C-GAP Admissions
Summer 2020
Info & Deadlines
 Summer Study AbroadPiano IntensiveComposition
ApplicantsUndergraduate students  
Graduate students*       Graduate students*     
Applications OpenDecember 1stDecember 1stDecember 1st
EARLY Application deadline
February 1stn/an/a
Online ApplicationMarch 1stMarch 1stMarch 15th
Admissions DecisionsMarch 18th
Rolling until filled      April 22nd
Repertoire Assigned /
Score Submission
April 1stn/aApril 15th
Program Deposit Due
April 1stApril 15thMay 1st
Final Draft of Scores Duen/an/aMay 1st
Tuition Balance Due
May 1stMay 15thMay 31st
*talented undergraduates are welcome to apply
DAYS left to submit your application

for the STUDY ABROAD
& PIANO INTENSIVE programs

DAYS left to submit your application

for the COMPOSITION PROGRAM

Applications
How to Apply
  1. Fill out the online application (Google Form) and send it
  2. E-mail a digital picture ID photo (headshot) to admissions@chigiana.org 
  3. Check your inbox for confirmation we received your application
  4. Note: Students intending to receive academic course credits from the study abroad program should be prepared to provide un-official transcripts before the beginning of the program
You will need:
  • Biographical information
  • Passport number and expiration date
  • Health info and allergies
  • Academic history & GPA
  • Course selection
  • Audition materials – link(s) to recording(s)
  • Contact info for 1 faculty reference
Summer Study Abroad
May 18 - June 25, 2020
Audition Instructions:

Video recording(s) of you playing repertoire representing 2 contrasting styles (total time: 10 minutes minimum). 

Other Instructions:

The program is open to undergraduates from ANY accredited institution of higher learning.

*Some partner institutions have their students apply directly through the university’s Education Abroad office. This gives students access to pre-approved transfer credits and more opportunities to receive financial aid and scholarships. Questions may be addressed to your faculty liaison who can provide more information.

Piano Intensive
June 8 - June 26, 2020
Audition Instructions:

Video recording(s) of you playing repertoire representing 2 contrasting styles (total time: 10 minutes minimum). 

Composition
June 8 - June 27, 2020
Online Application:
Deadline: March 15th, 2020

Submission via Google form (button below).

Within the google form you may choose to include a link to a recording of another completed work (orchestral, chamber, or vocal) that has received a recent performance. (Alternatively, you can send this along with your score draft by April 15th.) 

Required Supporting Application Materials:
Deadline: April 15th, 2020
  • A recording of another completed work (orchestral, chamber, or vocal) that has received a recent performance. The first draft of the quartet score that is submitted. 
  • A first / partial draft of the quartet that will be rehearsed and performed during the summer session (may be accompanied by a mock up – optional)
  • For undergraduate applicants: 1 letter of recommendation from your main professor

Submission via email: admissions@chigiana.org.

Costs & Financial Aid
6-week Program

Program Tuition & Fees

$7000 USD

Early Application Offer

$250

Discount applied directly to the $500 program deposit for students who applied to the C-GAP online by February 1st, 2020.

3-week Programs

Program Tuition & Fees

$3500 USD

Program Tuition & Fees

$3500 USD

All Program fees INCLUDE: Instruction, program orientation, cultural activities, welcome dinner, farewell reception, student services assistance, housing in a double occupancy room in private apartment, access to university canteen, tickets to all program concerts, video and professional audio recording of the final concert.

All Program Fees DO NOT INCLUDE: transportation from/to the US, international cell phone plan, regular meals, personal expenses.

The 6-week Summer Study Abroad Program also includes Florence airport meet & greet and group transfer to Siena (valid on May 16th only for arrivals from 9am-6pm). Note: upon departure, airport transfer from Siena is “on your own”.

The 3-week intensive programs for graduate students do not include airport meet & greet or transfer to Siena. For helpful travel tips, see: Getting Here

 Estimated Cost3-week total6-week total
GRAND TOTAL
(Airfare + living expenses)
$2170$2580
Airfare to/from Italy $1400-$1800$1600 (average)$1600 (average)
Daily Meals (*more if you eat out a lot)$10-15 per day
$350$700
Laundry (wash only, double for dryer use)$5 per load$20$50
International SIM / phone plan$50 $50$80
Discretionary spending (travel, tourism, museum visits, etc.)$100$100$100
Return Airport Transfer$25-$150$50 (average)$50 (average)
SUBTOTAL
spending money in Italy
$570$980
Optional - Professional instrument rental (cello/double bass)
the program will provide those interested with a student cello or double bass at no extra cost
$400-600n/a$400-600

Students are required to pay their balance due by May 1st (May 15th for 3-week programs). Payment information will be communicated to accepted students via email. Please include the student’s name in the notes. There will be a $25 insufficient funds charge for returned checks. A single payment of the full balance is encouraged; however, an installment plan is available to help students/parents meet their financial obligations. The Installment Plan Request form is available here.

