Beautiful shot of the city of Siena, Italy.

Global Issues in Criminal Law and Procedure, Italy
May 16-May 27, 2016


Program Description

Siena, Italy is located in the heart of Tuscany. On a famous gate standing at a city entrance, you will meet this Latin welcome message, “Magis Tibi Saena Pandit" (Siena opens its heart to you wider than this gate). This Medieval city in the Italian hillside is home to one of the most beautiful piazzas in all of Italy, Piazza Il Campo, in the city center, bustling with cafes and restaurants where Italians and visitors enjoy a coffee or a meal. Our course work will occur at the University of Siena School of Law just a ten minute walk from Il Campo.  Siena is located about 3 hours from Rome, and about 90 minutes from Florence---a must see during your time in Italy.  To learn more about the region and Italy in general, please see our Library Research Guide here.

Course Description
This program is a three-credit course entitled “Global Issues in Criminal Law and Procedure” with Professor Megan Annitto. As crimes are now more easily spread and perpetrated globally and across international borders, investigations by the U.S. government also must extend globally. The course will examine the laws that dictate how U.S. officials investigate and obtain evidence when suspects are located outside of the U.S. Conversely, students will compare U.S. laws with the approach of our host country through exposure to the contrasting rights and procedures employed by the criminal laws and procedures in Italy.

The course is intended to provide students with an opportunity to study and analyze the international implications that face many criminal law practitioners and judges in cases in U.S. courts when crimes cross borders, while at the same time providing exposure to the Italian penal system. Students will visit the local courthouse, Siena’s Tribunale, along with other legal and cultural opportunities.

Application Information

Who may apply:
Students must have completed one full year of law school at an ABA-approved law school to be considered for the program. *Please note that you must be able to depart from the United States on May 14, 2016, in order to be in Siena to begin coursework on May 16. Most flights leave the U.S. in the evening and arrive the next day. For example, your flight would typically leave the U.S. the evening of May 14th, arriving in Rome early on the 15th. Subsequently, you will need to allow a few hours of travel and will arrive in Siena, Italy mid-day on the 15th.

Application Materials:
The application form will be available on-line beginning December 1, 2016 on Orgsync’s International Programs Page. There is limited enrollment in the course of 14 students; completed applications must be submitted by February 1, 2016, in order to be considered for course enrollment. Students will be notified as soon as possible after review of materials and may include an interview with Professor Annitto.

The following information will be required to complete your on-line application:
  • Contact information for two academic references – Name, Title, relation to the student, telephone, and email address.
  • Statement of Interest – a brief statement (no more than 300 words) addressing your interest in the Global Issues in Criminal Law and Procedure course in Italy.
  • Academic credentials – cumulative GPA
  • Non-CSL students only: Letter of Good Standing from the student’s Academic Dean or Registrar. Students may submit a letter of good standing via email to have their application considered.  Official letters of good standing must be received by April 1, 2016 to guarantee a seat in the summer 2016 program.

Letters of Good Standing should be emailed to

Or by mail to:
Charlotte School of Law
Italy Program
attn.: Professor Megan Annitto
201 South College Street, Ste 400
Charlotte, NC 28244

Another beautiful shot of the city of Siena, Italy.

Another beautiful shot of the city of Siena, Italy.

Estimated Costs

Deposit $200.00
Program Fee $300-400 (tentative)
Tuition (3 credits total) $4746
Books & Materials  $50
Housing $530
(shared double room)*

(single – not available in the dorm housing; estimated cost to secure a single room)
Estimated Travel Expenses:
US to Siena (flight/train/bus)
Estimated Food/Other Expenses $600
Total with shared room: $7,726
Total with single room: $8,256

Housing Information

Housing is available in shared rooms at Il Rifugio, a dorm for students that is owned by the University of Siena. Rooms have their own bathroom. Il Rifugio is well located, two minutes to Il Campo, the center of Siena, and about a 10-15 minute walk to the University’s law school campus where we will hold class.Housing options are available to our students who visit the city of Siena, Italy.

