How to access the orientation courses

The orientation courses of the Normale are aimed at students in the penultimate year of secondary school. Applications can be submitted through two channels: 

  • Reporting from schools 
  • Direct application for participation by interested students (in this case final year students can apply) according to the instructions below.

     

Reports from schools  
School managers will be invited to report, with an information sent to them by email in the month of March, one or more students in their penultimate year according to the following specifications: 

  •  four penultimate year students, deserving and motivated, particularly interested in subjects in the scientific area (mathematics, physics, biology, chemistry) and/or humanities (classical literature, Italian studies, history, philosophy, history of art) 
  • two additional students in their penultimate year, who particularly distinguish themselves in humanistic or scientific subjects.  

Reports can be made exclusively electronically on the reference site. 

Institutes that do not receive the information can request it from the orientation courses contact email address. For the reports to be valid, among other things, the final grades for each study subject reported at the end of the previous school years and at the end of the first period of the 2023/24 school year must be indicated. 

A brief presentation of the candidate is also required (conversational and with some multiple choice fields) and an indication of the motivations for participating in the Orientation Course.  

Furthermore, the participation of the candidate with notable results in competitions included in the ministerial program for the valorization of excellence may be taken into consideration and information may be requested on any school periods spent abroad and, for statistical purposes only and without influence on the evaluation, educational qualifications and parents' profession.  Reports can be entered from Monday 18 March until midnight on Tuesday 23 April 2024

The list of selected students will be published during the month of May 2024.  

The presence of male and female students from every region of Italy will be ensured at the courses. Students admitted to the courses will not have to bear any cost of room and board for participation. Only in cases of particular and proven need, which will be assessed individually, may a contribution be made to cover travel expenses to reach the course location (which is normally the responsibility of the student). For students with disabilities admitted to participate, the Scuola Normale will cover the cost of staying for any support and assistance staff.  

 

Direct applications for participation 
Applications for participation can also be submitted directly by students in the penultimate or last year of secondary school. Applications can always be submitted from Monday 18 March until midnight on Tuesday 23 April 2024 via the reference website. To submit applications, students must complete the registration procedure using an access code which will be issued to them after sending an email to the Orientation Courses contact address.  Direct applications must essentially include the same data as for reports from schools.  Also in this case, students admitted to the courses will not have to bear any cost of room and board for participation. Only in cases of particular and proven need, which will be assessed individually, may a contribution be made to cover travel expenses to reach the course location (which is normally the responsibility of the student). For students with disabilities admitted to participate, the Scuola Normale will cover the cost of staying for any support and assistance staff.  The list of those admitted and those admitted by direct application will be published on the Normale website by the end of May and communicated directly to the email address of interested parties. The Scuola Normale reserves the right to acquire documentation of the academic results of the selected students. 

 

Contacts
For any requests, clarifications or specific information you can send an e-mail to the contact e-mail address of the Orientation Courses, or call the following telephone numbers: 347 10 92 201- 331 69 90 724 – 346 61 26 057, on Mondays and Thursdays from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. and from 3 p.m. to 5 p.m., and on Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Fridays from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m.
For technical support in the event of problems with the insertion of the data in the candidature form, you can contact: Davide Guglielmo, in charge of the management of the computer programme for collecting candidatures, at the contact e-mail address, or call the following telephone numbers: +39 049.880.81.93 - mobile 347.793.56.28 (from Monday to Friday, from 9 a.m. to 12.30 p.m. and from 3 p.m. to 6 p.m.). Please have your computer on and connected to the site before telephoning.