Scuola Superiore Sant'Anna

Scuola Superiore Sant'Anna is a public university institute - with special autonomy - working in the field of applied sciences: Economic Sciences, Legal Sciences, Political Sciences, Agricultural Sciences, Medical Sciences, and Industrial and Information Engineering.



The origins of the Sant'Anna School date back to the late eighteenth century, when in 1785 the Grand Duke Peter Leopold of Lorraine founded the "St. Anne Conservatory" in Pisa in order to attend to "the education of young women of civil condition."


The Sant’Anna School of Advanced Studies developed advanced-education paths for University students, graduate students and professionals. To ensure an excellent educational path, admission to the courses is subject to a public competitive examination.

  • Standard Courses
  • PhD Programmes and Doctorates
  • University and International Masters
  • Advanced Education
  • Excellence and Specialization in Research


  • The Biorobotics Institute, housed at the Polo Sant'Anna Valdera, conducts research in the field of Biorobotics
  • The Institute focuses on the area of Social Sciences, with particular reference to Legal Sciences and Political Science.
  • The Institute carries out research activities relating to economic, financial, industrial and international issues.
  • The mission of the Institute of Management is to study and suggest new approaches to innovation management in private firms, public administrations and regions.
  • The Institute of Life Sciences is involved in research in the field of medical science and Agrobiosciences.
  • The Institute includes, within the ICT

Master's Programmes

University Ranking

World University Rankings by Times Higher Education
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190 -10
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Library services

The Sant’Anna Library is the reference point for the teaching and learning needs of the School’s community.

The Library resources are mainly related to the branches of study of the Sant’Anna School. You can access about 76.700 books, 130 current printed periodicals, 68.000 e-journals, 6.300 e-books and 33 online databases.

ICT services

The Network and Services Area deals with issues related with the design, control and management of, mainly wired, communication networks and of the services that can be provisioned in such networks.

Student Life

Campus life

The Sant'Anna School is a local institution well rooted in the city that over the years has redeveloped many facilities for the benefit of the quality of academic life.

The main locations:

  • the headquarters in Piazza Martiri della Libertà
  • the campus sites that host students and researchers
  • the individual Institutes and the Guest House.


  • Times Higher Education World University Rankings (THE)
  • Scimago Institution Ranking (SIR)
  • Valutazione della Qualità della Ricerca 2008-2010 (VQR)