Art, Comparative Cultural Studies, Earth Sciences & Environmental Sustainability
SIENA SCHOOL FOR LIBERAL ARTS
ABOUT THIS PROGRAM
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.
Kali Bills Siena, Italy
"The city is amazing. I don't even know where to begin! From the medieval horse tie up areas on every building to detailed artwork of the frescos, this city has so much rich history."
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 throughout the semester.
For semester-long study, Siena offers several different academic tracks including: Museum Studies, Sustainability, Italian Studies, Deaf Studies, and Liberal Arts. Please see the Siena School's academic website for further information.
Fall Semester 2014 Program
Students will choose coursework from one of Siena's pre-defined tracks, and will also have the option to take the course "If on a Winter’s Night a Traveler: Touring the Imagination with Italo Calvino" taught by Ann Cummins, Professor of English (see description below). This course is worth 3 credits, and can count towards ENG370W (satisfying the Junior-level writing requirement), ENG253 (AHI) SA251 (Global Diversity credit), or HON240 (AHI).
"When the great Italo Calvino asked the question all fiction writers ask—what if?—his imagination took him on marvelous journeys: journeys into the fabled country of Italian folktales; journeys into the theater of World War II and the art of surrealist fiction; journeys to Hollywood and the land of superheroes, which inspired meta-fictions. In this course, we will read selections from assorted Calvino works, including his translated Italian Folktales, Cosmicomics, Invisible Cities, and If on a Winter’s Night a Traveler. The course is a writing intensive course. Each week, we will take our cues from Calvino characters, and follow our imaginations into the land of What If. Calvino was a traveler, but he always found a home in libraries and bookstores. For inspiration, we will seek out the libraries and bookstores of Siene. We’ll go into the countryside; we’ll visit the famous site of Calvino’s last days, Siene’s La Santa Maria della Scala. Through imaginative writing, we will seek out “the foreign, unpossessed places” of our own experiences and try to give expression to what lies hidden therein."
NAU College of Education in Siena
The NAU College of Education will be running a 12-15 credit program at the Siena School for Liberal Arts each semester, exclusively for Education students.
Each semester students will be accompanied by an NAU Education faculty-member who will be teaching an Education class, as well as coordinating opportunities outside of the classroom for students to teach and develop curriculum within the Siena community as part of a practicum class. Along with these two classes, students will take online Education courses towards their degree.
Additional information on the Education program in Siena:
Fall 2013: August 26 -December 15
Spring 2014: Late January - Mid May
Fall 2014: Late August - Mid December
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.
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.
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.