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SIS Scientific Track – New in 2021!

Program Overview

We all know how hard it is for students studying science to find both the time and the right courses in a study abroad program. This is why SIS Intercultural Study Abroad created a Scientific Track to satisfy this need. Courses in natural, environmental and applied sciences, as well as select courses in math and statistics are available to students choosing this track.
Students following the SIS Semester Scientific Track begin the semester as do all SIS students. After orientation, students frequent the Three-Week Intensive Italian Course, a 75-hour front-loaded language course that prepares students for daily life in Siena. These first three weeks of the semester are dedicated to learning Italian, exploring the territory, visiting service sites and getting to know host families.
Following the intensive language course, the scientific semester begins. Students will choose 3 science courses to take throughout the semester (with the only limitation being no more than one course with lab requirements). Accompanying students throughout their experience in Siena is the Italian Language, Culture and Reflections course.
Service is not only a pillar of SIS programs, but an enriching linguistic and cultural experience for students. Students will participate in service learning throughout their time in Siena.
Activities and excursions complement the program’s academics, as well as two overnight trips:

3-day trip within Italy – destinations change every term. Past trips have taken students to: Bologna & Modena, Genova, Rome, Venice and Verona
3-day trip to Brussels, Belgium – with a visit to the European Parliament, meetings with EU NGO’s and other cultural activities.

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