• 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. 

Committee for equal opportunities and welfare

The Committee for equal opportunities and welfare (“Comitato Unico di Garanzia” - CUG)  is a joint body combining the competences of the former Committee on Equal Opportunities and the Joint Anti-Mobbing Committee. The CUG of the Scuola Normale Superiore (SNS) has been established by General Secretary Decree n. 167 on March 12th  2015.

The CUG is a joint body composed of three academic representatives and three representatives of the technical and administrative staff, each of which has an alternate representative. The alternate representatives participate actively in the activities of the CUG.

For further information please refer to the links on the Italian web page.



Staff Representatives - Regular members

Staff Representatives - Alternate members

Academic Representatives - Regular members

Academic Representatives - Alternate members


The CUG has propositive, consultative and monitoring functions within the competences laid down in the law and in article 52 of the Scuola Normale Superiore Statute.

It develops and carries out actions aimed at ensuring and promoting equal opportunities and welfare in the workplace, overcoming all forms of discrimination based on race, gender, sexual orientation, disability or religion.

The CUG can collaborate with the local Equal Opportunities Department in order to share good practices and promote initiatives and projects in fields of common interest.

In line with the procedures of national and statutory regulatory settings, the CUG shall perform the following acts:

  • promote actions for the equal treatment of workers and foster the dissemination of a culture of equal opportunities in the workplace, also in coordination with initiatives and tools that the Scuola may adopt;
  • develop actions and projects aimed at promoting welfare in the workplace, such as preparing surveys and gathering information about the work environment, in order to overcome all forms of discrimination, decrease work-related stress and prevent any form of harassment and mobbing;
  • provide non-binding opinions on staff training programs, on plans for work-schedule flexibility, and on interventions for work-life conciliation;
  • monitor and assess the results of the aforementioned actions, of good practices in the field of equal opportunities, and of the policies promoting well-being at work, also through proposals to the bodies responsible for training plans.