The Sant'Anna School of Advanced Studies is "federated" with the Institute for Advanced Studies of Pavia (IUSS) through a process that began in September 2014 with the signing of a special agreement and consolidated in July 2015 with the establishment of a single Board of Directors, which plays a coordinating function while respecting the scientific, management and administration independence of the federated institutions and the guidelines laid down by the respective Academic Senates.

The agreement provides for growing integration in the main sectors of activity (teaching, PhD, Research) as well as in support services.