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Academic Study Tours

Recent Academic Study Tours have included trips to Brazil, Mexico, Greece, Scandinavia & Estonia, the Netherlands, Poland & Lithuania, Russia, and Scotland. Academic Study Tours have counted for college credit in areas including, but not limited to: Education, Religious Studies, Women's Studies, History, and Sociology.

2017-2018 Offerings

Italy: Siena Mission, Tradition Transformed (ATDV 250)

This interdisciplinary course will afford students an opportunity to connect and ground their academic pursuits with an in-depth exploration of the meaning, significance and relevance of the College’s Mission: its Catholic identity, Franciscan tradition and core values. Students will be introduced to some of the great minds of the Middle Ages influenced by Francis of Assisi (e.g., Bonaventure, Roger Bacon, John Duns Scotus), poets (e.g.; Jacopone da Todi and Dante), artists (e.g.; Cimabue, Giotto, Michelangelo, Leonardo De Vinci) as well as the social, political, ethical and economic theorists (e.g., Peter John Olivi, John Duns Scotus, Bernardine of Siena, Luca Pacioli) who brought the Franciscan vision into creative conversation with a variety of practical, social, economic and political problems of their time.

  • Travel Dates: December 27, 2017 - January 5, 2018
  • Estimated Cost: $2800

For more information, please contact Fr. Mark Reamer


France: The Religious Treasures of Southern France (RELG 400)

In this course, students take upon an exploration of the history and significance of many religious treasures in Southern France. Along the way, students will visit: Vezelay, the tradition burial place of Mary Magdalene; the sacred and cultural monuments of Lyon; the historic city of Viennes, site of some of the earliest Christian martyrdoms; the righteous village of le Chandon sur Lignon, where thousands of Jews were rescued from the Nazi holocaust; Avignon, the site of the exiled Papacy of the 14th century; the papal vineyards of Chateuneuf du Pape and the abbeys and lavender fields of Provence; and much more. This course satisfies the Heritage Franciscan Concern (CFH). Non-student members of the Siena community are welcome, subject to availability.

  • Travel Dates: May 14-28, 2018
  • Estimated Cost: $4650

For more information, please contact Dr. Peter Zaas


Spain: Culture through Cuisine: Exploring the Basque Region in Spain (SPAN 305)

In this course, students will learn about the disinctive identities of regional culture in Spain and how that regionalism is expressed through culinary differences and practices. Focusing on the Basque Country, students will explore different aspects of culinary culture in Spain to answer questions like: How does the architecture of the city space in Bilbao influence food production and consumption? What does the consumption of pintxos (larger tapas) mean for the economy and identity in San Sebastián, Spain? What role does the Slow Food movement play in countryside locations like the salt mines in Añana?

  • Travel Dates: May 14-24, 2018
  • Estimated Cost: TBD

For more information, please contact Dr. Marcela Garcés


EU Member States (Belgium, Germany, Lithuania, Latvia, and Estonia): The EU of 2018 (POSC 450)

The European Union (EU) has faced several major challenges since the early 2000s. First, in 2004, came the largest enlargement with 10 post-communist East European countries becoming part of the EU. Second, since the summer of 2015, the ongoing Syrian civil war put EU unity to the test as millions of refugees from the Middle East and South Asia crossed EU borders and sought refuge in the most economically well-to-do EU states. Third, in 2016, the most recent jolt took place when Britain voted to leave the EU. This course will cover major political, historical, and economic developments that shaped the EU from its inception to the present, concluding with a travel to five EU member states: Belgium, Germany, Lithuania, Latvia, and Estonia (with transportation transfers in the Netherlands and Finland).

  • Travel Dates: May 15-28, 2018
  • Estimated Cost: $3100

For more information, please contact Dr. Ausra Park


International Service Trips

Cuernavaca, Mexico: Sr. Thea Bowman Center for Women

  • Travel Dates: March 24-31, 2018
  • Expected Cost: TBD
  • Application Deadline: TBD

For detailed information, cost, and application procedure, please contact Beth DeAngelis


Fontaine, Haiti: Franciscan Center for Service and Advocacy

Enter the world of Fontaine, Haiti and spend a life-changing week by immersing yourself in the Haitian culture! Students will be staying and serving at St. Gabriel’s Middle/High School founded by Pierre-Louis Joizil, Siena College Class of 2011. Along with teaching English to the students of St. Gabriel’s, participants will experience the delightful Haitian culture and participate in music, cultural festivities, meet Haitian dignitaries, and much, much more!

  • Dates: January 6-13, 2018
  • Expected Cost: $1600 (includes $200 nonrefundable deposit); airfare, meals, and housing included.
  • Application Deadline: Application available on Saints Connect from Sept. 25 - Oct. 10, 2017

For detailed information and application procedure, please contact Judy Dougherty


Kingston, Jamaica: Franciscan Center for Service and Advocacy

This service and cultural experience invites students to learn about the colorful history of the Jamaican people while participating in service projects that reach out to impoverished children and neighborhoods in Kingston, Jamaica's capital city. You will also experience the wonderful Jamaican country and experience the richness of Jamaican culture!

