• 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. 

Undergraduate course - Study obligations and study plans (Faculty of Humanities)

Faculty of Humanities

Academic year 2015-2016

Study obligations | Study periods abroad | Study plans and co-ordinating lecturers

 

STUDY OBLIGATIONS

General obligations

  1. Internal obligations (Scuola)

-        attendance each year of two internal courses (including any integrated lessons) and passing of the corresponding writenne examinations. In the first two years, at least one course must pertain to a disciplinary area different from the student's chosen one. Students must gain a mark of at least 24/30 in each achievement examination and a mean mark of  at least 27/30.

-        attendance of two foreign language courses from among those envisaged by the Scuola (English, French, German, Chinese) and passing of the final examinations with the objective of reaching the third level in one language and the second level in another at the end of the third year. Those claiming to possess adequate knowledge of one or both of their chosen foreign languages may be exempted from attendance upon passing an appropriate examination. During the first year of their course at the Scuola, all students must attend at least one cycle of lessons with the mother tongue teacher and take the corresponding test.

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  1. External obligations (University)

-        students must gain a mark of at least 24/30 in each achievement examination and a mean mark of at least 27/30.

 

Yearly obligations

  • First year

a.     Internal obligations (Scuola):

-        an oral examination to qualify for passage to the next year: this consists of the development of a research theme agreed upon with a lecturer from the Scuola and its discussion, with a compulsory written test, in front of a commission which will evaluate the student's qualification for passage to the next year.

b.     External obligations (University):

-        the obtaining of at least 42 CFUs (University learning credits) through examinations carrying a maximum of 30 marks.

  • Second year:

a.     Internal obligations:

-        an oral examination to qualify for passage to the next year: this consists of the development of a research theme agreed upon with a lecturer from the Scuola and its discussion, with a compulsory written test, in front of a commission which will evaluate the student's qualification for passage to the next year.

b.     External obligations:

-        the obtaining of at least 48 CFUs (University learning credits) through examinations carrying a maximum of 30 marks.

  • Third year:

a.     Internal obligations:

-        an oral examination to qualify for passage to the next year: this consists of the development of a research theme agreed upon with a lecturer from the Scuola and its discussion, with a compulsory written test, in front of a commission which will evaluate the student's qualification for passage to the next year.

b.     External obligations:

-        completion of the number of credits specified by the university course and obtaining of degree certificate by 31st October 2016.

  • Fourth year

a.     Internal obligations:

-         an oral examination to qualify for passage to the next year: this consists of the development of a research theme agreed upon with a lecturer from the Scuola and its discussion, with a compulsory written test, in front of a commission which will evaluate the student's qualification for passage to the next year.

-        for students qualifying directly for the IV year: attendance of two language courses from among those envisaged by the Scuola and passing of the final examinations with the objective of reaching the third level in one foreign language  and the second level in another. The foreign language examinations may be passed by the end of the fifth year.

b.     External obligations:

-        the obtaining of 60 CFUs (University learning credits) through examinations carrying a maximum of 30 marks.

  • Fifth year

a.     External obligations:

-        completion of the number of credits specified by the University of Pisa to attain the  laurea magistrale.

 

STUDY PERIODS ABROAD

Students intending to spend a study period abroad must state in their study plan the courses that they intend to follow at their chosen site in place of the internal (SNS) and university ones.

In the case of Erasmus studies, the above activities are included in the Learning Agreement. The student must take it upon himself to agree with the Erasmus co-ordinators of the University of Pisa on the modality of approval by the university of the activities carried out; approval of the activities needing to fulfil SNS internal obligations will be done by the Scuola itself, on the basis of the approved study plan.

 

STUDY PLAN AND CO-ORDINATING LECTURERS

Each student of the undergraduate course must submit for approval to the Segreteria allievi (Students' Office) by 30th November 2015 an organic study plan fulfilling the above mentioned study obligations. The  courses will be inserted as being integral into the study plan: courses and integrated study activities envisaged by different courses may not be counted towards fulfilment of the study obligation.

As a rule, courses that feature in the syllabus as being specific to the PhD degree may, at the discretion of the study plan co-ordinator, be inserted in the study plans of undergraduate course students with reference to the particular study course of the student and with regard to the specific syllabus of each area.

The study plan must be agreed upon with the student's internal (SNS)co.ordinator; the co-ordinator for the study plans of the disciplinary area will verify the congruity of the study plan proposed prior to the final approval on the part of the faculty council.

 

Co-ordinators for the study plans are as follows:

Ancient history and classical philology

Gianpiero ROSATI

Modern literature and philology, Linguistics

Claudio CIOCIOLA

History of art and archaeology

Massimo FERRETTI

History and palaeography

Daniele MENOZZI

Philosophy

Massimo MUGNAI