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University of Siena

University of Siena

University of Siena

Introduction

University of Siena

The University of Siena is one of the most a prestigious and historical European Athenaeum (year of foundation 1240); through the centuries it has been consolidating an excellent quality of teaching and research.

Now this University is facing a rapidly changing scenario, where competitiveness and, at the same time, collaboration between international Higher Education Institutions represent a new challenge.

USIena offers 33 Bachelor Degrees, 36 Masters Degrees, 5 Long-cycle degrees, 23 PhD Programmes and a number of post-graduate and specialization courses.

To facilitate the international students in their studies, a considerable number of programs (1 Bachelor’s and 17 Master’s) are totally delivered in English.

14 Double Degree Programmes with 13 different destinations are also available; these special exchange programmes allow students to be awarded their Degree at the University of Siena and at a foreign partner Institution.

Despite being a medium-sized University (15 Departments, less than 20000 students enrolled, of which almost 10% international), each year the USIena welcomes over 550 International exchange students and over 400 international students within Summer Programmes.

Today, USIena is among Italy’s leading universities with results of the highest quality in terms of innovation for research, education and services.

The great reputation of USIena is confirmed by the annual CENSIS classification (the most important assessment of Italian Universities) as well as by important international HEIs rankings, such as U-MULTIRANK, QS WUR, THE, CWUR, ARWU.

There’s no doubt that the covid-19 pandemic has heavily influenced people’s behaviour and choices, including those regarding student mobility and study abroad.

The University of Siena has made a great organizational effort to guarantee students and staff the best possible safety conditions while providing ample opportunity to take part in courses, study, research and work activities. We firmly believe that the University experience is complete only if it involves sharing spaces, opinions and emotions. We are equally certain that our students feel likewise, and we are committed to making this possible.

Nonetheless, during the pandemic emergency in addition to in-presence teaching, which continues to be the preferred method also in the next Academic Year, every single lesson will be simultaneously live-streamed and/or videorecorded and uploaded on our digital platform for subsequent viewing. This mode is essential for students who are temporarily unable to be on premises.

Campus Features

The DSU Tuscany Agency handles a wide range of students' support services, like accommodation, university restaurants, sports.

Accommodation

In Siena, there are different housing options, from university halls of residence to private accommodation (individual/shared apartments or single/double rooms).

The University of Siena has no student residences as such but can use places in the dormitories owned by the DSU. There are 11 University Residences in Siena, some in the Centre of the Town, some close to the City walls and well connected to the city and the Departments, all provided with a free wi-fi connection.

Each Academic Year, the DSU publishes an announcement for the granting of scholarships and places in accommodation, which is available at the following webpage: www.dsu.toscana.it/servizi/benefici-a-gli-studenti/borsa-di-studio-e-posto-alloggio

More info on DSU scholarship and services at www.dsu.toscana.it

Restaurants

The University canteens are run by the DSU Toscana, which offers the students' low-cost full meals (from 2.80 to 4.00 Euros) with varied menus.

In order to access the University canteens, students need a smart card, which is issued upon enrolment. For exchange students, this card is issued by the International Relations Office upon registration at the University.

CUS - Sports center

In collaboration with the DSU and Siena University Sports Centre (CUS), the University promotes sports for students by offering courses for free or at reduced rates in basketball, football, volleyball, rugby, judo, weight training, fencing, and tennis.

Competitive sporting events recognized by the respective national federations are also organized. To participate in these events, students must carry a DSU-Toscana/CUS membership card.

    Rankings

    With over 17,000 students, The University of Siena confirms its position within National and International HEI rankings.

    In 2019 the University of Siena confirms its placement at the top positions amongst the medium-sized Italian Universities in the CENSIS classification, the Italian Centre for Social Studies and Policies: 2nd overall and with regard to services and structures, 3rd in internationalization.

    U-Multirank is a multidimensional, user-driven approach to the international ranking of higher education institutions. It compares the performances of HEI/universities in five dimensions of their activities: teaching and learning, research, knowledge transfer, international orientation, and regional engagement.

    The University of Siena maintains a good performance in some sub-sections of the five markers, in particular in Teaching&Learning, Regional Engagement, and International orientation.

    Qs World University Rankings by subject lists the University of Siena as one of the best in the world.

    In accordance with this ranking, the University of Siena is in high standing on the national and international levels in 2 broad subject areas and scored in 32 subjects.

    Furthermore, the U of Siena can keep its position in the Overall ranking list, despite the recent entry of new international HEIs in the worldwide classification.

    Times Higher Education (THE) is a leading provider of higher education data for the world's research-led institutions. Its data and benchmarking tools are used by many of the world’s most prestigious universities to help them achieve their strategic goals.

    The University of Siena has increased its position in the overall ranking (351/400) compared to 2018 and reached the 51-75th placement in the Europe Teaching Ranking.

    The 2019 Academic Ranking of World Universities (ARWU, also known as the Shanghai Ranking) confirms the growing reputation of the University of Siena, which has improved markedly on its previous rankings by being placed in the “501-600” range.

    The Center for World University Rankings (CWUR) publishes the largest academic rankings of global universities. The University of Siena ranks # 470 out of twenty thousand universities worldwide according to the CWUR’s new list for 2019-2020. This puts the University of Siena in the top 2.4 percent worldwide, which is an outstanding achievement.

    Locations

    • Siena

      Università degli Studi di Siena - Rettorato, via Banchi di Sotto 55 
53100, 53100, Siena

    • Arezzo

      Arezzo, Italy

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