The Scuola Normale Superiore (SNS) announces, for the academic year 2018/2019, a selection for 60 places for the first 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. 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. 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 or the 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.
The research and teaching activities of the undergraduate degree course follow one of two fundamental directions: the Humanities or the Sciences. These are study areas linked to the tradition of the Scuola, renowned since its inception for the high level of its teaching and for its research in the so-called “pure” disciplines.