All students pay a $100 security deposit. The security deposit is refundable subject to completion of the check-out procedure and completion of the Student Exit Survey. After all applicable fees for damages and unreturned items have been paid, any remaining balance of the security deposit will be sent using Zelle to the email provided by the student by September 30.

We encourage students to research and apply for externally funded scholarships. Here we provide a few helpful links to aid in your search.
USEFUL LINKS

https://www.gilmanscholarship.org/
https://fundforeducationabroad.org/
https://global.utexas.edu/abroad/funding/fundraising
https://www.iefa.org/scholarships/

The Accademia Chigiana and U.S. non-profit “Friends of Chigiana” have limited funds to dedicate to need and merit based student scholarships. Students who would like to be considered for these scholarships should submit the application no later than March 1st, 2020. 

Essential Pre-Arrival Info
Important Dates
 Study AbroadCompositionPiano Intensive
Arrival & Check-inMay 16June 6-7June 6-7
OrientationMay 17June 8June 8
Program StartsMay 18June 8June 8
Final ConcertJune 25June 27June 26
Check-outJune 26-27June 28June 27
What to Bring

Packing Suggestions

Since you will only be gone for a short time, you should pack as lightly as possible!! There will be times when you will need to carry all of your belongings, sometimes for fairly long distances – 20 to 30 minutes at a stretch. Your travel to and fro will be more enjoyable if you aren’t carting too many things with you. A daypack plus a light, easily carried suitcase is ideal. You can buy essentials that you have forgotten in Italy if need be.

Many students travel to Europe outfitted with the latest in backpacking gear. Remember that these backpacks are too large to qualify as carry-on luggage and thus, must be checked in.

Important: Please bring a folding, lightweight music stand. Also bring any music that is assigned prior to departure. No books are required for History or Italian.

Clothing

The weather in Siena should be nice, although you should be prepared for some rain. The average high temperatures in May and early June are in the high-70s F with average overnight lows in the low 60s F. In late June the weather is typically warmer (low 80’s) but it can also be very HOT. The days can experience highs in the 90s F with low 80s at night. Bringing layers will help you be prepared for a variety of temperatures.

Bring comfortable but not grungy clothing. Clothing that does not need to be ironed or dry-cleaned is preferable. You’ll be happier if you take clothing that can wash out by hand and dry quickly overnight.

You should bring 1-2 nicer outfits for aperitivo concerts and evenings out. Dress for performances is concert-black.

Siena is a medieval town in the countryside with a large university presence. While you shouldn’t spend the next few weeks shopping for dress-up clothes, you should expect to dress a bit more formally in Italy and you must be aware that you are not on an American college campus. Dirty or torn clothing is not appropriate, nor are spaghetti straps, midriff blouses, and short skirts. Ratty t-shirts, shorts, and baseball hats are nearly never worn by locals. Italians tend to wear flip-flops and shorts only when they retreat to the beach for the summer. Keep in mind that A/C is not as common in Europe, and when it is present it is not very strong.

Make sure to bring good walking shoes: you’ll do a lot of standing and walking, often on cobblestone. Flip-flops typically get destroyed quickly by the cobblestone streets and are not recommended for everyday (they are, however, great for communal showers).

Electrical Equipment

In Italy, electric power runs on different voltage (220 vs 110 in the US) and wall sockets are configured differently and are incompatible with American plugs. For this reason, you may not use non-European appliances without an adapter. You can purchase an adaptor at any travel store, Radio Shack, and other locations.

An electrical converter (different from an adapter) is required for items such as hair dryers/straighteners, electric razors, etc. It is NOT recommended that you purchase an electrical converter. The wattage and volts never convert correctly and can damage your appliance or the hotel’s electrical supply. If you use appliances that require a converter, be prepared to purchase them upon arrival or buy a special kind at a travel store that has built-in convertibility. Our program provides a hairdryer in each apartment for students to share.

Most chargers for iPods, laptops/tablets and digital cameras have an automatic voltage converter, but double-check the charger to make sure (it should indicate this somewhere). If it contains a converter, then you simply need an adapter for the two-prong plug in Europe.

