• 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. 

Sites in Pisa

The Scuola Normale was started in 1810 by a Napoleonic decree as a branch of the École Normale of Paris. It has its main premises in the historic building called Palazzo della Carovana  in one of the most important squares of Pisa from the historic, artistic and urban points of view.

During its two hundred years of history, the Scuola Normale has acquired, through acquisitions and donations, some historic buildings in the town of Pisa that at present are the seats of its offices, its research laboratories and the students' colleges.

How to reach us

Pisa has an airport (Galileo Galilei) situated near the centre of the city. Some of the major airlines fly from Milano Malpensa, Roma Fiumicino, London, Paris and many other Italian and European destinations.

Trains between Florence and Pisa leave every twenty/thirty minutes; the journey from one city to the other takes around an hour.

To reach the Scuola Normale from the airport of Pisa, you can take a city bus. The No. 3 bus will take you to the “Ponte di Mezzo”, where you alight, go over the bridge into Borgo Stretto and turn left into Via Ulisse Dini; after around 200 metres you will come to Piazza dei Cavalieri, which houses Palazzo della Carovana,the site of the Scuola Normale.
You can also take a taxi, costing around 10 Euro.

By train

To get to the Pisa site, the main train station is "Pisa Centrale", situated in the city centre around 1 km from the Scuola Normale.
Pisa can be reached from the principal European cities by train from the Florence, Turin, Genoa and Rome lines.
You can get to the Scuola from the train station by taking a bus for the historical part of the city. You can also take a taxi, costing around 5 Euro, or else you can go on foot, which takes 20-25 minutes.