  • Travel Dates: January 6-13, 2018
  • Expected Cost: $1600 (includes $200 nonrefundable deposit); airfare, meals, and housing included.
  • Application Deadline: Application available on Saints Connect from Sept. 25 - Oct. 10, 2017

For detailed information and application procedure, please contact Judy Dougherty


Managua, Nicaragua: Franciscan Center for Service and Advocacy

Our newest SIENAserves site, participants travel to Managua, Nicaragua where you will learn about the very complex relationship between Nicaragua and the United States. During this service/cultural immersion trip, you will participate in a variety of experiences at the Batahola Cultural Center, which aims to empower and transform the lives of local residents, especially women and children, through education and cultural activities. Students participate in many of the classes and activities, share lunch with families, play with children, and become immersed in the lives of the Nicaraguan people.

Visit Granada and tour this historical city; visit San Juan de Oriente, a pottery village where you will participate in a pottery demonstration and learn about pre-Columbian pottery; shop at an Artisan Market in Masaya and experience the Masaya Volcano! This trip includes mornings of service and many cultural experiences.

As one student expressed, “We take back something so much more valuable than what we can fit into our suit cases. We feel very connected with the people and want to stay in solidarity with them.”

  • Travel Dates: January 6-13, 2018
  • Expected Cost: $1700 (includes $200 nonrefundable deposit); airfare, meals, and housing included.
  • Application Deadline: Application available on Saints Connect from Sept. 25 - Oct. 10, 2017

For detailed information and application procedure, please contact Judy Dougherty


International Advocacy Trips

The Walk in My Shoes advocacy trips are based on the principle that when we enter another culture, it is more important for the people to see us, get to know us, and to be known by us; this is the essence of a ministry of presence. As a participant on one of these trips, you will engage in the ministry of presence, spending time with, and listening to your hosts and ambassadors share about their country.

Current Offerings

Walk in My Shoes: Morocco 2018

Discover the beauty of Morocco. Experience the daily life of ordinary people and see how they live out their Muslim faith. Learn how Franciscan Friars are promoting Muslim Christian dialogue and learn about the similarities between Christianity and Islam. Ride a camel in the desert, walk the narrow, maze-like streets of the Medina in a city that's over 1000 years old, enjoy warm Moroccan hospitality - all while exploring this unique and rich culture.

  • Travel Dates: June 16-26, 2018
  • Expected Cost: $3200

Application deadline and first payment is due March 1, 2018.

Please contact Br. Paul O'Keeffe for more information and application procedure/deadline: pokeeffe@thefranciscans.org


Walk in My Shoes: Cuba 2018

Develop social and cultural awareness on this memorable trip to Cuba. Enjoy the hospitality of local families from San Antonio and Santa Cruz parishes by dining with them in their homes. Discover the importance of Santeria, one of the three dominant belief systems in Cuba. Explore two typical farming villages, take a walking tour of Old Havana, and enjoy a day at Ancón, one of Cuba's many beautiful beaches.

  • Travel Dates: May 19-26, 2018
  • Expected Cost: $2300

Application deadline and first payment is due March 1, 2018.

Please contact Br. Paul O'Keeffe for more information and application procedure/deadline


J-term Abroad

Looking to spend your winter break abroad? Our J-term (or January term) abroad options enable students to spend 3-4 weeks in some of our most popular and academically-engaging locations. To learn more about additional J-term options, please stop into the Center for International Programs in Foy Hall 301.

 Current Offerings

The American College of Greece (AIFS), Athens, Greece

Siena students can spend 3 weeks earning 3 semester credits with courses in archaeology, business, or history. Included in the student's program fee is a cultural excursion to Ancient Delphi, a UNESCO World Heritage Site.

  • Travel Dates: January 1-21, 2018
  • Application Deadline: October 1, 2017

For more information: AIFS January Term in Athens


CIEE Global Institute, Berlin, Germany

Experience the vibrancy of Germany's capital city and explore the historical forces that have shaped this country. In three weeks, Siena students will engage heavily in the culture of Berlin through a course in Holocaust Studies, with excursions to one of Berlin's major opera houses and the East Side Gallery.

  • Travel Dates: January 2-20, 2018
  • Application Deadline: November 15, 2017

For more information: CIEE January Term in Berlin


 CIEE Study Center, London, England

Siena students gain insight into London's culture and global impact, with a course which studies the National Health Service and healthcare providings in Britain. With current and historical sites of importance at every corner, students experience life as a true "Londoner."

  • Travel Dates: January 2-20, 2018
  • Application Deadline: November 15, 2017

For more information: CIEE January Term in London


Information for Faculty & Staff

Click above to access our Guidelines for Faculty

In accordance with the Standards of Good Practice for Short-Term Education Abroad Programs established by The Forum on Education Abroad, The Center for International Programs at Siena College seeks to facilitate the development and delivery of short-term international study courses that uphold and are appropriate to the mission, objectives and purpose of Siena College.  For full information on running a study tour, faculty should refer to our handbook.

If you have additional questions, please contact us at international@siena.edu, or call 518-786-5047. We look forward to working with you!