Located in Tuscany near Florence and Pisa, Siena is a UNESCO World Heritage Site. The Siena School for Liberal Arts is a unique institution allowing students to create customized programs of study involving a Service Learning project.
Located in the center of Siena, the Siena School for Liberal Arts offers you a unique study abroad experience in one of the oldest and most beautiful university towns in Italy. Through the Siena School you will want to go beyond merely observing the life of this beautiful city; you will be drawn into dialogue with the environment that surrounds you. The classes provide the instruments and insight you need to make a connection and leave a mark, be it through what you say, write, create or perform. In this way you are not a mere visitor, but a real contributor to the life of the city.
At the Siena School they offer you a vision to grow and learn in your Study Abroad experience, through a wide range of exciting and innovative courses (taught in English and Italian) and Internships in the Fine Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences, wonderful opportunities in Community Service and a variety of Extracurricular Activities.
Small classes allow close collaboration between students and faculty. They select yearly research themes and organize public interdisciplinary conferences that connect the School with the local community.
The Siena School also works closely with the University of Siena; students with sufficient language skills may even enroll for University courses. The Siena School is also affiliated with two non-profit organizations - Siena DiversaMente and Mason Perkins Deafness Fund - and students can work as interns in the organization or participate in social and cultural projects run by them.
The Siena School offers an intimate learning environment with small classes and hands-on learning. NAU students have the opportunity to participate in a unique study program while earning NAU credit. Students will take an intensive 3-week intensive Italian language course at the beginning of the program and will continue studying Italian language.
Along with Italian language, for semester long study, students can choose to take classes in two of the three following areas: 1) Art History 2) Photography 3) Creative Writing
Clickhere for the course descriptions for the available courses.
Getting Credit for Studies Abroad
Students who wish to receive academic credit (aside from general elective and liberal studies credit) must have their courses pre-approved by the appropriate department. To view a list of academic advisors, please review the information in our Academics section. Once you apply through our website, you will be able to enter the classes you wish to take electronically. These classes can be reviewed and approved directly by faculty once entered. If you would like courses abroad to count for general elective credit or liberal studies credit only, please contact your Education Abroad advisor for those approvals.
The requirements for this program are:
Fall semester: Late August - Mid December Spring semester: Late January - Mid May
Students will live in homestay with Italian families. Homestay with a local family facilitates a high level of immersion into Italian culture and promotes a high level of language acquisition. Families live either in the historic center or in nearby neighborhoods, a short walk or bus ride from downtown. The cost of the homestay includes linens & towels, weekly laundry, and daily breakfast and dinner with the family (great home-cooking!) and is included in the program fee. Students may prepare lunch at the school’s kitchenette or enjoy the many cafes nearby.
To view the costs for this program, click the "costs" link at the top of this page. This will direct you to a line-item breakdown of how much the program costs and what is included in those costs.
The requirements for this program are:
HOW TO APPLY
To apply to this program, all you need to do is hit the "Apply Now" button found at the top of this page. Once you complete your application, you will be charged a non-refundable application fee of $100, so be sure at the time of application that you intend to go! Once applied, you will have your own personal study abroad page, with a checklist of items needed in order to complete your application.
If you are curious about this program, but not ready to commit, you can hit "Talk to an Advisor" above and you will be able to set up an appointment with the advisor for the program to talk more about it.
TALK TO AN ADVISOR
If you would like to talk to an advisor about this program, you can find his/her name at the top of the brochure page. To make an appointment, or view walk-in hours for this advisor, please visit the "Talk to an Advisor" section.
Rachel Pool Siena, Italy Even though the language barrier is extremely tough, I feel very welcomed by my family and comfortable in the house. I like getting to be in the city all day at school or with my friends and then leaving the city to experience Italian culture with my family at night.