Program Overview

This program is not scheduled to run in Fall 2020.


In 1999, Martin Scorsese released the documentary My Voyage to Italy. In this documentary, Scorsese talks about his love for Italian cinema and its important influence on his work as a filmmaker. Other famous directors including Quentin Tarantino, Pedro Almodovar and Satyajit Ray have referred to their encounter with Italian cinema as a life-changing experience. Like Scorsese, in this program, you will embark on a ‘voyage’ of discovery through some of the major Italian films. You will learn why Italian films have been so influential around the world and why Italy is the country that has won the highest number of Academy Awards. By living in Italy and experiencing its rich culture, you will appreciate why cinema matters so much to the Italian people. Excursions to Rome and Venice will allow you to visit important historic sites and film locations.

You will attend courses in a 19th century building in the the city center of Siena. Located just 35 miles from Florence, Siena is a beautiful medieval town that is home to more than 20,000 students each year. The program fee includes excursions, many other group cultural activities, full on-time support and a program orientation.

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Academic Details

You will enroll in the two cinema courses taught by the faculty leader, or one cinema course and one studio art course. All students are required to take the Intercultural Communications course. For your remaining credits you will enroll in at least one additional course.

Both cinema courses count toward the UO Cinema Studies and Italian majors. The Sexuality and Gender in Italian Cinema and Media course also counts toward the Women’s, Gender, and Sexuality Studies (WGSS) major.

Required Courses:

Studio Art Courses:

Language and Culture Courses:

*Students may alternately choose one cinema course plus one studio art course.

An optional service-learning placement is available as an extracurricular activity of the Cross-Cultural Communications/Cross-Cultural Perspectives course. This is an exciting opportunity for students studying in Siena, Italy, during the fall or spring to immerse themselves in the local Sienese culture. Placements vary by term. In the past students have volunteered at local retirement homes, ceramic arts programs for community members with disabilities, pre-school and elementary schools, and rescue and social services.

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.

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.

Faculty and Staff

The core courses for this program are taught by Dr. Sergio Rigoletto, Associate Professor of Italian and Cinema Studies at the University of Oregon.

Housing Description

Experience life as part of an authentic Italian neighborhood, living in apartments with other GEO and/or International/Italian students or students’ residence (small dorm) with other American, Italian or international students throughout the town of Siena. Some apartments are within walking distance of the GEO classroom within the old city walls, while others are in neighborhoods just outside and accessible by public transportation. No matter where you live, close by you can find small local grocers, restaurants, and cafés unique to your neighborhood. Each apartment is fully furnished with beds, desks and a kitchen table and chairs. You will share a bedroom with one or two other students, as well as the common spaces (bathroom, kitchen, etc.). The kitchens are equipped with utensils, plates, glasses, cookware, an electronic oven and a gas stove. You will also receive two sets of linens and each apartment has access to a washing machine and drying rack.

Dates and Deadlines

TermYearPriority DeadlineDeadlineArrival DateDeparture Date
Fall Quarter20193/15/20194/15/20199/19/201912/7/2019

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