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The University of Siena - Universita Degli Studi Di Siena

Located at Via Mattioli, 10 53100 Siena

The University is one of Italy’s oldest. The earliest mentions of the Studio date back to 1240: unlike other universities (Bologna, Paris), it was financed by the Commune and the Studio was not born from the choice of students and masters. In fact, in 1260, the Podestà levied, by decree, a municipal tax on those who let lodgings to students: the proceeds financed the professors’ salaries. Schools of medicine, grammar, and law were already in place. In 1321 many students from the University of Bologna moved to Siena because of a conflict with the Podestà of Bologna. These are the salient phases of the rise of the Sienese university. Alternating times of decadence to others of strong expansion -tied to the city’s historical and political events- we come to our days and to one of the best (the first one according to a 2008 Censis study) Italian Universities. It has decentralises campuses, even in other provinces (Arezzo and Grosseto), nine Faculties, many programs, majors, post graduate programs, specialisations, research fields, scholarships, student residences, services. 

Among the most innovative study programs, let us mention those in Environmental Economics and Economics of the Environment and Sustainable Tourism. Among specialised courses: Design of communication environments; Biodiversity, ecology, and environment; Chemistry for sustainable development; Geology for the territory, resources, and environment; Environmental monitoring and restoration.

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