University of Siena

Introduction

The University of Siena awards first cycle, second cycle and single long cycle degrees in the following fields: Economics, Pharmacy, Law, Engineering, Arts and Humanities, Arts and Humanities in Arezzo, Medicine and Surgery, Mathematical, Physical and Natural Sciences and Political Science, as well as several interfaculty degrees. Amongst these degrees, one Bachelor and nine Master are taught entirely in English.

The teaching activities of the University of Siena’s first and second level courses are generally carried out in one of the fifteen Departments.

Postgraduate education at the University of Siena is carried out in postgraduate schools, master’s programmes, training, advanced training and refresher courses and summer schools, while postgraduate research is performed in the doctoral schools.

Studying at the University of Siena

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 many innovative services at their disposal.

The careful organization of teaching, the quality of lessons (which is monitored regularly), the 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 are just some of the University of Siena’s strong points.

The University of Siena runs 38 first cycle degree programmes, 1 single cycle degree programme, 4 single cycle degree programmes in the field of medicine and pharmacy regulated by European Union directives and 29 second cycle degree programmes.

Students can also choose from a wide selection of postgraduate courses, including doctoral degree programmes, specialization schools and master’s programmes, the latter being designed to offer specific training in the most innovative sectors.

International Dimension

  • 315 European Universities have collaboration agreements in the sphere of the LLP/Erasmus project
  • 300 Erasmus foreign study scholarships and approximately 30 Erasmus placement scholarships are awarded each year
  • 239 Universities in Europe, Africa, Latin America, Canada, the Russian Federation, Japan, the Middle East, the USAand Vietnamhave instruction-scientific collaboration agreements
  • 72 foreign Universities have collaboration agreements for international Doctorate degrees
  • 20 foreign Universities have collaboration agreements for international Master’s degrees
  • 40 scholarships for foreign study and research for undergraduates, graduates, researchers and PhD students in the Universities of Australia, Brazil, Canada, Chile, the Russian Federation, Germany, Japan, Mexico, Peru, Great Britainand the USAare awarded each year

Ten reasons to study at the University of Siena

1. FIRST AMONG ITALIAN UNIVERSITIES

The University of Siena dates back to 1240. One of the oldest universities in Italy, it is also one of the most prestigious. The University of Siena has a strong knowledge-related tradition and commitment to both research and innovation. According to the 2012 classification of the newspaper “Repubblica” (Censis guide), Siena boasts the best University in Italy for structures, services, study grants, website and internationalization. It is also the fifth state university and third general university according to the 2012 classification of Italian Universities published by the newspaper “Il Sole 24 Ore”. Siena offers a wide range of courses in 15 departments related to the areas of Experimental Sciences, Biomedical and Medical Sciences, Literature, History, Philosophy and Arts, Economics, Law and Political Sciences. The first, second, single long cycle and postgraduate courses are taught in either Italian or English. There are also summer schools and specialization courses to train professionals in various fields related to Italian culture and society.

2. STUDY GRANT AND ACCOMMODATION International students can apply for study grants and accommodation in university halls of residence. Study grants exonerate students from paying course fees, accommodation, meals in university canteens and provide a monetary contribution to living expenses. Applications can be made online. Study grants and accommodation are not allocated by the University itself, but by DSU Toscana, the Regional Agency for the Right to University Study.

3. SUPPORT FOR STUDYING ITALIAN LANGUAGE AND CULTURE Students arriving from other countries are welcomed with a series of meetings to acclimatize them to Italian culture and the language. These sessions are free and take place at the beginning of the first semester. They focus on basic communication in Italian and provide practical information on living in the city of Siena (culture, music, museums, residency permit, banks, post office) and the university itself.

4. SUPPORT FROM INTERNATIONAL STUDENT TUTORS Based on the idea that “students help students”, at the University of Siena young tutors from various parts of the world help and provide guidance to international students regarding the University’s 2 services and Italian universities in general. International students also provide support to facilitate new students’ cultural integration in the Sienese academic community.

5. WORK EXPERIENCE IN ITALIAN COMPANIES The University of Siena puts international students in contact with local businesses (such as Novartis and the bank Monte dei Paschi di Siena) and national ones, according to their specific interests. Work experience is part of many degree courses and provides professional experience in an Italian company or public administration, which can be useful both for learning the language and to see the creativity and productivity of Italian companies at first hand.

6. EUROPEAN MOBILITY During their studies at the University of Siena international students can spend a period of between 3 and 12 months in another European country, through the LLP/Erasmus programme. This will allow them to gain in-depth knowledge of European culture and learn another European language. Students can attend European universities with which the University of Siena has bilateral agreements. Students are assisted in their choice of the city, accommodation and study plan. Exams taken in other European universities are recognized with credits which contribute to students’ studies at the University of Siena.

