Brandeis in Siena is not just about the in-classroom academic learning, but is a holistic program experience including excursions to relevant locations in Tuscany, orientation activities, and 24/7 student support. Please use this page to learn more about the various aspects of the program and contact Ari Kramer with any questions or for more details.
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- Packing preparations
- Passport and visa
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- Health, safety, and risk management
In Siena, an orientation program will help you adjust to your new environment and familiarize yourself with the various student support services that are available.
You will live in the city of Siena in student apartments, which are within walking distance of the Siena Art Institute. You may share a bedroom with other students on the program and will share a bathroom and kitchen with other students. Air conditioning is rare in Siena and your apartment is unlikely to have air conditioning, so we will recommend acquiring a fan on arrival. All student apartments will be equipped with WiFi.
There are kitchens in the apartments, as well as a number of food venues within Siena. Some meals will be provided by the program within program activities, but most meals will be your responsibility during the program. Students typically do a combination of eating out and cooking together, a bonding opportunity over the course of the program.
Local student services and cultural events will be coordinated between the Office of Study Abroad and the Siena Art Institute. You will have the opportunity to participate in a variety of enriching field trips and cultural events within the area, which may include excursions to San Gimignano, Assisi, and other important Tuscan sites.
Studying abroad can be an opportunity to step outside your comfort zone and explore new horizons. The Brandeis Office of Study Abroad supports students in reflecting on their own personal identities in preparing for a study abroad experience that will be meaningful and in which they will be supported both in and out of the classroom. Study abroad program staff and past participants have prepared a list of resources related to personal, religious, cultural, and other backgrounds and identities which may be helpful to students considering Brandeis in Siena. On this Brandeis-run program, program staff and faculty strive to ensure that students have access to the resources they need before, during, and after your time on the program to give you the opportunity to learn and grow in a comfortable and supportive environment.
It is understandable that you will want to explore other parts of Italy and Europe. You are required to attend classes throughout the week, and are expected to schedule your independent travel for the weekends and holidays. In addition, Brandeis requires that you leave a basic copy of your itinerary with a staff member so that you can be quickly contacted in case of an emergency.
As the program is an intensive experience, extensive travel during the program is not advisable. Students are strongly encouraged to remain aware of COVID-19-related travel restrictions and keep in mind the limited ability of Brandeis and SART to provide support services should you test positive for COVID-19 outside of Italy or otherwise be unable to travel back to Italy.
Students who have laptops are encouraged to bring them, especially for purposes of writing papers. Academic culture in Italy is different than it is in the U.S., and access to and use of computer facilities and libraries will also be different. The Siena Art Institute has its own computer facilities with email and internet access, but you must adapt to sharing both equipment and time. The Siena Art Institute also maintains its own library with essential reference works and limited volumes of primary source materials.
Sarah Guise, Wellesley College '20
Major: Art History
Many students on Brandeis in Siena are Brandeis undergraduates, but not all. Sarah participated on the program during the summer before her senior year at Wellesley College and found herself immersed in a welcoming community of Brandeis and non-Brandeis students all interested in understanding Italian art through a new perspective.
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