Established in 1961, the Buffalo State Siena program is the oldest study away program in the entire SUNY system. The academic program in Siena revolves around a core of courses such as Italian Language, Survey of Italian Literature, Dante’s Divina Commedia, Contemporary Italian Civilization, History of Italy, Art and Architecture, Hospitality Marketing, Tourism Management, Wine Essentials, Ceramics and Painting.
Programs and Course Information
Students must take the equivalent of a minimum of 12 semester hours of study while in Siena. Some students may register for the equivalent of 15 or 18 hours. We usually recommend that students take the equivalent of 12 hours, plan to do an outstanding job, and spend the balance of their time learning about the people and culture.
All participants must take an Italian class and FAR 469 Art and Architecture of Siena (which includes field trips).
Design 220* Ceramics I
Design 320* Ceramics II
Fine Arts 316* Painting in Siena
History 312 History of Italy (taught with ITA 306)
Italian 307 Survey of Italian Literature
Italian 401 Dante's Divina Commedia
Hospitality and Tourism 335 Wine Essentials
Hospitality and Tourism 390 Hospitality Marketing
Hospitality and Tourism 418 Tourism Management
Classes with insufficient enrollment will not be offered.
The studio classes require purchase of art supplies, each student is responsible to purchase their own supplies while in Siena.
Fall 2017 Fashion classes offered in Siena
Professor Erin Habes is living in Siena offering classes in History of Costume and Survey of Fashion. This faculty led experience offers students an opportunity to immerse in Italian cultural and fashion. Professor Habes, an alum of our Siena Program, traveling with the students to Roma, Frienze and Milan. Students will also take Italian, Art and Architecture of Siena and round out their studies with one elective course.
Students live with local host families. We devote great time and care to the selection of host families as well as the process of matching families and students. Some of our host families have been with the program for many years and are highly rated by students. (Student leave the home for the ten day break and must find other accomidations.)
Trips and Excursions
During the semester students are offered to visit some of the most significant Italian sites under the guide and leadership of members of our faculty. The sites are selected according to criteria related mainly to the topics of the program. A two day trip to Roma and a day trip to Frenzie is always a highlight.
Others places our students have traveled are:
Firenze (Florence) is only an hour away from Siena. We visit Firenze during the semester as part of the program to allow students the opportunity to see as many of the numerous treasures there as possible. The Uffizi and Accademia Galleries, Cathedral, Baptistry are just some of what there is to admire in this famous city, which is the capital of the Italian Renaissance.
Padova is tremendously significant as the home of Giotto's most renowned masterpiece, the Scrovegni Chapel, and its proximity to Venice.
Assisi is famous worldwide as the birth place of St. Francis and for the grandeur of the Basilica that hosts some of the most impressive masterpieces of the early Renaissance (Cimabue, Giotto, Simone Martini, Pietro Lorenzetti, and others).
Students may wish to visit one of the most popular Italian natural resorts. Cinque Terre with their terraces build on rugged steep landscape overlooking the sea, represent an extremely attractive destination.
Application Deadline: April 2, 2018
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If you do not have a passport, you must apply immediately. (Passports are good for 10 years.) Please go to https://www.usps.com/international/passports.htm for passport instructions.
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