The Italian University for Foreigners Siena Italy

Italian Language and Culture Course

Program Name: Italian Language & Culture Course
School: Universita Italiana per Stranieri di Siena
City: Siena, Italy
Term: Spring (April to June)
Duration: Semester
Cost: € 1,550 / $ 1,687.95 *
Housing € 250 – 350 ($ 272.25 * –  $ 381.15 *) per month, shared student apartment
Language of Instruction: Italian
Eligibility: Open enrollment, anybody can participate. The Italian program at the University of Siena for Foreigners is open to teens, students, and adults. You do not have to be a college student to enroll in this Italian program. You do not have to participate in a US university study abroad program to enroll in this Italian program. Must have high school diploma.

* Euro equivalent in dollars based on current exchange rate

COURSE DESCRIPTION – Italian Language and Culture Course, Fall Semester

Italian Language & Culture study abroad program in Siena, Italy. Italian courses are offered in six levels, from beginner Italian to advanced Italian. Learn to speak, read, and write, and understand Italian in Siena, which is one of Italy’s most beautiful preserved Medieval cities. The semester long Italian courses are divided into monthly segments. Each month includes 80 hours of lessons. Italian classes are held in the morning or in the afternoon, Monday to Friday.

Italian culture courses are also available. The aim of the courses in Italian Culture, which are organized in modules, is to provide students with a socio-historical and artistic introduction to Italian culture, which complements their language studies and permits them to earn academic credit from universities or other academic institutions abroad.

Final Exams. Final Exams are held generally the last day of each month. At the end of any given month, a student may take  the final exam of the segment he/she has been attending. By passing the monthly final exam, the student earns 4 CFU/ ECTS.

Italian Culture Courses follow the same calendar as the regular courses of  Italian language and are planned so as to avoid scheduling conflicts with the Italian language lessons. Students may attend a trimester-long course or monthly segments thereof; at the end of each trimester they may take  a written or oral exam on the material covered. The courses are designed in monthly modules, each including five 2-hour lessons for a total of 10 hours.

Students may register for the Cultural Modules upon arrival in Siena, choosing the courses which interest them from those being offered. Italian Language levels offered are A1 (Beginner), A2 (Pre-Intermediate), B1 (Intermediate), B2 (Advanced), C1 (Advanced High).


  •  Italian Conversation
  •  Italian Written Expression
  •  Italian Reading Comprehension
  •  Italian Listening Comprehension
  •  Italian Culture Classes

Included in the Italian Language and Culture Program are:

  • Welcome Service
  • Placement and final test
  • Tutor
  • University library and other libraries in the city
  • University wi-fi
  • Language laboratory
  • Access to the student cafeteria
  • Participation in all university activities


Open enrollment, anybody can participate. The Italian Program at the Universita Italiana per Stranieri is open to teens, students, and adults. You do not have to be a college student to enroll in this Italian program. You do not have to participate in a US university study abroad program to enroll in this Italian program. Must have high school diploma or equivalent.


The University for Foreigners of Siena is a public university specialized in the teaching of Italian as well as many other languages. It also specializes in scientific research on the diffusion of the Italian language and culture in the world and in contact between Italian and other languages and cultures. It is located in one of Italy’s most beautiful medieval cities and is world famous for its Italian courses for foreigners. Students from all over the world choose Siena to study abroad in Italy and to learn Italian.


Activities: Free activities, access the university’s sporting facilities, dinning halls, library, language labs, etc.

Housing: University residence, shared student apartment. The University Italiana per Stranieri has a webpage where participants in the Italian courses can search for housing.


Online registration, open to teens, students, and adults. There is no minimum required GPA. Recommendation letters are not required. The minimum age for enrollment is 18. You should enroll at least one month before your Italian course begins.

  • Fill out the online application form.
  • Attach a copy of your high school diploma
  • Attach a copy of your deposit payment / installment fee (bank receipt, etc.)
  • Attach a copy of your passport
  • Include a passport sized photo
  • Send the enrollment form and documents to:
    • or by e-mail to:

After receiving all of the required documents the Office of Italian Language Courses will send the communication of Acceptance by e-mail. The students who have to apply for the study Visa are asked to communicate which is the Italian embassy or consulate where they will apply, in order to send them the communication of acceptance certified by e-mail (PEC) in place of the original one. Visit the FAQs page for additional info.


Italian Language Courses at the Universita Italiana per Stranieri

Housing Search

Enrollment form

For further information:
Piazza Carlo Rosselli 27/28
tel. +39 0577 240115
fax +39 0577 281030

Registration forms and fees:
Ufficio dei corsi di lingua
italiana per stranieri
Tel. +39 0577 240106-345-343
Fax +39 0577 283163

Italian Language Centre:
Piazza Carlo Rosselli 27/28
53100 Siena
tel. +39 0577 240302-303-235
fax +39 0577 42112