7. ITALIAN LANGUAGE CERTIFICATION Students can take advantage of language learning services available at the Centro Linguistico di Ateneo. The Centre offers free courses in English, French, Spanish, German, Portuguese, Russian, as well as self-access labs, online courses and the possibility to take English language exams at level B1 and B2. Students can also sit for internationally recognized English language exams here, organized by the University of Cambridge (PET, FCE, CAE, CPE) and the British Council(IELTS).

8. 360° DEGREES OF SPORT International students can participate in course of gymnastics, tennis, dancing, football (male and female), self-defence, archery, swimming, yoga, ping pong. The Italian University Sports Centre (CUSI) also offers the opportunity to practice various sports, from judo to basketball, volleyball (male and female), rugby and fencing. Students have access to sports facilities at discounted prices.

9. MUSIC AND THEATRE Young musicians interested in jazz and other music can frequent the courses of the prestigious Fondazione Siena Jazz, the national jazz academy, which offers a series of introductory and master classes in jazz and related contemporary music, such as fusion, funky, Latin music, blues, jazz-rock,etc.. Students also have many opportunities to participate in events in Siena and Tuscany thanks to collaboration with DSU Toscana - the Regional Agency for the Right to University Study.

10. SOCIAL AND EXTRA-CURRICULAR ACTIVITIES Foreign students can participate in guided visits, tours in the Tuscan countryside and to the most famous sites of Italy, visits to science museums and those related to fashion (such as the Gucci museum), sports, conversation exchanges, and all social activities organized in collaboration with the ESN Siena group (GES), a member of the IESN (International Erasmus Student Network). The ESN Siena group promotes cultural exchanges between people of different nationalities.

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  • English

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Master in Computer and Automation Engineering

Campus Full time 2 years October 2017 Italy Siena

The MSC in Computer and Automation Engineering aims at providing high-level competences 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... [+]

PHYSICS, ENGINEERING, MATHEMATICS AREA from 05:00 to 07:00 pm Presentation of the Master degree courses by the Head of the Department of Information Technology and Mathematical Sciences Prof Andrea Garulli, and by the vocational guidance Deputy, Prof Domenico Prattichizzo and Prof Luca Chiantini: - Computer and Automation Engineering - Electronics and Communications Engineering - Engineering management - Applied Mathematics Master in Computer and Automation Engineering LM-32 - 120 CREDITS · Language: English (level B1 required) · Specializations: Information systems, Robotics and automation · Years: 2 · Numerus clausus: No The MSC in Computer and Automation Engineering aims at providing high-level competences 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 humanmachine 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. The program provides advanced competences in the area of computer and automation engineering. To get admission in this course of studies students must possess: a background in mathematics, statistics and physics, equivalent to the one achieved in first-level (B.A.) engineering degrees; basics principles of computer science, control, electronics and telecommunications; basic programming skills. Study plan 2015/16 Specialization Information systems taught in English first year · Automata and queueing systems 6 ECTF · Advanced digital image processing 9 ECTF · High performance computer architecture 9 ECTF · Machine learning 6 ECTF · Advanced... [-]

MSc Course in Chemistry

Campus Full time 2 years October 2017 Italy Siena

The Master 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 Master 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 complete their studies by participating in a high level research project (6-8 months) within international research groups at the University of Siena or other public or private institutions. Students have the opportunity to apply for an international double degree. Study Plan 2015/16 first year Advanced Physical Chemistry (I e II mod.) 12 ECTF Advanced Inorganic Chemistry (I e II mod.) 12 ECTF Advanced Organic Chemistry (I e II mod.) 12 ECTF Advanced Analytical Chemistry 6 ECTF Advanced Biological Chemistry 6 ECTF Due insegnamenti(per un tot di 12 ECTF) da scegliere all’interno del gruppo 1 o del gruppo 2: Gruppo 1 (Chemistry for life): Bioorganic Chemistry 6; Metabolomics 6, Protein crystallography 6, Surface Chemistry and Nanomaterials 6, Elements of Computational Organic Spectroscopy 6 Gruppo 2 (Chemistry for sustainable development): Neutraceutical and Food Chemistry 6; Industrial Biotechnology 6; Environmental Spectroscopy 6 second year Attività a scelta dello studente 12 ECTF Un insegnamento da scegliere all’interno del gruppo 1 o del gruppo 2: Gruppo 1 (Chemistry for life): Metal-based drugs 6, Informatics for... [-]

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Msc Course in Electronics and Communications Engineering

Campus Full time 2 years October 2017 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. 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. [+]

