Costs and Fees
Total Cost is $14,900 = $11,400 Program Fee + $3500 Home-stay Fee
Payment deadlines: July 1 for the Fall semester and December 1 for the Spring semester.
Payment procedure: Checks for the $11,400 Program Fee should be made out to Bel Camino LLC and mailed to: Bel Camino LLC, 8316 NW 30th Terrace, Doral, FL 33122 As to the Home-stay Fee of $3500, this will be paid directly to the families once in Siena (see acceptance packet for details).
NOTE: A place on the program is guaranteed only after full payment of the Program Fee has been made. We will NOT continue to reserve the space of any participant whose balance is unpaid after the payment deadline. Should an application be received after a tuition payment deadline, we will expect the balance to be paid within a week following the applicant’s acceptance to the program.
$11,400.00 Program Fee includes:
➢On-site orientation in Siena, including all meals and a two-night hotel stay
➢An Italian-speaking American Program Director available on-site 24/7
➢Three hours of intensive ltalian language instruction in small classes, five days a week
➢Weekly cultural excursions, including two overnight weekend trips
➢A one-week guided hike in Tuscany along an ancient pilgrimage route
➢A weekly gathering for yoga, journaling, reflection and discussion at Bel Camino’s home base
➢Cultural enrichment activities such as museum visits, concerts, Italian films, creativity seminars, a soccer match, some cooking classes and wine-tastings.
➢Personalized mentoring throughout the semester, plus a one-on-one closing session with the director to assess and plan the participant’s next steps.
$3500 Home-stay Fee includes:
➢A three-month home-stay with an Italian family in the city center (including accommodation, breakfast and dinner).
Other Expenses not covered by Bel Camino:
➢Travel costs to and from Italy
➢ Personal insurance, such as health, travel or trip cancellation
➢Daily lunches (see note below)
➢Miscellaneous personal expenses such as: laundry, cyber café fees, doctor visits or independent travel, excursions or sporting events outside the auspices of Bel Camino
➢Extracurricular individual activities:
Art with Luciana (sketching, watercolor, clay): €20 p/90 minute session
Book-binding: €50 p/4 hr. session with 2 session minimum
Cooking classes (beyond the 2 included) when available: €40 p/ circa
Dance classes and Gym Membership: €50- €70 p/mo
Music lessons: €100 p/mo. + €65 inscription fee
Opera lessons: €25 p/class
Stained Glass: €240 – 12 hrs.
Siena Community Art Classes (knitting, silversmithing, ceramics, etc): €250 for 10 classes (2 hours each) + materials €50 circa [2013 prices]
NOTE: In addition to individual pursuits and independent weekend travel, personal expenses typically run between $350-$500/month. The greatest variable in personal expenses is the cost of lunches, which may range from €2 for a slice of pizza to €15 for a sit-down meal. We generally encourage a light lunch since family dinners – the main meal of the day – are always abundant and delicious.