We won't tell you that Siena is in a remote corner of the globe with no access to the modern world. But we will tell you that unlike larger cites in Italy, Siena is a few steps off the foreign tourist highway. It is beautiful, historic, and accessible (hop the train to Florence!) But because travelers leave the city at night, Siena also feels pure. Authentic. Like a small town. And that's what makes it perfect for study abroad.
Get to know the owner of a trattoria. See your neighbors at the open-air market. Go for a run in the countryside outside the city walls. It's not just that Siena is beautiful, picturesque, and charming. It's that it feels like home...from the moment you arrive. One of the most exciting parts of a Sienna summer is the Palio. The centuries-old Palio horserace is Siena's claim to fame. While Italian tourists flock to the city to see the action, you'll already be there, waiting for the races to begin.
As a compliment to the program academics in Italy, UT students will broaden their understanding of Italy through their participation in cultural activities and excursions as listed below:
Activities in Siena:
Guided tour of the Duomo
Baptistery and Duomo Museum
A Contrada Museum tour
Entrance to the Palazzo Pubblico
Ticket to the iconic Torre del Mangia
FLORENCE (DAY TRIP)
Florence, capital of Italy’s Tuscany region, is home to many masterpieces of Renaissance art and architecture. In Florence, you get a:
Guided tour of the statue of David
Tour of the Medici Chapel
SAN GIMIGNANO (DAY TRIP)
San Gimignano is a small walled medieval hill town in the province of Siena, Tuscany, north-central Italy. Known as the Town of Fine Towers, San Gimignano is famous for its medieval architecture. You'll get to enjoy a lunch in San Donato and a winery tour.
Must be in good standing at UT with a 2.0 GPA or higher
Open to: freshmen, sophomores, juniors, and seniors
For PBRL 370: taken or be taking PBRL 270 and PBRL 340 or receive permission from faculty director
For PBRL 490: no pre-requisite
Students who successfully complete the program will have the option of taking 1 or 2 of the following courses:
Public Relations (PBRL) 490 International and Intercultural Communication
Public Relations (PBRL) 370 Public Relation Cases in Italy
Each course is 3 UT credits.
In Siena, students will be staying in centrally located, shared student apartments. Rooms in the apartments will be double occupancy shared with fellow program participants as roommates. Apartments are equipped with internet, a washing machine and fully equipped kitchens. On the Rome weekend excursion, students will stay in double occupancy rooms in a hotel.
Housing is included in the program fee.
Your program costs include: tuition, a program fee, a study abroad administrative fee and additional program-related expenses. The program's detailed costs sheet outlines the fees that are billed to your myUTK account and the estimated out-of-pocket expenses. You should carefully review costs, budgets, and financing when selecting and preparing for your experience abroad. If you have any questions at any step of the process, we encourage you to reach out to the program contacts for guidance.
Dr. Candace White
Program Director, Professor of the School of Advertising and Public Relations
476 Communications Building
You should carefully review costs, budgets and financing when selecting and preparing for your experience abroad. If you have any questions at any step of the process, we encourage you to reach out to your Programs Abroad Coordinator for guidance.
Steps to Financing Your Study Abroad Program
Review the program's Costs Sheet to understand the breakdown of program expenses.