Siena Italian Studies
Fall Semester 8 weeks Virtual 2020
Fall Semester VP / 9 - 12 credits

SAI’s Fall Semester 2020 virtual courses at SIS bring the academic experience of studying abroad to students in the safety of their homes. Students enroll in 1 intensive Italian language course for the first two weeks (3 credits), after which, they continue into a second Italian Language course (3 credits) and start either one or two content course(s) for a total of 9 - 12 US credits over a period of 8 weeks. This structure immerses students in both Italian language and culture. Courses are offered in real-time via a virtual classroom platform. Classes include a variety of activities such as conversation practice, student presentations and discussion videos. Content course options will range from Italian Cuisine to Art History and International Business.


Application: now open
Closes: August 7, 2020
Apps accepted after closing as space permits

Application Requirements
Online application
Official transcript
Italian privacy consent form

Highlights

  • Immerse yourself in Italian language for 8 weeks.
  • Specialized online material introducing students to Siena and Italy.
  • Unique content courses spanning a variety of disciplines.

Program Dates
September 6, 2020 – October 30, 2020


Eligibility Requirements

Age: 18+

Academic Year: Freshman (1st year) or above

Cumulative GPA:* 2.5 (on a 4.0 scale)

*contact SAI if you don’t meet requirements



Business Studies
Humanities & Social Sciences
Italian Language
Literature & Linguistics
Natural and Environmental Sciences

Business Studies

3.0 Credits
Business | Course #: BU IB 400v | Open
The general part of the course is concentrated on the issues related to the globalization and its development over human history, and how the concept of time and space have been changing through the centuries our economic perception of Goods Capital and People. Without such a radical change (either cultural or technological) the Market Economy network would not reach such a global extension. Besides the relationship between cyberspace and virtual economy will be explored, the peculiarity between the Internet and the global financialization of stock market will be analyzed.


The special part of the course is devoted to the European integration, with a strong focus on economic and business developments. The European Union with almost 500 million citizens faces serious challenges in its role as a major player in the global economy. After a brief historical overview, students will be introduced to several core issues on European institutional asset, economic politics, and decision-making processes.

Contact Hours: 45

Humanities & Social Sciences

3.0 Credits
Anthropology | Course #: HS GPA 300v | Open
This course examines the economic, cultural and artistic mechanisms that brought on the Renaissance culture in Tuscany. Students will study the rhetoric of power and politics in the economy during the Renaissance period, and how the arts were influenced by the economic climate, providing ties and reflections on those of today.
The part dedicated to Politics (Power) and Greed will analyse the distribution and the concentration of power and economic resources from the late Middle Ages and the early Modern Era, when the Renaissance flourished in Italy, and more specifically in Tuscany. We will concentrate on the evolution of the Italian peninsula from the City-States of the Middle Ages to the regional states of modern Italy, examining civil and religious power, as well as the crucial role of the city in political, social, economic and cultural
transformations. A specific focus will be given to the political and economic relationship between Siena and Florence, from the birth of their rivalry as independent city-states to the creation of the Granduchy of Toscana. Visits will be organised to important economic and political centres of the time, such as the headquarters of the Monte dei Paschi di Siena bank and Siena’s State Archives. The part of this course that is dedicated to the arts intends to analyze the social and cultural situation of Renaissance Italy with a specific attention to Florence, the birthplace of Humanism and the Renaissance: lessons will be dedicates to the geography of Humanism, the birth of the Academies, the description of the Renaissance courts and the role of the arts (literature, painting, sculpting and music) within the courtesan society.
Visits will be organised to places that were an important part of Renaissance culture: Medici Palace, Palazzo Pitti or Uffizi Museum in Florence; in Siena, the Duomo and the Chigiana Academy.
Contact Hours: 45
3.0 Credits
Art History | Course #: HS AR 310v | Open
Pre-requisite: Intermediate level of Italian or above
This course explores Medieval art and culture, offering students the critical
tools with which to analyze, understand and appreciate more fully the works of art produced in Western Europe from the Fall of the Roman Empire (V century) to the Birth of the Renaissance (XV century). We will explore the development of Medieval Art form Early Christian Art, to Byzantine, Romanesque and Gothic Art; Architecture, Sculpture and Painting will be examined, by considering them in their proper historical and cultural context. We will look closely at the way in which changing styles in art reflected contemporary history and cultural attitudes. With power point presentations and also visits to museums, churches and other places of historical or artistic interest in and around Siena and Florence, this course give the students every opportunity to place their studies from the classroom in context and to see works by the great masters in the original.
Contact Hours: 45
3.0 Credits
Italian History | Course #: HS HC 200v | Open
Pre-requisite: Intermediate level of Italian or above
This course is meant to trace the history of Italian cooking from the Etruscan era to today through the description of recipes, recipe books, ingredients, changes in taste and different ways of eating, over the various centuries. Particular emphasis is given to the historical and linguistic dimensions of our peninsula's resources, to the regional variations of the so- called Italian cooking and to the history and the characteristics of Tuscan cooking in particular; some observations will concern the anthropological and symbolic aspects of food and of eating as part of a community. Classes are organized in an interactive way: students are continuously asked to read and discuss, reflect and taste. Readings for this course include historic, contemporary and regional cookbooks, as well as historical and sociological texts and articles. Students are asked to complete written exams and oral presentations as well as a research paper that focuses on a topic of choice.
Contact Hours: 45

