Program Overview

Italy has a long history of fostering creativity and innovative art forms that build on the past but look towards the future. This history, as well as the rich culture and physical beauty of Siena and broader Italy, will serve as the context in which students will explore and develop their artistic skills through experimentation with a variety of painting techniques in the studio art course and the creation of personal journals. The Italian masters will provide examples in painting, and students will record their experiences and personal growth through both sketches and writing in their personal travel journals in the journaling course. The highlight of the program will be a trip to Vienna to visit the Biennale, the renowned international art exhibition held every two years to showcase contemporary artists from around the world.

Academic Details

In addition to the Via Francigena: Trekking Through Italian History and Italo Calvino: History, Art and Science in the Modern World courses, you will enroll in at least two other courses offered at the GEO Siena center. The Intercultural Communications course is required, and you may also enroll in additional courses offered at the GEO Siena center. All courses offered in Siena are recognized and approved for academic credit by various GEO partner institutions. Actual credit awarded is determined by the relevant department at your university in consultation with the study abroad office. Check with your study abroad advisor for more information.

Faculty and Staff

Roxann Prazniak is a history professor in the Clark Honors College at the University of Oregon. She specializes in the history of China and Eurasia, with her current work focusing on the Eurasian origins of early modernity. She has taught on the influence that Silk Road trade had on Sienese historical economic and cultural development.

Housing Description

Experience life as part of an authentic Italian neighborhood, living in apartments with other GEO and/or Italian students located throughout the town of Siena. Apartments are within walking distance of the GEO classroom within the old city walls. No matter where you live, close by you can find small local grocers, restaurants and caf├ęs unique to your neighborhood. Each apartment is fully furnished. You will share a bedroom with one or two other students, as well as the common spaces (bathroom, kitchen, etc.).

Dates and Deadlines

TermYearPriority DeadlineFinal DeadlineArrival DateDeparture Date
Spring Quarter20181/1/20182/1/20184/3/20186/15/2018

Priority Discounts

If your program has a Priority Deadline, complete all pre-decision application materials by this date to receive a $100 credit toward your program fee. Please note, students participating in multiple summer programs are only eligible to receive the $100 credit once.

Note: this $100 discount does not apply to priority deadlines for SIT programs.

Course Equivalencies

Actual credit awarded is determined by the relevant department at your university in consultation with the study abroad office. Check with your study abroad advisor for more information.

UO students, please refer to the UO Course Equivalency Process and the UO Office of the Registrar Course Equivalency Database.