SPI's Siena Italian Immersion Program gives high school students the opportunity to experience Italy from an insider's perspective. Siena is a beautiful medieval town built upon three hills in the heart of scenic Tuscany.
The summer brings a wealth of festivities, such as the thrilling Palio Festival, which SPI program participants have the opportunity to experience firsthand! Though small, Siena has a large student population, helping to create an intimate and studious environment that allows students to fully immerse themselves in Italian language and culture. With a plethora of places to explore and things to do — from socializing at local pizzerias and cafés to shopping, discovering theaters, and visiting world-famous museums and art galleries — Siena truly is ideal for total immersion into the Italian language and way of life!
SPI offers two to four-week-long summer immersion programs in Siena. For complete program details, dates, tuition, itineraries and photos, please visit the SPI Study Abroad website or call 866-502-7505.
What Makes SPI Unique?
- A hands-on experiential approach to language acquisition
- Caring local homestay with experience hosting students
- Supportive on-site leadership & supervision
- Opportunity to earn college credit and build an academic resume
- Meaningful activities designed to get students engaged with locals
Learn Another Language, Know Another World
Studying abroad will be a defining educational experience — it is a journey that will transform students into being global thinkers with an international perspective putting them ahead of their peers. SPI Study Abroad programs are designed to provide full cultural and language immersion for students by placing them in safe and easy-to-manage cities with caring homestay families. Students gain self-confidence, independence, and maturity, as well as increased fluency in a foreign language — skills that enrich their lives forever.
Your Day in Siena
Morning: Breakfast with homestay before heading to interactive Italian language & conversation courses.
Afternoon: After lunch, participate in various cultural, leadership, and elective activities to practice Italian and live like a local!
Evening: Dinner & quality time with homestay or an evening activity with the group.
"My most memorable experience was definitely living with my homestay family. They immediately made me and my roommate feel right at home. We were basically their kids for the four weeks that we were there!!
I chose SPI because I wanted a full immersion program. I wanted to really speak the language and learn all about Italian culture. I didn't want to be on a tour, I wanted to feel like I was part of everything. And I really did - SPI was so awesome." -Sarah, Italy participant