• 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. 


The Symposia began in 2002 as an occasion to mark, by means of a cultural event based on the exchange of views of different experts in a specific research area, the anniversary of the foundation of the Scuola Normale Superiore, on the 18th October 1810.

It was decided to concentrate a series of events on a single day serving both as a commemoration of the Napoleonic origin of the Scuola Normale and as a moment of reflection and study. The two Faculties of Arts and Sciences alternate in organizing the Symposia.

The first year the Symposium “L'Autore Multiplo/Multiple Authorship” was dedicated to the controversial subject of multiple authors and the unity of a work of art, while in 2003 the Symposium called “The Flourishing of the Sciences in the 18th Century” offered a wide range of opportunities to investigate the golden century of modern science.

Celebrations for the inauguration of new structures or other donations to the school are often also carried out on the same day.

In the evening there is usually a concert of classical music which represents the beginning of the annual concert season organized by the Scuola Normale.

All the material you can find in the “Further information” section is written in Italian; we apologize to you for any inconvenience.


Most recent appointment:

October 17, 2015, h. 3 p.m.

Sala Azzurra

Globalization and citizens' rights


Poster conference globalization and citizens' right
Simposio per il 205° anniversario del decreto di fondazione della Scuola Normale Superiore

Live streaming on the YouTube channel of Scuola Normale

Locandina del simposio Reale o virtuale? Scienza e arte aprono nuovi percorsi attraverso antiche frontiere
Simposio per il 204° anniversario del decreto di fondazione della Scuola Normale Superiore
Locandina simposio Il futuro dei libri. Biblioteche, editoria e digitale
Antonella Agnoli, Giuliano Amato, Andrea Angiolini, Edoardo Barbieri, Massimo Bray, Michele Ciliberto, Claudio Ciociola

Simposio per il 203° anniversario del decreto di fondazione della Scuola Normale Superiore