The Scuola Normale Superiore (SNS) announces, for the academic year 2018/2019, a selection for 60 places for the first year and 22 places for the fourth year of the undergraduate course.
The admission to the undergraduate course is ruled by a competition, by written and oral examinations.
The students of the undergraduate course are at the same time enrolled at an equivalent degree course at the University of Pisa or at the University of Florence. At the end of their course they obtain a degree certificate. Teaching is divided between the Scuola Normale, where students attend courses and seminars focusing on the rapid development of an approach to scientific research, with yearly assessments on specific research themes, and the University of Pisa – as regards the courses related to the faculties of Humanities and Sciences –, or the University of Florence – as regards the course related to the Department of Political and Social Sciences.
Students are required to meet the highest of standards of academic performance.
The entrance examination has always been the keystone of the institution. A commission of lecturers and researchers from the Scuola and from other universities evaluates the candidates’ talent for study and research. The examinations are both written and oral, based on the Humanities, on the Sciences or in the Political and Social Sciences, depending on the subject chosen by the candidate for his academic career. The stringent selection process is fundamental for maintaining a high academic level: those passing the examinations will keep their status as a “normalista” for the duration of their cursus studiorum. 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; the same goes for any other certificate awarded previously.
For the students who apply for the first year of the bachelor degree, the research and teaching activities follow one of two fundamental directions: the Humanities or the Sciences. Those applying for the fourth year can also choose to deal with the field of the Political and Social Sciences. These are study areas linked to the tradition of the Scuola, renowned with the opening to the political and social research.
- Call for selection of 60 places in the first year (Bachelor level) of Scuola Normale Superiore for the academic year 2018-2019
- Framework of the tests – first year (Bachelore level) 2018/2019
- Call for selection of 22 places in the fourth year (Master level) of Scuola Normale Superiore for the academic year 2018-2019
- Framework of the tests – IV year (Master level) 2018/2019