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European University Institute (EUI)

European University Institute (EUI)

European University Institute (EUI)


The European University Institute (EUI) is a transnational hub for interdisciplinary research and higher learning, situated on the hills near Florence, Italy. The Institute is composed of four departments—Economics, History and Civilisation, Law, and Political and Social Sciences; the Robert Schuman Centre for Advanced Studies; the Max Weber Programme for Postdoctoral Studies; the School of Transnational Governance; and the Historical Archives of the European Union.

The EUI is the leading institute in Europe dedicated to social sciences and humanities. Founded in 1972 by the six original members of the then European Communities, the EUI has earned a reputation as a transnational hub of research and higher learning.

Our Mission

The EUI’s outstanding doctoral, postdoctoral, master, and executive education programs, combined with our vibrant community of more than 1000 scholars from over 60 countries, create an empowering, intellectual climate where students and researchers can contribute to the betterment of society.

The EUI is perfectly placed to generate new insights that help our societies move forward.

Professor Renaud Dehousse
EUI President

Each year, approximately 150 new Ph.D. researchers embark on a research-intensive doctoral program in our departments of Economics, History and Civilisation, Law, and Political and Social Sciences. The EUI is also home to the Robert Schuman Centre for Advanced Studies (RSC), founded in 1992 to carry out research on the major issues facing Europe, and to bridge the world of academia and practice through interdisciplinary and applied research.

The Max Weber Programme is the largest and most innovative international postdoctoral program in the Social Sciences and Humanities in Europe. It offers approximately 60 fully-funded Fellowships to qualified researchers worldwide working in or across the relevant disciplines of the EUI.

The EUI’s School of Transnational Governance (STG), established in 2017, prepares current and future leaders in policy-making beyond the state. In September 2020, our first group of students started the two-year Master in Transnational Governance . STG also offers a policy leader fellowship program and executive education. The EUI campus proudly hosts the Historical Archives of the European Union (HAEU), which provides an unparalleled insight into the workings of the European Union.

Our Vision

A Social Sciences and Humanities hub connecting academic excellence and research capabilities across Europe and to the world of policy and practice, for the betterment of society.

Our Ambition

We aspire to cultivate high-level contributors to academics and policy-making who will shape social progress and the advancement of the European spirit.

Our values

  • We are united in pluralism
  • We are grounded in academic freedom and rigor
  • We are driven by intellectual curiosity and challenge
  • We are enriched through open-minded, multidisciplinary thinking


The European University Institute engages in relations with numerous institutions in its Contracting States and across the world. These relationships foster joint research, shared initiatives, and promote dialogue and knowledge transfer for educational and scientific purposes with communities both near and far. They also facilitate the exchange of students, researchers, faculty, and staff, and offer internship opportunities to master’s students.

International Institutions
Media Partners
Partnerships with higher education and research institutions focusing on graduate and post-graduate education, research, and exchange.Policy research networks, executive education, and professional development programs foster collaboration between scholars and practitioners.A series of media partners to connect EUI research programs and networks to a wide audience outside the scientific community.
Think Tanks and Civil Society Organisations
Networks and Alliances
The EUI collaborates with think tanks and civil society organizations across the globe to connect academic research with the questions, concerns, and responses of the public.Research and training networks facilitate the meeting of scholars and practitioners from different backgrounds to address European and transnational challenges.The European University of Social Sciences – set up with the alliance of eight European higher education and research institutions and funded by the EU Programme 'Erasmus+'.


Set up by the founding members of the European Communities


Academic units




Countries of provenance


    Campus Features

    The EUI Campus

    Many of the buildings on campus date from the Renaissance period and have been meticulously restored along with their landscaped gardens. Access between the buildings is guaranteed by an internal shuttle bus service.

    • Badia Fiesolana
    • Casale
    • Convento
    • Palazzo Buontalenti (new)
    • Villa la Fonte
    • Villa Malafrasca
    • Villa la Pagliaiuola
    • Villa Paola
    • Villa il Poggiolo
    • Villa Raimondi
    • Villa Salviati
    • Villa Sanfelice
    • Villa Schifanoia
    • Villino
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      • Florence

        Badia Fiesolana - Via dei Roccettini 9 San Domenico di Fiesole, I-50014, Florence