“All citizens have equal social dignity and are equal before the law, without distinction of sex, race, language, religion, political opinions, personal and social conditions.
It is the duty of the Republic to remove those obstacles of an economic and social nature which, really limiting the freedom and equality of citizens, impede the full development of the human person and the effective participation of all workers in the political, economic and social organization of the country.”
“[…] Capable and deserving pupils, even without financial resources, have the right to attain the highest levels of education.
The Republic makes this right effective through scholarships, payments to families and other provisions, which must be assigned through competitive examination.”
All international students are entitled to the same economic assistance provided to Italian students.
The services of financial support for students are managed mostly by appropriate regional bodies known as “agency for the DSU” (Right to Higher Education);
The DSU offices also offer guidance and mentoring, they a useful source of information on extra-curricular activities, such as cultural events, opportunities to practice sports, public transport and other practical issues.
DSU Toscana is the company of the Tuscany Region for the Right to Education that provides services and interventions for university students.
Students enrolled in undergraduate courses, postgraduate, PhD and graduate schools of the University of Florence, Pisa, Siena, the Academies of Fine Arts in Florence and Carrara, the Higher Institutes of Musical Studies and conservatories in Florence, Livorno, Lucca and Siena, the Higher Institute for Artistic Industries of Florence, the University for Foreigners of Siena and Scuola Superiore of Pisa for Linguistic Mediators can use the facilities of the DSU Toscana.
There are services for all university students and benefits awarded by public competition for the students capable and deserving, but with no financial resources.
The scholarships, accommodations at the university residences and other kind of financial assistance (for international mobility, cultural and publishing initiatives ..) are awarded by public competition. Food services, orientation activities, counseling in the search for accommodation, facilities for cultural or sporting events are addressed to all students.