Undergraduate Study
Abroad Program

Program Structure

Structure of the SART Undergraduate Semester Program:

Each semester for Undergraduates includes: 

3 Orientation Weeks including:

  • Intensive Course in Italian Language and Culture
  • Art and Society Orientation 


After the 3 orientation weeks, the Semester Schedule begins, in which each student is required to take: 

  • Art & Society Course
  • continuing Italian Language and Culture (Beginning, Intermediate, Advanced tracks)

-2 additional Electives from:

  • Siena Art Institute Studio Courses
  • Humanities Seminars offered through our partner program the Siena School for Liberal Arts such as Art History, Deaf Studies,Cultural Anthropology, etc
  • 1 full-course Independent study


Semester program requirements: 

End-of-Semester Exhibitions:

All students are expected to participate in the end-of-semester exhibition, including assisting with the exhibition set-up and take-down.  

Written Artist Statement

At the end of the semester, all students are required to write an artist’s statement (300–800 words), to be included in Final Exhibition.

Schedule Notes: 

-Evenings are set aside for independent studio work.  Lectures and community events may also take place in the evening, such as presentations and exhibitions by visiting resident artists.  The Siena Art Institute building closes at 8 pm.

-In addition to the weekly schedule, all students will have regular one-on-one Advising Meetings with their faculty advisor to discuss their ongoing portfolio development.  

-Studio Electives will meet for one or two class sessions each week, allowing ample time to work on studio projects and to hold class critiques.  (See the course pages on the right for specific details).

-During the 3-week Orientation: Second-semester undergraduate and post-baccalaureate students, will participate in an upper-level language intensive, appropriate to their ability.  Afternoons and weekends will provide trips to Siena’s many museums, parks, community organizations, and other cultural resources.  These orientation-week excursions will vary between fall and spring semesters, so as not to be redundant for second-semester students. Through the Art & Society "Orientation" classes, Siena Art Institute students will be encouraged to use these first three weeks as a time to brainstorm and experiment with ideas that could be used for more long-term projects.  These experimentations can take the form of sketches, snapshots, a notebook, or whatever the student finds appropriate to his/her artistic interests.  The Siena Art Institute's students will also have access to their individual studios as soon as they arrive in Siena.  

-Each SART student has their own designated studio space within a larger shared space.

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