Learning Agreement

Before the mobility

During the application process you must complete a study plan (learning agreement).

The learning agreement contains the courses you are planning to take at UNISI and the ECTS credits allocated.

In order to get the learning agreement signed before you arrive in Siena, please send it to the email address of your Erasmus coordinator.


  • Here you can find a template of the learning agreement with the data you need to fill  out your own learning agreement:
  • How to choose courses

For a detailed list of courses taught at the University of Siena, please refer to the online platform "Planning your degree": here you can find the list of our degrees divided in to five subject areas. For each degree you will find the programme structure.

Then, in order to find detailed information about each subject, you can browse the USiena course catalogue

The course catalogue can be browse by the following search criteria: academic year, department, degree, study field  (SSN), language of teaching, name of the module.


For each module the following information is provided: the name of the Professor, the number of ECTS credits, the semester, a description of the module and the content, a link to the timetable (as soon as it is available) 



Since most of the course information for the next academic year is not available during the spring application period, you should use the current information.

You do  not need to send a copy of your learning agreement to the Incoming Mobility Office before you arrive.

During the mobility

Upon arrival in Siena, you will discuss your study plan with your UNISI academic coordinator: (S)he can confirm your proposed study program and/or suggest possible changes.

You will be able to make changes to your  Learning Agreement upon your arrival in Siena:  A “Changes to the Learning Agreement”- form can be filled out during the first four weeks after your arrival.

ECTS credits

All study programmes at UNISI are measured in terms of ECTS credits.  The credits represent the total student workload (class time, individual study, exam preparation, practical work etc) and one credit is equivalent to 25 hours.

A full-time one-year study programme amounts to 60 credits (30 credits per semester)

Students can take up 30 credits per semester. For justified reasons the number of credits can be extended up to 37. In this case the Erasmus + coordinator of the student's home University has to make an official request to the Learning Agreement Office ([email protected]). We strongly advise exchange students to sign up for a minimum of  20 credits when formulating their study programme at UNISI.


Credits are earned once the student has passed the assessment for each course or activity.

Exams are held after the teaching period and are mainly oral exams although some courses will have written tests during the semester or before the oral exam. Each exam will be admistered on several dates during the exam period and students can choose which date they wish to take the exam. They are also entitled to turn down a mark and take the exam again if they are not satisfied with the result. Rules apply as to how often a student can take an exam within an examination period.

Grading system

Examinations are graded according to a scale ranging from 0 to 30, with 18 considered the passing mark.
A "cum laude" may be added to the highest grade (30; 30 e lode) as a mention of special distinction.