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The “Scuola Normale Superiore” of Pisa, a university center for teaching and research, is based on a model which shaped European educational history. Founded by Napoleon in 1810 as a branch of the “Ecole Normale Superieure Paris”, it has been educating students and carrying out research for nearly two centuries.
It has independent legal status and autonomy in its teaching, research, organizational, financial and accounting functions. It issues its own governing statute and internal regulations.
Studying at the “Scuola Normale Superiore” of Pisa is completely free. University of Pisa fees are fully refunded to students by the School, which also provides its undergraduate students with a monthly allowance to defray expenses. Doctoral students receive more financial aid than in other research doctorates considering the package as a whole, which includes fellowship allowance, travel funds, research funds and free board.
Entrance to the “Scuola Normale Superiore” of Pisa can be obtained only by competitive exams in which a commission of internal and external professors evaluate the overall capacities (good basic knowledge of the subject area to be studied, solid general education, aptitude for research, critical capacity) of the candidate.
The School is articulated in two Academic Classes.
The Faculty of Arts offers courses in literary/language areas, history, philosophy, art history and archaeology, as follows:
The Faculty of Sciences offers courses in the following fields:
In the school there are two types of course: