Scuola Superiore Sant'Anna

Pisa, Italy

No. Students: 1,652
Funding type: Public
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As a public university, the Scuola Superiore Sant'Anna is accredited by the Italian Government through the Ministry of Education, University and Research. * The Scuola Superiore Sant'Anna in the world

Research carried out at the Scuola Superiore Sant'Anna has led to an increasing number of top-level international collaborations. In addition, several agreements have been established between Scuola Superiore Sant'Anna and various foreign universities leading to the development of international Master's courses, seminars and congresses, as well as exchanges of students, professors and researchers. The Scuola Superiore Sant'Anna has also successfully carried out advanced forms of scientific and technological collaborations, creating Joint Research Laboratories with universities and research centres abroad.


The Scuola Superiore Sant'Anna, located in Pisa (Tuscany), is a public university that holds a unique position within the Italian higher education system. It is a university in its own right, offering Masters and PhD programmes, whereas the undergraduate programmes are run in conjunction with the University of Pisa.

Potential undergraduates undergo a rigorous, open competitive entrance examination, and only the very best are selected to combine their University of Pisa studies with the additional academic curriculum provided by the Scuola Superiore Sant'Anna. Students live and study at the Scuola Superiore Sant'Anna totally free of charge; however, they are required to get top marks in all their exams and show proficiency in two foreign languages.

The Scuola Superiore Sant'Anna was founded in 1987 by merging two colleges: Pacinotti College and the College of Medical Law. It is a public university where merit and talent count. Excellence in training and research, internationalization, interaction with the job market - these are the objectives of the Scuola Superiore Sant'Anna, which offers training and postgraduate courses in Economics and Managerial Science, Law Science, Political Science, Agricultural Science and Biotechnology, Medical Science, and Industrial and Information Engineering. The Scuola Superiore Sant'Anna is a scientific community where the academic staff and researchers interact with students through a continuous exchange of cultural and intellectual ideas.


The School wants to provide its pupils, students and researchers with the best environment to improve their knowledge and find the right incentives to stimulate their intellectual curiosity.
For this reason, an environment rich in cutting-edge research and educational materials supported by innovative facilities was created in Sant'Anna headquarters.
Besides the headquarters, other facilities and centres also located outside the town of Pisa were added.
Sant'Anna offers services and advantages aimed at facilitating any aspect of study and research to anyone, who comes into contact with the School to enhance his/her education.
The important service provided by the Library, which is enriched with large historical archives, falls within this approach. Or the hall of residence, where the students of the courses live and debate during their daily life, besides the educational aspect.
This is a way to allow pupils and students to build international relationships, where study, research and daily life combine together.

The Library

The Library is located in the historical setting of SantAnna headquarters, a former Benedictine nunnery of the XVth century. The old and wide refectory of the nuns was turned into a technologically cutting-edge library, equipped with the most innovative services.

It was established in 1987, with the aim of supporting and facilitating the education and research activity of the School. To this aim, the Library provides high-quality services, and offers excellent information search and retrieval systems.

A reading room seating 80, 8 seats equipped with computers and a wireless connection to access the network from their notebooks are available for the users.
Specialist interest - unique throughout Italy collections, large reference works, amounting to a total of about 70,000 books, 200 currently published journals, 30,000 titles of e-journals, and interdisciplinary and sectorial databases.

In addition to all the aforementioned works, there are also important historical archives, which are the result of the collection of books coming from different monastic institutes and dating back from the year 1086 to 1972.

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