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Sn 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 generalist universities, in first place among medium-sized universities, in first place for liveability and quality of services, in first place in the ranking of quality of research in relation to size.

All this in the context of a city like Siena, known 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. A university with a strong international vocation. That is its nature, that is its tradition.

The University of Siena has always believed in cooperation between universities, and it is because of this belief that it has created and developed over time a dense network of agreements with universities around the world. A mobility that involves teachers and students from different continents. He has signed numerous agreements for the Erasmus project, including numerous scholarships, and has signed almost three hundred treaties of didactic-scientific collaboration with universities in Europe, Africa, Latin America, Russia, Japan, Canada, the United States and the Middle East.

There are seventy-two foreign universities with which he collaborates for international doctorates, while twenty-two are those for international masters courses. It also provides forty mobility grants each year for research and study activities and for students, postgraduates and PhD students to universities in the USA, Canada, Brazil, the Russian Federation, the United Kingdom, Peru, Mexico, Japan, Germany, Australia and Chile.

The University of Siena is also very sensitive to the insertion in the world of work of its students, which is why it has activated the Placement Office. This service is a fundamental means, offering itself as an intermediate point for students and graduates and for companies, becoming a sort of compass for orientation in the world of work. The objectives of the service are to facilitate access from university studies by offering consulting, assistance, guidance and mentoring services, also activating training courses aimed at the integration of graduates in the professional field, facilitating the meeting between universities and companies through the carrying out of orientation traineeships, promoting the research activity of job opportunities and professional figures that are the most suited to the needs of the market.

The University of Siena, through the Placement Office, intends to try to shorten the time taken to enter the labour market and to increase the chances of finding a job in line with the studies carried out. Still with the aim of supporting its students, the University of Siena has activated "USiena Welcome? This project has been put into practice, in collaboration with the support of institutional bodies, in order to improve, design and build new measures of student citizenship that are able to meet the needs of small and large students who have chosen to enrol at the University of Siena, a dynamic, active institution with strong roots and projected into the future.

History of the University of Siena

The first document known to the university is a Podestarius decree dated 26 December 1240. This historical testimony highlights an important detail. In fact, it is clear from the reading of a Podestarile decree that it was the direct organization of the Sienese municipality to take an interest in the university, unlike what happened in Bologna, which was based on the initiative of students, or Paris which was based on the administration of teachers. In the Podestarile decree it is noticed that the citizens who provided accommodation to the schoolchildren had to pay a fee and with the proceeds of this tax the municipality provided to pay the teachers of the university, chosen naturally among the best. In the 13th century. In addition to the oldest juridical school, a grammar school and a medical school had also developed.

In 1321 there was a strong increase in students from the University of Bologna. After a lively activity of the Consistory of Siena, the Sienese Studio was finally included, on 16th August 1357, among the universities of the Holy Roman Empire in a diploma granted in Prague by Emperor Charles IV. In 1416 the House of Wisdom was opened and soon became a strong attraction for students from all over Europe. The evolutionary path of the University of Siena is strongly linked to the development and cultural tradition of Tuscany, a bond that is still very strong today. A university that has seen teachers such as Pietro Ispano, doctor and philosopher, who helped to give prestige to the medical school and grammar before being elected pope in 1276 under the name of John XXI, students such as economist Sallustio Bandini who graduated here in Philosophy and Law, then proposing a series of reforms aimed in particular to improve the economic situation in southern Tuscany. Still at the University of Siena, the anatomist and naturalist Paolo Mascagni graduated and undertook his academic career, famous above all for having discovered the lymphatic system and for having created the work "Grande Anatomia? which, accompanied by life-size anatomical tables, has been the main text for the study of this subject for over a century. And to mention more recent names, it is enough to remember Salvatore Ottolenghi, founder of the first "Free Course of the Scientific Judicial Police" and the promoter of the introduction of fingerprints in judicial investigations. The University of Siena is a university with a considerable history and is rich in a great tradition of knowledge, and at the same time very active in the field of research and innovation. During its centuries of activity the university has contributed strongly to knowledge and this in every field of study. Today it is one of the Italian universities that presents the highest innovative results in research, teaching and services.


