IES Abroad Siena (Institute for The International Education of Students)

Via Banchi di Sotto, 46
53100 Siena (SI)
Telephone: 0577.287644
Home Campus Web site:
Italian Program Web site:

The IES Abroad Siena program is designed for students interested in studying the Social Sciences and Humanities in a more intimate Italian setting. No previous Italian language study is required.

With an integrated curriculum of English- and Italian-taught courses led by Italian faculty, IES Abroad Siena offers you the opportunity to increase your Italian language skills regardless of proficiency level. If you have four or more semesters of Italian, you are eligible to enroll in courses alongside local students at the Universita’ degli Studi di Siena. The mandatory core course, Presence of the Past, relies on field study activities to explore important sites in and around Siena, introducing you to the charms of Siena’s cultural and artistic heritage.

The IES Abroad Siena staff consists of the Director, the Student Services Coordinator, and two Resident Assistants: university students who collaborate in the office work and share the apartments with IES students.

The IES Abroad Siena Center is located in the heart of the city, in an historical palace on the famous Piazza del Campo – a large, sunny plaza that is center of social life in Siena. The palace, called Palazzo Chigi Zondadari, was built in the 18th century and served as a home to the prominent Chigi family whose lineage includes many intellectuals, artists, businessmen, and even a pope!

Features include:

  • Multimedia classrooms
  • Student lounge and library
  • Computer lab
  • Wireless Internet access throughout the Center