Equally divided between one of the global capitals of industrial design, fashion, and architecture, Milan, and the beautifully preserved medieval city of Siena, this eight-week program draws connections between aesthetics and innovation, and introduces you to the burgeoning field of cultural economics.
The curriculum connects with internationally famous museums and historical sites, and it also includes visits to some of Italy’s leading financial and technology firms and institutions, such as Monte dei Paschi, the oldest surviving bank in the world, and Inarea, a cutting edge network specializing in the creation and management of identity systems. In Siena, you are deeply involved in the local community; you are invited to join one of the city’s wards (contrade) and participate in the momentous preparation for the Palio, the city’s most important event of the year for centuries. Optional Italian language instruction is also offered though not for credit.
See the website for the Milan and Siena program to learn more about the faculty, course of study, and accommodations.
Francesco Erspamer, Professor of Romance Languages and Literatures
You must be at least 18 years old and have completed at least one year of college or be a first-year student in good academic standing to apply.
The application materials, outlined below, are due January 28, 2016:
- A completed online application (available in early December) that includes:
- A $50 nonrefundable application fee
- A statement of interest in the program, including information on relevant coursework and travel experience abroad (previous travel is not a prerequisite)
- Transcripts (student record accepted for Harvard students)
You will be notified of admission decisions by mid-February.
There is a nonrefundable $50 application fee. The cost includes the following:
- Room and some meals
- Excursions (including meals when appropriate)
In addition to the program fee, you are responsible for:
- A health insurance fee (waived if you have US insurance that provides coverage outside the United States)
- Transportation to and from Italy
- Independent excursions
- The cost of passports and visas (if the latter is needed)
- Any immunizations
How to pay and funding options
See Payment and Funding for payment deadlines, deposit amounts, and more information, including funding options for Harvard College students.
In Milan, you stay in double rooms at theHOTEL Residence Zumbini, in the southern part of the city. Each floor has a living room with a kitchenette. The residence is a ten-minute walk from the classroom, and a fifteen-minute walk from the Navigli, a picturesque quarter famous for its restaurants and clubs which animate the evenings with live music.
In Siena, you stay double rooms in the Collegio Santa Chiara, the collegiate residence of the University of Siena. You have access to the common areas of the Collegio, including the kitchens on the first and second floor. Classes are held in the same building. This beautiful building is in the historic center of the city—a five-minute walk from Piazza del Campo.
Contact Francesco Erspamer, firstname.lastname@example.org.
Students with disabilities
Contact the disability services coordinator as soon as possible. See Students with Disabilities for more information.