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  • Locations: Siena, Italy
  • Program Terms: Academic Year, Fall, Fall 2018, Spring, Spring 2018, Spring 2019
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Dates / Deadlines:
Dates / Deadlines:
Term Year App Deadline Decision Date Start Date End Date
Spring 2019 10/30/2018 11/06/2018 02/11/2019 05/09/2019
Fact Sheet:
Minimum GPA: 2.5 Housing: Homestay
Language requirements: One semester of college-level Italian or equivalent Credits: Undergraduate
Program Description:

Program Description:

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!

Program Dates:

Spring 2019: February 11 – May 9
Deadlines to Apply: October 30, 2018
Decision Date: November 6, 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.

Course Offerings:


Cultural Immersion:

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).

Roma (Rome)


Firenze (Florence)


Other places our students have traveled include: 






Cinque Terre

Cinque Terre
 Additional Notes:  
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.

Program Contact:

Leah-Beth Peroni
Study Abroad Advisor
South Wing 430

Siena Group