• 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. 

The Scuola Normale nowadays

With the long directorship of Gilberto Bernardini, which started in 1964, the Scuola Normale assumed its present framework, defined by the law of March 7 1967 as a Scuola Normale Superiore of university and doctorate studies, at first as dependent on the University of Pisa but very soon afterwards as an autonomous entity.

The 1969 Statute defined the new structure of the Scuola Normale and its profile as an institution of high scientific training: it established, among other things, a considerable broadening of the internal teaching staff as well as the creation and the expansion of the research structures and an increase in the number of students of both the undergraduate and the graduate programmes. The law of June 18 1989 defined the equality of status of the doctorate diploma of the Scuola Normale with the title of research doctor granted by the Italian universities.

The academic year 2014/2015 saw the broadening of the teaching prospectus of the Scuola Normale regarding the specialisation course. The merger with the Istituto Italiano di Scienze Umane (the Italian Institute of Human Sciences) (SUM) of Florence gave rise to the Institute of Humanities and Social Sciences, sited at Palazzo Strozzi,  which also offers opportunities for post-graduate studies in the field of the social sciences. The inclusion of the Institute in the life of the Scuola Normale has meant a rewriting of the statute, with official effect from 2014; there are now three academic structures: the Faculty of Humanities (formerly the Faculty of Arts), the Faculty of Mathematical and Natural Sciences (formerly the Faculty of Science) and the Institute of Humanities and Social Sciences.

The Scuola Normale Superiore nowadays is an élite school with an egalitarian basis that rewards merit, talent and the potentialities of its students independently of their social origins and their previous studies. The aim of the Scuola Normale is the formation of scholars, professionals and citizens with a wide cultural background and with a strong critical attitude.

A fundamental role is also played by the relationships and the collaborations that the Scuola Normale has been able to establish in all these years with the main university and research institutions both national and international, favouring in this way the mobility of both students and professors and their involvement in courses of study and research programmes.
The Scuola Normale aims to provide its students and alumni with placement services to promote the relationships and the links with important professional institutions and to favour a qualified insertion of its graduates in the world of work.