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Study Abroad Office

Montana State University
P.O. Box 172260
400 Culbertson Hall
Bozeman, MT 59717-2260


Heather Dolan - Study Abroad Program Assistant

Tel: (406) 994-7151


Anna Greenberg - Study Abroad Advisor and Outreach Coordinator

Tel: (406) 994-7151
Fax: (406) 994-1619


Susan Welker - Study Abroad Manager

Tel: (406) 994-5719
Fax: (406) 994-1619


Alyson Roberts - CCIS Advisor and Coordinator

Tel: (406) 994-7044
Fax: (406) 994-1619



Siena, Italy Study Abroad Program
Arts & Humanities Semester in Tuscany
Country: Italy
Location: Siena
Language: Italian (no previous experience required) & English
Level(s): Undergraduate
Subjects: Italian Language and Culture, Visual and Performing Arts, Humanities.  Other - Service Learning and Internships in various fields are also available
Length: Semester, both fall and spring; summer term also available
Dates: September 4 - December 20, 2013

Cost: $13,540

Deadline: March 1 (summer and fall), October 1 (spring)

Program Overview

The A&HST is based at the International Center for Intercultural Exchange in the heart of Siena, one of the most beautiful towns in all of Italy. It offers a unique program based on a combination of Italian language and culture, service learning, and academic courses in the arts and the humanities, social sciences, and business.

The A&HST’s philosophy is that of gentle but full immersion in local language and culture. The program offers Italian language classes for beginners, intermediate, and advanced students, using a teaching method based on Full Immersion: Culture, Content, and Service (FICCS). This method, a gradual and gentle process of discovering a new culture through interactive language learning, is designed for all types of students whose reasons for studying abroad may be very diverse, including acquiring a mastery of the Italian language, using the language in the study of Renaissance art and music, travelling in Italy, or working alongside the locals in a variety of service learning situations.

Whatever the motivation for studying in Italy may be, the Arts & Humanities Semester in Tuscany is guaranteed to provide each student with an unforgettable experience abroad.


Academic Program

The academic program consists of:

  • Italian Language & Culture Course – 9 credits (qualifies for Diversity Core credit)
  • Service-Learning - 1 credit
  • Two or three other 3-credit courses of the student's choice (based on availability; some courses may require additional lab fee).  Some courses may have prerequisites. Examples of courses offered include:

          • Art History
        • Studio Art
        • Cinema italiano - A History of Italian Cinema
        • History of the European Union (taught in Italian)
        • History of Traditional Italian Music (taught in English)
        • Digital Photography (taught by a local, professional photographer; pre-requisites apply)
        • History of Italy Through Cuisine

The first three weeks of the semester are dedicated solely to learning Italian, visiting service sites, and getting to know the host families.  The rest of the core curriculum begins in week four.

A list of specialized arts and humanities courses is available on the Arts & Humanities Semester in Tuscany website ( 

Courses are available in Art History, Archeology, Anthropology, Literature, Music Literature, Music Appreciation, Ancient and Modern History, History of Italian Theater, Italian Fashion, History of Italian Cooking, and History of Italian Literature.

In many of the courses, learning is not limited to the classroom.  Whenever possible, field excursions are integrated to enhance comprehension and provide students with a multifaceted experience.

Certain courses may have prerequisites, while others have an open enrollment. 

Language of Instruction

English & Italian (no previous experience required)


All students with a 2.5 GPA or higher, regardless of academic major

Academic Credit

Credit will be awarded by Montana State University for all courses taken within the Arts & Humanities Semester in Tuscany.  Each student’s academic advisor, in consultation with the MSU Office of International Programs, will determine how these credits will apply toward specific degree requirements.  The Office of the Registrar at MSU will process the transfer of academic credits for non-MSU students.

Picture from the Florence carnival
Florence Carnival



Siena (Tuscany)

, Italy




Cost and Included Benefits

Included in the program fee:

  • tuition and fees for up to 19 academic credits
  • housing with an Italian family; 3 meals a day, 7 days per week
  • service learning placement and supervision
  • excursions, museum visits, and concerts
  • airport pick-up in Rome upon arrival
  • visa and permit fees
  • two group dinners
  • local bus pass
  • program T-shirt

Participants are responsible for their own expenses for trans-Atlantic travel, and must meet their own expenses for individual vacation travel within Italy and Europe, and for personal spending money. 


Financial Aid and Scholarships

The program offers limited scholarship support for qualified students.

Participation in the Arts & Humanities Semester in Tuscany qualifies for financial aid for eligible students. To receive more information on eligibility for financial aid, students should contact the Office of Financial Aid.


Applications are available in the Office of International Programs at 400 Culbertson Hall.



March 1 (summer and fall), October 1 (spring)

Additional Information

Applications for the Arts & Humanities Semester in Tuscany are available in the Office of International Programs at Montana State University (400 Culbertson Hall).

For more detailed information about the Arts & Humanities Semester in Tuscany, please contact:

Professor Johan Jonsson
Program Director


Anna Greenberg
Study Abroad Advisor
Office of International Programs
400 Culbertson Hall

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