Students are selected yearly by means of an entrance examination held in Trieste (online exams are possible); extra-EU candidates can also be admitted through a preselection based on academic qualifications only. At the end of a four-year course of study and research students are admitted to the final examination to obtain the Ph.D. degree, equivalent to the Italian "Dottore di ricerca". There are 12 courses available, covering the three main research areas of Physics, Mathematics and Neuroscience.
For more information about visas, accommodation, health and daily life in Trieste and its Region we suggest you to visit the Welcome Office web page
For PhD students related information you can have a look at the SISSA Vademecum