• 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. 

Off-site Study and Research

Undergraduate and PhD students at the Scuola Normale may apply for the authorisation to pursue off-site study and research activities for a limited amount of time by following the instructions.

Students are required to adhere to our online procedure by filling in the application form available on our website, saving it as a .pdf document, and sending it 30 days before the departure date, together with an authorisation email by the SNS Coordinator (also in .pdf), to the addresses protocollo@sns.it and mobility@sns.it.

All requests are individually examined by designated Committees meeting monthly to examine the requests and authorise any funding.

Students who need to start their activity before the next scheduled meeting will need to describe at length in the application form the reasons for this urgency. The competent offices will then activate an urgency procedure, subject to the Faculty Dean’s approval, while waiting for the final decision by the Committee regarding the amount of the requested funding.

After their return, students are required to submit all the documentation attesting their expenses, together with the activity report, to the Ufficio Protocollo (Protocol Office).

Next meeting of the Mathematical and Natural Sciences Committee:
-11 December 2018
Deadline for application  4 December at 12.00 am

Mathematical and Natural Sciences Committee appointed during the Faculty Meeting of 08/11/2017

  • Prof. Andrea Ferrara Chairman
  • Dr. Federico Cremisi
  • Dr. Alessia De Masi
  • Dr. Carlo Heissenberg
  • Dr. Marco Mendolicchio

Next meeting of the Humanities Committee:
-29 November 2018
Deadline for application 23 November at 12.00 am

Humanities Committee appointed during the Faculty Meeting of 13/11/2017

  • Prof. Anna Magnetto Chairman
  • Dr. Andrea Torre
  • Dr. Lucia Simonato
  • Dr. Marco Signori PhD Students Representative 
  • Laura Soffiantini (da consiglio di classe 13/11/17..... e successivi  14/3/18 e 11/10/18)

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION: Internationalization Office at mobility@sns.it