• 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. 

The Collegio Timpano was initially the residence for women students of the Scuola Normale Superiore. Now it functions as a residence for students and visitors and is divided internally into three residences: Timpano, Timpanino and Acconci. The building, located along the Arno River, on the Lungarno Pacinotti, was donated to the Scuola Normale in 1932 by the Calabrese Domenico Timpano, a colourful character who had made money by producing tonic drinks containing alcohol at his pharmaceutical company and selling them in the United States during the period of Prohibition.

This was the first building donated to the Scuola Normale, and arrived at a moment of intense renewal of the Scuola Normale. In 1932, in fact, the new Scuola Normale, reformed by Gentile, was inaugurated. The Scuola Normale under Gentile had an expanded main building, the Palazzo della Carovana, and with the annexation of the Collegio Puteano and the D. Timpano residence, the number of rooms available for students rose from fifteen to sixty one.

When the nearby bridge was bombed during the Second World War, the Timpano building was damaged; it was reconstructed in the ‘50s.