• About SNS

    The Scuola Normale Superiore is a public institute for higher education that in its two centuries of life has earned itself a special place, both in Italy and abroad, a place characterised by merit, talent and scientific rigour.  Two types of course are available: the undergraduate course and the PhD course.The teaching activity is distributed among three academic structures: the Faculty of Humanities, the Faculty of Mathematical and Natural Sciences, placed in Pisa, and the Institute of Humanities and Social Sciences, located in Palazzo Strozzi in Florence. 

  • Admission

    The evaluation for entrance to the first year of the undergraduate course does not include the high school leaving certificate, and the bachelor's degree is not taken into consideration in the entrance examination for the fourth year course. For each PhD course, candidates’ level of competence, talent, motivations and aptitudes to scientific research will be assessed on the basis of their qualifications and research project and an interview.

  • Academics

    The Scuola Normale Superiore offers two types of course: the undergraduate course, leading to first and second level university degrees, and the PhD course, the international equivalent of the Italian Dottorato di ricerca.The teaching and research activity is distributed among three academic structures: the Faculty of Humanities, the Faculty of Mathematical and Natural Sciences, and the Institute of Humanities and Social Sciences.The first two academic structures, housed at the Pisa site, organize courses for both the  undergraduate course and the PhD course. The Institute of Humanities and Social Sciences, situated in Palazzo Strozzi in Florence, deals only with the PhD course.

  • Research

    A highly qualifying feature of the Normale way is the strong link between teaching and research that is a characteristic of both the undergraduate and the graduate programmes of the Scuola. The research structures of the two Faculties welcome students with a relevant study interest, enabling them to collaborate in a mature way with the activities of the researchers.

  • International

    The Scuola Normale is an institute of a decidedly international nature. Examinations for admission to the undergraduate degree course and for the PhD course are open to all citizens worldwide. A certain number of places on the PhD course are reserved for students from other countries. During the pre laurea and  post lauream teaching courses, study and research programmes are made available at overseas universities and research centres with which the Scuola forms an intense network of collaboration.  The doctorate course in particular is taught in a veritable graduate school in line with the highest international standards. 

Food service

Those with access to the service:
All undergraduate, graduate and fellowship students, grant holders and researchers, the teaching and the administrative staff and guests of the Scuola Normale.
 

Structures:
The refectory is located on the first floor of Collegio D'Ancona, via Consoli del Mare, 1.

How to access the service:
Access is via badge:

  • Undergraduate and graduate students receive their badge at the moment of matriculation from the Student Services Office of the Student Services Division.
  • Foreign students receive their badge at the moment of matriculation from the International Relations Office of the Student Services Division.

(Both badges are activated by the Food Services Office of the Student Services Division)

How the service is provided:
The refectory operates as a self-service restaurant.

Menu available:
The following choice of menu is always available:

  • A first course chosen from two dishes available. Plain pasta or rice, and pasta or rice with tomato sauce, are also always available.
  • A second course chosen from two dishes available. A cold vegetarian dish is also always available.
  • One side dish chosen from two hot dishes available, or salad.
  • Cheese or fruit or dessert or yoghurt.
  • To drink: besides a small bottle of mineral water, it is also possible to have a bottle of beer or wine, a ½ liter carton of milk or another small bottle of water.

Opening hours:
The refectory is open:
Monday-Friday, 12:20-14:00 and 19:30-20:30.
Saturday and Sunday, 12:30-13:45 and 19:30-20:30.

When the service is suspended:
The refectory is closed during the Scuola Normale holidays, that is, during the Christmas and the Easter holidays and the month of August.

The refectory traditionally closes on 1st May. Students can request a basket containing cold rice, mozzarella cheese, canned tuna or meat, corn, fruit, yoghurt, bread, water and plastic cutlery.

 

Costs:
The service is free for all undergraduate, graduate and fellowship students, grant holders and researchers, and the administrative staff of the Scuola Normale.