siena

Overview

12 credits. 12 weeks. $12,750.

Our Siena – Business & Economics of Italian Food & Wine Program is part of our 12 for 12 for 12 programs.

The intersection of culture and cuisine is taken to the next level in Tuscany, where traditional food and wine are not only a large part of the cultural identity, but also a primary economic contributor.

Our Business & Economics of Italian Food & Wine Program is ideal for Business, Economics, Agribusiness, Environmental Studies, Political Science, and Agricultural Economics majors, as well as any student with an academic or professional interest in local and organic food and wine in Italy.

You will live in the welcoming city of Siena, home to many specialty foods, including hand-rolled pici pasta, crostini with chicken liver, and panforte nut and fruit cake crafted by local, quality-driven producers. It’s here that you’ll enroll in four courses for a total of 12 credits where you will explore how business and economic concepts are woven into the fabric of the Italian food industry. Imagine exploring global marketing strategies one day and visiting a local Brunello wine producer with international distribution the next. How about studying EU agriculture policy and then talking to the owner of an agriturismo farm about how these policies impact his business? Welcome to study abroad!

Tuscany will be your classroom. Can you picture visiting Italian organic cheese production facilities, utilizing case studies from local wineries, and having lunch with the owners of an independent farm? Our courses take advantage of the region’s many resources that will help you understand key concepts of the food business in Tuscany which you'll apply to your future career - wherever in the world it may be.

We want you to feel at home in Siena, so we do everything we can to help you integrate into life in the city. From housing to cultural events, our job is to make sure you have the most authentic study abroad experience possible.

Quick Facts

  • Center: IES Abroad Siena
  • City: Siena
  • Country: Italy
  • Program Credits: 12 credits (4 courses)
  • Language of Instruction: English, Italian
  • Language Prerequisites: None

Program Dates

After you are admitted, refer to the Travel Dates section of the Predeparture Information in your MyIESabroad account before booking travel.

Fall 2018

September 3 - December 3

Upcoming Application Deadlines:

Spring 2019 - October 15, 2018

Academics

Our mission is simple: to provide you with the best study abroad program possible—which includes the highest quality academic and cultural experiences. We offer unique courses that explore Business, Management, Cultural Studies, and other topics through an in-depth and hands-on approach. Our worldclass professors enhance your academic experience and provide you with new perspectives each day in class.

You take 12 credits per semester, and all courses are worth 3 credits. All courses are taught in English.

Courses

This is a full list of courses offered in Siena. After you are accepted, you will see a list of final course offerings for your term in your MyIESabroad account. The final course list for each term will depend on faculty availability, students interested in each course, and discipline diversity.

Business Administration

MG/ET/BS 362 - Managing Small Business Enterprises with a Farm-to-Table Focus (Fall, Spring)

Cultural Studies

HS/CU 245 - The Italian Wine Industry and its Evolution in Tuscany (Fall, Spring)

Economics

  • GT/ES/EC 235 - The Economics of Social & Environmental Sustainability: Food & Wine Sectors in the New Globalization (Fall, Spring)
  • PO/EC 322 - Economic Policy in the EU and its Impact on Global Food Markets (Fall, Spring)

Environmental Studies

GT/ES/EC 235 - The Economics of Social & Environmental Sustainability: Food & Wine Sectors in the New Globalization (Fall, Spring)

Entrepreneurship

MG/ET/BS 362 - Managing Small Business Enterprises with a Farm-to-Table Focus (Fall, Spring)

Global Studies

GT/ES/EC 235 - The Economics of Social & Environmental Sustainability: Food & Wine Sectors in the New Globalization (Fall, Spring)

History

HS/CU 245 - The Italian Wine Industry and its Evolution in Tuscany (Fall, Spring)

Italian

  • IT 101T - Italian Language in Context: Novice Abroad I (Fall, Spring)
  • IT 301T - Italian Language in Context: Emerging Independent Abroad I (Fall, Spring)

Management

MG/ET/BS 362 - Managing Small Business Enterprises with a Farm-to-Table Focus (Fall, Spring)

Marketing

  • MK 325 - Marketing Strategy: Focus on Italian Wine and Food (Fall, Spring)

Political Science

PO/EC 322 - Economic Policy in the EU and its Impact on Global Food Markets (Fall, Spring)

Course-Related Excursions

IES Abroad Siena organizes course-related excursions that complement your courses and contribute to your knowledge of Italian culture and society. All course-related excursions are included in your program fee and depend on course enrollment.

Possible course-related excursions may include:

  • Local Food Producers - Learn about food production, explore the workings of a Sienese bakery, or tour a chocolate shop.
  • Winery/Vineyard Visit - Learn about the production of local wine, from vine to bottle.
  • Local Wine Shop - Learn about wine marketing and sales techniques.

Housing

We want to make sure that your greatest challenge is deciding which landmarks to see first or discovering the best café—not finding a place to live where you feel comfortable. We do our best to locate housing that is reflective of how the local students are living. Our goal is that when you leave Siena, it will feel like home.

Apartments

Share an apartment with other IES Abroad students in the historic center of town. Furnished apartments are single-sex, and usually two students share a bedroom. Apartments have equipped kitchens, and you are responsible for your own meals.

Student Life

Orientation

The program begins with a one-week orientation that introduces you to the IES Abroad Siena staff, your fellow students, and the city of Siena. Topics such as academics, housing, transportation, and health and safety are covered during the week. During this time, you'll also have a few intensive sessions of survival Italian to help you navigate Siena during the term. You can continue your study of Italian throughout the semester if you wish.

In addition to intensive Italian language sessions, settle into your new home in Siena as you sample aperitivi with Italian students, visit the Contrada Museum, pick olives in the Tuscan countryside, and explore the medieval past of Siena’s surroundings during an archeological excursion.

Additionally, CORE™, IES Abroad’s Comprehensive Orientation & Re-entry Experience, begins during orientation and continues throughout the semester with activities focusing on cultural adjustment, goal achievement, and preparing for the return home.

Extracurricular Activities & Cultural Events

Redefine the way you live and learn in Siena through cultural events, such as:

  • Guest lectures
  • Language exchange meetings with Italian students from the University of Siena and the University for Foreigners
  • Outings to local music performances, operas, and plays
  • University of Siena lectures, seminars, and conferences
  • Special dinners and events sponsored by a Contrada of Siena
  • Soccer and basketball matches
  • Special museum exhibits

Università degli Studi di Siena - Special Events

There are several special events hosted at the Università each term that are aimed at helping introduce international students to local Italian students. You'll learn more about what's available each term once on-site in Siena.

Eligibility Requirements

  • 18 years of age
  • In good standing at your home school
  • 2.75 GPA or better on a 4.0 scale (GPAs under 2.75 will be considered on a case-by-case basis)

Passport & Visa Requirements

A passport that is valid for at least six months beyond the end date of the program, with at least two blank pages is required.

A student visa is required for U.S. citizens to enter Italy. Upon admission, you will receive more information about the application process and any related fees. The visa application process for non-U.S. citizens can be extremely lengthy, please contact us for more information.

Cost

Fall 2018

  • Tuition: $9,430
  • Housing: $3,155
  • Insurance: $165
  • Total: $12,750

Consider these prices as a starting point. We encourage you to contact your study abroad office to determine the actual cost to you when factoring in financial aid, scholarships, your home school policies, and other factors.

Program taught in:
  • English
  • Italian
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