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SAI: Siena Italian Studies
Siena, Italy (Outgoing Program)
Program Terms Academic Year,
Summer 1&2
Dates/Deadlines Click here to view
Pre-Approved Courses: CLICK HERE:
Restrictions: BU applicants only
Fact Sheet:
GPA req.: 2.75
Program Description:

SAI Siena

Type of Program Affiliate
Program Length Semester and Summer
Language of Instruction Italian
Majors Various
Costs Baylor Tuition + Housing to Study Abroad Italy
Housing Home-Stay
Health Insurance Included in Study Abroad Italy Program Fees
Special Requirements Minimum 2.75 GPA
Program Director Mr. John Wilson:
Room 102, Texas Collection , Carroll Library
Office Hours: Mondays and Tuesday, 3:00-5:00 PM


At Siena Italian Studies, SAI offers a study abroad program based at the International Center for Intercultural Exchange in Siena, Italy. SIS programs are a ‘gentle full-immersion’ in Italian life for highly motivated beginners, intermediate and advanced Italian language students. SIS offers some of the most innovative programs in Italy that work to fully integrate the education of language, culture and service-learning, in and out of the classroom.

Classes are taught using an instructional approach developed over the years, known as FICCS (Full-Immersion: Culture, Content, & Service). Using this approach, which combines guided and spontaneous learning acquisition, students are asked to employ new language skills both in the classroom and in service situations giving them a learning experience like no other.

SIS programs are intended for students with a wide range of motivations for studying abroad. From acquiring a mastery of the Italian language, to using a local Renaissance chapel as your art history classroom, to working alongside the city’s volunteer medical assistance team, Siena Italian Studies provides you with the means to create an unforgettable experience abroad.

A UNESCO World Heritage site, Siena city is a major tourist attraction and is also a bustling university town. One of the oldest in Europe, the University of Siena was founded in 1240 and currently enrolls more than 20,000 students. The city offers exciting sporting and cultural events year round, including one of the top basketball teams in Europe, the AC Siena soccer team, many theatrical events and a series of concerts sponsored by the famous Chigiana Musical Academy and the Siena Jazz Summer Festival.

Siena is perhaps most famous for the heart stopping horse race, Il Palio. This spectacular event takes place twice a summer in the central square of the city and has roots that can be traced back centuries.  The exhilarating bareback race pits each of the city’s 17 neighborhoods, or contrade, against one another and is not to be missed – the victorious neighborhood celebrates for an entire year!

Courses or Areas of Study:

Anthropology, Art History, Business, History, Italian, Literature and Linguistics, Music and Visual Arts, Science. For more information, go HERE


Home Stay Housing:

All participants are accommodated with local host families. This home-stay is an integral and indispensable part of all SIS programs, offering students the opportunity to make life-long friends, reinforce the language skills acquired during daily lessons and to experience modern Italian culture from “the inside.” SIS’s carefully selected families, whether a single mother, a young married couple with children or an elderly widow, are all experienced in hosting American students. The host families view this experience as a form of cultural exchange and are eager to share their version of Italian culture with program participants.

Please note that students are expected to leave their home stay during the semester break.  If a student chooses to stay with their family then they must make individual arrangements to do so.

Home stays include three meals a day, seven days a week.

Year Students:

Students usually return home during the holiday break between the two semesters, however, if a student would like to stay, SIS can help the student arrange to pay a fee to their host family (if they are available to host during the holidays) or find alternative housing if their family is not available – that would be on a case by case basis. Students that stay for the year can opt to stay with their original host family or to change host family if they want to try a new experience.

For more information about housing, go HERE


Application Procedures:

Students are responsible for applying directly to Study Abroad Italy as well as filling out the Baylor Study Abroad Application Packet.

For more information about applying to this university, go HERE


Students will pay tuition directly to Baylor and housing costs directly to SAI.  Tuition will cost the exact same as a semester or summer term in Waco.

Dates / Deadlines:
Term Year App Deadline Decision Date Start Date End Date
Spring 2016 10/01/2015 10/01/2015 01/13/2016 04/30/2016
Summer 1&2 2016 01/15/2016 01/15/2016 TBA TBA
Fall 2016 03/15/2016 03/15/2016 TBA TBA