Italian Language

3.0 Credits
Italian Language Intensive | Course #: IT IN 150v | Open
TBA
Contact Hours: 45
3.0 Credits
Italian Language Intensive | Course #: IT IN 200v | Open
TBA
Contact Hours: 45
3.0 Credits
Italian Language Intensive | Course #: IT IN 250v | Open
TBA
Contact Hours: 45
3.0 Credits
Italian Language Intensive | Course #: IT IN 300v | Open
TBA
Contact Hours: 45
3.0 Credits
Italian Language Intensive | Course #: IT IN 350v | Open
TBA
Contact Hours: 45
3.0 Credits
Italian Language Summer | Course #: IT SU 150v | Open
The Beginning Italian course is for students with no previous Italian language study. This course provides students with an introduction to the Italian language, including grammatical and communicative structures using materials that are varied in both content and type. Live class sessions include a variety activities linked to frontal explanations, conversation, student presentations, discussions, videos, etc. The other hours of the course are dedicated to individual work, reading, studying, quizzes, and written assignments, as well as the study of specific aspects of Italian grammar and virtual experiences through Siena and Italy.
Contact Hours: 45
3.0 Credits
Italian Language Summer | Course #: IT SU 250v | Open
The Intermediate Italian course is for students with approx. 1-2 semesters of previous Italian language study. Upon enrollment, a written placement test will place students in the appropriate language level. This course provides students with a complete study of grammatical and communicative structures at the intermediate level. Live class sessions include a variety activities linked to frontal explanations, conversation, student presentations, discussions, videos, etc. The other hours of the course are dedicated to individual work, reading, studying, quizzes, and written assignments, as well as the study of specific aspects of Italian grammar and virtual experiences through Siena and Italy.
Contact Hours: 45
3.0 Credits
Italian Language Summer | Course #: IT SU 350v | Open
The Advanced Italian course is for students with 3+ semesters of previous Italian language study. Upon enrollment, a written placement test will place students in the appropriate language level. This course provides students with a complete study of grammatical and communicative structures at the advanced level. Live class sessions include a variety activities linked to frontal explanations, conversation, student presentations, discussions, videos, etc. The other hours of the course are dedicated to individual work, reading, studying, quizzes, and written assignments, as well as the study of specific aspects of Italian grammar and virtual experiences through Siena and Italy.
Contact Hours: 45

Literature & Linguistics

3.0 Credits
Reflective Writing | Course #: RW SL 250v | Open
This course combines structured and guided reflection with fundamental issues that characterize today’s world both in a global and a local perspective. Students are invited and led to reflect on the ever-changing challenges that await them as future global citizens.

The course opens with a historical and philosophical discussion about the paradigm of hospitality and its corollaries guiding students to reflect and ponder on how this paradigm has been changing in recent times. It leads students through the understanding of the concept of otherness and includes a brief overview on human rights. It goes on with discussing the history of European institutions and Europe's efforts to spread the concept of intercultural dialogue and deeply analyzes the most recent European outcomes in terms of democracy protection and democratic competences development.

