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  • Locations: Siena, Italy
  • Program Terms: Summer
  • Costs: Summer
  • This program is currently not accepting applications.
Fact Sheet:
Fact Sheet:
Click here for a definition of this term Program Type: Faculty-led GPA Requirement: 2.5
Education Abroad Advisor: Mikaela Terry Click here for a definition of this term Language Prerequisite: None
Language of Instruction: Italian Click here for a definition of this term Fields of Study: Modern Languages (Italian)
Program Description:

NAU in Italy: Language and Linguine
Siena, Tuscany, Italy
June 1 - July 31, 2019
Program Director: Kevin Massoletti


About the Program

Over the course of two months in the picture-perfect hill town of Siena, students will have the unique experience of learning how to both speak Italian and cook home-style Italian food.  Students will engage in beginner or intermediate Italian language instruction with NAU faculty Kevin Massoletti and a local university, Universita per Stranieri di Siena for five days a week (Monday-Friday).  The afternoons will then be dedicated to the culinary aspect of the program.  Two days a week students will meet at the well-known and much-beloved Trattoria Fonte Giusta restaurant, located in the medieval streets of Siena, for two to three hours of hands-on cooking with the restaurant’s chef and owner, Pino.  The students will have the “obligation” of eating the Italian restaurant quality food that they produce after each class.
Throughout the duration of the program students will learn to have practical conversations in Italian through interactions with the chef and his staff and their daily routines that will reinforce the concepts and materials discussed in the classroom.  Students will learn to prepare upwards of 50 Italian dishes including the classically Italian pastas, pizza, gelato, focaccia, lasagna and more regionally specific dishes such as: pici alla cinta senese (Tuscan pasta in Sienese Boar Sauce), cantucci (a regional cookie), panzanella (a regional bread salad), and many, many more.

This program will coincide with the famous horse race, Palio.  Which is a bucket-list item for many!  It is a truly unforgettable experience. Also included in the program will be a few excursions to different towns in Tuscany: Montalcino, Monteriggioni, San Gimignano, and Pienza. 

Course Information

Students will receive one year's worth of Italian language by completing a total of eight credit hours.  These will come back as one of the following options:
Italian 101 (4 credits) and 102 (4 credits) or
Italian 201 (4 credits) and 202 (4 credits) or Upper Division Italian (300 or 400 level that will help fulfill the minor requirements)

Note: 4 credits will post as NAU direct credit and 4 will post as transfer credits.


The University for Foreigners will be providing 180 contact hours of instruction. Based off of your level of proficiency determined on the first day of classes (June 3) by way of an entry-level test you will be placed in Italian language levels with other students from around the world. 

Kevin Massoletti, the NAU lecturer of Italian, will host on-site cultural activities and excursions around Tuscany. He will also be facilitating in the kitchen in addition to leading discussions on the menu and history of the dishes. The on-site chef, Pino, is a restaurant owner and has offered culinary classes privately and in a small local culinary institute.  Given his linguistic limitations in English (he speaks Italian), the students will benefit from 100% exposure, however, there will always be an English/Italian speaker on site.

Activities Designed for Cross-Cultural Experiences

Students will partake in many activities that will foster and deepen their linguistic and cultural knowledge of Italy and the Italian language. On a daily basis they will be interacting with Pino and his staff, all Italian-speaking individuals. In addition, we will be visiting a family-owned farm and olive press and going to a historic winery to learn about the history and production of Tuscan wines. Through our travels students will have many opportunities to meet and interact with local merchants and shop owners.

During pre-departure meetings and on a daily basis upon arrival, students will develop the linguistic necessities to not only survive but truly interact with the people of Tuscany.


  • Minimum 2.5 GPA
  • Good Academic Standing
  • Must be at least 18 years old

Itinerary *

June 1 - Arrival in Italy and into homes in Siena
June 3 - Classes start
Monday - Friday 9am-1pm University courses (Monday-Friday)2 kitchen sessions per week from 5pm-8pm

July 31 - Classes end
August 1 - Students Depart

Exact excursion dates and other activities are TBD. 


The living arrangements for the students is being organized by a property management group in Siena, Italy: CarpeDiem. Students will be living in double rooms with other students, either American or international. Each home will be furnished and have a washing machine and functional kitchen. All of the utilities will be included. Upon moving in, students will provide a security deposit of 100 Euro which will be returned if no damages have occurred.

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 submit an 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.    


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Program Reviews:
Anthony Joesph Danza, Summer 2017 Participant
Perfect program if you desire a slice if Italy. Siena is a beautiful city that has lovely classical renaissance style with amazing vistas throughout. Everyone is kind and friendly, especially at the restaurant. The cooking itself is fun and exciting while also practical if a person would like to continue at home. The little trips around Tuscany were always interesting and exciting while providing something new each time. Also, the deal on food is fantastic. The cooking means many meals are already built into the program cost. This allows for true eating like and Italian 5 days a week. Overall, an amazing experience that I highly recommend.

Aubrey Rose Luff, Summer 2017 Participant
NAU in Italy: Language and Linguine was a program I am glad I had the opportunity to participate in. Not only did I enjoying eating the Tuscan dishes I created each day, I learned so much about myself and Italian culture. I have grown in my cooking skills, my Italian language abilities, and as a person in general. If you like food, Italy, and pushing yourself, you'll never regret going on this study abroad program.

Luke C Streit, Summer 2017 Participant
This program is a once in a lifetime opportunity. I learned so much about the language, the food and the culture. I made many lifelong friends on this trip, both locals of Siena and the other people in the program. I am so glad I decided to to participate in this program! it is the highlight to my college experience!

Dates / Deadlines:
Dates / Deadlines:
Term Year App Deadline Decision Date Start Date End Date
Summer 2020 03/15/2019
Rolling Admission TBA TBA


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This program is currently not accepting applications.