University of Siena

Introduction

The University of Siena is one of the oldest universities in Europe. Its history has evolved alongside Tuscany’s cultural tradition since the Middle Ages.

Siena is located in the heart of Tuscany, in central Italy, amid a landscape of gentle rolling hills. it is a unique city, where students can spend a quiet, safe and profitable study period, full of opportunities for their personal enrichment.

With over 17,000 students the University of Siena is always classified in the national and international rankings, amongst the medium-sized Universities.

Students in Siena can be part of a real community of people motivated by a thirst for knowledge and learning, with attentive and approachable academic staff and lot of services at their disposal.

Careful organization and quality of teaching (regularly assessed), services to facilitate studying such as efficient and well-organized libraries and laboratories, as well as the welcoming, orientation and continuous tutoring activities, support for disabled students and those in difficulty; these are some of the University of Siena’s strong points.

Student life

All our students can benefit and take advantage of the different services at their disposal.

Accommodation: in Siena there are different housing options, from university halls of residence to private location (individual/shared apartments or single/double rooms). The best way to find an appropriate accommodation is to look for a room in Siena after your arrival, with the support of the orientation offices.

The university canteens are run by the DSU-Toscana (Regional Authority for Higher Education Grants),

which offers students low cost, complete meals, with a varied menu. In order to have access to university canteens, students need a smart card issued upon enrolment.

In collaboration with the Regional Authority for Higher Education Grants (Azienda Regionale per il Diritto allo Studio Universitario – ARDSU) 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.

Erasmus Student Network (ESN) Siena is a non-profit international student organization. Their mission is to represent international students, thus providing opportunities for cultural understanding and self-development under the principle of Students Helping Students.

The Buddy System is a programme promoted by the University of Siena in collaboration with ESN Siena GES, by which incoming exchange students are matched with students of the University of Siena

The main purpose of this programme is to assist exchange students with practical information on living and studying in Siena and to facilitate their integration in the Italian academic life and the student community.

Students’ tutoring

The student tutor is an experienced student who is available to other students for information related to the organization of the university teaching, facilities, and services.

The tutoring service consists of activities where student tutors are involved in university life through:

  • orientations for high school students
  • giving information and tutorial support through interviews, telephone contacts or e-mail addressed to university students
  • welcoming new students and participating in initiatives promoted by the university and its departments
  • taking part in other orientation and tutoring activities to be decided upon with various bodies of the institution

The University of Siena awards first cycle, second cycle and single long cycle degrees in the following 15 Departments:

  • Medical biotechnologies
  • Molecular and developmental medicine
  • Medicine, surgery and neuroscience
  • Economics and statistics
  • Law
  • Political and international sciences
  • Business and law
  • Biotechnology, chemistry and pharmacy
  • Information engineering and mathematics
  • Life sciences
  • Physical sciences, Earth and environment
  • Philology and literary criticism
  • Education, human sciences and intercultural communication
  • Social, political and cognitive sciences
  • History and cultural heritage

Furthermore, several interfaculty degrees are available. Postgraduate education at the University of Siena is carried out in postgraduate schools. Vocational and advanced master’s programmes (third cycle), training, advanced training and refresher courses and summer schools, while postgraduate research is performed in doctoral schools.

The University of Siena has set up Doctoral Programmes for young people with particular expertise in the field of research who wish to obtain the qualification of PhD. The Doctoral Programmes offer a wide variety of programmes on specific scientific topics, carried out at the Santa Chiara Graduate School.

Admission to the Doctoral Programmes is subject to a selection process, which is open to those in possession of an Italian second cycle degree (or degree awarded under the previous Italian system) or an equivalent qualification awarded by a foreign university.

Scientific research is carried out within the University’s departments, which are organized into one or more research sectors according to their aims or methods. Within each sector, research activities are launched and coordinated and proposals are defined for the establishment and organization of doctoral research programmes. The consultancy and research activities carried out at the University for third parties are also usually performed within the departments.

This school offers programs in:
  • English

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Programs

This school also offers:

MA

Master in Language and Mind : Linguistics and Cognitive Studies

Campus Full time 2 years October 2019 Italy Siena

The Master program in “Language and Mind. Linguistics and Cognitive Studies” is articulated in two curricula: Linguistics and Cognition; Philosophy and Cognition. The program focuses, in both curricula, on the study of language in the perspective of cognitive studies and of the philosophy of language and mind. [+]

The Master program in “Language and Mind. Linguistics and Cognitive Studies” is articulated in two curricula:

Linguistics and Cognition Philosophy and Cognition

The program focuses, in both curricula, on the study of language in the perspective of cognitive studies and of the philosophy of language and mind. It is primarily addressed to students interested in:

the in-depth description of human languages, in their different varieties including different dialects; the study of language as a cognitive capacity and its relevance in the domain of first and second language acquisition and language pathology; the study of the philosophical, psychological, biological and social bases of language and cognition; the study of the relevance of the analysis of human language for philosophical studies. Università di Siena photo archive ... [-]

MSc

Master in Applied Mathematics

Campus Full time 2 years October 2019 Italy Siena

The MSc in Applied Mathematics aims at providing high-level competencies for the formalization and the consequent mathematical analysis of problems arising from applied sciences and technologies, with a special focus on the analysis of big data systems and complex systems. [+]

Applied Mathematics

This is a 2-year graduate programme entirely taught in English, offered to both national and international students.

