- 18 years of age or above
- Good academic and disciplinary standing at Penn State
- 2.75 cumulative GPA or better at the time of application
- Sophomore standing or above at the start of the program
Customize your academic experience with an Italian language course, English- or Italian-taught area studies courses, and a part-time internship. Take advantage of student life in Siena as you participate in Università degli Studi di Siena-sponsored activities and enjoy the libraries, cafeterias, and WiFi in University buildings throughout the city. You may be able to take courses at the University if you are at an advanced Italian language level or meet the prerequisites to take English-taught Business and Economics courses.
Fall: early September - mid December
Spring: mid January - mid May
Refer to the program website for the specific dates, if available.
The enchanting city of Siena is home base as you explore all that Tuscany has to offer. World-renowned cuisine, more than 120 nature reserves, Medieval masterpieces everywhere you turn, and the hustle and bustle of Florence (just an hour away)…should we keep going? History comes to life in Siena, as most evident in the robust life of the contrade—neighborhood districts that divide Siena into 17 subcultures with their own music, traditions, and lore dating back to the Middle Ages. Through activities of your contrada, you can learn from your neighbors how the contrade have influenced social, political, and religious life for centuries.
Education Abroad in Countries with a Penn State Restricted Travel Designation
In order to comply with Penn State’s International Travel Policy, students interested in studying abroad in countries that Penn State has designated as “restricted” for travel, a petition for a waiver must be submitted. Once a petition is complete, and if the student is approved for study on the program in question, the student may be asked to meet with the Director of Education Abroad and the petition will be reviewed by the Penn State International Restricted Travel Committee (IRTC). The necessary petition will be included in the online application process for this program. To see if your program is taking place in a restricted travel country, please visit the Global Programs website.