• 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. 

Cultural Activities

The Scuola Normale offers citizens, students, researchers, lecturers and experts alike a wide range of scientific and cultural initiatives, training and refresher courses in the various fields of knowledge in both arts and sciences.

These initiatives include the scientific conferences of the faculties, laboratories and research groups of the Scuola Normale, which set out to provide opportunities for encounters with illustrious speakers from Italy and abroad, as well as in-depth analyses and new interpretations of the most advanced research topics.

At the Incontri in Normale – public conferences aimed at promoting the emphasis on dialogue that is characteristic of the Scuola Normale – great personalities from the intellectual, scientific, economic, political and literary worlds come together with the students and lecturers of the Scuola Normale and with a wider audience of all who are interested, in open discussion of currently relevant themes.

The Symposia – which are held on 18th October every year, on the occasion of the anniversary of the Napoleonic decree leading to the foundation of the Scuola Normale and of the inauguration of the academic year – are characterised by the multidisciplinary fusion of humanities and science constituting one of the most distinctive keynotes of education at the Scuola Normale.

The special events – frequently organised in collaboration with research and non-profit associations and institutions among others, and open to all those interested – offer occasions for reflection and in-depth analysis of personalities, themes and events of national and international relevance.

Since 1967, the Concerti della Normale and music seminars have provided students and citizens alike with the opportunity to enjoy an absolutely essential part of cultural education: a season of classical music gathering together talented artists from Italy and abroad in an interweaving of traditional and contemporary works.