List of suggested essentials:

  • Computer / tablet 
    • The Music history course will require research and writing a final paper; therefore, a portable computer or tablet with external keyboard is fundamental for this course
  • Scores / music
    • Bring your assigned repertoire, either digital version or hard copy printed (find on IMSLP if available, or provided by the C-GAP music coordinator)
    • In addition to your assigned ensemble pieces, bring 1-3 already polished solo works that you could play during the aperitivo mini-concerts
    • Bring a black binder to keep all your scores organized and for concert purposes 
  • Your own portable folding music stand (mentioned above)
    • You will need this for all rehearsals and concerts
    • Put your name on it!
  • Concert dress attire
    • Required concert dress is ALL BLACK
    • Clothing should be “dressy” – pants, shirts, dress, skirt – as you wish 
    • Concert shoes should be black, may be dressy sandals, but not flip flops 
    • Concert dress should be appropriate for warmer weather, but also be somewhat conservative (some concerts are in churches). 
  • Backpack or overnight bag for field trips
    • Travel size toiletries
  • You may find the following to come in very handy
    • Flip flops (for shower, beach travel, as house shoes)
    • Sunglasses
    • Headphones
    • Phone charger / portable battery, un-locked phone to use with Italian SIM
    • Notebook
    • Pencils with eraser, scotch tape
    • Mini hole punch, mini stapler, 
      • We have these to share in the staff office – during open hours
    • Clothes pins (for drying laundry and pinning scores when playing outdoors with a breeze)
    • Layers for cold and warm/hot weather, light jacket for rain
    • Comfortable walking shoes
    • Laundry bag
Travel To/From Siena

Making Travel Plans
See program dates section above for when you will need to meet the group in Siena, Italy. You are responsible for booking your flight to Italy and back. You may wish to arrange your own independent travel in Italy or Europe before or after the program, so your flights could vary.
Please note in booking your flight from the U.S. that you “lose” a day in arriving when flying to Europe.

Visas
If you are a U.S. citizen, no visa is required for this program. You only need your passport and a return/onward ticket in order to enter Italy for 90 days or less. You can also travel throughout most of Europe as a tourist for up to 90 days without a visa.

Arriving in Italy

  • The best airport to fly into is Florence Peretola 
  • If you arrive at the Florence airport on May 16th before 6pm, the program will offer airport welcome and group transfer to Siena
  • You are responsible for arranging your return travel from Siena to the airport at the end of the program
    • Be aware of this when choosing your flight. If you need to leave Siena at 3 or 4am to get to the airport, a private car transfer will cost significantly more than if you can take public transport later in the day.
    • Make sure not to miss any programmed events at the end of the program – ie. Final concert, Farewell dinner
  • You may choose to fly into Rome Fiumicino airport
    • If so, you are responsible to arrive in Siena (Piazza Gramsci) by bus, or directly at your apartment address by taxi from Siena train station (if you come to Siena by train)
    • There are 2 very comfortable coach buses per day directly from Fiumicino Airport Terminal 3 to Siena city center (see schedule)
      • You can buy a ticket with cash from the driver (try to have exact change or small bills – €22), or online from this webpage (sometimes difficult to navigate, and does not accept certain credit cards).
Arrival & Check-in

All students will be sent a form where they must enter their travel information so the program can coordinate the student arrivals and check-in, as well as, check for updates in the case of flight delays or other travel disruptions.

Before departing the U.S., students should make sure to save the contact info of program staff directly in their phones and download the WhatsApp app for program communications (see more).

Since the historic center of Siena is primarily a pedestrian only area, we arrange for program staff to meet students upon their arrival at Piazza Gramsci and walk them to their apartment for check-in.  In the case of arrival to the Siena Train Station (Stazione F.S.), students should message or call the resident advisor to inform them of their ETA and then take a taxi directly to their apartment address.

6-week Study Abroad Program

A program staff member will meet students at the Florence airport on May 16th. Look for the sign that says “Accademia Chigiana”.  The staff member will be in the arrivals waiting area after you exit the doors from baggage claim (make a slight left after you exit).  We will arrange group transfer to Siena for students who arrive to the Florence Airport.

3-week Intensive Programs

You are responsible for arriving directly to Piazza Gramsci or your apartment address in Siena. Please coordinate your real-time arrival ETA with the resident advisor.  See “getting here” for helpful travel tips.  Please e-mail admissions@chigiana.org with any questions.

