• 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. 

Sites in Florence

Palazzo Strozzi

Located between Piazza Strozzi and via Tornabuoni in the heart of Florence, Palazzo Strozzi is one of the finest examples of Renaissance architecture.  It was commissioned by the Florentine merchant Filippo Strozzi and the foundations were laid in 1489, according to a design by Benedetto da Maiano.  The project was then given to Simone del Pollaiolo, who carried on with the works.

Palazzo Strozzi is a property of the City of Florence.  Since the Second World War the Palazzo has been Florence’s largest temporary exhibition space; it now hosts some important cultural Institutions and the Istituto di Scienze Umane e Sociali, which, with its beautiful seminar and conference rooms, library and offices, is located on the 5th floor.


University residence in Florence

The university residence is a property of the City of Florence that has recently been renovated with funds provided by the Ministry of Education, University and Research.
It can accommodate up to 24 students of the Postgraduate courses of the Istituto di Scienze Umane e Sociali of Florence. In addition to the 24 mini-apartments, some of which are capable of hosting students with disabilities, there is also plenty of space for study and leisure.

How to reach us

Florence also has an airport (Amerigo Vespucci) close to the city, with daily flights from many Italian and European cities.
A shuttle service operates between the airport and the train station of Santa Maria Novella in Florence.
There are also flights to and from the airports of Bologna (Guglielmo Marconi), Roma Leonardo da Vinci (Fiumicino) and Genoa (Cristoforo Colombo)

To reach the Florence site from the airport of Florence, there  is the “VolainBus” bus service,  which will take you to the station square (Piazza Stazione); from there, you can get to Palazzo Strozzi by crossing Piazza Santa Maria Novella and going along via delle Belle Donne and Via della Spada. You can also take a taxi; there is a fixed fare of 20 Euro for the centre of Florence, in agreement with the local council.

By train

To get to the Florence site, the main train station is “Santa Maria Novella”, situated in the city centre around 700 metres from Palazzo Strozzi.
You can get to the Scuola Normale from the train station by taking a bus for the historical part of the city.
You can also take a taxi, costing around 10 Euro, or else you can go on foot, which takes around10 minutes.