Sant Anna School of Advanced Studies


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Sant’Anna School’s History and Background

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 the civil condition."  The school is named after its first historical site, the former convent of St. Anne, a fourteenth-century Benedictine monastery. 

Sant’Anna School’s Programs and Courses

The school offers undergraduate, postgraduate and doctoral programs. It is both a university in its own right, offering Masters and PhD courses, while for undergraduates it works in conjunction with the University of Pisa. The courses are organized in two faculties. The Faculty of Social Sciences provides graduate and undergraduate courses in Economics and Management, law, and Political Sciences. The Faculty of Experimental Sciences provides graduate and undergraduate courses in Agricultural Sciences and Biotechnology, Medical Sciences, and Industrial and Information Engineering. 
The Sant’Anna School of Advanced Studies admits a limited number of honors students through a highly competitive process organized into two phases. The first phase includes a pre-test followed by the final phase, consisting of written and oral tests.  The rules for applying and the number of openings are published at the beginning of every year on the Sant’Anna School of Advanced Studies website. There are currently 50 undergraduate openings at the Sant’Anna School.

Sant’Anna School’s Campuses

The Sant'Anna School is a local institution well rooted in Pisa, Italy that over the years has redeveloped many facilities for the benefit of the quality of academic life. The main locations include the headquarters in Piazza Martiri della Libertà, the campus sites that host students and researchers, the individual Institutes in and the Guest House.

Sant’ Anna School’s Achievements

In 2018 QS World University Rankings,  Sant'Anna School has been ranked: 2nd at the national level on a census of 31 institutions, The Sant'Anna School ranked at number 9 at world level of best young universities (under 50 years old) (ranking 2018) by Times Higher Education World University Rankings. 

Sant’ Anna School’s USP

Sant’Anna School also has a placement service which provides undergraduate and PhD students with the support to establish relationships with the world of work. The placement service helps in collecting and advertising internship proposals and job offers, collaborating with companies for their recruitment needs and organizing company presentation. The placement service also offers an accurate support service to companies in the recruiting phase. It collects and disseminates job and internship offers, manages the organization of recruiting meetings with companies and organizes meetings between students, graduates, and experts on professional issues. 

Sant’Anna School’s Notable Alumni

Notable alumni of Sant’Anna School of Alumni include Giuliano Amato, Prime Minister of Italy, Carlo Smuraglia, parliament deputy and senator at the Senate of the Republic and, Pier Francesco Guarguaglini, former president of Leonardo the largest hi-tech industrial group based in Italy and one of the largest defense industry conglomerates in the world. 


Sant Anna School of Advanced Studies Application Requirements


Sant Anna School of Advanced Studies Cost of studies


Masters: € 7500

Fees may vary for each program. Please visit the program page for specific fees.

Sant Anna School of Advanced Studies Deadlines

Deadlines may vary for each program. Please visit the program page for specific deadlines.

Sant Anna School of Advanced Studies Rankings


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