What would you say to a new researcher, about to start their EUI experience?
Answer: Besides being a place where I could start making the best of my Ph.D. project, the EUI has also allowed me to develop a broad range of skills. The many language courses offered at the Language Center are, in my opinion, the best example of that. When I arrived, I was offered intensive Italian and English courses. This was a very useful experience, but also a lot of fun. Additionally, the Language Center set up a Russian language course, as my project requires good knowledge of this rather complicated language.
After almost a year at EUI, I do really feel progress. Yes, it does take a bit of dedication next to the hard work on my project, but I have noticed that the effort really has paid off. I can suddenly chat with the Italian staff at the canteen and bar, read Russian without too many problems, and even write better English.
Olav Hofland, EUI Department of History and Civilization researcher, from the Netherlands