• 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. 


Christopher Hacon, University of Utah mathematician, was awarded the 2018 prestigious  Breakthrough Prize. The prize, that celebrates top achievements in Physics, Life Sciences & Mathematics, is worldwide considered “The Oscar Of Science”. The awards ceremony, hosted by Morgan Freeman, was held at NASA Ames Research Center in Mountain View, CA. The $3 million prize recognizes Hacon’s work in algebraic geometry, the field that studies geometric objects defined by polynomial equations. It connects and elevates algebra, which solves polynomial equations, and geometry, which describes the shapes arising from those equations. The Breakthrough Prize was founded by tech executives including Google’s Sergey Brin, Facebook’s Mark Zuckerberg […]

"A Scuola Normale in the South of Italy". This is the announcement made by Professor Vincenzo Barone during his opening speech at the beginning of the new academic year, celebrated on 18 October 2017. Professor Gaetano Manfredi confirms the existence of an undergoing project in an editorial published by the Repubblica newspaper.

In Italy, we don’t pursue merit. Otherwise, within the academic world, deserving universities might afford, for example, to offer competitive salaries in order to attract the best lecturers on international scale. But we carefully refrain from making it possible.

The spaces destined to the Scuola Normale for 5 years within the former Foundry N. 1 in Follonica have been inaugurated. Students and researchers will have multimedia stations at their disposal during this first phase of a collaboration that could result in a permanent presence of the Scuola Normale in the maritime town in the province of Grosseto

Today, the new Artistic Director, Carlo Boccadoro, introduced the 2017/2018 programme. “We will alternate some intense performances to sheer fun. Our intention is to draw the attention of the great public to classical music”.

Once again a prestigious appointment for Prof. Umberto Zannier, Full Professor of Geometry at the Scuola Normale Superiore, as Princeton University chose him as speaker for the “Minerva Lecture Series“, consisting of three lectures held yearly at Princeton University since 2012 at the initiative of the Fernholz Foundation.