Reflection in the course is carried out thanks to the discussion of cultural topics that reveal their inner meanings and deepness when put in the right perspective.

The aim of this course is to empower engaged global citizens with the necessary knowledge and a reflective attitude that will allow them to open to the world without getting lost, to discover the confines of their own culture, to see reality from different perspectives and to feel common ties of humanity under the flow of apparent differences.
Contact Hours: 15

Natural and Environmental Sciences

3.0 Credits
Chemistry | Course #: SC FT 301v | Open
Pre-requisite: Intermediate level of Italian or above
The course represents a journey through the main dietary habits of Tuscany analyzed through the basic principles of biochemistry and physiology. The nutritional and metabolic characteristics of the Mediterranean diet will be illustrated. The benefits and limitations of this popular diet will be analyzed through the most recent scientific discovery. A large part of the course will be dedicated to the use of natural substances and to the discussion of the therapeutic power of some traditional remedies used in Italy. Specific attention will be paid to plant derived drugs and their pharmacologically active compounds. The program will be complemented by virtual excursions to relevant points of interest in Siena and Italy.
Contact Hours: 45

Courses & Schedule
This program begins with a 2 week intensive Italian Language course (beginner, intermediate, or advanced). Courses run every day, Monday – Friday for 2.5 hours. The subsequent 6 week courses are held twice per week for 2 hour sessions (excluding exams). Please note: course times are listed in Eastern Time.

Course Registration
Students complete their course registration during the SAI application process by emailing their Admissions Counselor with their selections. In the case that a student would prefer to take a course that did not meet the minimum capacity, SIS would offer this class at an additional fee. Please contact your Admissions Counselor for more information


Pre-Session Calendar
August 7 2020
Application Closes
Applications accepted after closing as space permits.
Within 1 week of acceptance
SAI Deposit Due
$250 Confirmation Deposit (non-refundable, applied toward program fee)
August 7 2020
SAI Financial Aid Verification Deadline
Students wishing to defer payment until financial aid disbursement must submit the financial aid verification forms to SAI by this date.
August 12 2020
Balance of Total Program Fee Due
August 16 2020
Last Day to Cancel Enrollment Prior to Penalty Phase
See SAI Policies for enrollment cancellation details.

Session Calendar
September 6 2020
SAI Virtual Orientation
September 7 2020
Italian Language Course Begins
September 21 2020
Content Courses Begin
October 30 2020
Classes End
SAI Program Fees* USD
Application Fee $50
Virtual Program Fee: 9 – 12 credits
Includes tuition, U.S. credit, and SAI 360° Virtual Services (see What’s Included).
$7,800

*prices are subject to change

NOTE: SIS also offers courses on an individual basis, should a course not fill. This option incurs an additional fee; please contact SAI for details.

All students who complete a virtual program with SAI are eligible for a Virtual Programs Alumni Discount to be applied to any future on-site programs: $350 for semester/quarter programs, and $150 for summer and short programs.

Note: certain SAI-affiliated US universities require specific payment arrangements. These may require that some fees are paid by the student directly to SAI, and other fees are paid to SAI by the affiliated university on behalf of the student. If you attend an SAI-affiliated university please contact your study abroad office or speak with your SAI Admissions Counselor for details.

This is an SAI 360° Virtual Services program and includes the following services:

  • Program tuition for virtual coursework
  • U.S. academic credit
  • Orientation at the start of the term
  • SAI Virtual Program Coordinator, providing personal assistance throughout the term
  • SAI Virtual Viva Experience: opportunities for virtual cultural engagement
  • Regular newsletters with culturally relevant information and updates

Pre-session and alumni services

  • US-based admissions counselor assigned to you, providing friendly assistance
  • Online student groups to acquaint you with other SAI students
  • Assistance with financial aid processing
  • Virtual programs alumni discount on future on-site programs
  • SAI Ambassador Program for SAI alumni, with paid internship opportunities
  • SAI alumni network membership

About SAI

SAI is dedicated to providing academic and cultural learning experiences abroad that enhance global awareness, professional development and social responsibility. We concentrate our programs in Europe, with a focus on in-depth learning of individual European countries and their unique global role in the geopolitical economy, humanities, and in the arts.