Study the application of chemistry to art, the food and wine industry, and architecture - both in and out of the laboratory and classroom.
Travel around Tuscany, seeing historic cities such as San Gimignano and Florence.
Learn at the University of Siena, one of the oldest universities in Italy, founded in 1240.
Visit art museums to learn about the chemistry of paints and pigments and the process of art restoration
Live just minutes from the Piazza del Campo, one of Europe’s greatest medieval squares
Siena is full of exquisite cuisine and historic art, architecture, and museums
The historic center of Siena is declared a UNESCO World Heritage Site
Siena is surrounded by olive groves and the vineyards of Chianti
Home of the Piazza del Campo, the Duomo, and Santa Maria della Scala, amongst other cultural landmarks
Siena is divided into 17 contrades, each of which have their own mascot, and gather to compete in the world-famous Palio horse race twice a year
Population of Siena: 56,000
Application Deadlines: Applications will be accepted starting December 13. The application deadline is February 14. Emory College Study Abroad encourages students to submit their applications as early as possible, as some programs reach capacity by the end of January.
Acceptance Process: This program accepts applications on a rolling basis.
May 23 - July 4, 2020 (The official program dates are the arrival and departure dates for the program)
Visiting students from other institutions are welcome to apply
Cumulative grade point average of 3.0 or higher
new curriculum: CHEM 204 or CHEM 203Z
Program participants take 3 Chemistry courses for a total of 8 credit hours.
CHEM 370: Biophysical Chemistry (3 credit hours) (James Kindt)
(or if CHEM 370 is complete, CHEM 497R: Supervised Reading)
Biophysical Chemistry will focus on the structure and function of macromolecules in biological contexts. The main themes will be thermodynamic and kinetic stability of proteins and DNA, the creation and use of transmembrane gradients in electrical and chemical potential through transmembrane channels and pumps, and the transformation of chemical energy into mechanical work by molecular motors.
CHEM 468W: Perspectives in Chemistry (4 credit hours) (Michael McCormick & Vince Conticello)
Perspectives in Chemistry will cover topics that connect chemistry to the important aspect of our location in Italy. Our study of the restoration and conservation of art and the production and preservation of food and beverages directly connect chemistry to the history, culture, and economy of Tuscany. Other examples include study of metal production by Etruscans, dyes and pigments in art, and current research into nutraceuticals. Biochemical examples will be a prominent theme in the course.
CHEM 475: Chemistry Seminar (1 credit hour) (all faculty)
This course will uncover emerging topics in modern chemical research at the University of Siena.
Residence hall accommodations are provided in Siena. Students will stay in a hotel in Rome.
Cost and Funding
Cost and Funding
A full description of the program costs and billing procedures is described in the budget sheet
Emory undergraduate students who qualify are considered by the Office of Financial Aid for a summer aid award after registration in summer study abroad classes. The amount of the award depends on the number of credits and current financial aid package. Students currently receiving financial aid from Emory are typically eligible. Contact the Office of Financial Aid for information about specific awards. Emory Scholars are informed separately about the procedures for Scholars Summer Study Abroad awards. Emory University Employee Courtesy Scholarships may be applied to the academic fee portion of the summer study abroad program's cost. For more information, please see Summer Study Abroad Scholarships.
Each summer study abroad program will have at least one mandatory pre-departure orientation session and/or other pre-departure activities for accepted program participants. The Program Director will contact program participants with details. Emory College Study Abroad will also require all students to complete a mandatory online pre-departure orientation by April 15. This assignment will be deployed through Canvas early April.