An illuminated stately stone building at night with a clock tower and battlements.
University of Siena
Dates to Remember

Applications Due:
  Friday, February 14, 2014
Interviews:
  February 19-26, 2014
Decisions:
  March 3, 2014
Accepted Students Meeting:
  March 17, 2014

I would look around at the natural beauty I was surrounded by, the history, the food, the wine, and I was very humbled and grateful for having such an experience.  The best advice I can give someone studying abroad is to slow down and live a slower pace while you are there.  Do not try and fight the fact that things take longer to do and that everything is closed when you need it to be open but try and learn to live as the Italians do, in the moment.

Elizabeth Salsedo
Siena, Fall 2005

The University of Siena is one of the oldest Italian universities, its foundation dating back to the 13th Century. It has approximately 20,000 students from all parts of Italy and from foreign countries. With its many international exchange programs, the University of Siena is one of the most forward thinking in Italy. Every year over 700 European students attend the courses in Siena. The university is entirely located within the medieval city walls and most of its buildings are historical convents and palaces. The Circolo Giuridico, the largest of the university libraries has a collection of about 300,000 books and journals focused on the field of social and legal sciences.

UConn students attending the University of Siena will enroll in second degree level courses focused on law and the political process and theory.  There are additional course offerings in business law and comparative law.  All instruction is in Italian.

Program Duration

Students choosing to study at the University of Siena can opt to attend the university for one semester in the fall or spring.  There is a language course given in mid September prior to the start of the semester which is at the end of September/beginning of October and runs through the end of January. Second semester starts at the beginning of March and ends May 31.

Cultural Enrichment

Siena is located at the very center of the Italian peninsula in the region of Tuscany. It is rich in historical traditions, art treasures and beauty of the landscape. The historical city, still surrounded by its imposing walls, has one of the best preserved historical centers in Italy. With cars almost completely banned from the inner city, pedestrians may stroll and enjoy the meandering streets between medieval and renaissance buildings. At the center of this maze is the Piazza del Campo, the political and social center of the city where twice a year the Palio takes place. This famous horse race is the occasion of a fierce competition between the city boroughs. The Cathedral, the other central focus of the city is not far from there and dominates the landscape. Siena is not just a city with historical and artistic traditions. Being the seat of one of the largest Italian banks, the Monte dei Paschi de Siena, the city has developed important connections with the financial centers of the country. The city of Siena is located in the middle of one of Italy’s best wine growing areas, Chianti.  

All course lectures are in Italian, except for courses held by foreign visiting professors. UConn students take four courses. Since the first semester does not start until the end of September, students who plan to study at Siena for one semester need to take a three-credit SRP with a Connecticut faculty member or, if available, a two-credit five-week course here plus paper (for a total of three credits) before going to Europe.

Sample Course Offerings

TIPOLOGIA CORSO  CORSO DI STUDI
               Diploma Universitario  CONSULENTI DEL LAVORO 

Laurea ante D.M. 509/99                      GIURISPRUDENZA             
CONSULENTE DEL LAVORO (2) 
SCIENZE GIURIDICHE (31) 
SCIENZE GIURIDICHE E SISTEMI AMMINISTRATIVI (31)
DIRITTO DELL'IMPRESA (31) 
DIRITTO E ORGANIZZAZIONE INTERNAZIONALE (31) 
Laurea D.M. 509/99 
CONSULENTE DEL LAVORO (2) 
Laurea Specialistica  
D.M. 509/99  GIURISPRUDENZA (22/S) 
Laurea D.M. 270/04 
CONSULENTE DEL LAVORO E DELLE RELAZIONI 
SINDACALI (L-14) 
Laurea Magistrale ciclo unico  
5 anni D.M. 270/04                          GIURISPRUDENZA (LMG-01)

Contact: 
International Relations Office
Via San Vigilio, 6 - 53100 Siena
Tel. 0039 0577 232158 – 232025
Tel. 0039 0577 232496 (Desk)
Fax 0039 0577 232392
incoming@unisi.it

Pre-arrival information: http://en.unisi.it/international/general-information-students/exchange-s...

While attending Siena University:   http://en.unisi.it/international/information-institution/exchange-studen...

Before Leaving: http://en.unisi.it/international/general-information-students/exchange-s...

International Student Handbook: http://en.unisi.it/sites/default/files/allegatiparagrafo/presentazione_i...