The University of Siena is a destination within the European Liberal Arts Network (ELAN) for University College Utrecht students, located in Siena, Italy.

Acclaimed subjects

Since this is an ELAN-destination, the focus will be on Humanities and/or language courses.

Semesters available

We recommend going in the Spring semester, because the academic calendar matches UCU’s semester dates better in Spring.

Number of places available

2 students per semester

Academic calendar

Fall semester: End of September – End of February
Spring semester: Early March – End of July

Language of instruction

This destination has a language of instruction other than English. This means that you need to have at least a language proficiency level of CEFR B2 Italian. You need to complete Italian Language and Culture II (UCHUMSPA21) or get an exemption from the UCU Language & Culture coordinator, and it is your own responsibility to achieve at least B2 Italian. This language requirement is partly for your own protection, so you can take courses at the same level as you do at UCU, and partly because we believe it allows you to have an experience abroad that is more immersive, enriching and culturally valuable to you.

At the University of Siena, courses are taught in Italian.

Application deadlines


Course offerings


Credit system

ECTS, like UCU.

Grade system

Charles University uses the same A-F grading system.

Siena grade

Grade Description

Letter grade

29.00 - 30.00

Ottimo - Cum Laude (With honors and commendations)


27.00 - 28.99

Molto Buono (Very Good)


24.00 - 26.99

Buono (Good)


19.00 - 23.99

Soddisfacente (Satisfactory)


18.00 - 18.99

Sufficiente (Sufficient)


0.00 - 17.99

Respinto (Fail)



The University of Siena has a limited amount of Student Residences as well as advice about private housing




A Welcome Week is organised both for Fall and Spring semesters. Siena also offers a buddy program with local students.

Student experiences

The University of Siena is a new destination, and therefore we have not received feedback from our students yet. Be the first UCU student to explore Siena!

More information

For information about the requirements for studying abroad, the application procedure and more, go to UCU's Study abroad page. 

You can browse through all UCU exchange destinations and UU exchange destinations in the exchange catalog.