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Fact Sheet:
Fact Sheet:
Language of Instruction: Italitan Housing: Host Family
Academic Courses: HUM Program Length: Semester, Summer Provider
Program Type: Study Abroad Minimum GPA: 2.50
Class Status: Junior, Senior, Sophomore Office Location: Study Abroad Office JAAC 1009
Program Description:

SAI at Siena Italian Studies


Siena Italian Studies (SIS) is a study abroad program based at the International Center for Intercultural Exchange. SIS programs are a ‘gentle full-immersion’ in Italian life for highly motivated beginner, intermediate and advanced Italian language students. SIS offers some of the most innovative programs in Italy that work to fully integrate the education of language, culture and service learning, in and out of the classroom.

Pre-Requisites for Program/Eligibility

Belmont requires a 2.5 GPA for this program. This is language intensive. To read more about this program, click here.

FALL SEMESTER:  Early-September – Mid-December
SPRING SEMESTER:  Early January – Mid May
SUMMER: 4,6, & 8 week sessions
  • Art History
  • Business & Economics
  • Studio Arts
  • Health Science
  • Modern Languages & Cultures
  • Natural Science
  • Social Science
  • Theater & Performing Arts


To view courses offered, click here. On the right side of the webpage, select the semester in which you would like to study. Click it and scroll down to view courses offered.

Click here to view approved courses and Belmont equivalents.     
All participants are accommodated with local host families. Homestay accommodations include 3 meals a day 7 days a week. Depending on the particular family placement students could be in a shared or private room. 


1. Administrative Fee: $150

2. Belmont Tuition:

Student will first pay Belmont tuition and then be charged a Program Fee for the difference in total provider program cost and what has already been paid for Belmont tuition. If the provider program costs less than Belmont tuition, the student will only be billed Belmont tuition.

3. Airfare  
Students are responsible for booking their own international travel.It is recommended that students wait to be accepted fully into their program before booking their airfare. 

4. Other 
Personal Expenses
Visas may require a fee (SAI will provide visa information if you are accepted)


The overall objective of full-immersion at SIS is for each student to develop a reflective intercultural competence, allowing him or her to function as a global citizen, capable of facing and interacting with different cultures throughout life. SIS programs are intended for students with a wide range of motivations for studying abroad, and courses are offered in a variety of disciplines, all with an emphasis on the Italian perspective. All students are housed in family board accommodations, encouraging the use of language skills and deepening students’ interaction with Italian families and culture. In many courses, learning is not limited to the classroom. Whenever possible, SIS integrates field excursions and visits to enhance comprehension and provide students with a multifaceted experience.

Dates and Deadlines

All requirements must be completed by the Study Abroad Office deadlines: online materials are due by 11:59 PM on the deadline date
  • Spring Semester Programs: October 15
  • Summer/Fall/Academic Year Programs: March 1 
How to Apply

1. Please click the Apply Now button (found at the top-right of this page and/or at the bottom of this page) to apply.
2. You will automatically be directed to your myBelmont account to log-in.
3. After logging in to your myBelmont account, if you are not re-directed back to Belmont Global, open a new window for Belmont Global to complete your application.

This program has a two-step application process:
Step 1) Belmont’s Study Abroad Office application, which requires:
  • Passport photocopy
  • Online questionnaires
  • Signature documents 
Step 2) The Provider application, to be completed SIMULTANEOUSLY with Step 1:
  • You must submit the provider application and all requested documents directly to the provider by the Belmont Abroad Office deadline, regardless of the deadlines set by the provider organization.
  • Instructions for completing the provider application will be provided on your Belmont Abroad Office application. You should contact the provider directly if you have further questions about the application.
  • Your application will not be considered complete until you have submitted both the Belmont application and the provider application. 


Jasmine Marecle 

Office of Study Abroad • JAAC 1009 

Siena Italian Studies • SIS

Siena Italian Studies, SAI offers a study abroad program based at the International Center for Intercultural Exchange in Siena, Italy.

Classes are taught using an instructional approach developed over the years, known as FICCS (Full-Immersion: Culture, Content, & Service). Using this approach, which combines guided and spontaneous learning acquisition, students are asked to employ new language skills both in the classroom and in service situations giving them a learning experience like no other.

Academic Programs:

  • Summer: 4 weeks (6 credits)
  • Summer: 6 weeks (9 credits)
  • Summer: 8 weeks (9 - 12 credits)
  • Optional Volunteering
  • Semester Language/Elective: 15 - 18 credits
  • One Year Language/Elective: (30 - 36 credits)

Areas of Study:

  • Anthropology
  • Business
  • Italian Language
  • Music & Visual Arts
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SAI oversees and coordinates all aspects of student enrollment, including application processing, course selection and credit, visa preparation, housing, student health insurance, transcripts, pre-departure, on-site orientation & advising, and cell phone service.

Dates / Deadlines:
Dates / Deadlines:
Term Year App Deadline Decision Date Start Date End Date
Fall 2020 03/01/2020 ** Rolling Admission TBA TBA
Spring 2021 10/15/2020 ** Rolling Admission TBA TBA

** Indicates rolling admission application process. Applicants will be immediately notified of acceptance into this program and be able to complete post-decision materials prior to the term's application deadline.