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International School for Advanced Studies

SISSA, the International School for Advanced Studies, was founded in 1978 and is a scientific center of excellence within the national and international academic scene. SISSA is located in Italy, in the city of Trieste.

PhD Programmes



Sissa has a long and important tradition in higher academic education. The School does not only offer traditional PhD courses, but also Professional Master's courses at the highest level. SISSA has recently broadened its range of courses by establishing three curricula of MSc (Laurea Magistrale).


The research projects are coordinated by internationally renowned scientists: some members of the School have received honoris causa degrees in prestigious universities, they were given important prizes or are members of leading scientific academies. 

University Ranking

Best Global Universities Rankings by U.S. News & World Report
164 29
193 89
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Academic Ranking of World Universities by Shanghai Jiao Tong University
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Housing services

SISSA's housing service is managed by Welcome Office Friuli Venezia Giulia.The Welcome Office Friuli Venezia Giulia is available for all kinds of support, as for example:

  • language assistance if you do not speak Italian;
  • assistance with utility-related procedures (electricity, gas, phone line and internet connection, etc.);
  • information on tenancy agreements;
  • support in case of problems with landlords

Library services

The Library houses more than 20,000 monographs, all graduation theses (PhDs and Master's Degrees) of SISSA students and 20,000 volumes of bound periodicals. Moreover, it provides access to about 6,000 scientific journals and the main mathematics, physics and neuroscience databases. It also offers the SISSA Digital Library.

Student Life

Sports facilities

The gym is situated in the middle of the park, and is available to SISSA students and staff. It is located in a bright and welcoming building, where users can avail themselves of a wide range of fitness equipment and machines, and a broad schedule of gym courses. The timetable has been arranged in order to not interfere with the activity in the School.

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