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 2014 classification of the newspaper “Repubblica” (Censis guide), Siena boasts the best University in Italy for structures, services, study grants, website and internationalization. There are also summer schools and specialization courses to train professionals in various fields related to Italian culture and society.
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. The Siena Erasmus Group (GES) is part to the European Student Network an association of students all around Europe and beyond.
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.
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 Erasmus Plus program. 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.
International students can participate in course of gymnastics, tennis, dancing, football (male and female), self-defense, 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.
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...
The University of Siena has also special links with the Istituto Franci which is a university level school for musicians.
In Siena we have some Italian language schools we could propose to students, such as the Dante Alighieri.