• 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. 

Exchange Opportunities Abroad

Exchange Opportunities Abroad for SNS students

Opportunities Abroad

The SNS actively promotes students’ mobility thanks to a wide range of exchange agreements with foreign universities. Exchange agreements are based on the underlying principle of reciprocity, therefore board and housing are usually offered free of charge by the host institution.

In addition to this, SNS participates also in other agreements, whose specific conditions are detailed on the relevant calls.

Last but not least, SNS is a partner of the ERASMUS+ Program, offering to students the opportunity to spend a study, thesis research or internship period abroad at a foreign university.

Opportunities in Italy

Students may also apply for exchange programmes with those Italian or Italy-based institutions that entered into an an agreement with our Scuola.

At the moment, we have active agreements with the Scuola Superiore di Catania, the Scuola Superiore di Studi Avanzati Sapienza di Roma, the Scuola Galileiana di Padova, and the Politecnico di Torino.

Based on the signed agreements, all the students involved will be granted free lodging by the partner institution, besides having free access to any course and activity.


The calls mentioned above (abroad and Italy) are available in this page.

E-mail contact: international@sns.it


For further information: Internationalization Office