Study Abroad

IES Siena: Study in Tuscany

  • Location: Siena, Italy
  • Minimum GPA: 3.0
  • Language of Instruction: English and Italian
  • Class Eligibility: Sophomores (with permission), juniors, and seniors


COVID-19 Protocols and Travel Warnings

  • You can read about this program’s COVID-19 safety protocols at this link, then read the CDC Travel Warning and U.S. State Department Travel Advisory at the respective links. For more information about Haverford College Study Abroad and the ongoing Coronavirus outbreak, read the Study Abroad homepage here.
  • IES requires all study abroad students to be fully vaccinated before they can participate in any IES program. 

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Siena is a stunningly beautiful city nestled in the Tuscan countryside 35 miles southwest of Florence. Founded nearly 2,000 years ago, Siena offers a rich cultural heritage, is surrounded by well- preserved medieval buildings, and features one of the most unique and famous piazzas in the world. Siena is also the gateway to enchanting Tuscan villages, such as Montepulciano and Montalcino. Siena has been named one of the world’s ten best UNESCO World Heritage Sites.


No previous Italian language study is required. Students planning to take courses in Italian must have taken an appropriate level Italian course no more than one year prior to the program start date. Students must enroll in an appropriate-level IES Italian language course. Placement is determined by the results of pre-departure and on-site language tests.

Academic Credit

Students must carry 15 credit hours per semester. Students are not permitted to take less than 15 credits unless they have the permission of their dean and advisor in advance. Italian majors/minors must take all their major courses in Italian at the University of Siena or at the Center. Italian majors cannot take courses toward their major/minor in English at the Center.

Students may not fulfill their their language requirement on this program because no intensive course is offered. Major, minor, and concentration transfer credit will only be granted for courses in which students received a grade of a C or above.


The program is designed for students interested in studying the Social Sciences and Humanities in a more intimate Italian setting. No previous Italian language study is required. With an integrated curriculum of English- and Italian-taught courses led by Italian faculty, IES Abroad Siena offers students the opportunity to increase Italian language skills regardless of proficiency level. Course options are determined by language proficiency.

Course Highlights

Accounting, Art History, Business Administration, Corporate Finance, Cultural Studies, Economic History, European Studies, Financial Mathematics, Gender Studies, Film Studies, Financial Mathematics, History, Italian Language, Italian Studies, Italian Literature, Law/Legal Studies, Linguistics, Literature, Philosophy, Political Economy, Political Science, Principles of Mathematics, Public Law, Sociology, Statistics

Note: Changes occur frequently. Students are responsible for finding the classes they need and consulting the official site of the institution.

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Three week continuing orientation program that includes general meetings, workshops, intensive Italian language classes, and a field trip to scenic and historically significant areas outside of Siena.

Number of Students

Approximately 40 students participate on this program each semester. Siena is a small city of about 50,000 inhabitants, 20,000 of whom are students at the two major local universities. Siena hosts very few American study abroad programs compared to Florence.

Housing/Meal Plans

Homestay or apartment. Most homestays are located outside the historic city center and generally house one to two students. Accommodations vary, and hosts provide students with breakfast daily and five evening meals per week. Students generally commute about 20 minutes by bus. Haverford believes that living with a family provides the best opportunity to learn a language and experience full cultural immersion. Due to this educational benefit, Haverford will only incorporate the full cost of room and board for a homestay into the financial aid package for students who qualify for aid. If any student on financial aid chooses to live in an apartment instead, Haverford will not be responsible for any increased living costs or additional charges. All students (whether on financial aid or not) who do not plan to live with a family should consult the IES website for estimates of non-homestay living costs, and should plan accordingly. IES students may also share an apartment and with local Italian students in the historic center of town. Furnished apartments are single-sex, and usually two IES Abroad students share a bedroom. Apartments have equipped kitchens, and students are responsible for their own meals. Housing is not provided between semesters. Academic year students who remain in Siena during this period are responsible for arranging and paying for their own housing and meals during this time.

Haverford students may not opt for housing not arranged by the program. 


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  • Semester


  • Semester I: Early September to mid-August
  • Semester II: Late January to early May

Application Deadlines

  • Semester I: March 1
  • Semester II: October 1

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