tourism 418 – Tourism Management
Wine Essentials 335 - Hospitality
Participants must enroll in the equivalent of a minimum of 12 semester hours while in Siena. Students have the ability to take as many as 15 or 18 semester hours, although it is generally recommended for students to enroll in 12 semester hours.
Students are not required to have taken any Italian language coursework prior to departure. All students are required to take an Italian language course and Fine Arts 469 - Art and Architecture of Siena (course includes field trips).
During fall and spring semesters, students have the opportunity to visit some of the most significant Italian sites. Faculty members guide students in exploring sites that are selected with relevance to program topics. Students enjoy a two-day trip to Roma (Rome) and a day trip to Firenze (Florence).
Other places our students have traveled include:
All classes are taught in English with the exception of the Italian language course requirement. Students majoring or minoring in Italian language may do their reading and written work in Italian for certain courses. Please check with the Buffalo State Italian Department to review requirements for the Italian minor.
Study Abroad Advisor
South Wing 430