Study Away

It is one thing to sit in a classroom and learn the words and phrases you might need to order food in a restaurant. It is quite another to be in Siena, Italy, and to have a real reason for using those words and phrases. Actually living in the country where the language you are studying is spoken is an invaluable experience. Vassar students pursuing either a concentration or a correlate sequence in Italian are strongly encouraged to participate in one or the other of Vassar's study-abroad programs in Italy.

Summer in Siena

PalazzoThe Italian Department offers the opportunity to participate in a summer program in Siena, Italy. The five-week program is held at the University of Siena, located in the exquisite hill-town of the same name in the heart of Tuscany. The program is directed by a member of the Italian faculty, and offers an Intensive Intermediate Italian course (2 Vassar credits), taught by a local University faculty. The itinerary includes self-guided trips to cities like Rome, Venice, and Florence as well as opportunities for students to explore nearby regions (the Italian Riviera, Portofino and the Cinque Terre, the Tuscan islands, etc.). The students will also attend Siena’s world-renown horse race: The Palio (August 16). For more information, please contact Eugenio Giusti (

Junior Year in Bologna

BolognaSponsored by a consortium (Vassar College, Wellesley College, and Wesleyan University), the Bologna program offers either a full semester (fall or spring) or a full academic year of study at the Università di Bologna, one of the most venerable academic institutions in Europe. Students take courses in language and culture specifically designed for program participants; in addition, if their language skills are sufficiently advanced, they may enroll in regular university courses in the humanities and social sciences.  Visit the International Programs site; you may also want to visit the official program site.