Dante Abroad by Dante Alighieri Siena
Study Italian in Italy - Authentic Italian experience

In our Study Abroad Program students are encouraged to fully take advantage of their stay in Italy. Learn Italian not only in the classroom but through your everyday life in Siena. Our on-site lectures, academic excursions, visits to museums, field trips, hands-on cooking classes and internships will surely broaden your learning experience. Culture courses and seminars are taught in English so you can fully understand subjects we cover such as: Art history and Architecture, Italian History, Performing Arts, Literature, Anthropology, Economy, Health and Nutrition amongst others.

Housing

Living in a new country is a wonderful experience but can be challenging at times. Because we understand that accommodation plays a vital role in your adjustment to Italian life, we take great care in ensuring a variety of quality housing options which will suit your personality and needs.

Dante Alighieri in SIENA will book a comfortable place for you to come home to after a long day of Italian lessons or traveling. Of course, our staff will always be on hand to help you during your stay should any issues arise with your housing situation.

We can book a range of accommodations in Family homestay, Private Apartment, Miniresidence and Hotel for you during your stay in Siena.

Rooms will normally be available from the Sunday before your course starts until the Saturday after it finishes. We ask you to choose your accommodation as early as possible to avoid disappointment (especially in summer months) and we will send you full details approximately 2 weeks before your course starts.

Dante Alighieri in SIENA offers 4 main kinds of accommodations but is not limited to:
- Family homestay
- Shared apartment with other students
- Private apartment
- Miniresidence


Family Homestay Staying with a family is an exciting experience. There is probably no better way to be immersed in the host culture than to share everyday life with a family. Often the host family becomes like a second family for students. It offers an environment to use your Italian on a daily basis and to develop a rich vocabulary. Living with a host family provides a direct introduction to Italian family life including the delights of Italian home cooking! We can arrange single or double rooms with half board (breakfast and dinner included) in one of our carefully selected families. Double rooms are for students traveling together only.

Our families are always very pleased to welcome you into their homes. We have a wide variety of families, not all of them couples with children. Some are young, some older, some single-parent families, and some widows. The latter especially enjoy the company of students, and will introduce you to the stream of visiting relatives. Older, retired people tend to have more time to dedicate to their students. Living in an Italian home will be very helpful for learning the language and you will have the chance to practice your new language at mealtimes. Do not be afraid to try to communicate; your family will appreciate it and help you in any way they can. Each family of course is different with its own routines and ways of doing things. Naturally it will take you a little more time to settle in and get used to your new environment. It is important, from the start, to ask questions if you haven't understood something, and if you think that a misunderstanding has occurred because of your difficulty in expressing yourself, ask our staff to assist you.

Arrival: Remember to contact your host family to confirm the time of your arrival before you leave your country (or you may find no-one at home). Be careful with the house keys, they are your responsibility, and be sure to lock the door behind you when you go out.

Meals: Breakfast & dinner are included; bereakfast is a typical continental breakfast which usually consists of a choice of milk, coffee or tea, biscuits, bread, butter and jam. Dinner will consist of a first course of pasta or soup and a second course of meat, fish, cheese or eggs with vegetables or salad. Breakfast and Dinner will be served at home every day. Ask what time dinner is served, and please inform your family if you are planning to be late or do not intend to come home for dinner. A quick telephone call will not take you much time but will save your family time and effort.

Guests: Please do not invite anyone home without asking your family's permission.

Your bedroom, the bathroom and the kitchen: Your host will change the sheets and clean once every two weeks. Please help by keeping your room tidy and making your bed. Italians turn off lights that they are not using, so please do likewise. Please leave the bathroom as clean as you wish to find it. As heating water is expensive in Italy, offer to pay if you wish to take a bath or shower more than once a day. Italians are not used to living in warm rooms. Their homes generally have an average temperature of 20°C because of energy-saving rules. During the winter time they wear quite heavy clothes around the house (not T-shirts or similar light attire), and they turn the heating off at night.

Laundry: You can wash underwear at home, ask your family where you can hang it to dry. You will need to take other clothes to the laundry. If your family offers to wash your clothes, offer to pay € 5,00 per wash.

Telephone: Please ask permission every time you use the telephone to make local calls, and offer to pay afterwards. Make long-distance calls from public telephones. If your relatives wish to call you, please remind them of the time difference to avoid a call in the middle of the night! Your friends and relatives can also call you at school.


Please note that you will not be entitled to cook or use the kitchen area


Apartment shared with other students
This solution (private room in an apartment with kitchen and bathroom shared with other students and/or landlord) offers more independence and responsibility than living with a family. The number of rooms per apartment varies from 1 to 7. Double rooms are for students traveling together only.

We kindly ask you to treat your apartment with respect and to be quiet, especially when people are sleeping. All the apartments can be reached easily on foot or by bus in 10-15 minutes. The apartments are furnished and you will find everything in the kitchen to cook your own meals. Not all of the apartments have an oven or a washing-machine.

Arrival: Remember to contact your landlord to confirm your time of arrival before leaving your country (or you may find no-one there when you arrive). Be careful with your keys as they are your responsibility.

Guests: Please do not invite anybody over without first asking permission. We have booked the room for your personal use only.

Your bedroom, the bathroom and the kitchen: Your landlord will provide clean sheets every two weeks. You are asked to keep the apartment clean and tidy, and leave the bathroom as clean as you would like to find it. You are responsible for buying and cooking your own food and for cleaning the kitchen.

Electricity: Italians always turn off lights that they are not using (due to the high cost of energy). You are therefore kindly asked to do likewise.

Laundry: You can wash small garments at home, but you need to take other clothes to the laundry. Your host or the school will be able to tell you where you can find one. If your host will do your laundry for you please offer to pay. (This service is not always guaranteed).

Heating: Italians are not used to living in very heated rooms. The temperature in their apartments is generally around 20°C because of energy-saving rules and they wear quite heavy clothes around the home (not T-shirts or similar light attire). They also turn the heating off at night. Your landlord will show you how the heating system works, and if you wish to have more heating than the standard, please offer to pay for it.

Telephone: There are usually no land-phones in the apartments. Your friends and relatives may call you at school.

Private apartment
For those who wish to have more independence, we can book a private apartment with kitchen and bathroom within walking distance of the school, in the historic center of Siena. Whether you are looking for a luxurious or modest accommodation our staff will meet your needs.



Miniresidence
Situated in the city center, the miniresidences have single, double and triple rooms, some with private bathrooms and some with shared bathroom facilities (shared by a maximum of 4 students). Each bedroom has a telephone (you can receive phone calls for free but have to pay to make phone calls out, wireless Internet access, satellite TV, and safes. Bed linens, blankets, and pillows will be provided, towels are not. There are fully equipped kitchen facilities. The Miniresidence provides a cleaning service, which is included in the rental fees. Once a week, rooms are cleaned and sheets are changed, while three times a week the common spaces (bathrooms and kitchens) are cleaned.


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