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Fact Sheet:
Fact Sheet:
Minimum GPA (Undergraduate): 2.25 Language of Instruction: English, Italian
Number of Credits Offered: 6 Eligible Population: 01 Freshman, 02 Sophomore, 03 Junior, 04 Senior
Type of Program: Faculty-led Language Courses Offered: Italian
Click here for a definition of this term Area of Study: Foreign Languages, Italian Studies Open to non-Mason Students: Yes
Program Description:

Italian Language and Culture in Siena

Italy, Summer 2021

Italy Siena Program

Program Overview

The Faculty-led Summer Abroad Program in Italy will take place in Siena at Università per Stranieri di Siena (University for Foreigners of Siena). Our Program aims to promote the study of Italian language, culture, and society through its connection with history, art, music, cinema, food, etc. Students will spend 4 weeks in one of the most beautiful Tuscan towns, and study in one of the most prestigious university for Foreigners in Italy. 

Students will attend a total of 80 hours of language classes (Monday to Friday, 9am to 1pm) over the course of 4 weeks. In class they will work with a local professor and, by speaking only in Italian, they will practice all the four language skills: reading, writing, listening and, most of all, conversing with native speakers inside and outside the University. Students can also take advantage of the most modern technologies available for language teaching, the multimedia language labs, audiovisual, and IT resources. At the end of the program students not only will dramatically improve their linguistic proficiency but they will be more knowledgeable about Italian culture at large: food, art, music, opera, and cinema.

Program Highlights: 

  • In Siena, students learn the best Italian in the prestigious University for Foreign Speakers.
  • Students will spend 4 weeks in one of the most beautiful Tuscan towns. Live in an area rich in history, art, and culture.
  • Students will have free entrance to all museums and participate in guided trips to Firenze, Pisa, Montepulciano, and San Gimignano.
  • Students will participate in Italian cooking classes and spend an afternoon in a farm house in the countryside.


All undergraduate students are welcome to apply including students who do not attend George Mason University. Minimum 2.25 GPA.


6 Credits

Tentative Course Options

Choose one 3 credit course of ITAL: 
  • ITAL 101: Elementary Italian
  • ITAL 201: Intermediate Italian I
  • ITAL 202: Intermediate Italian II
  • ITAL 330: Advanced Italian: Language and Culture I
  • ITAL 331: Advanced Italian: Language and Culture II
Required 3 credit course:
  • FRLN 330 (satisfies the GMU Core Literature requirement)
Additional Credits:
  • INTS 399: Study Abroad (3 credits)

Program Dates: 

June 7 - June 30, 2021

Tentative Itinerary 

  • June 7: Students arrive to Siena on their own
  • Language classes are held Monday to Friday, 9am to 1pm.
  • The culture class in English meets in the afternoon. Students are free for the rest of the day.
  • Local visits/short trips will be scheduled in the afternoons.
  • Weekends are free for personal travel
  • June 30: Depart for US on own

*Dates and itinerary subject to change. The Global Education Office reserves the right to make changes to a program in light of currency fluctuations, changing security and safety conditions, and/or any other unforeseen circumstances.

Program Cost

Summer 2021: Coming Soon!
Summer 2020: $3,800**

The Program Cost for study abroad courses is assessed separately from Mason tuition and fees. This means separate charges will be put on your student account for this course, including a study abroad tuition charge and a study abroad program fee charge which together equals the published Program Cost for this course.


  • Tuition for 6 credits
  • Accommodations
  • Tutoring for the group
  • Entrance fees/tours/guides as described in itinerary
  • In-country transportation
  • International emergency medical insurance
  • Entrance to all museums in Siena
  • 4 guided trips to Firenze, Siena, Montepulciano and San Gimignano
  • 2 cooking classes and dinner
  • NOTE: Students are welcome to have lunch and dinner at the University cafeterias for 5,5 euros per meal.

Not included: Airfare*, passport and visa fees, meals, required textbooks and/or course materials.

*Note:  This program does not include a group flight. Information regarding arrival times and location will be sent out to all participants after the application deadline. Do not purchase airfare until you receive the "Green Light for Flights" notice from the Global Education Office via email. The notice will include information on the arrival/departure airports, flight times, and where to meet the group. Students who fail to follow the guidelines GEO sends out will be responsible for applicable costs of changing their flights.

