The Sant’Anna School of Advanced Studies, or Scuola Superiore Sant’Anna de Pisa to give its full Italian name, is a public university specialising in applied sciences.
Established in 1987, Scuola Superiore Sant’Anna is ranked in the top ten of the Times Higher Education’s 150 Under 50, celebrating young, successful universities.
Scuola Superiore Sant’Anna is a university with the accreditation to award its own master’s and PhDs, but its undergraduate degrees are awarded in partnership with the University of Pisa. Students at the University of Pisa sit rigorous exams for entrance to Scuola Superiore Sant’Anna’s programme.
Students are required to achieve top marks in entrance exams and demonstrate proficiency in two foreign languages. In return, they can study at Scuola Superiore Sant’Anna for free.
The fields of study at Scuola Superiore Sant’Anna are Business Sciences, Economic Sciences, Legal Sciences, Political Sciences, Agricultural Sciences, Medical Sciences, Industrial Engineering and Information Engineering.
Scuola Superiore Sant’Anna has produced some of Italy’s most prominent political and scientific minds. Italian Prime Minister Giuliano Amato, neuroscientist Giuliano Tononi and economist Nicoletta Batini are just a few of the school’s most influential alumni.
Students at Scuola Superiore Sant’Anna get to study in Pisa, a historic town with dozens of landmarks, churches and points of interests besides its famous leaning tower. The surrounding Tuscany region is famed for its natural beauty, vineyards, beaches, and the stunning architecture of the capital city, Florence.