• 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. 

Visiting and exchange students

Exchange students & Erasmus/SEMP applicants

Students selected from a partner institution for an exchange within an agreement with the Scuola Normale Superiore are required to apply for enrollment using a dedicated on-line application procedure.

Application deadlines, including Erasmus candidatures, are the following:

  • Academic Year (October-July) or Winter Semester (October- February): 30 June
  • Summer Semester (March- July): 30 September
  • Other: 30 June or 30 September depending on the proposed arrival date.

Information about accommodation and practical details will be given directly by email as soon as the students submit their application.


Please note: to apply for an Erasmus+ traineeship within the academic structures of the Scuola Normale Superiore, in absence of an Inter-Institutional Agreement, you must first of all get in touch via email with a member of our teaching/researching staff you would like to work with (you can research each structure on this webpage).
Once you get the approval from the professor, you can fill-in the visiting student application form that you find at this link and we should be able to proceed with the acceptance.
Although there is no deadline for this application, the processing of the procedure takes considerable time, and so we strongly advise you to apply at least two months before your planned arrival date.

Visiting students

External students enrolled at foreign universities may apply for a Visiting Student position at our institution, whose duration cannot last more than an academic year.

Although there is no deadline for this application, the processing of the procedure takes considerable time, and so we strongly advise you to apply at least two months before your planned arrival date.

Please remember that you will need to provide written agreement to be your Tutor from a member of the teaching staff of our institution.

Visiting student on-line application procedure is available here. (please note this is not applicable to Exchange and Erasmus/SEMP applicants, nor for Visiting positions to the SNS Department of Political and Social Sciences in Firenze, whose application form is here).

You may apply for accommodation in our student residences. Your application will be accepted subject to the availability of a room.

Visiting students are admitted free of charge to courses, seminars, libraries and facilities, as are internal students.