Common for Italy, there is no air conditioning in the building but it is well ventilated. The building has wifi access but some rooms may have less access than others, depending on location. There are many shared areas where access is available throughout the building, however.

Students may, of course, select their roommates should you elect to use this housing option. You are also free to make your own housing arrangements. Although there may be limited single rooms available through the dorm, it is not guaranteed. The photos included here depict a typical room. 

Housing options are available to our students who visit the city of Siena, Italy.
The courtyard for students at Il Rifugio.

Changes In Course Offerings

If any advertised course is changed or other significant aspect of the program altered, all students who have been admitted will be notified via email.  An additional notice of the change will be posted on the program website. The communication to the student will explicitly notify the student of his or her right to withdraw from the program and be refunded all fees paid.

If a course is added to the program, but all previously advertised courses and professors remain the same, the additional course will not constitute a change in course offerings.  All admitted students will still be notified of the addition of the course, reminded of the seven (7) credit limitation, and given an opportunity to drop or add courses to take advantage of the expanded offering of courses.

Cancellation Due To State Department Travel Information

In the event of the program’s cancellation or if a student withdraws prior to the commencement of the program due to the issuance of a State Department travel information, warning, or alert, Charlotte School of Law will refund to the student all fees and deposits within 20 days of the withdrawal.  If a student withdraws after the program begins due to a State Department travel information, warning, or alert the student will be refunded fees and deposits on a prorated basis determined by the length of time the student participated in the program prior to the withdraw.  Students enrolled in the program will be notified by email of any cancellation.

For more information, please visit the State Department’s website for country specific information about Italy:

Should travel alerts or warnings be issued, they will be posted on this website.

Other Withdrawals Or Cancellations

Withdrawal from the program for any other reason is governed by the Charlotte School of Law Student Rights and Responsibilities Manual.

Prior Cancellations
No prior cancellations have occurred with Charlotte School of Law’s Summer Abroad in Italy prior to its inaugural year.


Prior Attendance and Anticipated Enrollment
Enrollment for Summer 2016 is limited to 14 students.

Student Performance and Grading
Grades will be assigned in the program under the terms of the Charlotte School of Law Student Rights and Responsibilities Manual.  

Enrollment Limitations
Students will receive three credits for the Global Issues course.

Credit Transfer
Acceptance of any credit or grade for any course taking in the program is subject to determination by the student’s home school.

Travel Information

From Rome to SienaHousing options are available to our students who visit the city of Siena, Italy - including a beautiful place to study.
From Rome, you can also either take the bus or the train to Siena. There are two different bus lines and one train option. The bus is faster than the train for travel between Rome and Siena and does not require transfer. But either option is perfectly acceptable to get you to your destination.

  1. A private company runs a bus between in Siena and Rome Fiumincino about twice per day (passing through Grosseto and Orbetello). You do, however, need to book in advance; you can do so online here ( There are two departures daily.
  2. The other bus, Baltour/SENA, leaves more frequently. It is also a bit easier and shorter than if you travel by train. The public bus leaves from the Roma Tiburtina station. To travel from the Rome airport to Roma Tiburtina station, you will have to take a quick train. Then you will transfer. This part of the trip costs € 11 and lasts 30 minutes. This train is easy to find and they leave all the time; the platform is right in the airport.Once you get to Roma Tiburtina:

SENA BUS (interregional) (SENA is the name of the company so you still need to pay attention to the destination): The ride takes 2 hours and 45 minutes. There is a stop at the train station in Siena and then at the bus station in the center (Piazza Gramsci). Stay on the bus until you get to the stop for Piazza Gramsci as it is in the city center and more convenient for you.

Timetable: The bus leaves approximately every two hours. To find a bus, check
Cost: € 22

The trains leave less frequently, but are still a viable option; as above, you will first get the train at the Rome airport that will take you to Roma Termini station (some trains also leave from Tiburtina so just be aware). Once you get on the train to Siena, you will typically change trains in Florence; depending on the waiting, the whole trip lasts between 3 and 4 hours. Once you arrive at the train station in Siena, it is about a ten-minute cab into centro. For more information, you can visit
Cost: The cost of the train varies, but is approximately € 20.


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