You will find studying at the EUI to be a truly special experience. Firstly, I really enjoy the opportunity to constantly interact with people from all four departments. I find the EUI to be extraordinary in this respect. We are all postgraduates, whose research is related to the social sciences and often with a focus on European issues. For this reason, we find ourselves examining similar problems, from different angles. For example, through my involvement with ADEMU (A Dynamic Economic and Monetary Union, an interdisciplinary research project where the EUI has a leading role), I had the chance to discuss work done by EUI law researchers, thus gaining a deeper understanding of the legal challenges that the recent proposals on European integration may bring about. Indeed, as an economist, I approach research topics from an economic perspective, but being part of the EUI has enabled me to explore alternative viewpoints.
I would also tell a new researcher that your EUI experience is not just about your studies. There is a vibrant community here and a lot to get involved with. Joining the EUI rowing club gave me the chance not only to train under Ponte Vecchio in Florence, but also to participate in the Venetian Vogalonga with the Badia Fiesolana, our EUI boat. Vogalonga is a long rowing race starting from the centre of Venice, and going through the lagoon and back up the Grand Canal. I would never have rowed a boat in Venice had I not been part of the EUI!
Last but not least, there is the location. In my opinion, the best view of Florence is from our EUI villas. Very few universities have such an amazing home and I believe that good ideas can be helped to fruition in a stunning environment, which the EUI definitely has!
Anna Rogantini Picco, third-year researcher in the Department of Economics (Italy)