L’Università degli Studi di Siena offre un ampio panorama di corsi di laurea da scegliere fra le seguenti aree: Area Economia, Giurisprudenza e Scienze politiche: Dipartimento Economia politica e statistica, Dipartimento Giurisprudenza, Dipartimento Scienze politiche e internazionali, Dipartimento Studi aziendali e giuridici. Area Lettere, Storia, Filosofia e Arti: Dipartimento Filologia e critica delle letterature antiche e moderne, Dipartimento Scienze della formazione, scienze umane e della comunicazione interculturale, Dipartimento Scienze sociali, politiche e cognitive, Dipartimento Scienze storiche e dei beni culturali. Area Scienze Biomediche e Mediche: Dipartimento Biotecnologie mediche, Dipartimento Medicina molecolare e dello sviluppo, Dipartimento Scienze mediche, chirurgiche e neuroscienze. Area Scienze Sperimentali: Dipartimento Ingegneria dell’informazione e scienze matematiche, Dipartimento Scienze della vita, Dipartimento Scienze fisiche, della Terra e dell’ambiente, Dipartimento Biotecnologie, chimica e farmacia. L'offerta formativa post laurea offerta dall’ateneo comprende i master universitari di I e II livello, le scuole di specializzazione e le scuole di dottorato di ricerca. Oltre a ciò organizza corsi di perfezionamento, corsi di aggiornamento professionale, corsi di formazione e Summer school e gestisce gli esami di Stato di abilitazione all’esercizio delle professioni e i tirocini formativi attivi per la formazione degli insegnanti. L’Università degli Studi di Siena mette inoltre a disposizione degli studenti e i laureati borse e premi di studio e di laurea.


The University of Siena offers a wide range of degree courses to choose from in the following areas: Economics, Law and Political Science: Political and Statistical Economics Department, Law Department, Political and International Sciences Department, Business and Legal Studies Department. Humanities, History, Philosophy and Arts Area: Department of Philology and Criticism of Ancient and Modern Literatures, Department of Education, Humanities and Intercultural Communication, Department of Social, Political and Cognitive Sciences, Department of Historical and Cultural Heritage. Biomedical and Medical Sciences Area: Medical Biotechnology Department, Molecular and Development Medicine Department, Medical, Surgical and Neuroscience Department. Experimental Sciences Area: Department of Information Engineering and Mathematical Sciences, Department of Life Sciences, Department of Physical Sciences, Earth and Environment, Department of Biotechnology, Chemistry and Pharmacy. The post-graduate educational offer offered by the university includes first and second level university masters, specialisation schools and PhD schools. In addition, it organises further training courses, refresher courses, training courses and summer schools, and manages the State Examination for Occupational Qualifications and active training courses for teacher training. The University of Siena also provides students and graduates with scholarships and scholarships and prizes for study and graduation.

Alloggi e mense

Nel 1933 la prima casa dello studente metteva a disposizione degli studenti della Università degli Studi di Siena trenta posti letto. Oggi gli studenti fuori sede possono contare su quasi duemila posti letto distribuiti fra le diverse residenze universitarie che sono in Siena e di ventisei posti letto nella sede distaccata di Arezzo. Tutte le residenze sono collocate nelle vicinanze degli edifici didattici. Le strutture residenziali sono organizzate in differenti tipologie abitative: camere singole e doppie, monolocali, bilocali e miniappartamenti con più camere. Tutte hanno spazi comuni destinati alla lettura, allo studio ed alla ricreazione. Una parte degli alloggi è attrezzata per il soggiorno di studenti diversamente abili e dei loro eventuali accompagnatori. Per quanto riguarda il servizio mensa tutte le informazioni relative sono a disposizione degli studenti presso le segreterie della Università degli Studi di Siena

Accommodations and canteens

In 1933 the first student house provided thirty beds for students of the University of Siena. Today, students outside the University can count on almost two thousand beds distributed among the various university residences in Siena and twenty-six beds in the branch office in Arezzo. All residences are located close to the educational buildings. The residential structures are organized into different types of accommodation: single and double rooms, studios, one bedroom apartments and mini-apartments with several rooms. All have common areas for reading, study and recreation. Some of the accommodation is equipped for the stay of disabled students and their possible companions. As regards the canteen service, all the information is available to students at the University of Siena secretariats.

Università degli Studi di Siena

Via Banchi di Sotto, 55/4, 53100 Siena

Telefono: +39 0577 232111


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