Rooms in the Casa dello Studente, the University of Siena student residence, are adequate and reasonably priced. Rooms have limited internet access, no air conditioning, or screens on the windows. Washroom facilities are usually shared by two rooms. Most rooms are double occupancy and very few singles are available. In assigning single rooms, preference will be given to mature students and students with medical conditions that would be adversely affected by double accommodation (medical documentation required).
Please note that the residence imposes a 3:00 a.m. curfew on all students. Also, students will not have access to library, computer, or sports facilities at the residence or the University of Siena.
There is no meal plan. Meals may be purchased at the University of Siena cafeteria (“Mensa”), and each residence also has a few small, shared kitchenettes. Students should budget approximately CAD$1200 for purchased and self-prepared meals for the duration of the program.
Residence availability: Tuesday, July 30 to Saturday, August 31
Double room: CAD$750
Single room: CAD$1,200
During the first week of classes, room assignments are often in a state of flux as some University of Siena students are still in residence. Students may be assigned to temporary rooms at the beginning of the program until room allocations are settled.
There will be group flight to Rome (direct) for students in the program. The round-trip economy class airfare with Air Canada is CAD$1,313 which includes taxes/fees of approximately $666. Note that flight taxes/fees (including fuel surcharges) are subject to change. Alternatively, students may make their own travel arrangements.
Departure date from Toronto: Friday, July 31 (arrive August 1)
Return date from Siena: Thursday, September 3
Transportation between the Rome airport and the Siena residence will be provided.
All students are responsible for making sure that their necessary travel documents are in order. Information on visitor entry requirements is available from the Consulate General of Italy.
As of the time of publication (December 2019), Canadian citizens only need a passport valid for six months beyond their return date to enter Italy as a visitor for up to 90 days. Citizens of other countries may have additional requirements.
Health and Safety
Please be advised that Siena is one of the Tuscan hill towns, filled with steep streets. Also, in August expect it to be hot during the day, around 30°C, but relatively cool at night. If you are under medical care or may be affected by heat or steep terrain, you are advised to consult both a physician and the Professional & International Programs office before applying.
Pre-Departure Orientation (PDO)
All students admitted to the Summer Abroad program are required to successfully complete an online PDO, which will provide information and advice on international health and safety issues.
Students are also strongly encouraged to attend the in-person Italy PDO, which will take place in May 2021.