IPSL - Service-Learning in Italy
Siena, a smaller medieval city in the center of Tuscany, is “the cradle of the Italian language” and the heartland of the Italian of Dante. Located about one hour from Florence and three hours from Rome, this small but vivacious city provides a perfect home base for exploring the rest of Italy. Its two large universities keep things lively during the academic year with many cultural events, theaters, and concerts. The province, with its rolling hills and cypress trees, is rich with hill towns, hot springs and Etruscan ruins waiting to be explored. Service-learning in Siena offers an ideal opportunity to learn Italian or strengthen existing skills through a full immersion in Italian life. The semester in Siena also includes living with an Italian family; serving 15-20 hours a week in an Italian agency or school; studying socio-anthropology related to volunteer service; and going on guided excursions. The program is designed to provide a rich and varied experience of modern Italian society and social issues.
The Italy program is based at Siena Italian Studies, and courses are taught by their faculty, who have developed an innovative approach to teaching language and culture, FICCS (Full Immersion Culture, Content, and Service). It starts with a 3-week intensive language course in Italian, which proceeds to a level-specific semester course at the beginning, intermediate, or advanced level. A semester course in Socio-Anthropology and Service-learning is also required. Siena Italian Studies offers a transcript upon successful completion of the program.
Relevant Academic Disciplines
Minimum GPA of 2.5
Language Skill: None