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  • Locations: Rome, Italy; Siena, Italy
  • Program Terms: Summer 1
  • Costs Sheets: Summer 1
  • This program is currently not accepting applications.
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Program Description:
UTK Public Relations in Siena

Program Description

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.

Program Activities

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:

  • SIENA Florence

    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, 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
    • Group lunch
    • Tour of the Medici Chapel


    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.

Eligibility Requirements

  • 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

Academic Credit

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.

Program Housing

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.

Cost Information

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

Candace White

Heather Grigsby
Programs Abroad Coordinator
Programs Abroad Office- Melrose Hall

Heather Grigsby

Funding Your Study Abroad Program

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

  1. Review the program's Costs Sheet to understand the breakdown of program expenses.
  2. Consider your Financial Aid options.
  3. Search and apply for scholarships and grants on our Funding Opportunities tab.
  4. Review your UTK financial aid package and speak with One Stop about applying it to your study abroad program costs.

If you wish to use your HOPE Lottery Scholarship for the summer term, you may be eligible to receive a prorated amount of $1,000 but you must be enrolled in a minimum of 6 credit hours.

This program is currently not accepting applications.