• 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. 

Framework of the tests 2018/2019

A - Test locations

The written tests will take place in Pisa, at the Polo Didattico in Porta Nuova, Via Padre Bruno Fedi.
The oral examinations will take place in Pisa, at the main building of the SNS (Palazzo della Carovana, Piazza dei Cavalieri  7)

B - Examination Schedule

The written tests for the Faculty of Humanities will take place from Monday, 27 August 2018, beginning at 8:30 A.M. each day according to the following schedule:

Monday, 27 August 2018

Latin

Tuesday, 28 August 2018

Greek

Wednesday, 29 August 2018

Italian Literature

Thursday, 30 August 2018

History

Friday, 31 August 2018

Philosophy

Saturday, 1 September 2018

History of Art

The written test in History of Art will be postponed on Monday 3 September 2018 for the candidates who asked to enjoy the Sabbatical rest (Law no. 101 dated 8 March 1989). In this case candidates will be notified by 22 August 2018.

The written tests for the Faculty of Sciences will take place from Thursday, 23 August 2018, beginning at 8:30 am. each day, according to the following schedule:

Thursday, 23 August 2018

Mathematics;  Mathematics and Physics (combined test)

Friday, 24 August 2018

Physics; Chemistry; Biological Sciences

 

The oral tests for the Faculty of Humanities will take place from Monday 10 September  2018, beginning every day at 9:00 a.m.

 

The oral tests for the Faculty of Sciences will take place from Monday 3 September 2018 beginning every day at 9:00 am.

C – Examinations

C.1 - Tests for admission to the Faculty of  Humanities

Candidates must sit three written tests and three oral tests, chosen from the following disciplines: Philosophy; Greek; Latin; Italian Literature; History; History of Art.

The Greek written test consists of a translation from Greek; the Latin written test consists of a translation from Latin. Dictionaries are allowed in both tests. The written tests for other disciplines consist in specific tests of academic competence.

The candidate can sit the oral test in the same disciplines chosen for the written tests, or in different disciplines; In any case, it is in the Committee's power to request clarifications from candidates about any written test.

C.2 - Tests for admission to the Faculty of Sciences

Candidates must take the tests listed below, depending on the degree course at the University of Pisa specified in their application:

  • courses in Physics, Computer Science, Mathematics:

written tests: a test in Mathematics and a test in Physics;

oral tests: a test in Mathematics and a test in Physics

  • courses in Chemistry, Geological Sciences, extended length degree course in Chemistry and Pharmaceutical Technologies

written tests: a test in Chemistry and a test in Mathematics and Physics (combined test);

oral tests: a test in Chemistry and a test selected by the candidate among Biology, Physics and Mathematics

  • courses in Biotechnologies, Biological Sciences, Natural and Environmental Sciences:

written tests: a test in Biology and a test in Mathematics and Physics (combined test);

oral tests: a test in Biology and a test selected by the candidate among Chemistry, Physics and Mathematics

The written tests consist of one or more exercises or a dissertation.

Preparation programs and a collection of previous years’ tests are available online at:

http://www.sns.it/didattica/ammissione_ordinario/