Italy

Program overview

Program Dates: Sunday, July 30 to Saturday, September 2, 2017 (5 weeks)

The Summer Program in Siena, established in 1972, was our first summer abroad program and was the model for the other summer programs. Since its inception, over 5,000 students from across Canada have completed a University of Toronto summer course in Siena. The praise for the program has been consistently and overwhelmingly enthusiastic.

Courses

Each course is worth one full-year credit and is contingent on adequate enrolment. Students are not permitted to register for more than one course. For some courses there may also be one or two lectures held in Toronto before the start of the program; in this event, participants will be provided with further details in their admission documents.

Classes take place Monday to Thursday, 9:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m., with the exception of ITA102Y0, which runs 8:30 am to 1:00 pm (with a 30 minute break). Mandatory field trips are an integral part of each course, and may occur outside of class time on afternoons or Fridays.
ANT396Y0
CRI389Y0
FAH394Y0
ITA102Y0
ITA358/359Y0
JAH391
VIC348Y0

Information session

A detailed information session for the summer program in Siena will be held on the UofT St. George campus in January. This session provides an excellent opportunity to hear from previous participants, see photos, and ask any questions that you may have.

Date: Thursday, January 19, 2017 from 4:00 pm to 6:00 pm

Location: Woodsworth College, Kruger Hall, 119 St George Street (south of Bloor)

Map to 119 St. George Street

Map

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Program details

Sunday, July 30 to Saturday, September 2, 2017 (4 weeks)

The Summer Program in Siena, established in 1972, was our first summer abroad program and was the model for the other summer programs. Since its inception, over 4800 students from across Canada have completed a University of Toronto summer course in Siena. The praise for the program has been consistently and overwhelmingly enthusiastic.

A Medieval City Rich in Renaissance Art and History

  • In a city famous for its art, visitors can enjoy the National Gallery, the Town Hall, the Cathedral and Cathedral Museum and barely scratch the surface in Siena alone. There are also many smaller galleries, museums, libraries and churches in the towns and villages scattered throughout Tuscany.
  • Among the many summer events in Siena, the most famous is the Palio, a spectacular bareback horse race preceded by colourful, historic parades and festas, culminating in one of the oldest and largest street parties in Italy.

Program activities

To help students become familiar with the city, the program includes a walking tour of the old quarter of Siena, as well as a Contrada meal (including performances by traditional Sienese musicians). Participation in the program can also include a number of additional extra-curricular events. In the past, students have enjoyed wine tasting at the Enoteca Italiana, music at the Chigiana Festival, a night at the opera in Verona, thermal baths, cooking lessons and dancing and dining at Contrada parties.

Accommodation and meals

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: Sunday, July 30 to Saturday, September 2
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.

Facilities and Accommodation Details
University of Siena Residence Information Sheet
Photos of University of Siena Residence & Area

Group flight

There will be group flight to Rome (direct) for students in the program. The round-trip economy class airfare with Air Canada is CAD$1,222 which includes taxes/fees of approximately $587. Note that flight taxes/fees (including fuel surcharges) are subject to change. Alternatively, students may make their own travel arrangements.

Departure date from Toronto: Saturday, July 29 (arrive July 30)
Return date from Siena: Saturday, September 2

Transportation between the Rome airport and the Siena residence will be provided.

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 on May 4 from 3:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m.

Entry requirements

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 2016), 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.

Costs

The deadlines for fees payable to the University of Toronto are as follows:

  • Application fee: due February 13, 2017
  • Non-Refundable Deposit of $1,000 due two weeks after admission notification
  • All remaining fees: April 20, 2017

Cost of Studying in Italy

Amount Details
Application Fee $200 Paid at time of application
Course Fee
Domestic Students $2,700 Includes $1,000 deposit
International Students $3,855 Includes $1,000 deposit
U of T Incidental Fees $170 Estimate based on 2016 part-time summer fees
Field Trip Fees
ANT396Y $820
CRI389Y $780
FAH394Y $1,035
JAH391Y $860
ITA102Y $495
ITA358Y/359Y $600
VIC348Y $880
Airfare $1,222 Group flight arranged by U of T – optional participation
Accommodation $750 Based on shared accommodation in University of Siena residence
Meals $1,200 Estimate – paid on site for purchased and self-prepared meals
Textbooks $100 Estimate – purchase in Toronto prior to departure
Medical Travel Insurance variable Students must provide proof of medical travel insurance
Miscellaneous Expenses variable All students should budget for miscellaneous expense (e.g. travel, gifts, etc.)
Approximate TOTAL Program Cost INCLUDING field trips
Domestic Students $6,837 – $7,377 This figure does not include mandatory medical travel insurance
International Students $7,992 – $8,532 This figure does not include mandatory medical travel insurance

Financial Assistance

The following assistance is available for eligible students in this program. For additional awards and further details please see the Financial Aid section of the Summer Abroad website.

• Summer Abroad Bursary (twelve awards at $3000 each)
• Laura and Sandro Forconi Award (one award at $1000)
• Hans Karl Lucke Award (one award at $1000)
• Alex R. Waugh Siena Study Abroad Award (one award at $1,000)
• Italian Scholastic Awards