• 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. 

ERITTU Eleonora
Eleonora ERITTU
Ph.D Student
Political Science and Sociology


Institute of Humanities and Social Sciences, Scuola Normale Superiore




Eleonora Erittu graduated in International and Diplomatic Sciences at the University of Bologna in September 2012. During her bachelor, she has been Erasmus student at the University of Ljubljana. She received her Master of Arts in Mass Media and Politics in 2015, awarded by the School of Political Science at University of Bologna (Forlì Campus). Her final dissertation, entitled ‘What Drives Public Attitudes Towards Immigrants in Europe? A Comparative Analysis’, focused on the effect of education, political collocation and media exposure in shaping public attitudes towards immigrants.

Eleonora also gained professional experience as Erasmus Trainee at AFS Croatia (2013), Zagreb, as well as Tutor for Internationalization Activities at the University of Bologna (2013-2014). She acquired research experience at the IECOB Research Team for the Adriatic-Ionic Macro-Region (2014), and during her traineeship at the Brussels-based European Social Observatory (2015-2016).

Since November 2016, she is a PhD Student in Political Sciences and Sociology at Scuola Normale Superiore, Institute of Humanities and Social Sciences. Her research focuses on the internationalization of higher education systems and academic mobility. In detail, she intends to analyze national policy rationales behind these processes as well as to investigate patterns of political participation among mobile students and staff.


Public Policy, Political Participation, Higher Education, Academic Mobility.