IES- Study in Tuscany

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Academic Program

Instruction consists of lectures and seminars taught primarily in English at the IES Center. Students are required to take an Italian language class in Siena. Students with sufficient background in Italian (determined by a placement test) may be allowed to enroll in university courses alongside Italian students. On-site orientation and fieldtrips included.

  • Reviewed by: Professor Sara Adler
  • Fields of study: Fine arts, humanities, social sciences
  • Eligibility: 8.25 cumulative GPA; 1-2 years of college-level Italian
  • Number of program participants: 25 students from US colleges and universities. The University of Siena, one of the oldest in Italy, founded in 1240 AD, enrolls just over 15,000 students.

Living Arrangements

Students live in apartments, sharing with other students from the program and local students and will shop and prepare their own meals with a stipend provided by Scripps. Home stays can be arranged.

Term Dates

  • Fall: Early September to mid-December
  • Spring: Early January to late May


  • Advising Tips: A faculty reference is required only for students whose GPA is below 8.25 . Students have to complete a petition process through the Registrar's Office for courses from abroad to fulfill the Gender and Women's Studies (GWS) general education requirement. However, the course - Family and Gender in Medieval and Early Modern Italy, has already been petitioned by a previous student so it is now approved for the GWS requirement.
  • Visa Information: After acceptance, your program will provide you with specifics about the visa required. The embassy site will have information on visa requirements for planning purposes.
  • Budget Planning: For budget planning purposes, click here to view the current cost of living comparison between Siena and Los Angeles.
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