Come si accede alla Scuola di Orientamento universitario

How to access the Scuola di Orientamento Universitario

The Scuola di Orientamento Universitario (the University Orientation School) is a joint initiative of the SNS, the Scuola Superiore Sant’Anna and the Istituto Universitario di Studi Superiori IUSS of Pavia, the three Italian public universities with a special status dedicated to the education of particularly gifted and deserving students. They admit students exclusively by competition; students attend high-level study courses that enhance the degree courses of the universities of Pisa and Pavia; their educational policies develop individual talent and favour early involvement in research. On 25th February 2018 the three Scuole united to form a federation, with the aim of developing synergies in the contexts of higher education and advanced research. This intention also gave rise to the Scuola di Orientamento Universitario  (the University Orientation School).

The Scuola di Orientamento Universitario (the University Orientation School)

The 2021 edition of the Scuola di Orientamento Universitario  (the University Orientation School) consists of three online courses, each lasting three days. Students can get to know the perspectives, the themes and the didactic and research approach of a university policy of excellence designed to develop individual potential, a critical spirit and methodological rigour.


Who can apply? 

Students of the penultimate year of the upper secondary school for the school year 2020 – 2021 may apply who are in possession of a personal and scholastic profile of high merit and an average school grade no lower than 8/10.

There are 306 places available, equally subdivided among the three courses to take place on the above mentioned dates. 

Participation procedure 

All upper secondary schools should undertake to promote the initiative to the utmost, in order to allow students of high merit to present their candidatures directly and autonomously to the Scuola di Orientamento Universitario (the University Orientation School).

Candidates can send their own application to by 20th May 2021.

Only candidatures accompanied by a certification of school results, extracted from the electronic register or provided in PDF format by the school of appurtenance, will be considered as valid.


Selection Process

The selection process is carried out by a Commission consisting of representatives from the three Scuole. On the basis of the candidatures received, the Commission will identify the candidates to be admitted to the courses by evaluating each student's school results and personal profile.

The evaluation of the candidates' school results will take into consideration the final average of the marks obtained in the third year and in the first trimester/quarter of the ongoing school year. The average is calculated by including all the subjects (including conduct and motor sciences and sports) but excluding the marks for religion, since this is an optional subject.

To ensure a balanced representation of the national school population, the participants will also be selected on the basis of a division into 5 regional macro-areas (North West, North East, Centre, South and Islands) in consideration of the number of nominations received and/or the number of schools involved.


Outcome of the selection process

The list of the students selected and their respective assignation to the courses will be published on the web sites of the three Scuole (Sant'Anna, SNS and IUSS) by 4th June.

Those students admitted will receive, at the e-mail address given on registration of their candidature, a letter of invitation containing all the information for participation in the online activities

The programmes of the three courses, planned jointly by the three Scuole, will include  lectures, round tables, seminars and workshops in such a way as to offer participants the same opportunities regardless of the course to which they are assigned. The students selected will be assigned to their courses during the selection stage, taking into account the availability as indicated by the students in their application form, ensuring a balanced representation of the group in terms of geographical provenance, school attended and  university study interests.



Scuola Normale Superiore  
Mon.-Fri. 9.30-12.30; Mon, Tues., Thur. 2.30-4.30 p.m.
331 699 0724
335 716 5814
347 109 2201

Scuola Superiore Sant'Anna
Mon.-Fri. 10 a.m.-1 p.m.; Tues., Wed. 3-5 p.m.
050 883271
050 883383
050 883273

Istituto Universitario di Studi Superiori IUSS of Pavia
Mon.-Fri. 9.00-12.00; Mon.- Thur 2.30-4.30
0382 375822
0382 375823
0382 375834