Master in Public and Cultural Diplomacy

General

Program Description

Built on the experiences of various faculty members who were involved and active in cultural diplomacy and scientific projects, the Public and Cultural Diplomacy Master’s program is made up of students with diverse backgrounds, from social sciences to the humanities, and aims to improve student’s knowledge in the field of new international relations and cooperation. At the center of the program are two themes: the role of intercultural negotiation and the construction of institutions and, cultural policies at an international level.

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The main disciplines are history, political science, cultural heritage in certain areas such as the Mediterranean, geography, economic development, and international law. These complimentary disciplines encourage diverse educational experiences: on one hand, knowledge and skills from experts in public diplomacy and conflict resolution, on the other hand, professional training in cultural institutions at an international level.

The Master’s program is based on the “Science for development cooperation” style, with a strong emphasis on international studies, and is approached in a significantly different way to already existing programs.

Indeed this innovative program uses different perspectives through its course offerings, international partnerships, and organizational training. The majority of the classes are specifically developed for this program and it also considers the new roles that public diplomacy offers, such as international cooperation, planning and cultural diffusion on a global scale, social communication of cultural affairs, experience in conflict resolution, cultural policy planning, international facilitation and mediation, and scientific journalism.

Particular attention will be paid to fieldwork, educational seminars for developing practical competencies for this type of program, and the final exam.

Entry Requirements

International students wishing to apply for a Laurea Magistrale (Master’s Degree) must possess a degree or a university three-year diploma, or another study qualification from overseas, recognized as suitable, and with specific curricular requisites and adequate personal preparation, verified with the modes set out in the learning regulations for each master’s degree course, that also state the specific access criteria.

Please note that some programmes may have a restricted access and the application could be subject to admission tests.

International students wishing to enroll at a first cycle (bachelor - laurea triennale) degree programme taught in Italian or English or to the non-restricted access single cycle degree in Giurisprudenza at the University of Siena, can submit their documents in order to receive a letter of acceptance through the online platform within the deadline set by the University for each academic year.

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The applications on the online platform for the assessment of entry qualifications of international students wishing to enroll on a first (undergraduate) or second (master's) cycle degree programme taught in Italian or English at the University of Siena will have different time frames according to the different courses. Students are invited to visit periodically this platform - http://enrolment.unisi.it/ - in order to see which applications are open and the relevant deadlines.

Universities and Higher Education Institutions are entitled to officially recognize international qualifications.

Please remember that this procedure does not transform a foreign secondary school diploma into an Italian qualification.

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Academic Calendar

Departments at the University of Siena have adopted a semester system.

The academic year is divided into two terms: from October to January, and from March to May. At the end of each term, a period of examination is scheduled.

However, each department has its own academic calendar, which can be found at the departments’ website (at the section “Didattica”): http://www.unisi.it/strutture/dipartimenti

2018-2019 indicative academic calendar

Autumn term (1st semester)

  • Lecture period: October 1st, 2018 - January 18th, 2019
  • Examination period: January 21st - March 1st, 2019

Spring term (2nd semester)

  • Lecture period: March 4th - June 14th, 2019
  • Examination period: June 17th - July 31st, 2019

Tuition Fees

Determination of the contribution amounts

The contribution amount due from each student enrolled in degree courses, master’s degree courses or single cycle master’s degree courses offered by the University of Siena is defined on the basis of the following elements:

a) category the degree course belongs to

b) economic status of the student’s immediate family, as this is expressed by the equivalent economic situation indicator (ISEE) for the year immediately preceding the year of enrolment

c) enrolment year

d) University credits earned (ECTS credits) in the twelve months prior to 10 August

The study course fall under one of the three categories below:

a) humanities-social studies (US)

b) technical-scientific (TS)

c) EU regulated healthcare (EU)

Note: For students who are citizens of non-EU member countries and who are not residents of Italy and for students to whom ISEE calculation is not applicable to their immediate family, an adjustment coefficient depending on the country of origin may be applied.

The University of Siena makes available a tuition fees calculation page: http://www.maprin.unisi.it/tasse18_19/index_eng.php

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A Strong International Mission

In its eight Centuries of history, the University of Siena has been producing a wide range of studies in many different fields of culture.

Over the years the University of Siena has enhanced its strategy for internationalization, aiming to strengthen its international academic relationships and to attract students and researchers from different parts of the world.

At the early 21st Century this historical Institution has been able to face challenges related to the globalization of learning, knowledge, and research with a wide number of international collaborations.

New international collaboration agreements and projects established each year, increasing number of Degrees and courses delivered in English, holding good placement in National and International Rankings; these are some of the University of Siena’s strong points.

Welcome in Siena

The University of Siena is one of the oldest universities in Europe, having been founded in 1240.

Its history has evolved alongside Tuscany’s cultural tradition from the Middle Ages to modern times.

Siena is located in the heart of Tuscany amid a landscape of gently rolling hills. Built on three steep hills and encircled by ancient walls, it is a unique city where students can spend a profitable study period, full of opportunities for their personal enrichment.

Last updated September 2019

About the School

The University of Siena is one of the oldest universities in Europe, having been founded in 1240. Its history has evolved alongside Tuscany’s cultural tradition from the Middle Ages to modern times.

The University of Siena is one of the oldest universities in Europe, having been founded in 1240. Its history has evolved alongside Tuscany’s cultural tradition from the Middle Ages to modern times. Read less