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Fall Term in Siena, Italy (2015)

Spend 10 weeks in the heart of Tuscany.

The Fall Term in Siena Program combines study of Italian with electives taught in English.

The next anticipated Siena Program is Fall of 2018.

Imagine spending the fall among the hills of Tuscany, wandering the narrow streets and open piazzas of Siena, popping over to Florence for the day, cafes and gelato as far as your eyes can see.  Sounds too good to be true, but it is all part of Augustana's Fall Term in Siena.  Augustana, partnered with IES Abroad presents a program open to all majors, with options for coursework that will allow you to study the region's glorious past and complex present.  All participants will study introductory Italian language, so that you can better get to know your temporary home, meet the people and immerse yourself in the culture. In addition to Italian, students will be able to choose up to 3 additional courses taught in English to round out their experience.  With side trips to the Chianti and Amiata regions as well as an overnight excursion to Bologna, this program provides opportunities to truly get to know Italy and its people. 

Program Dates:  August 31-Nov 7, 2015

Housing:  Students will be housed in shared furnished apartments in Siena.  Meals are not provided but all students will have kitchen facilities.

Courses:  This program will have the Augustana/IES courses listed below.  Students may opt to enroll in 3 courses plus the 1-credit seminar for a total of 10 credits, or may opt to take all 4 courses plus the seminar for a total of 13 credits.  Students who opt for the 13 credit option should be careful not to create overloads for the remainder of the academic year.  This program is designated as a Learning Community.

ISS 132: Italian Term Seminar-- This 1-credit culture seminar is required of all participants. It will include predeparture sessions offered in the Spring of 2015 and on-site meetings and assignments while in Siena.  This course will be led by Dr. Amanda Baugous and Dr. Allen Bertsche (Predeparture)

ITAL 150: Beginning Italian-- This course is required of all participants unless you can demonstrate prior study of Italian.  It is an introduction to basic Italian, including the vocabulary and expressions which will be of most use to you as you live and study in Siena and travel within Italy.  This course will be taught by local Italian faculty.

BUSN 389: Informed Consumerism in a Borderless World (approval pending)-- This course will study the economy from the perspective of production, distribution and consumption of key products of Italy, including wine and automobiles.  This course will provide historical context but will also look at today's economic environment, the role of the European Union, national and regional laws and structures which impact the production, sale, export and marketing of vital products in the Italian economy.   This course will be led by Dr. Amanda Baugous.

ECON 370: Topics in International Economics: Italy and the Economic Integration of Europe: (final approval pending approval at this time.)   This course focuses on economic policies implemented by the EU and the effects of these policies, with a special focus on the impact on Italy of membership in the European Union (EU), The first part of the course analyzes the institutional assessment of European Union. The course then examines economic policies of European Union with an emphasis on monetary policies. The third part of the course analyze European economics policies and looks at the effects of those policies.  In all sections of the course special attention is devoted to the Italian case.  This course will be taught by local Italian faculty.

WLIT 310: Topics in World Literature--Dante's Divine Comedy: This course will study perhaps the most famous work of Italian Literature, Dante Alligheri's renaissance masterpiece in three parts (Paradise, Purgatory, Inferno).  Students will explore the historical context of 14th Century Italy as well as the text itself to better understand this allegorical poem about the afterlife.  Steeped in philosophical and religious thought, this work will help students understand the culture that flourished in Siena and Florence during those city's great expansion and cultural revolution. 

Due to the nature of the coursework in Italy, it is recommended that all students enroll in the ISS Seminar, Italian language course and only 2 more courses of the 3 offered.  While taking all three electives is not forbidden, it is believed that a heavy 13-credit load on this program will negatively impact the experiential component of the program.

Program Cost:  Tentative cost: $13,350.  Program cost includes tuition & fees for Fall Term, accomodation in shared apartments in Siena, Airport pickup & transfer from Florence to Siena, all group excursions, health insurance, Access to IES Siena library and computer lab, 24/7 IES emergency support.  Program cost does not include airfare to/from Florence, student meals and discretionary spending.  With these additional costs, students can anticipate a total cost of $16,000-$17,000.  With this total in mind, students who receive Augie Choice will pay LESS for this program than for a standard Fall Term on campus.

Financial Aid:  Students participating in this program are eligible for the same grants, scholarships and loan eligibility while abroad as they would be for this trimester on campus.  When billed for the program each student will receive a detailed billing statement which reduces the cost of the program in accordance with the student's anticipated financial assistance. 

This program is Augie Choice eligible for all students who have completed 6 terms or 60 credits (junior status) or higher at the time of departure.  Transfer students who have also completed 3 terms or 30 credits at Augustana are also eligible for the Augie Choice grant.

Faculty Contact:  Dr. Amanda Baugous (Business Admin) or Dr. Allen Bertsche (IOP Director)