• 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. 

Framework of the tests 2017/2018

A - Test locations

The written tests for first-year admission to the Faculty of Mathematical and Natural Sciences, will take place in Pisa, at the Polo Didattico in Porta Nuova, Via Padre Bruno Fedi.

The written tests for the admission to the Master degree in “Neuroscience” and in “Materials and Nanotechnology” will take place in Pisa, at the main building of the SNS (Palazzo della Carovana, Piazza dei Cavalieri  7).

The written tests for first-year admission to the Faculty of Human Sciences will take place in Pisa, at the Polo Didattico Fibonacci, Largo Bruno Pontecorvo no. 3

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 Human Sciences, for both admissions to the first and fourth year, will take place from Monday, 4 September 2017, beginning at 8:30 A.M. each day according to the following schedule:

Monday, 4 September 2017

Latin

Tuesday, 5 September 2017

Greek

Wednesday, 6 September 2017

Italian Literature

Thursday, 7 September 2017

History

Friday, 8 September 2017

Philosophy

Saturday, 9 September 2017

History of Art

The written test in History of Art will be postponed on Monday 11 September 2017 for the candidates who asked to enjoy the Sabbatical rest (Law no. 101 dated 8 March 1989)

The dates of the written tests for Archaeology, Linguistics, Paleography and Ancient History will be scheduled at a later date, and depending on the number of applications received, will be held between 4 and 8 September 2017 or on September 12, 2017. Candidates will be notified of the dates by 22 August 2017.

 

The written tests for the Faculty of Mathematical and Natural Sciences will take place from Wednesday, 30 August 2017, beginning at 8:30 am. each day, according to the following schedule:

For admission to the first year:

Wednesday, 30 August 2017

Mathematics;  Mathematics and Physics (combined test)

Thursday, 31 August 2017

Physics; Chemistry; Biological Sciences

For admission to the fourth year:

Wednesday, 30 August 2017

Mathematical Methods for Physics, Classical Mechanics and Electromagnetism; Mathematical Analysis; General and inorganic Chemistry; Molecular biology

Thursday, 31 August 2017

Thermodynamics, Statistical Mechanics and Quantum Mechanics; Languages and Semantics; Geometry and Algebra; Physical Chemistry; Neurobiology

 

For admission to Master degree in “Neuroscience”:

Wednesday, 30 August 2017

Molecular biology

Thursday, 31 August 2017

Neurobiology

For admission to Master degree in “Materials and Nanotechnology”:

(at the main seat of the Scuola Normale, Piazza dei Cavalieri 7, Pisa)

Monday, 4 September 2017

General chemistry

Tuesday, 5 September 2017

Classical Physics

The oral tests for the Faculty of Human Sciences will take place from Monday 18 September 2017, beginning every day at 9:00 a.m..

The oral tests for the Faculty of Mathematical and Natural Sciences will take place from Monday 11 September  2017 beginning every day at 9:00 am.

C – Examinations

C.1 - Tests for admission to the first year of the Faculty of  Human Sciences

In order to be admitted to the first year, 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 fourth year of the Faculty of Human Sciences

In order to be admitted to the fourth year, candidates must sit two written tests and two oral tests, usually chosen by the candidate from the five subject areas of the Faculty, listed below:

Written tests:

  • Ancient History and Classical Philology

Two different tests, from the choice of Greek, Latin or Ancient History

  • Modern literature and philology, Linguistics

First test, from the choice of Italian Literature or Linguistics

Second test, from the choice of:

               Archeology

               • Philosophy

               Greek

               Latin

               Paleography

               History

               Ancient History

               History of Art

               Italian Literature (only if the candidate took the first written test in Linguistics)

               Linguistics (only if the candidate took the first written test in Italian Literature)

  • History of Art and Archaeology

First test, from the choice of Archaeology or History of Art

Second test, from the choice of:

               Philosophy

               Greek

               Latin

               Italian Literature

               Linguistics

               Paleography

               History

               Ancient History

               History of Art (only if the candidate took the first written test in Archaeology)

  • History and Paleography

First test, History

Second test, from the choice of:

               • Archeology

               Philosophy

               Greek

               Latin

               Italian Literature

               Linguistics

               Paleography

               Ancient History

                 History of Art

  • Philosophy

First test, Philosophy

Second test, from the choice of:

               • Archeology

               Greek

               Latin

               Italian Literature

               Linguistics

               Paleography

               History

               Ancient History

               History of Art

Oral tests

The candidates can take the oral tests in the same subjects in which they sat the written tests, or in other disciplines part of the relative disciplinary area, except in instances outlined in the following paragraphs. In each case, it is in the selection board’s power request clarifications from candidates about any written test.

For the disciplinary area of Ancient History and Classical Philology, candidates who choose to take the written tests in Ancient History and Latin must take an oral test in Greek. Candidates who choose to take the written tests in Ancient History and Greek, must take an oral test in Latin.

For the disciplinary area of History of Art and Archaeology, candidates who choose to take the first written test in Archaeology are advised to take the oral test in Greek or Latin.

C.3 - Tests for admission to the first year of the Faculty of Mathematical and Natural Sciences

In order to be admitted to the first year, 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, Industrial and Environmental 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

C.4 - Tests for admission to the fourth year of the Faculty of Mathematical and Natural Sciences

For admission to the fourth year, candidates must take two tests among those listed below, depending on the degree course they are enrolled on at the University of Pisa specified in their application:

  • second level course in Physics:

written tests: a test in Mathematical Methods for Physics, Classical Mechanics and Electromagnetism and a test in Thermodynamics, Statistical Mechanics and Quantum Mechanics;

oral tests: a test in Classical Physics and a test in Quantum Mechanic

  • second level course in Mathematics:

written tests: a test in Mathematical Analysis and a test in Geometry and Algebra;

oral tests: a test in Mathematical Analysis and a test in Geometry and Algebra;

  • second level courses in Computer Science and Computer Science and Networking :

written tests: a test in Mathematical Analysis and a test in Languages and Semantics;

oral tests: a test in Languages and Semantics and a test in Algorithms and Complexity;

  • second level courses in Chemistry, Industrial Chemistry, Geophysics of Exploration and Applied, Geological Sciences and Technologies and Environmental Sciences

written tests: a test in General and inorganic Chemistry and a test in Physical Chemistry;

oral tests: a test in Physical Chemistry and a test selected by the candidate between Organic Chemistry, Inorganic Chemistry and Molecular Biology;

  • second level courses in Applied Biology to Bio-medical Sciences, Marine Biology, Cellular and Molecular Biology, Molecular Biotechnologies and Conservation and Evolution:

written tests: a test in Molecular Biology, and a test in Neurobiology;

oral tests: a test in Neurobiology and a test selected by the candidate between in Cellular Physiology and Biology and General Chemistry with elements of inorganic Chemistry.

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

The written and the oral tests for the admission to the master degrees in “Neuroscience” and in “Materials and Nanotechnology” must be conducted in English.

 

Preparation programs and a collection of previous years’ tests are available online here.