There’s no doubt that the covid-19 pandemic has heavily influenced people’s behaviour and choices, including those regarding students’ 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, in addition to in-presence teaching, which continues to be the preferred method, 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.
However, this modality must be considered temporary, since it is strictly related to an emergency; therefore, at this moment we are not able to guarantee that the BLENDED mode will remain active FOR ALL courses in the new academic year as well.
This Master’s programme focuses on European Union politics and economy, its institutional evolution, its role as a key actor on the global scene. Acquiring analytical tools, institutional knowledge and comparative analysis abilities, our graduates will be able to understand, evaluate and manage the major issues, challenges and perspectives relating to contemporary European societies.
The Master of Science in International Relations – European Studies aims to provide students with cultural, communicative and methodological abilities in the following fields: history, economics, law, political science, linguistics. These skills are designed to help students develop their ability to understand and analyse the international dimension of contemporary political, economic and social phenomena.
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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, recognised 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 restricted access and the application could be subject to admission tests.
International students wishing to enrol 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.
The applications on the online platform for the assessment of entry qualifications of international students wishing to enrol in 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 recognise international qualifications.
Please remember that this procedure does not transform a foreign secondary school diploma into an Italian qualification.
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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
2020-2021 indicative academic calendar
Autumn term (1st semester)
Lecture period: October 1st, 2020 - January 18th, 2021
Examination period: January 21st - March 1st, 2021
Spring term (2nd semester)
Lecture period: March 4th - June 14th, 2021
Examination period: June 17th - July 31st, 2021
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:
Category the degree course belongs to;
The 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;
University credits earned (ECTS credits) in the twelve months prior to 10 August.
The study course falls under one of the three categories below:
Humanities-social studies (US)
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: https://www.maprin.unisi.it/tasse19_20/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 internationalisation, aiming to strengthen its international academic relationships and to attract students and researchers from different parts of the world.
In the early 21st Century this historical Institution has been able to face challenges related to the globalisation 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.