CET Siena language faculty are seasoned instructors with extensive experience teaching for various US study abroad programs in Italy. All have completed a master’s degree in either foreign or Italian language and literature.
Area studies faculty are hired independently by CET. All have completed or are working toward a PhD in their field.
The University of Virginia Siena Curriculum Oversight Committee approves all new faculty hires. CET can provide faculty curriculum vitae upon request.
CET maintains permanent, bilingual staff at each of its study abroad program locations.
The CET Italy Programs Director, based in Florence, cooperates with University of Virginia to oversee Siena program academics on site. S/he by manages faculty, conducts faculty orientation and regularly monitors courses.
The Special Programs Manager, based in Sesto Fiorentino, assists with academic oversight. She also manages all short-term and partner programs in Italy.
The Siena Resident Director, based in Siena, implements excursions, manages program logistics and assists students with acclimation. S/he is trained to prevent and handle student emergencies.
Emiliana F. Caldarelli, Director of Italy Programs
A native Italian, Emiliana earned a Laurea in Political Science in 1996 and a Post Graduate Master in Mediterranean Studies and Islamic Finance in 2013 from the University of Florence. In 1994, during her graduate studies, she was awarded a scholarship from Rutgers University in New Jersey where she conducted a research study about the financing of political campaigns. After returning to Italy, her work has focused on educating American students in Italy. She served as coordinator for the Rutgers Study Abroad Program in Florence, and from 1997 until 2002, taught classes on Italian culture, politics and history in US university programs in Florence such as Rutgers Junior Year in Florence, Richmond College, Portland Community College and University of San Diego-Law School. Emiliana has been involved with the CET programs in Italy since their inception. She began as the CET Siena Resident Director (2001-2003), continued as the CET Florence Resident Director (2003-2004), and has served as Italy Programs Director since 2004.
Anna DiBiase, Italy Special Programs Manager
Anna received a BA in Liberal Arts from Sarah Lawrence College in 2006 and an MA in Italian Language and Linguistics from the Middlebury College School in Florence, Italy in 2007. She is an Italian-American dual citizen and has spent many years studying and working in Italy, with Georgetown University where she served as the Resident Coordinator, with The Institute at Palazzo Rucellai where she served as the Housing Coordinator, and with CET, where she has served as Resident Director for the Siena Program and Academic Coordinator for all programs. Anna adores her adopted country and all of the opportunities that it has afforded her.