• 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. 

Current Students



Detailed information regarding the course syllabus, the teaching activities and the courses and seminars activated for the undergraduate degree course is available on this page.


Detailed information regarding the course syllabus, the teaching activities and the courses and seminars activated for the PhD degree course is available on this page.


The Scuola Normale enhances its teaching syllabus with cultural events and activities in the various fields of knowledge, arts and sciences: scientific conferences, institutional meetings, symposia, special events and lectures imparting scientific knowledge give students and all others interested the opportunity to come to grips with the latest and most up-to-date research topics, to tackle themes pivotal to civil and social life and to acquire knowledge and competence in fields different from those of their own studies.

For details see this page.


Since 1967 the Scuola Normale has held its own classical music concert season with musical classes and seminars: a series of events with renowned musicians and talented newcomers from the national and international music world. Concessions for students are available at the concerts, which are held at the Teatro Verdi di Pisa.

For further information see this page.


The Scuola Normale has a residential and collegial nature: its students are guaranteed free board and lodging, within its walls and outside, in addition to a yearly allowance. College life is an integral part of the study policy of the Scuola: the “normalisti” live at the Normale in rooms in one of the colleges (for the undergraduate course), eat at the refectory and engage in the cultural, recreational, sports and games activities offered or those promoted by the students themselves.

For further information see this page.


The YouTube channels of the Scuola provide the opportunity to follow and relive some of the most important scientific, informative and institutional events organized and carried out at the Normale. The Facebook and Twitter pages offer constantly updated news of the programmed public activities.