When the time comes to purchase airfare, GEO will be recommending the purchase of Flight Interruption and Cancellation Insurance. The “Green Light for Flights” email will provide additional information about this insurance.  

Participants must arrange their own airfare once instructed to do so by the Mason Global Education Office.

**NOTE for those that are in the Lifelong Learning Program (Summer 2021 Costs Coming Soon!)

  • If the life-long learner books accommodations on own and applies for the tuition waiver, their final cost is $2046

  • If the life-long learner stays in the housing provided by the University and applies for the tuition waiver, their final cost is $2436

  • If the life-long learner stays in the hotel (double occupancy) and applies for the tuition waiver, their final cost is $2821

Program Payments

Students on MasonGEO programs must pay the advertised program cost in order to participate. This cost will be made in three payments (Deposit + First Payment + Final Payment). Students using financial aid can provide additional paperwork in lieu of deposit and final balance payments.

Application Deposit: A non-refundable program deposit $200 must be received by the application deadline. This fee is paid online through the MasonAbroad application system and is included in the program fee.

First Payment: A non-refundable payment of $1000 must be received by March 20, 2021. This fee is paid online through the MasonAbroad application system and is included in the program fee. Students who are using financial aid may have this payment deadline extended. See "Financial Aid" information below.

In the event that a student’s financial aid or VA Benefits is estimated to cover the entire costs of the study abroad program, the entire charge will be posted to their student account, since that is where the aid will be applied. In this case students do not pay their first payment through MasonAbroad. However students must submit their “Intent to Use Financial Aid” form by the first deposit deadline.​

Final Payment: The final balance payment is due by April 10, 2021. This is the difference of your Program Cost minus the $1200 you've already paid (Deposit + First Payment). Students who are using financial aid may have this payment deadline extended. See "Financial Aid" information below.

Financial Aid and VA Benefits: Students who intend to use financial aid or VA benefits to fund their program fees (partially or in full) must have the "Intent to Use Financial Aid" or "Intent to Use VA Benefits Form" completed and on file with the Global Education Office by the First Payment deadline. The "Intent to Use Financial Aid" form is available in the MasonAbroad application system once you have started your application for this program. If you are using VA Benefits please contact your program officer to request the "Intent to Use VA Benefits Form."

*Students must be enrolled at least half-time for federal loans and the majority of grant funds. Please refer to the Financial Aid Website for a definition of half-time for undergraduate and graduate students:

Withdrawal and Refund Policy: All participants are bound by the Mason GEO Withdrawal and Refund Policy.

Payment Instructions

For more information on payments, financial aid, and information for non-Mason students:


GEO offers a number of need- and merit-based scholarships. All Mason students are welcome to apply:

Application Deadline:

March 10, 2021

Application requirements:*

Program Deposit: $200 for all applicants.

Course Selection Questionnaire: You will choose the course(s) you would like to be receive credit for on this program. Check the "Academics" tab to see what courses are offered on this program. If you need help selecting your course, check with your academic advisor.

Passport Status Questionnaire: You do not need a passport to complete this questionnaire or the application. However, if you do not have a valid passport, you should begin applying for one now. The Global Education Office offers Passport Grants to help.

Signature Documents: Read and electronically "sign" the documents regarding the acknowledgement of risk, the pre-departure orientation, and your financial responsibility.Application requirements:* 

Additional requirements for non-Mason applicants:

Official transcript: To be mailed or emailed to the Global Education Office at George Mason University.

Non-degree Contract Course/Admission Form: Please complete the form and upload it into the questionnaire.

* Additional application requirements may apply to individual programs. Once you open your application, you will see all application requirements.

Application instructions:

Academic Director


Nicola Di Nino


 Nicola Di Nino


GEO Program Administrator




Jess Ostrowski-Wright



(703) 993-2154

Dates / Deadlines:
Dates / Deadlines:
Term Year App Deadline Decision Date Start Date End Date
Summer 2021 03/10/2021 ** Rolling Admission 06/07/2021 06/30/2021

** Indicates rolling admission application process. Applicants will be immediately notified of acceptance into this program and be able to complete post-decision materials prior to the term's application deadline.