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Siena Summer School in Italian Deaf Culture

Program Location Siena, Italy
Sponsor Siena School
Program Type Co-sponsored
Course # SA 30018
Duration Summer
Upcoming Program Dates
Summer 2020 06/13/20 to 07/04/20

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Siena Summer School in Italian Deaf Culture

This program will introduce students to the deaf culture and community through the lens of Italian culture, language, and the history of deaf Italians. Though the deaf community is often perceived as a worldwide community, the distinct national cultures in which deaf people live must not be overlooked. We will explore the history of deaf education, starting from long-ago eras, through to the time of the Milan Congress, and on to the modern day. This course will present what happened in Italy before and after that historic Congress, and will further trace the growth and development of Italian Sign Language (LIS).

Siena is home to one of the oldest deaf schools, the Pendola Institute, founded in 1828 by Father Tommaso Pendola. This crucial landmark for the Italian deaf community no longer functions as a school, but it still serves the Community by offering a place where deaf students may go to receive afternoon tutoring sessions. The Pendola Institute boasts an extensive old library devoted to deaf issues.  It also houses a small museum, including a reproduction of a classroom from the past as well as various tools that educators used in teaching deaf students.

Participants will have the opportunity to meet with former students from the Institute who will share their own personal stories and discuss the broader history of the interactions of deaf and non-deaf people within Italian society. We will also explore other Sienese traditions, and discover how the deaf community of Siena has been involved in the "Palio," the most famous horse race in Italy. 

For more program information, please visit the program website.


Siena Summer School in Italian Deaf Culture

The program is open to Purdue students who have completed at least two semesters of university study and who have completed ASL 101, ASL 102, ASL 201 and ASL 202 by the start of the program. Successful candidates will demonstrate academic success, maturity and a desire to experience another culture.


GPA Requirement: 3.0 on a 4.0 scale
Language Requirement: none

Purdue Credit
Direct Credit available from the following: [College of Liberal Arts]

Students interested in completing courses while abroad from Purdue colleges or departments that are not listed above should discuss this with their study abroad advisor before applying to the program.


All program participants will live in double rooms of a shared apartment near the Siena School.

Estimated Program Costs

Students should carefully note what costs need to be paid to Purdue University or to a co-sponsor or agency, and what costs need to be paid at the overseas study location.  This will vary by program.

The current program fee is posted as €3,150. These estimates below listed in USD are useful for planning purposes, but are subject to change due to currency exchange rate fluctuation and inflation. Students should regard these figures as approximate amount.

The program fee includes tuition and housing in a double room of a shared apartment. An application fee of €40 is required in addition to the costs listed below.

Costs for this program are estimated and subject to change. The cost figures listed below are for: Summer 2019

Costs per term to be billed by Purdue and Co-sponsor
Program Fee$3,475.00
Study Abroad Fee$305.00
Purdue International Insurance (per month)$32.00

Approximate additional costs per term
To be paid by the student.
Round-trip Airfare$1,500.00
Miscellaneous Personal Expenses $0.00 -$400.00
Travel Documents (passport, photos)$175.00

Financial Aid

Purdue University financial aid may be applied to the costs of studying abroad. Students interested in receiving financial aid should

NOTE:  Recipients of certain tuition remission and scholarship programs should pay careful attention to the regulations for using those benefits for study abroad.  Ask your financial aid advisor about any limitations.

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Application Deadlines

For full consideration, students must submit all supporting documents before or by the application deadline.  Popular programs fill quickly, often before the deadline.  To insure a place in a program, apply early.

As soon as a student submits an on-line application, a My Study Abroad account is created. Applicants should consult this page often to check on the status of the application.

Program Application Deadline
Most Summer Programs Mar 1

Returnees Information
Siena Summer School in Italian Deaf Culture

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