• 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. 

How to reach us

The Airport of Pisa* is near the city centre, and it is served by major airlines with flights from Milan, Rome, London, Paris and many other Italian, European and international cities.

Florence Airport is the next closest airport to the city of Pisa; it also has numerous connections to Italian, European and international cities. It is linked to the central train station (Santa Maria Novella) of Florence by shuttle buses and by train to Pisa. These trains leave approximately every twenty minutes. It takes about an hour to travel from Florence to Pisa.

Other possible airports that may be convenient are those of Genoa and Rome.

The Scuola Normale can be reached from Pisa Airport using city buses: Take the LAM rossa (red) bus, which directly connects the airport with the city centre. The "via Fermi" stop is the nearest to the Scuola Normale.

You can also take a taxi; the trip from the airport to the Scuola Normale costs about €10.

By train:

The main station is "Pisa Centrale", located in the city centre about 1 km from the Scuola Normale.

Pisa is connected with all main European cities by train through Florence, Turin, Genoa or Rome.

Please note:
There is an additional charge on the Intercity and Eurostar trains.
Train tickets must be automatically date validated before you board the train, at the yellow boxes located in the main terminals of all Italian train stations.

The Scuola Normale can be reached by bus from the train station, or by taxi (for about €5). You can also walk from the station in about 20 minutes.