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European University Institute (EUI)

The European University Institute is an international research institution for economics, history and civilization, law and the political and social sciences. The academic and administrative staff play a key role in maintaining our reputation for excellence at all levels of research and institutional backup.



The EUI was born out of an atmosphere of cooperation, with notable advocacy for a European institute at the Hague Conference in 1948 and the European Cultural Conference the following year.

Other priorities persisted however until the 1955 Messina Conference; a series of constructive talks responding to the widening of Europe. 


Forty years’ experience in focusing exclusively on doctoral programmes, post-doctoral study and research has made the EUI a global leader in high-quality postgraduate education. Based on the hills of Fiesole, looking down to Florence, our leading scholars in economics, history and civilization, law, and political and social science create, develop and supervise innovative and original research.


A first-class research Library offers extensive collections and services supporting advanced European-oriented research. The EUI is home to the Historical Archives of the European Union, the Robert Schuman Centre for Advanced Studies, the Max Weber Programme for Postdoctoral Studies and the School of Transnational Governance. The campus is spread over 13 sites, many of which are historical buildings, on the beautiful hills of Fiesole.


The EUI offers excellent career prospects. 69 per cent of our alumni are currently employed in academic positions while 12 per cent work in international organisations. Alumni from the ECO department frequently obtain positions in central banks. 31 per cent of all alumni from all cohorts are now employed in senior positions, such as full professor.


Student services

On-campus entertainment and extracurricular activities offer a break from your studies, and our sports and cultural clubs are all researcher-organised initiatives. The Tuscan countryside around our EUI villas means you simply step out of the door for hiking or cycling, while nearby Florence, regularly voted one of the world’s most beautiful cities, is an unparalleled cultural and artistic centre.

Housing services

The EUI Housing Office organizes the allocation of the EUI residential apartments (PAB and PDM) and provides, through FHS (Florence Housing Service), selected following a call for expression of interest,  assistance to all members of the EUI Community in finding long and short term accommodation on the private market in and around Florence.

Library services

Working predominantly in English, EUI facilities include the prestigious Historical Archives of the European Union, which you can access to investigate European integration, and our world-class Library, that has extensive multi-lingual collections and services to support advanced research.

ICT services

The Information and Communication Technology (ICT) Service mission is to provide the Information Technology (IT) resources for the work and activities of the EUI. It is committed to delivering quality customer services and technical solutions in the academic and administrative environment of the EUI community.

Medical services

The EUI provides contacts for general and specialized medical services, which may be offered in Florence or at the EUI.

Student Life

Campus life

The European University Institute is seated on the Tuscan hillside overlooking Florence and close to Fiesole.

Many of the villas date from the Renaissance period and have been restored along with their landscaped gardens. Newly-built residencies for researchers are a welcome addition to the EUI campus.

Sports facilities

The EUI Gym can be reached by following the road down the hill from the Badia car parks to Via Roccettini. It is a small white building on the left with an adjacent basketball court.

EUI members wishing to access the gym must attend a compulsory induction course. Everyone is welcome to register.