About the Program
Learn about beauty, its meaning, its history, and its connection to change, community-building, and sustainability in three fascinating Italian cities. Study aesthetics, cultural economics, social cooperation, fiction, film, and fashion as indispensable devices that inspire innovation while they develop our attention and care for cultural heritages and the environment.
The program includes daily course class session, smaller discussion sections, and guest lectures during the week, as well as numerous field trips, excursions, and activities that allow you to delve into Italy’s artistic heritage and contemporary society. No knowledge of Italian or prior coursework in the humanities or economics is required to apply to this program.
Note: Non-credit Italian language instruction is available for interested students.
To learn more, visit the Milan and Siena program website.
ITAL S-190 counts as one full-year course (8 credits) of degree credit.
ITAL S-190 Study Abroad in Milan and Siena, Italy: Beauty, Innovation, and Sustainability
Francesco Erspamer, Professor of Romance Languages and Literatures, Harvard University
UN, GR Limited enrollment.
Where You'll Live and Study
You will spend three weeks in Milan, a world capital of fashion and design, two weeks in Trento, a quaint city in the Italian Alps, and three weeks in Siena, a perfectly preserved medieval city that included the creation of beauty as part of its original Constitution. These contrasting Italian cities are the ideal context for experiencing and examining beauty.
In Milan, you will stay in studio apartments at the Residence Zara, less than a mile from the city’s main train station and a forty-minute walk to Piazza del Duomo, the very center of the city. Each apartment accommodates two students and has a private bathroom, free wi-fi, TV, air conditioning, and a fully equipped kitchenette. Classes will be held at IULM University, which can be reached via a twenty-minute subway ride.
Details regarding accommodations in Trento will be posted here soon.
In Siena, you will stay in double rooms with private bathrooms at the Refugio, a 16-century former convent located in the historic center of the city—a five-minute walk from Piazza del Campo. Classes will be held in a nearby building of the Universita di Siena.
To apply, you must:
- Be at least 18 years old
- Have completed at least one year of college or be a first-year student
- Be in good academic standing
Students enrolled at any accredited university are welcome to apply. See the How to Apply page for more information.
You may apply to no more than two programs; if applying to two programs, you will be asked to rank your two applications in order of preference (first and second choice). Any applications submitted in excess of the maximum of two will be automatically withdrawn. You will be notified of your admissions status in each program by early March.
A complete online application includes:
- Basic personal information
- A statement of interest
- Your most recent transcript
- Program-specific requirements (if applicable; may include letters of recommendation, etc.)
Interviews may be requested at the discretion of the program.
Harvard College students applying for funding from the Office of Career Services (OCS): Please note that the OCS funding application is separate. OCS funding awards are tied to a specific program, and cannot be transferred to another program.
If you have questions about the application, please contact the Harvard Summer School Study Abroad Office by email at firstname.lastname@example.org.