Universita degli Studi di Siena
The Universita degli Studi di Siena (US), is located inside the urban section of Sienna, surrounded by centuries-old buildings and other historic sites, giving students the opportunity to “breathe history” while studying on campus. US’s long history goes back eight centuries allowing the school to have grown and evolved with the city. Sienna is an outstanding place to experience the antiquity of Italian culture at a historical yet innovative institution.
The language of instruction at US is Italian, though a few summer and post-graduate classes are taught in English. UM students with Italian proficiency may take courses in any subject, as well as intensive Italian classes. US offers classes in Italian in Economics, Pharmacy, Law, Engineering, Humanities and Philosophy, Medicine, Mathematical Sciences and Political Sciences.
Housing & Meals
Housing at US is competitive and students should make accommodations before arriving. Students may apply to live in the University Residences, at the Erasmus Residence San Benedetto (www.residenzasanbenedetto.it
), or in private off-campus apartments. Meals are served at four campus restaurants.
Students pay their regular tuition to UM and their room and board to US. University Residences cost 200 EUR per month for double rooms, and private off-campus apartments range from 350 to 500 EUR per month. Meals on campus cost 2.50 EUR per meal. No fee is currently required for a student visa to study in Italy. UM financial aid can be applied to tuition, living and travel expenses while on this program.
Students register for classes upon arrival at US. Minimum full-time load is 24 ECTS credits (European Credit Transfer System) per semester, which transfers to 12 UM credits. For more information on credit transfers: http://en.unisi.it/international/information-institution/ects-credit-allocation
Semester 1: early October to late January
Semester 2: early March to early June
The city of Siena is located in Tuscany, Italy and is the capital of the province of Siena. The city is a paradise of historical buildings, tantalizing Italian cuisine, and has an extensive art scene. Its only detractors are the citizens of Siena’s 800-year rival city, Florence. Students can make the short trip to Florence and decide where their own fidelity lies. The historic center of the city, Piazza del Campo (UNESCO World Heritage Site), is regarded as one of the most beautiful civic spaces in Europe. Siena, like other hill towns in Tuscany, became a settlement during the time period of the Etruscans nearly 3,000 years ago and showcases a Gothic architectural style. A traditional horse race and major Italian event known as the Palio is held on July 2nd and August 16th every year.
The area of Tuscany, with its rolling green landscape, hundreds of small family wineries and quaint eateries, is the historical home to Michelangelo, Leonardo di Vinci, and their inspirations. Students may visit the nearby Leaning Tower of Pisa, see the birthplace of Chianti wine, hike in the Apuane Alps, or venture a bit further to Rome, Southern Italy, and the rest of Europe.
Exchange levels: undergraduate, graduate
Language of instruction: Italian
Language Requirement: Two years college-level Italian prior to exchange
University website: www.unisi.it
Length of exchange: Spring semester or academic year
For information on suggestions prior to arrival in Siena: http://en.unisi.it/international/international-exchange-students/prior-arrival
Siena at a Glance
Harsher climate than the coastal regions; temperatures differ greatly between summer and winter.
Milan: 365 km
Rome: 245 km
Florence: 74 km