The Second Cycle Degree Programme (Laurea Magistrale) in International Studies (LM-52) taught at University of Siena provides students with interdisciplinary knowledge in the areas of law, economics, political science, sociology, history and languages. 


Acquired competencies allow graduates to analyse political, economic and social phenomena on an international scale and to reflect on the complexity of the contemporary world. Graduates are well suited for high-level positions in national and international companies, agencies, organisations and institutions, both public and private.

Graduates of the International Studies programme offered by the University of Siena have the competencies required to critically address the numerous political, economic and juridical issues of the contemporary world, focusing on the historical roots and global reach of individual phenomena; they are able to develop and monitor complex projects and strategies in the fields of international relations, development cooperation and European policies.

Teaching methods include lectures, seminars, practicals, group work and individual research activities; these aim to develop students' skills in critical thinking and analysis. Students also have the opportunity to complete traineeships and work experience in Italy or abroad, within private agencies and companies, national or international agencies and public administrations, as well as non-governmental and third sector organisations: they can thereby test their ability to apply acquired knowledge and skills.

The Second Cycle Degree Programme prepares students for employment as diplomats, international functionaries, public officials and business managers. It also prepares them for service as officials and managers in non-governmental and non-profit organisations operating in the fields of international relations, human rights, development cooperation and humanitarian aid in critical areas.

  • The Degree Programme offers three specialisations: International and Diplomatic Studies, Development and International Cooperation, European Studies, the latter taught in English.

Programme Structure

Courses included:

  • Comparative Politics
  • Contemporary European History
  • English Language 
  • Environmental Economics
  • European Human Rights Protection
  • European Macroeconomics
  • European Union Politics

            Detailed Programme Facts

            • Programme intensity Full-time
              • Full-time duration 24 months
            • Credits
              120 alternative credits
            • Languages
              • English
            • Delivery mode
              On Campus
            • More information Go to the programme website

            English Language Requirements

            This programme may require students to demonstrate proficiency in English.

            Academic Requirements

            • At a minimum you must have successfully completed an undergraduate degree (at least a three year/first cycle degree at the time of pre-enrolment at the University of Siena) to the required standard, from a recognized higher institution all over the world
            • If you have another degree or you have completed the equivalent of 180 ECTS credits at a recognized institution, you will be admitted provided that you have an adequate background in politics, law and economics
            • Curriculum Vitae, in English
            • Transcript of exams and grades achieved, in English
            • A transcript of English proficiency test (TOEFL, Cambridge, etc.) or any statement proving an equivalent proficiency
            • Copy of your passport (if non-EU citizen) or Identity Card

            Tuition Fee

            • In general, the amount depends on personal or family income, field of studies and the country of origin.
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            Living costs for Siena

            • 600 - 950 EUR/month
              Living Costs

            The living costs include the total expenses per month, covering accommodation, public transportation, utilities (electricity, internet), books and groceries.


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