Communications

Before departing the U.S., all students should make sure to:

  • save the contact info of program staff directly in their phones
    • Dr. Antonio Artese +39 339 2412 388
    • Samantha Stout +39 320 347 0433
    • Resident Advisor – TBA
  • download the WhatsApp app for program communications
    • Send a message with your name to Samantha to be added to the group chat where you will receive program updates in “real time”.

FAQs
What are the emergency contacts/numbers?

  • Antonio Artese (see # above) antonio.artese@chigiana.org
  • Italy / Europe wide emergency number: 112
  • We have 2 student advisors living in the student apartments that will hold a 24hr emergency phone. The number will be communicated at orientation.

Should I get an Italian pay-as-you-go phone plan?

6-week Study Abroad Program

    • We highly recommend that ALL students get a “pay-as-you-go” Italian SIM card with phone credit. You can get this when you arrive to Siena from various providers (Vodafone, TIM, Tre (3), Kena, Wind, etc.) This will allow you to make calls to other Italian numbers (e.g. program staff) and navigate the internet in the absence of Wi-Fi (using 3G/4G) with your phone. Your phone must be un-locked for the SIM to work. The total cost for the SIM card and enough credit for the 6-week period is about €70.
      • Full functionality of the cell phone on the local network will be paramount for communications when we are making field trips outside Siena together.

3-week Intensive Programs

You are responsible for making sure you are updated of the program schedule and commitments and for ensuring smooth communications with program staff.  We highly recommend that you maintain a phone with access to internet in the absence of Wi-Fi.  Before you depart, evaluate the options for maintaining connectivity through your carrier or plan to get an Italian SIM upon arrival (budget €30-40 for 3-weeks).

What is an address where I can receive mail or that my parents can use as reference for my location abroad?

  • Your apartment will be within a short walking distance of the academy. You will learn the exact address before your departure from the US. Do not plan to receive mail at your apartment, couriers and the Italian post will not deliver to your apartment.
    • Our student apartments are in:
      • Via Casato di Sotto, 34
      • Via Casato di Sotto, 64
      • Via S. Pietro, 6
  • You will be studying at the Accademia Chigiana at the following address:

Via di Città 89, Siena (SI) 53100, ITALY

  • We discourage students from receiving mail or packages during their stay at the program. The Academy is in the traffic limited zone of the city center and not all couriers are aware of how to deliver packages. Packages coming from abroad may incur additional customs fees.
  • If you must receive a letter or package for any reason, please have it sent to your name ℅ the Accademia Chigiana, with a tracking number, and communicate the expected arrival of your package to our student assistants and the custodians of the academy who will receive your package and keep it in the lobby for pick-up by you.
Housing & Meals

Housing is provided to all students in local apartments within walking distance (<10min) to the Accademia Chigiana. Bedrooms are double occupancy (same gender).  Apartments are mixed gender.  Students are asked to provide the name of preferred roommates and housemates on their application forms. All attempts will be made to honor the student’s request.  All apartments receive a weekly cleaning service where common areas are cleaned and bed linens and towels are changed. Periodic inspection of student apartments will be conducted by program staff upon announcement.

FAQs
Are any meals provided with the cost of tuition?

  • The welcome dinner and the farewell dinner are special meals offered by the program. Daily meals are the responsibility of the student. Many students find cooking at home to be a good way to eat on a budget. Each student will have a card which allows them access to the university canteen where discounted meals can be purchased.

Will students be sharing a bedroom with another student?

  • Yes, most rooms will be double occupancy
  • One of our 2 student advisors will also be in your apartment or an apartment nearby.

Are pillows and blankets supplied?

  • YES

Should I be bringing sheets? If so what size? 

  • No, bedding and towels are provided and they are changed once a week.

Is there laundry in the apartment or nearby? How does that work? (Do I need change to operate the machines, laundry detergent, etc.?)

  • There is a laundromat a short walk from the apartment. Soap is sold from a vending machine in the laundromat. You can operate the machines with normal Euro coin currency. Your apartment should have some clothes drying racks to save money on the dryer.
  • You may want to bring a laundry bag

Will the apartment have cooking supplies such as pots and pans or should I plan on picking up one or two beforehand? 

  • Yes, the kitchens are equipped with basic crockery and utensils.  There is no use of the ovens or a dishwasher (however, the stove top works and a microwave is provided).

Will Wi-Fi be available? 

  • Yes, although there is typically less bandwidth than in the US
Program Schedule

COMING SOON

See your program page for important dates.

Facilities

COMING SOON

Program Departure

COMING SOON

Reminder: students are responsible for arranging their own transportation to the airport when leaving Siena.

Program Policies

COMING SOON