The MSc in Applied Mathematics aims at providing high-level competencies for the formalization and the consequent mathematical analysis of problems arising from applied sciences and technologies, with a special focus on the analysis of big data systems and complex systems.

The program provides courses which complete the basic mathematical competencies, covering all the main areas of Mathematics (Mathematical Logic, Algebra, Geometry, Mathematical Analysis, Mathematical Physics, Statistics, Numerical Analysis, Optimizations, Foundations of Mathematics).... [-]


Master in Biology - Curriculum Biodiversity and Environmental Health

Campus Full time 2 years October 2019 Italy Siena

The Master's Degree course in Biology provides a highly specialized training course for the access to advanced levels of training (PhD) and to undertake scientific research in universities or in public or private research laboratories, project activities in biotechnology, pharmaceutical and agro/food companies and public and private organizations, and job opportunities in the fields of environmental impact, biodiversity and health. [+]

Biology (Specialization Biodiversity and Environmental Health)

The Master's Degree course in Biology provides a highly specialized training course for the access to advanced levels of training (PhD) and to undertake scientific research in universities or in public or private research laboratories, project activities in biotechnology, pharmaceutical and agro/food companies and public and private organizations, and job opportunities in the fields of environmental impact, biodiversity and health.

Biodiversity and Environmental Health is one of the two educational paths of the MSc program in Biology of the University of Siena.

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Master in Computer and Automation Engineering

Campus Full time 2 years October 2019 Italy Siena

The MSc in Computer and Automation Engineering aims at providing high-level competencies for the design, management, development and innovation in the fields of advanced hardware and software architectures, and of control systems and robotics. [+]

Computer and Automation Engineering

The MSc in Computer and Automation Engineering aims at providing high-level competencies for the design, management, development and innovation in the fields of advanced hardware and software architectures, and of control systems and robotics. In particular, the program is focused on human-machine interaction in a wide sense, spanning topics such as artificial intelligence, machine learning, high-performance processing of massive data collections, human-robot interfaces, and systems for production automation.

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The students can complete the program by focusing either on information systems design or on robotics and automation. In particular, the students can choose courses covering the design issues for advanced database systems, such as search engine technologies and information retrieval; the theory of formal languages and the technological aspects of language parsers and natural language processing tools; the applications of bioinformatics and information systems for biological databases; the algorithms for image processing; the techniques for the modelling, analysis and simulation of complex dynamic systems; the principles of estimation theory applied to system identification and filtering; the modern paradigms of uncertainty representation and the main techniques for analysis and design of uncertain systems; the competencies for the design of advanced sensor systems.... [-]


Master in Management and Governance - Curriculum Accounting and Management

Campus Full time 2 years October 2019 Italy Siena

The course aims to provide students with a deep knowledge of the main theoretical and applied concepts in accounting and management, with particular reference to the economic and managerial dynamics in the international context. [+]

Management and Governance (Specialization in Accounting and Management)

The course aims to provide students with a deep knowledge of the main theoretical and applied concepts in accounting and management, with particular reference to the economic and managerial dynamics in the international context.

Students are familiarized with modern economic and managerial theories, concepts, techniques, and their applications. The aim is to provide students with the advanced tools necessary to investigate economic, social, legal, cultural and technological issues.

Particular attention is devoted to the recent evolution and major changes of the firms' operating environment in order to provide students with adequate competencies related to the government, managerial, and organizational processes in different types of firms, operating in diverse businesses (public and private sectors).... [-]


MSc in Electronics and Communications Engineering

Campus Full time 2 years October 2019 Italy Siena

The Master's Degree in Electronics and Communications Engineering aims to form a graduate with advanced skills in processing and information-transmission systems of and to provide more specific knowledge in the design of devices and electronic systems. [+]

Electronics and Communications Engineering

This is a 2-year graduate programme entirely taught in English, offered to both national and international students.

