Career Strategy Fellowships Study Abroad Summer Session MyCIPE

Yale Summer Session in Siena: Intermediate Italian I & II + Culture

You are here

Program Information


New Haven, United States; Siena, Italy




Sunday, May 28, 2017 to Saturday, July 22, 2017



Area of Focus

Arts & Humanities

Distributional Requirements

Fulfills L3 & L4 & Hu distributional requirement


Study Center

Course Number

ITAL S130-S140 & S152


4 Yale credits


Simona Lorenzini    |   Eleonora Buonocore    |   Millicent Marcus 


ITAL 120 (Elementary Italian II) or equivalent proficiency.


An intensive "at-home-and-abroad" experience designed for second-year Italian students, this program combines language study at the intermediate level with an exploration of Italian literature, film, and culture; beginning on the Yale campus and then empowering students to put their language skills to use while living and studying in the Tuscan city of Siena while engaging in travel and other cultural encounters in Tuscany and Rome.

Tuscany has always occupied a privileged place in Italian cultural history, just as it has exerted a powerful hold on the imagination of foreigners--artists and tourists alike. The cultural component of this program will critically examine the Tuscan mystique, as expressed in the history, art, architecture, and folklore of the region, with a special focus on Siena. The entry points to this study will include literary and historical readings, cinematic representations of Tuscany, in-depth tours of the city's monuments and museums, as well as field trips to Florence, San Gimignano, Pisa, an Etruscan necropolis, and the beach town of Forte dei marmi. Particular attention will be devoted to the defining ritual of Sienese life: Il Palio, the splendid medieval horse race run in the city's central Piazza del Campo.

The syllabus below is from last summer; participants will receive this summer's syllabus at the start of the program.


Yale Summer Session Programs Abroad updates program budgets in late January. Please note the year listed on the button below.

Summer 2017 Budget

Trips and Activities

Much of the course activity preceding and during the “days of the Palio” will be devoted to granting our students an insider’s experience of this spectacular and overwhelmingly emotional event. In addition to the trips to the Tuscan sites mentioned above, there will be a weekend stay in Rome.


Students will be living with host families in Siena. The families provide their student with both breakfast and dinner. Please keep in mind that the living conditions will vary considerably from host family to host family.


The program starts with three weeks in New Haven, on the Yale campus, before moving on to Siena, Italy for the final five weeks.

Participants are responsible for making their own travel arrangements; additional information will be provided upon admission.

The language portion of this program will be broken into two sections: the instructors for section one will be Simona Lorenzini and Megan Crognale and the instructors for section two will be Eleonora Buonocore and Giulia Cardillo.

The instructor for the cultural portion, History, Culture, and Film in Tuscany, will be Millicent Marcus.


For course content questions contact the program's Academic Director, Anna Iacovella or instructor, Millicent Marcus. For general program questions contact the Study Abroad staff.

Learn More

Review eligibility requirements, the application process, and deadlines:

How to Apply