Sienna School Programs for Signers in Italy!!!

Happy International Week of the Deaf! My name is Christine Brown and I’m the Deaf Studies Program Coordinator & Developer at the Siena School for Liberal Arts in Siena, Italy.


Please see the attached flier for information about our exciting Deaf Studies programs!


Summer 2017 Program Dates:

Deaf Studies

·       Summer Study Abroad for Signers (June 17th - July 8th)

·       Summer Professionals & Graduate Students Program (June 17th - July 1st)

·       Summer Two or Three Weeks Independent Research Project (June 17th - July 1st or June 17th - July 8th)

·       Summer Two or Three Weeks Service Learning Project (June 17th - July 1st or June 17th - July 8th)


Application Deadline:   March 15th


Further information regarding programs, special course offerings*, program pricing, online application link, and other helpful information is available or coming soon on our website.


Please contact me if you have any questions or would like to set up a time to video


Thank you and hope to see you in Siena!


*If you are a faculty member or department chair and are interested in coordinating a faculty-led trip, a semester program opportunity, or joining a consortium with other DST/ASL programs, then please let me know so we can discuss ideas and opportunities.




What some former students expressed about our programs:


“This experience changed my life!”

“Go to the Siena School. It was the best decision I ever made!”

“This has been the greatest experience, especially since this was my first time out of the country. As a Hard Of Hearing individual, this program has expanded my perspectives as far as who I am and who I want to be. Stepping out of your comfort zone is vital to growth, and this program helped with that – exceeding my expectations!”

“The Siena School is a hidden gem. I have gained so much from this experience: new friends, culture, language, and a better understanding of myself. I thank Siena School for providing students an opportunity to broaden their horizons so that we may become more unified across the world.”

 “Beyond amazing! This opportunity opened my eyes to a brand new world that I had no idea existed. Grazie mille!!”

“This program is fantastic! I enjoyed learning LIS, Deaf Culture in Italy, & History. The program is challenging but so much FUN! I highly recommend it to any student wanting to learn more about International Deaf community, history, & culture. I truly appreciated all of the Staffs’ hard work & dedication to the students. Being immersed in the culture of Siena as well as the local Deaf community members. Everyone was welcoming & Siena will always hold a special place in my heart.”

“The three weeks with Siena School have made a meaningful impact on my life and my perspective on the world. I am truly happy that I joined this program!”

“I loved getting together at the Campo. I got to study with people, hang out, have fun, or chat with some people who changed my life.”

“A multilingual experience in Siena for three weeks is truly eye-opening. There is no program like this and I’m thankful for the opportunity to learn LIS, interact with the Italian Deaf community and meet all kinds of people from all over the country.”

 “Don’t think about how much it will cost your wallet when you will grow so much from this rich experience. I don’t want to leave!”

“The Siena School Staff has been incredible! So very helpful, kind, & supportive!”

“Everyone was so helpful, approachable, and kind. I looked forward to the daily interaction with each of the staff.J

“Siena taught me a lot. My professors expanded my knowledge. I’d definitely come back again. There is no place like Siena – especially the Campo, my favorite!”

“I am so amazed at how much I have learned in just three weeks! I never thought I would be maneuvering four different languages all in one day – at least not while doing it well. I will never forget this. Thank you!”

“I loved experiencing Italy while communicating in a multitude of languages. The staff was so helpful, I met so many wonderful people and new friends, and the program is definitely one I’ll never forget!”

“My time in Siena has been unforgettable with the classes I’ve had and the history I witnessed here. I would love to come back to Siena to experience life here again.“

“Studying abroad at the Siena School wasn’t just a good choice – it was the best choice! I’ve learned so much during my time here & can’t wait to come back someday!”

“This trip has overwhelmingly enhanced my education and enriched my personal life! I will cherish the connections I’ve made this summer and carry this new knowledge with me into the future.”

“I would do it again in a heart beat. Siena is such an open-minded city where you can be free to be as you are. Italians have a desire to communicate whether you can hear or not.”

“This place will forever have a special place in my heart.”



Want to join us in Siena? Begin your online application today!