PHYSICS, ENGINEERING, MATHEMATICS AREA from 05:00 to 07:00 pm Presentation of the Master degree courses by the Head of the Department of Information Technology and Mathematical Sciences Prof Andrea Garulli, and by the vocational guidance Deputy, Prof Domenico Prattichizzo and Prof Luca Chiantini: - Computer and Automation Engineering - Electronics and Communications Engineering - Engineering management - Applied Mathematics Language: English (Level B1 required) Numerus clausus: No Double degree: Universidad Carlos III - Madrid (Spagna) 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. The program provides methodologies of advanced mathematical calculus, in particular functional and complex analysis, in order to introduce the necessary tools to model and formalize the solutions of complex information engineering problems. Study plan 2015/16 first year Advanced digital image processing 9 ECTF Reliability and design for safety 6 ECTF Analog circuit design 6 ECTF Microwave and optical engineering 9 ECTF Networking 6 ECTF Mathematical methods for engineering A 6 ECTF Statistical signal processing 6 ECTF Antennas and propagation 9 ECTF Altre attività per ulteriori conoscenze linguistiche (Inglese livello B2) 3 ECTF second year Digital communication 9 ECTF Information theory 6 ECTF... [-]

Msc Course in Management and Governance

Campus Full time 2 years October 2017 Italy Siena

The MSc in Management and Governance, curriculum in Accounting and Management will provide knowledge in four main fields - Business studies, Economics, Law, Statistics and Mathematics. [+]

ECONOMY, LAW, POLITICAL SCIENCE, SOCIAL SCIENCES AREA from 09:00 to 09:40 am Presentation of the master degree courses by the Heads of the Department of Political Economics and Statistics, Prof M. Vasta, and the Department of Business and Legal Studies, Prof R. Di Pietra, or their Deputies: - Finance - Economics - Economics and Management of Financial Intermediaries - Management and Governance - Statistics for sample surveys - A Graduate of the School of Economics and Management will share his/her experience from 09:40 to 10:20 am Presentation of the Master degree courses by the Head of the Department of Political and International Sciences, Prof Stefano Maggi, and by the vocational guidance and counselling Deputy, Prof Fabio Casini - International Sciences - Political and administration Sciences from 10:20 to 11:00 am Presentation of the Master degree courses by the Study Course Presidents and by the Vocational Guidance and Counselling Services Department Deputies: - Public and Cultural Diplomacy - Language and Mind: Linguistics and cognitive studies - Communication strategies and techniques - Anthropology and image languages Language: English (Level B2 required) Numerus clausus: No Double degree: European Business School International University Schloss Reichartshausen Rheingau/Wiesbaden (Germania) and Lobachevsky State University of Nizhni Novgorod (Russia) Overview The MSc in Management and Governance, curriculum in Accounting and Management will provide knowledge in four main fields as follows: Business studies: courses in this area mainly concern topics related to the management, control, and performance measurement of both private and public firms. Furthermore, a few courses aim... [-]

Msc course Language and mind : linguistics and cognitive studies

Campus Full time 2 years October 2017 Italy Siena

The Master program is articulated in two curricula: Linguistics and cognition; Philosophy and cognition. Two modifications are introduced on the preceding MA activated in the same class. The first modification aims to stress the already highly international character of the master program so as to favor the access of international students and the interaction between Italian and foreigner students; the opportunity to access international... [+]

CULTURAL HERITAGE, EDUCATION, LANGUAGES, HISTORY AND PHILOSOPHY AREA from 11:00 to 11:40 am Presentation of the Master degree courses by the Study Course Presidents and by the Vocational Guidance and Counselling Services Department Deputies: - Archaeology - Art history - History and Philosophy from 11:40 am to 12:20 pm Presentation of the Master degree courses by the Study Course Presidents and by the Vocational Guidance and Counselling Services Department Deputies: - Classics - Modern Literature from 12:20 to 01:00 pm Presentation of the Master degree courses by the Study Course Presidents and by the Vocational Guidance and Counselling Services Department Deputies: - History and Philosophy - Science of Education and pedagogical consulting in organisations Language: English Specializations: Linguistics and cognition, Philosophy and cognition Numerus clausus: No Double degree: Université Paris 1 - Panthéon Sorbonne The Master program is articulated in two curricula: Linguistics and cognition; Philosophy and cognition. Two modifications are introduced on the preceding MA activated in the same class. The first modification aims to stress the already highly international character of the master program so as to favor the access of international students and the interaction between Italian and foreigner students; the opportunity to access international doctoral programs; the capacity of the students to actively participate in international conferences and seminars; the possibility to access job opportunities abroad. The second modification – also in view of the migration of some courses of the previous master program of which the present one is a modification into a different MA... [-]

MSC in Economics

Campus Full time 2 years October 2017 Italy Siena

The MSc in Economics is a two year graduate programme that aims to provide an advanced level of education in economics. [+]

