What is the Siena Study
AHA Siena program is designed to take full
advantage of a student's experience in Siena.
Field trips and academic excursions are
emphasized, and work in concert with culture
courses offered each term by a visiting
professor from a NCSA
affiliated university and by local Faculty.
The subjects covered in
the culture courses are varied, as well as:
Architecture, Art History, History,
Literature, Political Science and other. Offered
every term along with the culture courses are
classes on the art and architecture of Italy.
All culture courses are taught in English.
To further understanding of Italian customs
and culture, all students are required to take
Italian language courses at the Università
per Stranieri di Siena (University for
Foreigners), an Italian language and culture
university located in Siena.
Where is Siena?
Founded as the Roman colony "Siena Julia"
by Augustus Caesar, today Siena is one of Italy's
most treasured cities. With a population of
65,000 and located just 40 miles southwest of
sits draped atop three converging hills in
Tuscany. The city's central location allows easy
access to modern cultural centers such as Florence, Pisa,
Milan and San Gimignano. Siena is a city of singular character, whose
architectural, artistic, and social history has
left an indelible mark on Italy and Europe. The
name "burnt sienna" comes from the red
Sienese hills and countryside that have
contributed the clay for the distinctive
coloration of the houses and buildings in this
classic Tuscan hill town. The city's gems are many: the Campo (Siena's
central plaza) is closed to traffic and only
four streets away fromolive groves and orchards;
the Duomo is an unrivaled example of Gothic
Italian architecture; and a myriad of museums
are homes to magnificent works by Duccio and
Giotto. Siena's soaring skyline is its pride,
punctuated by the unique black and white tower
of the Duomo, and the sharp needle of the Torre
del Mangia (tower in the Campo)
What is the Università per
Stranieri di Siena?
Language instruction in Siena is offered to
students with differing levels of ability, from
those with no previous Italian language
experience to students majoring in the language.
Multiple language sections, from beginning to
advanced levels are taught each term.
Instruction includes 15 hours per week, Monday
through Friday mornings, including laboratory
per Stranieri di Siena (University for
Foreigners of Siena) is a state institution of
higher education with special regulation and the
aim of spreading knowledge of the Italian
language and culture. Courses in Italian
language, culture, linguistics, glottodidactics,
instruction, and translation are offered. All
courses are taught by specialized Italian
faculty, and attracts students from around the
world. The University works in close
collaboration with the Foreign Office and the
Ministries of Education of Italy. The University
promotes cultural relations, both nationally and
internationally, with unviersities, cultural and
research societies and institutions and is in
close contact with cultural and scientific
What is AHA International?
The Siena program is
offered in cooperation with NCSA
International, a not-for-profit organization
which specializes in intercultural experiential
education. Founded in 1957, AHA is based in
Portland, Oregon and offers study abroad
programs in Austria, England, France, Germany,
Greece, Italy, Spain, Mexico, Vietnam., Chile,
The AHA International Siena Program facility is centrally located, in front of La
Lizza Garden in Siena (see picture).
AHA International Siena Program
La Lizza, 10 - 53100
Siena - Italia
What is the NCSA
The Northwest Council on Study Abroad (NCSA)
consists of 13 universities located throughout
Oregon, Washington and Alaska that
together sponsor the study program in Siena. (
NCSA also offers programs in Vienna - Austria;
London - England; Angers - France; Athens -
Greece; Siena and Macerata - Italy; Oviedo -
Spain; Valdivia - Chile; Rosario - Argentina.
If you'd like to learn more about the AHA
Siena study abroad program, please feel free to
contact us via the web at AHA
International, or by phone or mail:
741 SW Lincoln Street
Portland, Oregon 97201-3178 USA
Toll-Free Phone: 1.800.654.2051
(If sending email, please specify that you
heard of the AHA program via the Siena website.)
property of AHA International Siena Program