The Master's Degree in Electronics and Communications Engineering aims to form a graduate with advanced skills in processing and information-transmission systems of and to provide more specific knowledge in the design of devices and electronic systems. It provides the skills and methodological tools needed to design and develop systems for signal and image processing, antenna design, microwave systems and devices, analog and digital electronic design with applications in the fields of electronics, telecommunications.... [-]


Master

Master in Chemistry

Campus Full time 2 years October 2019 Italy Siena

The Chemistry Masters is a high level degree course with leading professors from around the world. It provides the unique educational opportunity in an international student environment. [+]

The Chemistry Masters is a high-level degree course with leading professors from around the world. It provides the unique educational opportunity in an international student environment. The core and optional courses present in the program allow a range of learning and training opportunities that allow for a wide range of employment and research opportunities, born from close ties with local and international industrial partners.

This Master’s Degree prepares students with an advanced knowledge and skills in the most important areas of Chemistry (Physical, Inorganic, Organic and Biochemistry). These studies will prepare the student for a wide range of professional activities as well as continued doctoral studies. Lessons are complemented with specific lectures on subjects related to chemistry for life science or for sustainable development. The second year activity includes with 300 hours of internship in companies working in all fields of chemistry. The students will complete their studies by participating in a high level research project (6-8 months) within international research groups at theUniversity of Siena or other public or private institutions.... [-]


Master in Economics - Curriculum Economics

Campus Full time 2 years October 2019 Italy Siena

The MSc in Economics is a two year graduate programme that aims to provide an advanced level of education in economics. The program is built on four core courses — mathematics, microeconomics, macroeconomics and econometrics — in order for students to acquire advanced tools for economic analysis, and offers a wide array of specialized topics in most fields of modern economics. [+]

The MSc in Economics is a two year graduate programme that aims to provide an advanced level of education in economics. The program is built on four core courses — mathematics, microeconomics, macroeconomics and econometrics — in order for students to acquire advanced tools for economic analysis, and offers a wide array of specialized topics in most fields of modern economics. The programme is held entirely in English.

The programme is designed to give our students the ability to approach a wide variety of economic and social issues. Moreover, the cultural tradition of the Department of Economics in Siena has always favoured a pluralistic approach to the analysis of economic problems, in the belief that exposure to competing theoretical perspectives facilitates understanding of economic phenomena. In the same spirit, Siena has always encouraged "contamination" of the economic approach with other disciplines, such as other social sciences, history, law, as well as biology, psychology, etc.... [-]


Master in Engineering Management

Campus Full time 2 years October 2019 Italy Siena

The MSC in Engineering Management provides high-level competences for modeling, optimization, decision making and management of organizations. The study programme is focused on industrial economics and marketing, planning of innovation processes and project management. [+]

This is a 2-year graduate programme entirely taught in English, offered to both national and international students.

The MSC in Engineering Management provides high-level competences for modeling, optimization, decision making and management of organizations. The study programme is focused on industrial economics and marketing, planning of innovation processes and project management. The course also provides fundamentals of mathematical modeling, data and decision analysis and optimization of complex systems.

Graduates in Engineering Management at the Department of Information Engineering and Mathematics are interdisciplinary managers with advanced problem-solving skills and a holistic view on modern companies in today's economic and social context, thus able to develop innovative and sustainable solutions for complex organizations.... [-]


Master in Finance

Campus Full time 2 years October 2019 Italy Siena

A two-year MSc program, fully taught in English, designed for students wishing to enhance their understanding of financial analysis in a very interactive environment. [+]

A two-year MSc program, fully taught in English, designed for students wishing to enhance their understanding of financial analysis in a very interactive environment.

Graduates typically go on to work in investment banks, private equity firms, asset managers and non-financial institutions.

The curriculum puts a particular emphasis on corporate finance, financial engineering and risk management, quantitative asset management, macroeconomic analysis, quantitative trading, and financial regulation.

Helping students to find the right job after graduation is our commitment.

Through a mix of theory and practice, interaction with finance practitioners and empirical sessions in our info-providers lab facilities, our MSc has been designed as a smooth transition to the finance industry.... [-]


Master in International Studies - Curriculum European Studies

Campus Full time 2 years October 2019 Italy Siena

The Second Cycle Degree Programme (Laurea Magistrale) in International Studies (LM-52) provides students with interdisciplinary knowledge in the areas of law, economics, political science, sociology, history and languages. [+]

The Second Cycle Degree Programme (Laurea Magistrale) in International Studies (LM-52) provides students with interdisciplinary knowledge in the areas of law, economics, political science, sociology, history and languages.

Acquired competencies allow graduates to analyze political, economic and social phenomena on an international scale and to reflect on the complexity of the contemporary world. Graduates are well suited for high-level positions in national and international companies, agencies, organizations and institutions, both public and private.

The Degree Programme offers three specializations: International and Diplomatic Studies, Development and International Cooperation, European Studies, the latter taught in English.... [-]


Master in Public and Cultural Diplomacy

Campus Full time October 2019 Italy Siena

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. [+]

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.... [-]


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53100
53100 Siena, Tuscany, Italy
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