ECONOMY, LAW, POLITICAL SCIENCE, SOCIAL SCIENCES AREA from 09:00 to 09:40 am Presentation of the master degree courses by the Heads of the Department of Political Economics and Statistics, Prof M. Vasta, and the Department of Business and Legal Studies, Prof R. Di Pietra, or their Deputies: - Finance - Economics - Economics and Management of Financial Intermediaries - Management and Governance - Statistics for sample surveys - A Graduate of the School of Economics and Management will share his/her experience from 09:40 to 10:20 am Presentation of the Master degree courses by the Head of the Department of Political and International Sciences, Prof Stefano Maggi, and by the vocational guidance and counselling Deputy, Prof Fabio Casini - International Sciences - Political and administration Sciences from 10:20 to 11:00 am Presentation of the Master degree courses by the Study Course Presidents and by the Vocational Guidance and Counselling Services Department Deputies: - Public and Cultural Diplomacy - Language and Mind: Linguistics and cognitive studies - Communication strategies and techniques - Anthropology and image languages Language: Italian or English (level B2 required) Specializations: Economics for the environment and development (taught in Italian), Economics (taught in English); double degree: University of Ljubljana (Slovenia) or University of Uppsala (Sweden) Years: 2 Numerus clausus: No 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... [-]

MSc in Finance

Campus Full time 2 years October 2017 Italy Siena

The MSc in Finance will provide knowledge in three main fields: Quantitative Area. Students study in deep the methods used in financial markets to price financial securities: [+]

The MSc in Finance will provide knowledge in three main fields: Quantitative Area. Students study in deep the methods used in financial markets to price financial securities: basic principles of stochastic calculus, no-arbitrage principle and risk neutral (martingale) pricing, derivatives pricing, interest rate derivatives, stochastic volatility models, financial econometrics. Economic Area. Students are exposed to the theoretical framework of modern financial economics: microeconomic models for business and finance, models with asymmetric information and decision under uncertainty, monetary economics and central banking approaches; Management Area. Our fundamental courses will provide the knowledge to study financial behaviour of financial and non-financial firms and financial markets. To be admitted to the MSc in Finance, candidates should possess a solid academic background in the following areas of study: economics, management and business, mathematics, statistics. Knowledge must include the economics of financial markets and principles of financial mathematics. Applicants must have basic computer skills, at least equivalent to ECDL core. Normally, students admitted hold a three-year university degree (bachelor). Admission requirements depend upon the first level degree obtained by the student: Degree in business or economics: at least 12 ECTS (or equivalent) in mathematics for economics and finance and at least 8 ECTS (or equivalent) in finance or corporate finance. Degree in science (including mathematics) or engineering: at least 18 ECTS (or equivalent) in mathematical methods and at least 8 ECTS (or equivalent) in finance or corporate finance or, alternatively, at least 8 ECTS (or equivalent) in financial mathematical modelling. Other degrees: at least 30... [-]

MSc international studies

Campus Full time 2 years October 2017 Italy Siena

The Master of Science in International Relations aims to provide knowledge of the methodology and content of cultural, scientific and vocational training in the following areas of learning: Historical, economic, law, political science, linguistic. [+]

ECONOMY, LAW, POLITICAL SCIENCE, SOCIAL SCIENCES AREA from 09:00 to 09:40 am Presentation of the master degree courses by the Heads of the Department of Political Economics and Statistics, Prof M. Vasta, and the Department of Business and Legal Studies, Prof R. Di Pietra, or their Deputies: - Finance - Economics - Economics and Management of Financial Intermediaries - Management and Governance - Statistics for sample surveys - A Graduate of the School of Economics and Management will share his/her experience from 09:40 to 10:20 am Presentation of the Master degree courses by the Head of the Department of Political and International Sciences, Prof Stefano Maggi, and by the vocational guidance and counselling Deputy, Prof Fabio Casini - International Sciences - Political and administration Sciences from 10:20 to 11:00 am Presentation of the Master degree courses by the Study Course Presidents and by the Vocational Guidance and Counselling Services Department Deputies: - Public and Cultural Diplomacy - Language and Mind: Linguistics and cognitive studies - Communication strategies and techniques - Anthropology and image languages Language: Italian or English (English level B2 required) Specializations: Development and international cooperation (taught in Italian), International and diplomatic sciences (taught in Italian), European studies (taught in English) double degree: Jagiellonian University - Krakow (Polonia) Years: 2 Numerus clausus: No The Master of Science in International Relations aims to provide knowledge of the methodology and content of cultural, scientific and vocational training in the following areas of learning: Historical, economic, law, political science, linguistic. These skills... [-]

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