Departments and Centres

The European University Institute has four Departments—Economics, History and Civilization, Law, and Political and Social Sciences. In addition, the Robert Schuman Centre for Advanced Studies was set up as a complementary research initiative within the EUI.

Faculty are recruited from all countries of the European Union and beyond and constitute a large corpus of expertise from different academic backgrounds. Interdisciplinary cooperation is encouraged throughout the Institute's Departments and Centres.


The Robert Schuman Centre for Advanced Studies

The Centre carries out high-quality interdisciplinary and comparative research on major issues in the process of integration and European society. It collaborates with centres of research excellence, provides opportunities for young scholars working in its core areas, and promotes dialogue with the world of practice.


Teaching is based on formal, high-level coursework in microeconomics, macroeconomics, econometrics, and research methodology.

The Department also offers advanced and specialized graduate courses, depending on the interests of the current faculty. 

History and Civilization

The Department takes a transnational and comparative approach to the history of Europe from the medieval period to the present day.

It is committed to integrating national historiographies into a broader European perspective in both methodological and thematic contexts.


The Department has a comparative and contextual approach to the study of European and International law.

Different legal systems are no longer treated as if existing in a territorially delimited world. Law is examined in the context of social, cultural, political and economic factors.

Political and Social Sciences

The departmental faculty cover four sub-disciplines: comparative politics; sociology; international relations; and social and political theory.

The Department favours a multi-faceted approach to research projects and theses many of which cut across traditional boundaries.   



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