Doing a Ph.D. at the European University Institute is an incredible experience. Having so many nationalities in one place, with so many different backgrounds and approaches—all working on their doctoral thesis or post-doctoral projects—makes for such a valuable academic environment. The professors are often leading scholars in their respective fields, and their training and supervision of EUI researchers is of the highest standard. The fact that you can discuss your research just like that, over lunch or over a beer, makes for an amazing situation and Ph.D. experience, both in terms of the quality of research and social interactions. The EUI library provides the researchers with a wealth of resources making it difficult to get used to the lower standard of many other places. This all is set in a fantastic location, overlooking the Tuscan hills, offering great food, coffee, wine, and ice-cream. Ironically, one only realises the academic strength of the EUI in full once the Ph.D. is concluded. While the experience is incredible at that time, a lot of its value becomes clear when you realise the scholarly network that you suddenly have, as well as the comparative academic advantage you have over those who did not go to the EUI. If I could do a second Ph.D. at the EUI, I would not hesitate in doing so.
Yvette Peters (Ph.D. 2011)