• 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 four academic structures: the Faculty of Humanities, the Faculty of Sciences, placed in Pisa; the Department of political and social sciences and the Ciampi Institute, located 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  Sciences, and the Department of Political 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 Department of Political 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. 

Student Residences

Those who can use the service:
Undergraduate students, and fellowship students.
Graduate students can live in one of the residences if there is space. If there is not, they are given an annual subsidy of € 4,800 to pay for lodging outside of the Scuola Normale.


Collegio Fermi. Located in via S. Apollonia, 29, it offers 46 single rooms with bathroom.

Collegio Timpano. Located in Lungarno Pacinotti, 51, it offers 110 single rooms with bathroom.

Collegio Carducci. Located in via Turati, 35, it offers 91 single rooms with bathroom.

Collegio Faedo. Located in via del Giardino, 3, it offers 83 single rooms with bathroom. 


Scuola Normale students have access to a number of different services

Every residence has communal spaces (TV room, reading room), supplied daily with national and international newspapers as well as scholarly journals and general magazines.

Free breakfast is available in the Faedo and Carducci residences during the following hours:
Monday-Friday, 7:00-9:30.
Saturday, Sunday and holidays, 8.00/9.45. Students living in the Fermi residence have access to breakfast in the D'Ancona residence.

Breakfast consists of:
Coffee, milk, tea or hot chocolate.
Bread, butter and jam or Nutella.
Fruit or fruit juice.

Each residence has a laundry service for washing and ironing clothing. All of the residences also have a laundry area with coin-operated washing machines, irons and ironing boards.

The students of the Scuola Normale are also provided with funding to use towards recreational and sports activities. These funds are used every year to stipulate agreements for the use of soccer fields, tennis courts, swimming pools, gyms, etc.