Fall Term in Siena, Italy (2015)
Spend Next Fall in the heart of Tuscany.
The Fall Term in Siena Program combines study of Italian with electives taught in English.
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-- This course is required of all participants. It is an introduction to basic Italian, including the vocabulary andexpressions 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 314: 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 3xx: Italy and the Economic Integration of Europe: (Course, number and PS are 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.
ANTH 330: Topics in Anthropology: Culture of Food in Italy & Tuscany (PP, pending approval). Focusing on contemporary Italian and Tuscan gastronomy as its starting point, the course examines the history of Italian cuisine and the economics and sociology of food in Tuscany, particularly in the city of Siena. The analysis will begin with the ancient Etruscan and Roman periods, then more through the Medieval and Renaissance times, in order to fully compare them to the early modern and contemporary periods. Special emphasis will be given also to relevant historical events, such as the discovery of America in 1492. All course's contents will be discussed in connection with socio- cultural and gender connotations. This course will be taught by local Italian faculty.
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. Final program cost will be announced in Fall 2014. 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 all financial aid they would receive on our Rock Island campus, with the obvious exception of work-study hours. Students who are juniors or seniors (60 credit hours completed) are also eligible for Augie Choice funds ($2,000 grant).