Università per stranieri Siena

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Università per stranieri di Siena


In the city of Siena, recognized by UNESCO as a World Heritage Site, the University of Siena, one of the oldest universities in Europe, has its seat. A university that is in third place among the generalist universities, in first place among the medium-sized universities, in first place for livability and quality of services, in first place in the ranking of the quality of research in relation to size, and all in the context of a city like Siena, known everywhere and everywhere for its enormous landscape, artistic and historical heritage.

All this represents the optimal conditions and premises to be able to face, in the best way, the commitment to attend the University of Siena. The Università per Stranieri di Siena, (University for Foreigners of Siena) is located in a city that magnificently represents and encloses all those peculiarities typical of Italian civilization and culture in the world. The University for Foreigners of Siena, which works in close collaboration with the Ministries of Foreign Affairs and the Ministry of Education, is a State University qualified for the teaching of Italian and in scientific research on the dissemination of the Italian language and culture in the world. The University represents a real centre where languages and cultures from all over the world converge and where Italian students can come into contact with different and multicultural realities.

The University for Foreigners of Siena is a place of scientific research, study, in which, in a harmonious way, coexist languages, cultures, different identities. By attending this particular university, one also wants to affirm the strong desire to study in a multi-ethnic environment. Does studying at this university also mean deciding to access, and therefore be part of, a reality in which one can find multiple social aspects? cultural heritage of multiple ethnic groups. The University for Foreigners of Siena offers all these individuals the incomparable tools, which are fundamental for communication, for human and cultural progress.

All this through mutual respect, which is the only way forward for the development of the values of democracy and peace. These tools are represented by the languages and cultures that are proposed and taught at this university. One could almost metaphorically assert: Italian for foreigners, the languages of others for Italians. Students entering this university are also unparalleled fortunate to be right in the centre of a unique city. The history of Siena, its past, cadence the days of study. A university where foreign students are also present is provided by the presence of numerous students who come through the Erasmus project, as well as by other exchange agreements that the university has signed with other prestigious foreign universities. The University for Foreigners of Siena offers these students the possibility of following international projects, internships and internships.

Another opportunity offered by the university is that offered with the Open Day, a time when the doors of the university are open to all, allowing you to experience the excitement that it conveys, fully understand its deep meaning and appreciate its purpose. The University for Foreigners of Siena continues a centuries-old tradition of teaching Italian and relaunches it to meet the needs of communicative and cultural development of Italian society and of every territory and context where the Italian language and culture is present. Its educational program offers courses of study addressed to Italians and foreigners, in order to create those professional figures, the most advanced and the most adequate possible, corresponding to what the EU institutions indicate as a fundamental means for the dissemination of languages, and what is urgently required by the labor market. Teachers of Italian as a foreign language, language mediators, language proficiency evaluators, experts in teaching materials, experts in the tourism sector, experts in intercultural communication and media. These are the professional figures that emerge from the academic program of the University for Foreigners of Siena. A university that is a centre of excellence for scientific research and teaching, an institution in which the target of quality and innovation is reached. This is also thanks to a well-trained teaching staff and the commitment of its researchers.

Even though the history of the University for Foreigners of Siena has begun to flow since 2009, and there is no doubt that in it you can find recovered the spirit that animated the institution in Siena, by the Grand Duke of Tuscany Ferdinand I in 1588, the "Chair of Tuscany Favella? intended for teaching Italian to German students. In 1916 the first year of the language and culture courses of the Scuola di Lingua e Cultura Italiana per Stranieri di Siena was inaugurated. Today the University for Foreigners of Siena is the heiress of this ancient tradition.

The studies

The University for Foreigners of Siena aims to best perform its task, which is to spread the Italian language-culture and equally those who come into contact with it, provides its students with facilities equipped with the most advanced technologies, research centers and services, such as two stations for learning Italian and foreign languages. The university also has multimedia classrooms, a library, offices dedicated to orientation, tutoring, internships in Italy and abroad, as well as centres for the certification of language and didactic-professional skills. In addition to this, the University for Foreigners of Siena also provides numerous scholarships reserved for foreign and Italian students, provided mainly by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and the Monte dei Paschi di Siena Foundation. Other important institutions are also strengthening the university. The Regional Agency for the Right to Study supports the presence of students in Siena by offering them quality facilities and services that are absolutely advanced. Moreover, the Tuscany Region supports direct contact with the world of work, thus providing students with the means to carry out systematic internship activities in Italy and abroad, in the work contexts pertaining to the degree courses. The University offers a wide range of activities to both teachers and students, such as the award of a degree, a specialist degree, a specialisation diploma and the title of research doctor, as well as the organisation of training, refresher courses and courses for teachers. In addition to institutional courses, there are also first and second level master's degrees, and doctoral degrees. The Faculty of Italian Language and Culture is currently active, attended by almost a thousand students. This faculty allows for a degree course in Italian language and culture - teaching of Italian language and culture to foreigners, the duration of which is three years; a degree course in linguistic and cultural mediation, the duration of which is three years; a master's degree course in language sciences and intercultural communication, lasting two years; a master's degree course in textual skills for publishing, teaching and tourism promotion, lasting two years.

Accommodation and canteen

In order to overcome the problems related to the search for accommodation for students outside the University for Foreigners of Siena has a guest room where sixty-one students can find accommodation. This property has several common areas, such as the living room - study, kitchen, garden, laundry coin, and rooms equipped for disabled people. In addition, a concierge service is available, located on the ground floor of the building, which is open 24 hours a day. As regards the problem of catering, the university has arranged for all its students to be in possession of Student's, which is a magnetic card bearing the student's name, type of course, photos, with which you can have free access to the various university canteens. This card is issued by the University for Foreigners of Siena and can be collected at the secretariat of the university itself.


Università per Stranieri di Siena

Piazza Carlo Rosselli 27-28 53100 Siena

tel. +39 0577 240111

Sito: www.unistrasi.it

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