Value-added Agricultural Tradition in Tuscany
Ag Business, Ag Science & General Education in DA Siena Agriculture Program
Global warming, soil and water pollution, droughts, overpopulation are the challenges that agriculture will have to face in the very near future along with the growing globalization of the market. In particular environmental sustainability is going to be an indispensable requirement of farming. Therefore agriculture programs play an essential role in educating globally competent agronomists.
Cultivators of the earth are the most valuable citizens. They are the most vigorous, the most independent, the most virtuous, and they are tied to their country and wedded to its liberty and interests by the most lasting bonds.Thomas Jefferson
Produces variety and food processing: a world of possibilities
Thanks to its world renown production and thanks to the variety of its lands and climates, Italy is a unique open-air farming workshop. In particular, Tuscany provides an extremely variegated landscape with great didactic potential. As a matter of fact Siena and its Province alone produces:
- Four varieties of DOCG wine (Brunello di Montalcino, Nobile di Montepulciano, Chianti Classico, and Vernaccia di San Gimignano)
- Pienza pecorino cheese and goat cheese
- Traditional breeds of hogs and cows (Cinta Senese and Chianina)
- Olive oil production
This agriculture program aims to take advantage of the many possibilities offered by this territory to give students a unique possibility of personal and professional growth.The province of Siena is traditionally devoted to the highest quality of value-added agriculture. So it is the perfect location for Agribusiness courses, Marketing courses and practical experiences. However the Fall Abroad program is designed for a wider audience of students, providing:
- General Education Courses
- Agriculture Courses
- Ag Business Courses
- Business and Finance Courses
- Animal Science Courses
- Liberal Arts Courses
The Fall Abroad Program aspires to offer the opportunity of having this hands on educational experience to the widest possible audience and gives special attention to underrepresented students in study abroad programs.
Because it involves faculty from all three Institutions, the Fall Abroad program offers an international approach for each proposed course. Furthermore Tuscany is a great source of practical experiences in a huge variety of fields. This agriculture program seeks to give students the opportunity of experiencing a unique study abroad program without slowing down their academic career. They will be considered University of Siena students and they will have access to the same services such as cafeterias and sport facilities. Also, they will have the possibility to benefit from Learning Italy – DA Siena’s 40 years of experience in organizing and assisting study abroad programs.
Beautiful, livable, and safe: not a city like the others
Besides of the varied academic proposal and besides the uniqueness of the involvement of three distinct Institutions; the strength of this agriculture program lies in its location. Siena is suitable for short trips both northbound and southbound thanks to its central position. Also, according to Italian institute of statistics, Siena was in 2018 the safest province of the Tuscany region and the fourth most livable city in the national ranking, thus being the perfect location for hosting a study abroad program.